We are The Martians: contents list

"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

Prepare to be bowled over – we’ve just received the contents list of the Nigel Kneale book which is due to be published later this year. To secure your copy of the limited hardback, please send a deposit through the relevant button below:

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"Quatermass & The Pit"  Artwork ©2015 David Chatton Barker

“Quatermass & The Pit” Artwork ©2015 David Chatton Barker

So, without further ado, here it is (please note: some topics still need to be confirmed but this will give customers a general idea of what to expect:

Neil Snowdon (editor, film programmer, journalist) – Introduction, conversations with Mark Gatiss, Joe Dante, John Landis (tbc), Dennis Bartok (American Cinematheque) and Judith Kerr (Kneale’s wife).

Mark Gatiss – Foreword

Mark Morris (author) – BEASTS (Overview series as a whole)

Stephen Volk (author and screenwriter) – THE STONE TAPE (“THE STONE TAPE was the biggest impact in terms of how I thought about writing, the genre, television and GHOSTWATCH”)

Stephen Laws (author) – Quatermass & The Pit – the penguin script book and the influence it had..

Jeremy Dyson (author, screenwriter/dramatist) – BEASTS (specifically focussed on BABY, the influence it had on him at a very young age)

Gary McMahon (author) – THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (movie version)

Ramsey Campbell (author and film critic) – A reminiscence

Tony Earnshaw (critic, author, film programmer) – THE WOMAN IN BLACK: An interview with director Herbert Wise

Lynda E. Rucker (author) – WISHING FOR A NIGEL KNEALE CHILDHOOD (how Lynda wishes she’d encountered Kneale’s work sooner)

Ashley Thorpe (film maker and critic)

THE STONE TAPE: An interview with director Peter Sasdy, framed by personal reminiscence.

Jonathan Rigby (actor and critic) – TBC

Maura McHugh (author and critic) – ECHOES AND INFLUENCE (“I’ve been thinking about echoes of people’s work come to you via the people who were directly influenced by an author. Kind of like ghosts. For instance, I remember when I first saw Apocalypse Now, and suddenly realised that so many other films had been influenced by them. So, Kneale’s work would have influenced me before I even saw his original films. I’m always interested in now this domino effect works in reverse – you end up back at the source, to the original tile.”)

Mark Chadbourn (author, screenwriter) – Kneale as King Of Hauntology

Richard Harland Smith (critic) – The Entertainer & Look Back in Anger, how they connect with the genre material.

Kim Newman (author, critic, broadcaster) – THE LESSER SPOTTED KNEALE (taking a look at the less known and less seen works like Kneale’s TV adaptation of Wuthering Heights and his ITV comedy series Kinvig)

Thana Niveau (author) – STRONG FEMALE ROLES (particularly those in BEASTS, STONE TAPE and Q&tP)

John Llewellyn-Probert (author) – QUATERMASS & THE PIT (Lifelong influence, also personal connection to the scientists of Kneale via John’s other work as surgeon and molecular scientist)

Keir-La Janisse (critic) – YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS

Tim Lucas (author, critic, editor) – The prose writing of Nigel Kneale – short fiction (TOMATO CAIN & OTHER STORIES) and the QUATERMASS novel.

Stephen Bissette (Comics artist and critic) – TBC

David A. Sutton – Nigel Kneale interview from Fantasy Media magazine 1980

PLUS: An unpublished script for one of the many ‘lost’ Kneale projects that were tragically never made‎.

The Quarantined City by James Everington

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

Just a small reminder that the first episode of James Everington’s Spectral Press serial The Quarantined CityThe Smell of Paprika, is available to download from Amazon. The cover features a detail from Max Ernst’s 1942 amazing painting Europe After the Rain II, with magnificent graphics skills by Neil Williams. You get your copy of the episode from here:

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

Episode 2, Into the Rain, will be available by the end of the month.

Leytonstone by Stephen Volk

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

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

AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH!!!

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.

The story is the gripping and evocative new novella by Stephen Volk, writer of the highly-acclaimed novella Whitstable – which featured Peter Cushing as its central character and was published in 2013 (also by Spectral Press) to coincide with the centenary of the great actor’s death.

