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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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

Book launch and news – 16:07:2015

BBH2015

Tomorrow evening between 6:30 – 8:30 Johnny Mains will be hosting the launch of Best British Horror 2015, published by Salt, at the Covent Garden branch of Waterstones in London. There will be readings and the book will be on sale at the venue after.

You may be asking the question Why are you promoting someone’s else’s book? The answer is simple: the anthology features stories originally published by Spectral Press in the first Spectral Book of Horror Stories  – ‘Eastmouth’ by Alison Moore, ‘Something Sinister in Sunlight’ by Lisa Tuttle, and ‘The Slista’ by Stephen Laws. So do please come along if you can for a great evening of shivery literary delights.

Waterstones Covent Garden is located at 9-13 Garrick St, London, WC2E 9BA (020 7836 6757). The book will be available from there, plus Amazon and Salt Publishing.

NEWS

"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.

Lisa Hannett’s Smoke Billows, Soot Falls chapbook will published very soon, and to whet your appetite here’s the blurb to go with it (also it has that beautifully atmospheric cover artwork by Neil Williams shown above).

“On busy days Amund Endqvist can ghost fifty people before lunch, and half again as many by closing time. After working in the Korgodok for nearly twenty years, he is expert at keeping Hakodeshi prisons empty, its streets cleaner than ever in the city’s long history. Without complaint, Amund has performed this public service, hunched over a Davenport in the old church’s nave. Until today his work has been automatic, swift, and clear.

But when his wife’s file crosses Amund’s desk, an insistent inner voice whispers rebellion. What has Yvonne done? Does she deserve to lose her life?

And will Amund be the one to ghost her?”

Each chapbook is in an edition of 125 signed copies only and individual copies are available at £4UK/£7.00EU/$16US/$16RoW (all prices inclusive of P+P – see buttons below). Subscriptions can also be taken out at £16UK/£23.50EU /$45US/ $45US RoW per sub per year (again, all prices inclusive of postage and packing). There are now also options to order 3 year and 5 year subs – please refer to Paypal buttons in right sidebar for prices. 

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2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Table of Contents

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

It is with great pleasure and immense excitement that we can announce the table of contents for the 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, which is due to be launched at this year’s FantasyCon in October. Without further ado, here’s the list:

HOUSE OF THE HAG – Paul Finch
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

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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

First, there will be a review of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories in the latest issue of Black Static magazine, due out very soon, if not already so. As usual, the write-up was put together by Peter Tennant, and it ends with the words:

“… one of the most compelling anthologies of last year, one in which quality is key note, and I hope this marks the start of an anthology series that will live long and prosper.”

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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

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Also in the same issue of Black Static will be a review of Ray Cluley’s Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow – also by Peter Tennant, so look out for that one as well.

"Within the Wind, Beneath he Snow" ©2014 Ray CluleySpectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Jim Burns. Layout by John Oakey

“Within the Wind, Beneath he Snow” ©2014 Ray CluleySpectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Jim Burns. Layout by John Oakey

WITHIN THE WIND, BENEATH THE SNOW by Ray Cluley 

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THE WITCH’S SCALE by Angela Slatter

"The Witch's Scale" by Angela Slatter. Cover artwork "Hexenwippeoel" © Michael Hutter

“The Witch’s Scale” by Angela Slatter. Cover artwork “Hexenwippeoel” © Michael Hutter

The Witch’s Scale is the title of a forthcoming Spectral novella from Aurealis Award-winning writer Angela Slatter and will feature that wonderful image (above) by Michael Hutter as a cover. Angela explains about the creative gestation of the novella in a blog post, which you can read HERE

The novella will be available sometime in 2016

Another award – 13:07:2015

Shirley Jackson Awards ©The Estate of Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson Awards ©The Estate of Shirley Jackson

Remember the Aurealis Award Angela Slatter won for her Spectral chapbook Home and Hearth earlier this year, to add to the British Fantasy Award for John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine? Well, we can add another one to the list – we are proud to announce that Alison Littlewood’s story in The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, ‘The Dog’s Home’, has won a Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction. Here’s what Alison had to say on hearing the news:

“I’m absolutely blown away to have won the award – how wonderful! It was a tough story to write, so the way it’s been received has been absolutely brilliant. Major thanks are due to Mark Morris, editor extraordinaire, and to Simon Marshall-Jones of course, not to mention everyone at the Shirley Jackson Awards. And now I’m off to continue the job of grinning like a loon . . . And now I actually have to chase off to get the dog out on his walk. He’s still the boss ;-D”

Of course, the book wouldn’t have come into being without the efforts of the indefatigable editor Mark Morris – he had this to say:

“I’m so, so happy that Alison has won this award – not only because as well as being a superb writer, she’s one of the loveliest and most modest people I know, but also because, with the other two SJA nominations that the book received (Best Novelette for Stephen Volk’s ‘Newspaper Heart’ and Best Anthology), it means that The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has made exactly the kind of impact I hoped it would. Volume one achieved my ambition of showcasing the very best writers and fiction that this wonderful genre of ours has to offer, and I know that volume two – the contents of which I’ll be revealing very soon – will do the same. Hopefully this first award will be a springboard for many more to come in the years ahead.”

