Leytonstone: Dark Musings review

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

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

A little bit later than planned, as this morning has been very busy already, but here’s a link to the very latest review of Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone, the second in his ‘Dark Masters’ trilogy, and the follow-on from 2013’s Whitstable. As hinted at in the post heading, this one appears on Anthony Watson’s Dark Musings review blog – you can read the write-up HERE.



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$50 US & RoW

25:08:2014 – Interview, review, and news

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

On this Monday morning, which is a Bank Holiday for us here in the UK, we present the final mini-interview of contributors to Spectral’s forthcoming The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, conducted by Angela Slatter. So, who’s the lucky person featured today? Well, it’s Simon Marshall-Jones, the erstwhile publisher/editor/El Presidente/Dictator for Life of Spectral itself. What does he have to say? Furthermore, will it make sense to anyone? To find out, go HERE.

We’ll follow that up with a new review of the volume, by Anthony Watson and posted to his Dark Musings blog – that one can be accessed HERE.

This is going to be a very special anthology, so we really do encourage you to pre-order your copy today of this first volume in a projected annual series – ordering buttons below (if you want to pay by any other means, please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we’ll happily send you details). All prices are INCLUSIVE of postage and packing:

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Don’t forget that we have a new website, which is now live and ready to use. It features a shop, from which it is easier to order books and accessories, and even has a swish postage calculation system which will work out how much postage and packing you should pay. Aside from that, there will also be the usual news and reviews, plus plenty of other material for you to read and digest. Sign up today to be alerted to new posts and other stuff. The URL is https://www.spectralpress.co.uk/

From tomorrow, both here and on the new website, we will be celebrating the life of JOEL LANE: BLACK COUNTRY PROPHET, the writer who sadly died last year at the far-too-young age of 50. Allen Ashley asked various writers and figures in the genre to choose their favourite stories of his and to write a brief introduction explaining why they chose that particular story, to be followed by the story itself. The first entry will be introduced by legendary editor/anthologiser Stephen Jones. Look out for it.

Dark Musings on Black Mountain

"The last of Russell Ware" copyright © 2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork copyright © 2014 Neil Williams

“The last of Russell Ware” copyright © 2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork copyright © 2014 Neil Williams

For the past five months, we’ve been releasing an electronic serialised novel called Black Mountain, by the inestimable Simon Bestwick and adorned with atmospheric cover artwork by Neil Williams. Today, we bring you the first review of the partwork as it hits its stride at nearly the halfway mark. The review is by Anthony Watson and can be found on his Dark Musings review blog – you can read what he think about it so far by going HERE.

All five parts are available via Amazon UK and Amazon US.

News and reviews 14:01:2014

It’s a beautifully sunny but frosty morning here in the grounds of Château Spectrale, and we will celebrate by telling you of some recent reviews which have come our way:

"Ghosts" © Paul Kane/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Edward Miller 2007 - 2013.

“Ghosts” © Paul Kane/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Edward Miller 2007 – 2013.

First, we have a write-up of our two latest books, Tim Lebbon’s Still Life novella and Paul Kane’s Ghosts collection – this one appears on Anthony Watson’s Dark Musings blog, and clicking here will take you right to it.

Whitstable cover image

Whitstable by Stephen Volk continues to make waves, and to underline that here’s another review of this fantastic book – this one is from Peter Tennant, the reviewer over at extremely well-respected genre magazine Black Static, which was originally published in issue 34 and now appears on Peter’s personal blog. You can read that one by going here.


It has been decided that Simon Bestwick’s chapbook, The Judgement Call, will be published this December. This is mainly due to the fact that it’s a Christmas tale, so this year, Christmas Ghost Story lovers are going to be spoiled: you’ll be getting Simon’s chapbook, Paul Finch’s Sparrowhawk special edition hardback, Ray Cluley’s Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow novellette and, of course, the 2014 edition of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas. Lots to look forward to.

Also, all those who have recently purchased books from us: apologies for the delay in sending them out! We’re still in the process of unpacking all the boxes after our recent relocation – we promise to dispatch them as soon as we are able to. Thanks for your patience!

New reviews – 03:06:2013

Whitstable cover image

The start of another week and so we bring you news of yet more reviews of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable.  Without further ado, here they are:

First, Dread Central have given the novella a 5* (5 Knives?) review. The review’s by Pestilence and you can check that one out here.

Then, Anthony Watson expresses his thoughts on his Dark Musings blog – that one can be accessed by going here.