Leytonstone – like Whitstable – elevates fact (in this case an anecdote the famous director told repeatedly throughout his life) into resonant and poignant fiction, lifting the veil on not only the innocent and troubled young “Fred” but his emotionally needy mother and a father constantly struggling to do the right thing. But what none of them knows is that, after that fateful night and its consequences, their lives will be changed forever…

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STEPHEN VOLK is best known as the writer of BBC TV’s notorious Halloween “hoax” Ghostwatch, starring Michael Parkinson, which caused outraged viewers to jam the switchboards, and even raised questions in Parliament. He also created the award-winning drama series Afterlife and the recent supernatural mystery film The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. His play, The Chapel of Unrest, was presented exclusively for one night only at London’s Bush Theatre starring Jim Broadbent and Reece Shearsmith. His short stories have earned selection in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Best British Mysteries, and Best British Horror, and he has been a Bram Stoker, British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award finalist. He is the author of two short story collections: Dark Corners and Monsters in the Heart – the latter of which won a British Fantasy Award for “Best Collection” in 2014. He has also won a BAFTA.

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Cover image by Ben Baldwin

Publication date: March 2015

Available in limited signed and numbered hardback (125 copies), unlimited paperback, and eBook.

Retail: £21UK/£24EU/$50US & RoW

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Available from the publishers: Spectral Press, 13 Montgomery Crescent, Bolbeck Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 8PP

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Within the Wind…: This Is Horror Review

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

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

Let’s end this exciting week with another new review, this time of Ray Cluley’s Arctic chiller Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow, the first title from the new Theatrum Mundi imprint. You can read the review HERE.

WITHIN THE WIND, BENEATH THE SNOW by Ray Cluley 

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UK £15

EU £16

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SBoHS 2: submissions and pre-orders

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

Mark Morris says: “I’m pleased to announce that THE 2ND SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES is now open to submissions! Stories can be any length (though the preferred length is 2000-8000 words) and payment is £20 per 1000 words, up to a maximum of £100, which means that if you submit a story that’s over 5000 words it will be on the understanding that you’ll be giving us those additional words for free. The closing date for submissions is June 30th, and the book will be launched at FantasyCon in October. Due to the volume of stories I’m expecting to receive over the next few months it may take a while for me to get back to you, and my responses may, by necessity, be brief (I have my own writing deadlines to meet, after all). PLEASE NOTE: NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS AND NO REPRINTS!! All submissions should be sent to

spectralhorror2@gmail.com

and stories should be double-spaced in a clear, readable font. There’s no theme for the anthology – all I’m looking for are well-written, original, disturbing stories that push my buttons. If you want further clues as to the kinds of stories I like, I recommend you buy and read a copy of the inaugural volume of THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES, which is available from Spectral Press. Thanks – and good luck!”

PRE-ORDERS

Yes, we know it won’t be available until October this year but, given the popularity of the inaugural volume, we thought it might be an idea to put it on pre-order now for those who would like to secure a copy ahead of time. The prices will be exactly the same as last year. Also like the first volume the cover will be by the award-winning Vincent Chong, whose artistic kung-fu is legendary.

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

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The Spectral Book of Horror Stories Vol. 2: submissions open

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

Mark Morris has just announced the following:

“I’m pleased to announce that THE 2ND SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES is now open to submissions! Stories can be any length (though the preferred length is 2000-8000 words) and payment is £20 per 1000 words, up to a maximum of £100, which means that if you submit a story that’s over 5000 words it will be on the understanding that you’ll be giving us those additional words for free. The closing date for submissions is June 30th, and the book will be launched at FantasyCon in October. Due to the volume of stories I’m expecting to receive over the next few months it may take a while for me to get back to you, and my responses may, by necessity, be brief (I have my own writing deadlines to meet, after all). All submissions should be sent to

spectralhorror2@gmail.com

and stories should be double-spaced in a clear, readable font. There’s no theme for the anthology – all I’m looking for are well-written, original, disturbing stories that push my buttons. If you want further clues as to the kinds of stories I like, I recommend you buy and read a copy of the inaugural volume of THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES, which is available from Spectral Press. Thanks – and good luck!”

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will once again feature a cover by Vincent Chong. 

PRICES WILL REMAIN THE SAME AS LAST YEAR AND WE WILL ACCEPT ADVANCE ORDERS – EMAIL spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details.

Thank you!

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES VOL 1

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£15 EU

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This Is Horror goes to Leytonstone

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

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

Not quite as catchy as Frankie Goes to Hollywood admittedly but nevertheless the online horror magazine gives us their considered review of Stephen Volk’s forthcoming novella from Spectral, Leystonstone. Why not click on over to the site and have a read of what they thought of it. Even better, read the review and then buy a copy of the book, which is due out at the end of next month. The review is HERE.