We are at Chateau Spectrale are absolutely delighted by this award – it only goes to emphasise the vision that we had when we launched the imprint nearly five years ago. We are proud of the impact that Spectral has had, and continues to have, in the vibrant genre community. Long may it continue!

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THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 edited by Mark Morris

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

Volume 2 in the annual anthology series is coming along well too – once again edited by the inestimable Mark Morris and featuring cover artwork by Vincent Chong, this is guaranteed to follow in the magnificent steps of its predecessor. You can also pre-order a copy on the buttons bleow

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News 07:07:2015

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976) Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976)
Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

First up is the the news that the fourth episode of James Everington’s The Quarantined City, A Lack of Demons, is now available to purchase on both Amazon UK and UK – the links are below.

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

"Leytonstone" ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

“Leytonstone” ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

Secondly, here’s a new review of Stephen Volk’s latest Spectral novella, Leytostone – this one is from Guy Adams and can be found HERE. The book is being launched on Saturday at Edge-Lit 4 in Derby, along with Mark Morris’ Albion Fay and Cate Gardner’s The Bureau of Them.

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"Leytonstone" by Stephen Volk, "The Bureau of Them" by Cate Gardner, and "Albion Fay" by Mark Morris

“Leytonstone” by Stephen Volk, “The Bureau of Them” by Cate Gardner, and “Albion Fay” by Mark Morris

LEYTONSTONE by Stephen Volk, THE BUREAU OF THEM by Cate Gardner, and ALBION FAY by Mark Morris

All three of the books in the photograph above will be launched in paperback at this year’s Edge-Lit event in Derby on July 11th. At the event they will retail for £10 each or £25 for three. If you can’t get to Edge-Lit then please order using the Paypal buttons below. 

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LEYTONSTONE

“One evening in 1906 a chubby little boy of seven, son of a London greengrocer, is taken by his father to visit the local police station.

There he suddenly finds himself, inexplicably, locked up for a crime he hasn’t committed – or has he? Blinking into sunlight, traumatised by his overnight stay, he is told by his father the next morning: “Now you know what happens to naughty little boys!” But the incident is the catalyst for a series of events that will scar, and create, the world’s leading Master of Terror in the century to come…

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The boy is Alfred Hitchcock.”

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THE BUREAU OF THEM

“You’re not the first to talk to your dead here, the vagrant said. The living always chase after their dead until they come upon their own.

Formed from shadow and dust, ghosts inhabit the abandoned office building, angry at the world that denies them. When Katy sees her deceased boyfriend in the window of the derelict building, she finds a way in, hoping to be reunited. Instead, the dead ignore, the dead do not see and only the monster that is Yarker Ryland has need of her there.”

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ALBION FAY

“‘I know exactly when this photo was taken: July 1975. And I know where it was taken: on the sloping lawn beneath Albion Fay.

         The boy in the photograph is me. The girl is my sister, Angie.
         This is the morning of the day when we went into the caves for the first time.
         It is the day when our lives changed forever.’

Albion Fay, a holiday house in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature’s bounty. For the adults, a time for relaxation and to recharge the batteries, while for the children, a chance for exploration and adventure in the English countryside. A happy time for all: nothing could possibly go wrong. Or could it? What should be a magical time ends in tragedy – but what really happened that summer?”

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rEvolution SF NEWS

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.

It is with immense pleasure that we can announce that the first publication from the science fiction imprint will be Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard. It’ll be available in a limited hardback, as well as unlimited paperback and eBook formats. We are looking at a January 2016 publication date.

Then, in July 2016, we will be issuing a limited series of 5 chapbooks (to form a ‘boxset’) by Jeff Noon under the umbrella title of Pixel Dust. Each book will contain 100 microstories, some of which have appeared on Facebook and Twitter. They will also be illustrated by various artists.

News – 02:07:2015

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

2ND SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES

PLEASE NOTE! The submission period for this book is now CLOSED!

WE ARE THE MARTANS: THE LEGACY OF NIGEL KNEALE edited by Neil Snowdon

"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

The deadline for deposits for the hardback edition of the Nigel Kneale volume We are the Martians has now passed- 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! 

Those who have already paid deposits will be contacted in a couple months’ time for the balance.

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