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

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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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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Shirley Jackson Awards: three nominations

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

It is with immense, nay ECSTATIC, pleasure that we can announce that The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has been nominated in three categories in the extremely prestigious Shirley Jackson Awards 2014, named after the writer who brought us the classics The Haunting of Hill House (brilliantly brought to the big screen as The Haunting by Robert Wise in 1963), We have Always Lived in the Castle, and the short story ‘The Lottery’. The nominations are:

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris, BEST ANTHOLOGY
‘The Dog’s Home’ by Alison Littlewood, BEST SHORT FICTION
‘Newspaper Heart’ by Stephen Volk, BEST NOVELETTE

The awards ceremony will be held at Readercon on July 12th, at the Burlington Marriott, Burlington, Massachusetts.

The rest of the nominees can be seen HERE.

Congratulations to all concerned, and the best of luck to all the nominees!

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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

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 – 24:02:2015

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, it is with great pleasure that we can announce that renowned anthology editor Ellen Datlow has chosen two stories from the First Spectral Book of Horror Stories for her The Best Horror of the Year Volume 7, due out later this year. The stories selected are Rio Youers’ Outside Heavenly and Alison Littlewood’s The Dog’s Home. Congratulations in particular to Rio and Alison, and also to all the other writers too!

The book is still available (order on the Paypal buttons below), and is chock full of excellent stories to thrill and chill. Buy your copy today!

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RICOCHET by Tim Dry

This novella is selling very nicely, copies going out left, right, and centre. This is sure to be a popular title, so why not grab a copy today!

Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk "Ricochet"

Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk “Ricochet”

Also, the author Tim Dry and the publisher Simon Marshall-Jones will be appearing on Nicholas Vince’s Book Club Google+ Hangout on 22nd March 2015 at 7pm and on Youtube shortly afterwards. More details can be found right HERE.

(In case you don’t know, Nicholas Vince played the Chatterer Cenobite in the Hellraiser films and Kinski in Nightbreed)

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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

Just a quick heads up about a forthcoming event – on the evening of November 21st 2014 Waterstones in Leeds will be staging a Spectral Book of Horror Stories event. Editor Mark Morris is going to be there, as will Gary McMahon, Alison Littlewood, and Reginald Oliver, to sign copies and do readings – and publisher Simon Marshall-Jones is also looking to be there to look on admiringly. After the readings will be a Q&A followed by the signing.

For those who know about these things, yes there will be wine available during the event.

More details soon!

 

 

News 25:07:2014 – Alison Littlewood mini-interview

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

Alison Littlewood, acclaimed author of A Quiet Season (a Richard and Judy pick in their Book of the Month Club), The Path of Needles, and her latest The Unquiet House and of course the Spectral chapbook The Eyes of Water, gets the mini-interview treatment on Angela Slatter’s blog today – see what she has to say by clicking HERE.

Pre-order your copy today of this first in an annual anthology – ordering buttons below (if you want to pay by any other means, please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we’ll give you details):

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NEWS

The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark Deluxe Edition has definitely sold out, plus we have been informed that the slipcases for the books will be here next week. An interview with Lawrence Gordon Clark himself will appear in the next issue of The Spectral Times magazine (not related to us in any way) – more details when we have them.

VICTORY!!

BNH24

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Alison Littlewood’s Spectral chapbook story, The Eyes of Water, will be reprinted in the Stephen Jones-edited Mammoth Book of best New Horror Volume 24.  This is another milestone in Spectral Press’ quest to conquer the universe. We’re sure that you will all join us in congratulating Alison on her success!

(As an aside, Alison actually has TWO stories in the Best New Horror anthology, the other one being ‘The Discord of Being’ published by Eibonvale Press in the Allen Ashley-edited anthology Where Are We Going? – fantastic news all round!)

