Cate Gardner’s new novella The Bureau of Them is due to be published this coming June and will be launched at this year’s Edge-Lit event in Derby in July alongside Mark Morris’ Albion Fay and Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone. To whet your appetite, here’s a teaser blurb from the back cover:
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.
The cover will be by David Chatton-Barker, which will be with us very soon. In the meantime you can preorder the limited hardback and the unlimited paperback:
See that photo above? That has brought BIG smiles to us here at Chateau Spectrale, as well as a huge boost – Angela Slatter’s Spectral chapbook Home and Hearth won in the ‘Best Horror Short Story’ category at this year’s Aurealis Awards, which were presented last weekend in a glittering ceremony in Canberra. It just goes to show that quality will always win out.
We must thank Angela for sending us the story in the first place, and trusting us with it. Plus, we must also thank the illustrious Neil Williams for providing such an atmospheric cover for it.
—John Landis, director of American Werewolf in London
and Michael Jackson’s Thriller
This is the moment you have been waiting for – the full contents list for the Darker Terrors: A Best of Dark Terrors volume coming this October from Spectral Press. Quiver in delicious anticipation at this TOC:
Foreword – Stephen Jones
More Tomorrow –Michael Marshall Smith I’ve Come to Talk with You Again – Karl Edward Wagner A Really Game Boy – Brian Lumley To This Water – Caitlin R Kiernan The Museum on Cyclops Avenue – Harlan Ellison Free Dirt – Ray Bradbury Self Made Man – Poppy Z. Brite The Wedding Present – Neil Gaiman Family History – Stephen Baxter Inside the Cackle Factory – Dennis Etchison My Pathology – Lisa Tuttle At Home in the Pubs of Old London – Christopher Fowler Barking Sands – Richard Christian Matheson Destroyer of Worlds – Gwyneth Jones The Retrospective – Ramsey Campbell The Two Sams – Glen Hirshberg The Prospect Cards – Don Tumasonis
Afterword – David A. Sutton Appendix: Index to Dark Terrors
Mark Morris, editor of this annual anthology, has received over 600 submissions for this already, and the deadline isn’t until June 30th. We have a feeling that this is going to be a good one, more than following the high standard set by the first volume. Even though it’s not available until October this year, given the popularity of the inaugural edition we are putting 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 (see his cover for the the first one above).
THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 – PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!
$30 US & RoW
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!
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 third in James Everington’s Spectral, The Quarantined City: Spot the Difference serial is now available to purchase at the measly price of £1.99. AND, as a bonus, if you’ve missed the first two episodes, they’ve been reduced in price to £0.99 to enable to you catch up with the plight of Fellows and his obsession with finding the elusive and mysterious author Boursier. Links below:
Nearly two years after publication in May 2013, Whitstable by Stephen is still getting reviews, and this is the latest one – it’s been written by Charlene Cocrane and was posted to her Char’s Horror Corner blog. Find out what she thought of the novella by going HERE.
News of some two new books due to arrive in mid-2015:
THE BUREAU OF THEM by Cate Gardner
First, we have Cate Gardner’s new novella The Bureau of Them, due to be published in June and launched at this year’s Edge-Lit event in Derby in July (alongside Mark Morris’ Albion Fay and Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone). Expect a story of Cate’s trademark dark surrealism and slightly-twisted realities, plus a cover from David Chatton-Barker which will be with us in a couple of weeks. In the meantime you can preorder the limited hardback and the unlimited paperback:
Some years ago, Johnny Mains issued this eBook only volume of stories with the subtitle The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories. Spectral will be reissuing it with new material in paperback in May, with a cover by Les Edwards (see above). Preorder on the buttons below:
We are immensely pleased to announce that Paul Meloy will be joining the roster of Theatrum Mundi with a novella, called Junction Creature, the first of a series set in the same universe. If any of you subscribe to Black Static then you will have read his Reclamation Yard contribution in #40 of that magazine. In fact, the story called Junction Creature is mentioned the Black Static story, in a neat twist of meta-fictionalising. Paul’s novella will be available towards the end of next year, but we’re already looking forward to it.
Now, in a slight departure from our regular schedule, here’s some news about Spectral Press boss Simon Marshall-Jones:
Not only does Simon edit fiction, but he also writes it. His debut collection of short science-fiction/contemporary fantasy/magico-fantastic realist stories, Biblia Longcrofta. will be published by Tickety Boo Press on April 30th 2015, and features an introduction by Steven Savile and cover artwork by esteemed and very well-known artist Jim Burns (see image above). The huge vessel seen in the image is featured in one of the stories, and Simon avers that Jim has captured its bulk and immensity absolutely perfectly. Copies are available to preorder, available in limited hardback in handmade wooden box (£75), normal hardback (£25), and paperback (£9.99). You can order them HERE or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.