SBoHS 2 – coming soon!

Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2, edited by Mark Morris - ©2015 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2, edited by Mark Morris – ©2015 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Vincent Chong

The launch of the 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories edited by Mark Morris at FCon 2015 is just two months away. We’ve lined up an incredible array of talent for this second volume (see below for ToC) so, in order not to miss out, why not preorder your copy today (Paypal buttons further down). And, for those attending FCon, we’ve even given you the option of preordering your copy ahead of time so that you know you’ve already got one!

FLOTSAM – Tim Lebbon
TOYS FROM THE GINGERBREAD COUNTRY – Richard Jay Goldstein
SUGARED HEAT – Lisa L. Hannett
A GIRL AND HER DOLLS – Adrian Cole
THE LARDER – Nicholas Royle
THE VEILS – Ian Rogers
JOE IS A BARBER – Paul Meloy
LITTLE TRAVELLER – Simon Kurt Unsworth
BEHIND THE WALL – Thana Niveau
MARY, MARY – Ray Cluley
THE MEANTIME – Alison Moore
MARROWVALE – Kurt Fawver
SCRAPING BY – Gary Fry
WHERE THE FOREST ENDS – Sean Logan
WRONG – Stephen Volk
LUMP IN YOUR THROAT – Robert Shearman
HORN OF THE HUNTER – Simon Bestwick
WHO WILL STOP ME NOW? – Cliff McNish

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 – PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!

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FANTASYCON 2015 PREORDERS

If you’re going to be attending FantasyCon 2015 this year in Nottingham, UK, where this book will be launched, then why not take advantage of this offer by preordering your copy and then picking it up at the event? Overseas visitors can save postage and spend what they’ve saved on books and beer! 

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And now, an interlude

"Bibila Longcrofta" ©2015 Simon Marshall-Jones/Tickety Boo Press. Artwork ©2015 Jim Burns.

“Bibila Longcrofta” ©2015 Simon Marshall-Jones/Tickety Boo Press. Artwork ©2015 Jim Burns.

We just though that our loyal readers out there might like to be kept informed of our Overlord’s quest for domination of the literary world by telling you about a couple of reviews of his debut short story collection, Biblia Longcrofta, published by Tickety Boo Books.

First is this one by Andrew Angel and posted to his own blog, and you can find out what he thought about it HERE.

And to complement it, HERE’s DJ Weatherer’s take on it, posted to Amazon.

News 24:08:2015

"We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale" edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

“We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale” edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

This week we shall be contacting all those customers who paid a deposit for this book, however it’s still available but if you would like a copy of this essential volume on one of the masters of science fiction/genre television and film, then the full price has to be paid. This still represents very good value for money – we’ve garnered notable authorities, writers and critics to expound upon the enormous influence Kneale had on subsequent generations of writers and screenwriters, people like Kim Newman, Tim Lucas, Stephen Bissette, Stephen Volk, Ramsey Campbell and many more. And all wrapped up in a fabulous David Chatton-Barker cover. Get your copy today! 

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Review and news 21:08:2015

Albion Fay ©2014 Mark Morris/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Ben Baldwin

Albion Fay ©2014 Mark Morris/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Ben Baldwin

First, a review. This one’s an assessment of Mark Morris’ Albion Fay, and is featured on the Ginger Nuts of Horror website, and the reviewer is Kit Power. You can read what he has to say HERE.

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NEWS

"Bibila Longcrofta" ©2015 Simon Marshall-Jones/Tickety Boo Press. Artwork ©2015 Jim Burns.

“Bibila Longcrofta” ©2015 Simon Marshall-Jones/Tickety Boo Press. Artwork ©2015 Jim Burns.

If you fancy reading something different, Spectral Press’ Simon Marshall-Jones has just released the eBook edition of his debut short story collection, Biblia Longcrofta, through Amazon. It’s a work of high imagination, consisting of a mix of science fiction/contemporary fantasy/magical realism/fantastic realism. with elements of humour, philosophy, mythology, and dark fiction. Parts of it are semi-autobiographical in nature, but mostly it’s a series of interlinked adventures revolving around Simeon and the wonders and miracles he encounters in the other-dimensional town of Longcroft. It can be purchased from Amazon UK and US – links are below, and the stunning cover by legendary artist Jim Burns can be seen above.