The Eyes of Water: getting the FEAR

Eyes of Water cover image

Many years ago now, there used to be a popular newsstand horror magazine called FEAR which, in the course of time, faded away with the onslaught of the electronic revolution in mass communications and information technology. It disappeared off the shelves, which was a great shame as it was one of the better periodicals out there. But, just like that other genre stalwart Starburst, it’s now made a welcome return to print, but this time backed up with an online presence as well.

Anyway, the very first issue featured a review of Alison Littlewood’s The Eyes of Water and we have been promised that more reviews of Spectral publications will appear in the next issue plus, at some point, an interview with Simon Marshall-Jones. In the meantime, we reproduce here in full, courtesy of managing editor John Gilbert, the review of Alison’s chapbook.

“Small or specialist publishers are the lifeblood of genre fiction and at the moment Spectral Press is one of its rising stars. So much have they to offer that we decided to feature [one] of their new […] titles. The first is The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood,  a claustrophobic tale [of] underwater caves on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico.

Alex is told that his friend, Rick, has been found dead after diving into a cenote that fed into a whirlpool just off the coast. Alex finds Rick’s death hard to accept particularly as he was such an expert navigator of the underwater caverns. His suspicions are further aroused when he sees the body of his friend [in] the morgue and cannot understand as Rick’s face is the only part of his body to be destroyed in the accident. Drawn to investigate he soon finds himself [in] a world of danger he could hardly have imagined.

Author Alison Littlewood skillfully describes the beauty of the underwater cave system while combining it with a claustrophobic horror that insinuates itself upon the reader as they descend into the story. Brilliantly and skillfully envisaged, The Eyes of Water is an unusual tale where every turn can reveal the unexpected.”

Many thanks to John and the FEAR team for the review – looking forward to the other reviews when they appear! Onwards and upwards!

Reviews and news 19th October 2012

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

First off, we received notice this morning of a new review of John L. Probert’s Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, posted to the Dread Central website and written by Pestilence. It contains this rather fine quote:

“…Probert’s tale remains a total delight from start to finish – aiming somewhere between the thrilling, the camp and the humourous, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine lands smack bang in the middle of brilliance.”

You can read the rest of the review here.

For those interested, paperback copies are still available, although there are very limited stocks available – please send remittance (£8UK/£9EU/$16US & RoW) via Paypal to spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. It is also available via Amazon UK and Amazon US.

The Eyes of Water cover image

Also, there’s a new review of Alison Littlewood’s chapbook story, The Eyes of Water, on David Hebblethwaite’s Follow the Thread blog – it’s the third one down and can be found here.

NEWS

We’ll be announcing the winner of the recent The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine competition on Tuesday next week – so please do look out for that! However, on Monday, we will FINALLY be revealing the Table of Contents of the very first Spectral Christmas Ghost Story Annual – we’re very excited by the line-up we’ve chosen. It was an extremely tough decision to make – there were more submissions than we’d anticipated and the standard was very high. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take everyone’s story, but there will be plenty more chances to submit to future editions of the Annual.

The Annual even has a proper title now:  The Thirteen Ghosts of Christmas – come back Monday and all will be revealed!

Onwards and upwards!

Another review of The Eyes of Water surfaces

The Eyes of Water cover image

Another Monday morning, but at least we can start the week off with a review of Alison Littlewood’s Spectral chapbook story, The Eyes of Water. This one is featured in the very latest Morpheus Tales Review Supplement (#18), which is available now.  The review has been written by Stanley Riiks, and can be found on page 6 of said supplement – you can download the issue from here, and best of all it’s FREE! Even better than that, it also contains the latest Ramblings of a Tattooed Head column from Spectral Press captain, Simon Marshall-Jones.

In a small piece of news, we’ve been informed that Alison’s story has also been recommended for a Stoker Award – which we believe is fully deserved. Good luck Alison!

NEWS

The next Spectral Visions novella will be Stephen Volk’s Whitstable, which will be published around the time of the centenary of the late great actor Peter Cushing’s birth next year (May). It will feature a specially-written Afterword by Mark Morris, and we are also very excited to announce that it will feature a cover by Ben Baldwin.

More details soon!