Within the Wind: New 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

It’s always something of a good thing to be able to start the day with notice of a new review, and so we can tell you about the latest one from Anthony Watson over at the Dark Musings blog: this time he concentrates on Ray Cluley’s chilling tale Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow. You can read the review HERE.

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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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Dr. Valentine gets a second opinion

"The Hammer of Dr. Valentine" ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

“The Hammer of Dr. Valentine” ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

Following hot on the heels of the review posted yesterday, just like DCI Longdon pursuing his nemesis Dr. Valentine, comes another write-up for John Llewellyn Probert’s The Hammer of Dr. Valentine, this time from Anthony Watson of Dark Musings – read it HERE.

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Review and news – 05:11:2014

The Dancers in the Pines ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams

The Dancers in the Pines ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams

Now that Simon Bestwick’s Black Mountain serial has come to an end, Anthony Watson of Dark Musings has decided to review the work in toto. He originally reviewed the first half some five months ago when it was still gathering steam – so what does he think of it now that it has drawn to a conclusion? To find out, jut click HERE.


Over the next few days Spectral Press will be sending out review PDFs of John Llewellyn Probert’s The Hammer of Dr. Valentine and Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone – if there are any reviewers/book bloggers who wish to review one or both of these titles, then please contact us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Please state which publication/blog/website the review will appear on as well as which book(s) you wish to review. Thank you in advance.

Also. just to let customers know, there will only be two postal runs per week as from today: Tuesdays and Thursdays. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but as this is practically a one-man operation (sometimes two) and we are very busy, we have decided to institute this policy for the foreseeable future. We very much appreciate your co-operation and patience in this matter. Thank you!

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!