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

"We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale" edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

“We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale” edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

Also, starting on Monday, we shall be emailing customers who have put a deposit on We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale for the balance of the cost of the book. It’s still available to purchase at full price – see links below:

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rEvolution SF new book news: VIRULENTBLURBS

 rEvolution SF PRESENTS:

 

rEvolution SF logo "The Bureau of Them" ©2015  rEvolution SF/Spectral Press. Design by John Oakey.

rEvolution SF logo “The Bureau of Them” ©2015 rEvolution SF/Spectral Press. Design by John Oakey.

VIRULENTBLURB VIRELLAS

by Kneel Downe

 “The countdown to FRACTURE DAY has begun…”

 

We are proud to present the newest production from Kneel Downe, Galactic Overlord of the VirulentBlurb Universe. Virella is a novella or short story shot through the stained, cracked, and distorted prism of Downe’s psychotronic imagination. Each one tells a story from every reality and dimension of the ‘Blurb, and every one contains clues and explanations of what has already happened and what is yet to come.

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BLURB.

50 years ago a conflict was waged so vast that it broke the sky and shattered the world. Now all that remains is a single City, a City surrounded by a few square hundred miles of wasteland. It’s a dangerous place, populated by human/animal splices, strange technology, and the wonder drug REGEN.

No sun shines in the sky here… instead, there’s just the Moon, the constellation Orion, and the Endless night from which dust constantly falls.

And yet…

And yet there IS more… for the damage done here is spreading. The wound is infecting the countless mirror realities, the timeless fluidity of the VEIL and even the Mythical poetic world of the EVERLANDS where Amelia sings her songs.

If the wound is not healed soon it will destroy the ALL.

 

VIRULENTBLURB: VIRELLAS will contain a number of tales:

EMILY. England, 1974 – Glam Rock rules the airwaves. The summer is in full bloom but the girl with the mousey hair is troubled. Why is there a spaceman in her wardrobe and a wolf under her bed? Who is the mysterious STARMAN who whispers to her at night through the old radio, teaching her the songs? ALL the songs. And who is the girl in the mirror, the one with bright red hair and purple eyes? The girl who says her name is Amelia?

QUANTUM. Captain Sirius Quantum is in charge of the SS Shardsong, the last of the great VEILSHIPS, cast adrift for a thousand years, and maintained by a crew who cannot remember who they were before coming aboard. All they know is that they are searching for something important, something that can change all creation. But they are not alone: a darkness is chasing them. A hungry darkness. And why, when he tries to sleep, is Sirius haunted by a single phrase – the EVERLANDS?

DELIVERANCE. Hidden deep within the city in solitary confinement inside THE COPPER CASCADE holding facility sits the greatest of this world’s super beings. He is remembering the Purge, when they came for his kind, as well as the days before and after THE FALL. He alone knows how his kindred came to be born, how the world was broken, and just what is yet to come. A storm is coming – a great storm.

GESTALT. Within the timeless fluidity of the VEIL the FIVE WHO WOULD BE FLESH are searching for the reality that broke the ALL. Eradicating each timeline one by one, and rewriting history. But there is a traitor in their midst – one of them is beginning to question if mankind truly deserves to be exterminated.

LOBO. Another day, another drink and another case for DETECTIVE KURT LOBO the WOLF-SPLICED cop. Just who or what is the BONE EATER and why does the case foreshadow worse things to come? If there’s one thing Kurt hates more than technology and poets it’s an unsolved case.

PHOBOS. PHOBOS has been known by many names: THE KING OF THE RUINED CROWN, THE DARK ONE, THE MIRROR LORD, amongst many others. He has been trapped for eternity in reflective glass. But all mirrors are linked and PHOBOS has been to the very end of the ALL. He has even seen how it ends. Now he is trying to save humanity and mould history to his own ends. Tell me, can there ever be sympathy for the Devil?

VIOLET. For the last eighty years VIOLET SUICIDE’S MODSHOP has been the place to get your ANIMAL SPLICE, your LIVING INK TATTOO or your JACKPORTS of any size and material. However, Violet has a secret, hidden safely for decades in her basement. Now it’s time for them to come back for it. Knock, knock, Violet. Someone’s at the door.

JOSHUA. Joshua Knight is credited as being the father of the New Age. DEADBOXES, DREAMCAGES, NEEDLEMASKS and NOONIAN SPHERES all bear his mark. The wonder drug REGEN and advanced DROID intelligence were created with his estranged wife. And of course, The VEIL… that cursed, immersive, alternate reality. On the morning of THE FALL Joshua went missing. He has remained missing for fifty years.