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£21 UK

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The Quarantined City 2: Into the Rain

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

The above image will be the cover to the second episode of James Everington’s Spectral eBook serial, The Quarantined City, entitled Into the Rain. Follow the protagonist Fellows as he gets deeper into the writings of the mysterious Boursier and the effects they have on him and his surroundings. The plot thickens, as someone famous once averred.

Once again, Neil Williams has provided layout duties for the cover, which is a detail from Max Ernst’s stunning painting Europe After the Rain, 1941 -1942. The episode will be available from Amazon at the end of this month. Look out for it!

Ricochet: first review

"Ricochet" by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

“Ricochet” by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

It’s always exciting when we receive a first review of a publication, and this one for Tim Dry’s Ricochet, the second Theatrum Mundi title, is no exception. It’s by Paul Simpson at Sci-Fi Bulletin, and you can access it HERE.

And above you can see the full cover in all its magnificent glory, courtesy of John Oakey. The book will be available at the end of this month – so why not grab a copy now!

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UK £10

EU £15

US & RoW $30

Nigel Kneale book: a reminder

"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

It’s been a while since we mentioned this volume, We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (edited by Neil Snowdon), which looks set fair to be the definitive book on the influence the screenwriter, author and visionary Nigel Kneale has had on today’s writers.

The book will be available in two editions: a LTD HARDBACK featuring everything listed below plus an unproduced and never before published screenplay by Kneale (likely to retail for between £30 – £50) and an UNLIMITED PAPERBACK which will have everything except the screenplay (although we’re still debating that one). The books will be out in December 2015 and we have already received 50+ reservations for the hardback – if you would like a copy of either edition then please register your interest by emailing us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com today. You will be asked for a deposit of £20 UK/EU or $30 US & RoW, the balance being payable at time of publication. WHY NOT RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY?

The list of contributors reads like a veritable who’s who – take a look at this:

Mark Gatiss (League of Gentleman, The Tractate Middoth) will be providing the introduction

David A. Sutton (Dark Terrors

Mark Morris (Toady, The Immaculate, Stitch… Editor –  Cinemacabre and The Spectral Book of Horror Stories.)

Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, Afterlife. The Awakening and Whitstable).

Stephen Laws (Spectre, Ghost Train, Macabre)

Gary McMahon (The Concrete Grove, Pretty Little Dead Things, What They Hear in the Dark)

Ramsey Campbell (The Doll who Ate His Mother, The Face that Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, Nazareth Hill, Needing Ghosts… Film Critic for Video Watchdog & BBC Radio Merseyside)

Ashley Thorpe (Director of The Screaming Skull, The Hairy Hands, Borley Rectory)

Mark Chadbourn (Scissorman, Jack of Ravens, The Burning Man… Scriptwriter Doctors, Shadow State)

Jonathan Rigby (Film Critic & author of Engilsh Gothic, American Gothic, Studies in Terror)

Lynda E. Rucker (The Moon will Look Strange)

Kim Newman (Film Critic & Author of Anno Dracula, The Quorum, Life’s Lottery, An English Ghost Story, Nightmare Movies)

Maura McHugh(Twisted Fairy Tales, The Mysteries of Unland)

Tim Lucas (Film Critic & Author of Throat Sprockets, The Book of Renfield, Mario Bava: All the Colours of the Dark…Editor of Video Watchdog)

Thana Niveau(From Hell to Eternity)

Stephen Bissette (Artist, Editor, Publisher – Swamp Thing, Gore Shriek, Taboo… Writer for Video Watchdog, Deep Red, Fangoria…)

Kier-La Janisse (Film critic & Author House of Psychotic Women, A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi)

John Llewellyn Probert (The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, The Hammer of Dr. Valentine, The Catacombs of Fear)

Tony Earnshaw (Film Critic & Author Beating the Devil, Under Milk Wood Revisited, An Actor and a Rare One, The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark)

Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen, Funland… Author Bright Darkness: The Lost Art of the Supernatural Horror Film, Never Trust a Rabbit, The Haunted Book)

Richard Harland Smith (Film Critic Video Watchdog, Movie Morlocks)

Also featuring interviews/conversations with Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Sherlock), Peter Sasdy (Director of The Stone Tape), Judith Kerr (widow of Nigel Kneale & author of The Tiger who Came to Tea, When Hitler Tole Pink Rabbit), and Herbert Wise (Director of Kneale adaptation of The Woman in Black)

Looking forward to hearing from you!