Plus, on Amazon UK, there have been some reviews posted, which you can read here. You can also buy both the paperback and Kindle edition of the book from the same source and we encourage any who have bought and read the book to add their own thoughts to Amazon.

This Is Horror‘s latest podcast also reviews Whitstable –  you can listen to what they had to say by going here.

More news and reviews soon!

Musing darkly on The 13 Ghosts of Christmas

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas cover image

Just a very short blog entry on this overcast and foggy morning here at Spectral Towers, to let you know about the latest review of Spectral’s very first anthology, The 13 Ghosts of Christmas. This one’s been written by Anthony Watson and appears on his Dark Musings blog. If you want to read what he’s written about it, all you need to do is click here.

More soon!

Reviews and News 30th Ocober 2012

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

It’s an absolutely stunningly gorgeous autumn morning here: bright sunshine, blue skies with wispy clouds floating here and there, the leaves on the trees in the park surrounding Spectral Towers turning all manner of golds, yellows and reds, and the crazy local squirrel playing dare with the traffic whizzing past on the road just outside. To cap such a glorious start to the day, we have a link to a review of The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine from Anthony Watson’s Dark Musings blog, which has only sweetened an already marvellous day. To read what the good Mr. Watson had to say, please click here.


Talking of John L. Probert’s opus, we are both sad and glad to say that the paperback has now sold out from us here at Spectral Towers – HOWEVER, it is still available from both Amazon UK and US. The reviews have been universal in their praise for the novella, so why not get yourself a copy today!

More soon!

Review round-up 24th October 2012

What Gets Left Behind cover image

The reviews for Mark West’s What Gets Left Behind have been stacking up while we’ve been making exciting annoucements about other projects, so we decided to put them all together into one posting for your convenience. Anyway, enough waffling from us, here they are:

First review is a great write-up from Gef Fox of the Wag the Fox review blog, which you can read here. Then we have a review from She Never Slept, written by Marc Nocerino, accessible by clicking here (you’ll need to scroll down a bit for the review proper) – thanks to Marc for this. Moving on, Anthony Watson, a subscriber to the chapbooks, was kind enough to review Mark’s  story on his Dark Musings blog – just go here for the lowdown. Finally, writer Colin F. Barnes sets his thoughts down on the chapbook in his blog-post ‘A Fulltime Writer’s Diary – Week 1’ – once again, you will need to scroll down the page to find the review towards the end of the entry. The blog-post can be found here.

Anyway, there will be more reviews soon, as well as some more exciting announcements about some of the books we have lined up for you over the next year or two – we can honestly say that we have some fantastic authors onboard for years three and four of Spectral, so watch this space!

Onwards and upwards!

Some Dark Musings on chapbooks

Eyes of Water cover image

It’s another busy week already at Spectral Towers and so, just to reassure you that we haven’t forgotten our loyal readers and customers, here’s a link to a review of a couple of chapbooks posted to Anthony Watson’s Dark Musings blog yesterday – The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood and This Is Horror’s inaugural chapbook in their premium range, Joe & Me by David Moody. They share something in common other than the fact that they’re chapbooks – Spectral’s Editor/Publisher Simon Marshall-Jones is also the Senior Editor on the This Is Horror books. You can read what the inestimable Mr. Watson said about them here.

These two lines complement each other nicely – TIH‘s chapbooks cover the areas of horror which Spectral doesn’t and vice versa. The David Moody mini-tome is highly recommended, a well-told story of hard choices having to be made in extraordinary circumstances. Hop on over This Is Horror to find out more and how to subscribe.

More reviews soon – onwards and upwards!

Dark Musings on The Respectable Face of Tyranny

The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry

The reviews of the debut novella in the Spectral Visions line, The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry, are trickling in slowly but surely. This latest one is by Anthony Watson, curator of the Dark Musings blog, and you can read what he has to say about the limited hardback edition here. That edition is sadly sold out, but you can still grab yourself a paperback copy for the measly sum of £5.99 UK/9€ EU/$12 US /$12 RoW and all prices are inclusive of post and packing.  There are Paypal buttons below for your convenience, but should you want to pay via cheque or bank transfer, then contact us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for more details.

UK – £5.99 (£4.99 + £1 p&p)

EU – 9€ (6€ + 3€ p&p)

USA  – $12 ($8 + $4 s&h)

RoW – $12 ($8 + $4 p&p)

More reviews soon!