All these stories, and possibly more, will be featured in VIRULENTBLURB: VIRELLAS.

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BIO.

Kneel Downe has been a journalist, covering music, games and science fiction. He has run countless shops, been a chef, a traveller and a failed rock star (don’t tell him that last part).

In 2012 he began to chronicle and share the events of the VirulentBlurb Universe in a style that has been described as “what happens when you put Michael Moorcock, Jeff Noon, P K Dick and Rock Music into a blender.”

He currently lives in the middle of KnoWhere with his favorite human, a dog called Billy Joe, the renegade budgies Alice and Lemmy, and a stray cat called Katrina.

He shares his house with over 200 Daleks of varying size and “makes stuff up” and tells lies for money.

You can find him at @kneeldowne on Twitter and his universe at virulentblurb.com.

And yes… it is his real name.

“The VirulentBlurb began as a Twitter experiment to create a whole living, breathing universe delineated by Tweets alone. Now, three years later it has spawned six books and an audio book. These days it utilises all manner of media: Tweets, scripts and more traditional forms of writing. It has garnered much critical acclaim and has a very loyal (and growing) fanbase.”

Kneel will be available for media interviews – please contact Simon Marshall-Jones at spectralpress@gmail.com in the first instance to arrange.

“Welcome to THE BLURB… please clean your jackport thoroughly before immersion.”

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rEvolution SF (an imprint of Spectral Press), 13 Montgomery Crescent, Bolbeck Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 8PP

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News 07:08:2015

SPECTRAL PRESS

"Smoke Billows, Soot Falls" ©2015 Lisa L. Hannett/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015  Neil Williams.

“Smoke Billows, Soot Falls” ©2015 Lisa L. Hannett/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Neil Williams.

Copies of Lisa Hannett’s chapbook Smoke Billows, Soot Falls will be on their way to subscribers starting from Monday next week. We here at Spectral apologise for the extreme delay of this publication and for customer’s patience, but circumstances beyond our control prevented us from getting it out before now.

The next chapbook will either be Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis’ Shadows in Paint or the bumper Christmas issue featuring the double whammy of Robert Shearman’s Christmas in the Time of Ennui with Simon Bestwick’s The Judgement Call. This particular issue will be reminiscent of the old ACE Double paperbacks from the 50s and 60s – two stories in one – read one, then flip it over when finished and read the second. That one will be out in Dccember.

REVOLUTION SF 

 

John Costello and Simon Marshall-Jones hatched many plans yesterday for the new SF imprint, one of which we are particularly excited about -John is a collector of old science fiction pulp magazines, and we are looking into the possibility of reprinting stories from the Golden Age of these wonderful magazines, the 1930s – 1950s. Along with that however, is the news that we will be featuring the artwork of legendary artist Frank Kelly Freas on the cover, courtesy of his widow, Laura Brodian Freas. Frank was active in just the very period we are comcentrating on, and he is also perhaps most famous for the cover of Queen’s News of the World album. The video above was put together by Laura, and we reproduce it with her kind permission. (You can improve the quality of the video using the settings options).

 

"The Art of Frank Kelly Freas" with introduction by Isaac Asimov

“The Art of Frank Kelly Freas” with introduction by Isaac Asimov

Review and news 06:08:2015

"The Bureau of Them" by Cate Gardner  ©2015 Cate Gardner/Spectral Press. Artwork  ©2015 David Chatton-Barker

“The Bureau of Them” by Cate Gardner ©2015 Cate Gardner/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 David Chatton-Barker

First up is the first review of the wonderful The Bureau of Them, by the equally wonderful Cate Gardner – this one’s from The Ginger Nuts of Horror and can be found HERE.

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BOOK and ACQUISITION NEWS

We are very happy to announce that we have acquired a collection of stories by John Travis, a writer who has been quietly producing quality work for many years but for some mysterious reason appears to still be relatively unknown. We intend to rectify that with this publication – it will reprint his various published pieces from assorted magazines and anthologies plus there will be two previously unpublished stories into the bargain. On top of that, it’ll feature an introduction by none other than Tim Lebbon.

On the rEvolution SF front we have two bits of news: firstly, please welcome John Costello (no relation to Elvis), who is taking on the role of series and commissioning editor for the new imprint. Simon Marshall-Jones will still be Editor-in-Chief and Galactic Overlord, but the shape and direction of the imprint will largely be in the hands of John, who has an abiding interest in science fiction and cinema.

