A little self-indulgence

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

Remember a while back we told you that Spectral Press owner/editor-in-chief Simon Marshall-Jones would be having his debut collection of short stories published soon? Well, we can tell you that Biblia Longcrofta will be released into the multiverses on June 30th 2015 and that you can order copies if you so desire from HERE. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the splendiferous Jim Burns cover shown above….

“Biblia Longcrofta by Simon Marshall-Jones, publisher and editor at award-nominated Spectral Press, is a series of connected short fiction stories, semi-autobiographical in nature, set in the imaginary town of Longcroft. Although it has no precise geographical location in the ‘real’ world, nevertheless it is located somewhere on the northern coastline of Britain. It exists contemporaneously and separately in a different time stream from the rest of the world, the reasons for the split lost in the mists of time.

It is no ordinary town, however – here miracles happen on an everyday basis, and the numinous and marvellous sit side-by-side with the banal and mundane. Into this wonderland comes a tattooed stranger called Simeon, a man bored of his old life, but still unsure of what his place in the world is, who he is, and what purpose he has. Through a series of connected incidents, he comes to understand the world around him, and the person he is. Along the way he meets wonders and living myths and, through interacting with them, he finds his true destiny – however, it’s not what he was expecting nor what he would have chosen for himself.”

Simon will also be happy to sign copies for anyone who asks – we will have copies for sale here as well. Contact Simon at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for payment details.

And the winner is…

Three weeks ago we ran a competition to name a new science fiction imprint we will be setting up in the next year or so, for which we received a lot of entries amongst which were some truly brilliant suggestions. Unfortunately, as great as they were (which made choosing one extremely difficult), there could only be one winner and one runner-up. So, in reverse order as is customary, the runner up was:

KATE PROBERT with Distant Earth (inspired by Arthur C. Clarke).

Congratulations – Kate wins a signed copy of the very publication to be issued under the new imprint.

The grand prize winner though is JAY EALES (who wins all the imprint’s output as it gets published) with:

rEvolution SF

This perfectly encapsulates the aims and ambitions of the new line: fiction which provokes a response – cutting edge, adventurous, arcane, challenging, boundary-pushing, and genre-busting. Fiction that ventures into unexpected areas, and delves into places not traditionally associated with science fiction. Thinking people’s science fiction – in other words, the EVOLUTION of science fiction through REVOLUTIONary literature.

Well done and congratulations to Jay!

NEWS

"VURT" by Jeff Noon

“VURT” by Jeff Noon

And, in further rEvolution SF news, we are proud to announce that sci-fi alumni Jeff Noon (Vurt, Pollen, Automating Alice) will be the first author published by the imprint. Expect it within the next 12 months. 

Bits and bobs

Quite a bit to get through this morning, so let’s get right into it:

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 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories has received quite a large number of submissions but if you are still thinking of sending a story in then you only have TWENTY-FIVE DAYS left in which to do so – the final deadline is 30th June. Get writing and submitting!

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

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES VOL 1

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

"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, the same date is the deadline for getting your deposits in for We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale – after 30th June full payment will be required if you want to reserve a copy. This is going to be an essential for fans of Kneale’s work, as well as those interested in screenwriting and the history of genre TV and film. Secure your copy today!

LIMITED HARDBACK EDITION – deadline for deposits is June 30th:

£20 UK & EU

$30 US & RoW

PAPERBACK EDITION

£15.00UK

£18.00EU

$45.00US & RoW

OTHER NEWS

The fourth episode in James Everington’s Spectral serial The Quarantined City will be appearing at the end of this month, to be followed at the end of July by a bumper double ‘issue’ of parts five and six. We would like to apologise to customers for the delay in getting the episodes out.

Lisa Hannett’s Smoke Billows, Soot Falls, the latest in Spectral’s chapbook series, will be out as soon as possible – currently the signature sheets are en route from Australia. Please bear with us on this. Thank you!