Secondly, we have acquired a couple of books for the line, by author Thana Niveau (better known for her horror output) and a whole series of connected world experimental science fiction novels who will remain nameless for the moment. All we will tell you is that he has a somewhat rabid following for his material… expect more announcements soon.

Mappalujo: the blurb

"Mappalujo" ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

“Mappalujo” ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

Here’s the blurb for one of the most anticipated science fiction novels of next year, Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard. Jeff is, of course, well known for his groundbreaking novel Vurt published in 1993, (which was followed by a sequel, Pollen, in 1995 and a prequel, Nymphomation, in 1997) and this is surely going to be counted amongst his best works to date. Prepare to enter the world of Lujo, a city caught somewhere between reality and a dimension which may/may not be real…

Mappalujo is a shared dream set in the twilight realm of Lujo, a city dominated by the surreal cartoons and artificially bred toy creatures of the Zeno Entertainment Company. Since the company’s founder died in mysterious circumstances, Zeno’s visions have become darker and even more sinister. An identity-altering drug is leaking onto the streets. For a few brilliant, flickering moments users are transformed into famous or infamous celebrities, only to find that the other side of fame lies in the gutter, or in death.

The novel follows a lowly salesman, an information gatherer, a private detective and a teenage psychic. Four stories, four people – each of them connected to the bizarre fate of Zeno, its bitter heir, and a hostile faery spirit named Mama Lujo.

Here is one city’s epic tale told in seventy-five chapters, each influenced by a different iconic figure. From Lewis Carroll to Patti Smith, from Sigmund Freud to Raymond Chandler and Sophie Calle – the ghosts haunting the streets of Lujo are all conjured from the collective unconscious of the modern media age.

Mappalujo is baroque science fiction, tumbling with ideas and images, exuberant to the extreme. It documents a world only a few metres and a few minutes away from our own – yet stranger by far.”

Preorder your copy today – copies are already being snapped up so get one while you still can!

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rEvolution SF: Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard

"Mappalujo" ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

“Mappalujo” ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

We are immensely proud to present the debut title in the new rEvolution SF line, Mappalujo, a collaboration in the truest sense of the word created from the fertile minds of Jeff Noon (Vurt, Pollen, Automated Alice, Nymphomation) and Steve Beard. This really is cutting-edge science fiction, which brings to the fore the endless possibilities and potentialities of the genre, and is bound to delight long-time fans and surprise new readers alike. We won’t even attempt to summarise it here: however, Jeff & Steve are hard at work writing a distillation of the novel, which will be revealed very shortly.

In the meantime, why not revel in the beautifully minimalist cover image by John Oakey (shown at the top of the blog), each of the squares representing the 75 celebrity viruses which form part of the novel’s plot. The book will be available in the usual formats: a limited signed hardback, in an edition of 75 (one for each virus), unlimited paperback, and eBook. We have made it available to preorder now, but it will be published in the first quarter of 2016.

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Nominations and Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Vol. 7

British Fantasy Awards nomineeFirst off, it is with immense pleasure that we can announce that Spectral Press has received three nominations in this year’s British Fantasy Awards:

Best Independent Press (4th year in a row – let’s hope we win it this time, eh?)
Best Anthology: The Spectral Book of Horror Stories
Best Novella: ‘Newspaper Heart’, Stephen Volk, Spectral Book of Horror Stories

Thanks to everyone who voted for us!

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES VOL 1

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris - ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris – ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

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FANTASYCON 2015 PREORDERS

If you’re going to be attending FantasyCon 2015 this year in Nottingham, UK, where this book will be launched, then why not take advantage of this offer of preordering your copy and then picking it up at the event? Overseas visitors can save postage and spend what they’ve saved on books and beer! 

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BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR Vol 7, edited by Ellen Datlow

Best Horror of the Year 7 edited by Ellen Datlow

Best Horror of the Year 7 edited by Ellen Datlow

Also, two stories featured in the Spectral Book of Horror Stories are being reprinted in Ellen Datlow’s annual anthology of horror fiction, namely the Shirley Jackson Award-winning story by Alison Littlewood ‘The Dog’s Home’ and ‘Outside Heavenly’ by Rio Youers. Well done to both Alison and Rio!

It is now on preorder via Amazon UK and Amazon US