Also, eBook and paperback editions of Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow by Ray Cluley and Ricochet by Tim Dry, (and very soon The Hammer of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert) are available from Amazon UK & US.

Albion Fay: New review

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

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

On this first day of June, here’s a new review from Paul Simpson of Sc-Fi Bulletin of Mark Morris’ Albion Fay – you can find it HERE.

The book will be published this month.

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

£21 UK

£25 EU

$50 US & RoW

PAPERBACK EDITION

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$35.00US&RoW

The Grieving Stones: the complete cover

"The Grieving Stones" ©2015 Gary McMahon/Spectral Press. Artwork by David Verba ©2015 - design by John Oakey.

“The Grieving Stones” ©2015 Gary McMahon/Spectral Press. Artwork by David Verba ©2015 – design by John Oakey.

Last week, we gave you a preview of David Verba’s artwork for the cover of Gary McMahon’s novella The Grieving Stones – today we show you the finished front cover, with title and byline (courtesy of John Oakey). We happen to think it’s a thing of aesthetic simplicity and beauty, amply reflecting the story contained within its covers.

“When she looked at the windows, a premature night had fallen. The house smelled of herbs and butchered meat.”

It seems like such a good idea at the time. Take a group of clients for a weekend-long group therapy session in a remote location, an isolated house near some ancient standing stones. A place with a history of secrecy and witchcraft. Clean up the house. Use this work as part of the therapy process. Talks. Role-play. Team work. Togetherness.

The reality, however, is that everybody has to fight their demons alone.

Alice hopes that the trip might help her to cope better with her husband’s death. What she doesn’t anticipate is finding some allies – ones that remain in the shadows but encourage her to join their sisterhood. Three women who seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.

These dark sisters disturb something inside her that has long been caged: a power that, once released, changes everything.

Available for preorder later on this year.

Competition time!

spaceshipWe here at Spectral are always looking at ways in which to move forward and, to that end, we have for a while been planning a science fiction imprint, to be launched some years hence, to run alongside the Spectral, Theatrum Mundi, and projected crime lines. Now, here’s where you come in – we’re looking for an interesting, snappy, and pithy name for the line, and we would like you lot to come up with one for us. The winner will receive the entire output of the new imprint as they get published. Two runners-up will get the first publication in hardback, signed.

In order to enter, you MUST send your entry to spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Any suggestions in the comments section below will be considered invalid. The closing date of the contest will be midnight Sunday 7th June 2015. Please include your name and email address. Open to everyone, except those inhabitants of the Proxima Centauri system – we know what you do with spoons and it’s disgusting.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you! =D

The Grieving Stones by Gary McMahon

"The Grieving Stones" artwork by David Verba ©2015

“The Grieving Stones” artwork by David Verba ©2015

This coming January will be Spectral Press’ fifth anniversary, and to celebrate it Gary McMahon, the writer who launched the press in January 2011 with his chapbook What We Hear in the Dark, is back with a new novella entitled The Grieving Stones. It’s an extremely atmospheric tale (see blurb below) and we have decided to approach the artwork from a more abstract angle, going more for mood than figurative depiction, so we asked artist David Verba to come up with something – it’s certainly a lot different for the usual Spectral covers (which is no bad thing!). Preorders will be available later on in the year.

“When she looked at the windows, a premature night had fallen. The house smelled of herbs and butchered meat.”

It seems like such a good idea at the time. Take a group of clients for a weekend-long group therapy session in a remote location, an isolated house near some ancient standing stones. A place with a history of secrecy and witchcraft. Clean up the house. Use this work as part of the therapy process. Talks. Role-play. Team work. Togetherness.

The reality, however, is that everybody has to fight their demons alone.

Alice hopes that the trip might help her to cope better with her husband’s death. What she doesn’t anticipate is finding some allies – ones that remain in the shadows but encourage her to join their sisterhood. Three women who seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.

These dark sisters disturb something inside her that has long been caged: a power that, once released, changes everything.