Hallowe’en Delight: The Dancers in the Pines

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

Yes, we’ve reached the final episode of Simon Bestwick’s Black Mountain monthly Spectral serial, titled The Dancers in the Pines. It’s now available at both Amazon UK and US – so get your copy today!

‘There was no counting the number of victims the Bala Triangle had claimed over the centuries. Rob Markland’s attempts to investigate it had left him a hopeless madman. 

But still some questions had to be answered. What had happened to his girlfriend, Laura Hines, or the scientists, Glenn and Angela Lane, who’d accompanied them on their doomed expedition to Mynydd Du? What had finally driven Rob over the edge?

Rob had the answers, and he was prepared to give them – but only to me. And so here I was, preparing to go in to meet him for one final interview.

When I’d got those answers, I’d never be the same again.

And nor will you.’

Watch out for a new monthly serial starting in January 2015, The Quarantined City by James Everington!

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories – available now!

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

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories is selling extremely well and has garnered a lot of good press from various bloggers, magazines. and review sites (more reviews due soon!). With original stories from the stellar likes of Ramsey Campbell, Conrad Williams, Alison Moore, Robert Shearman, and Angela Slatter (along with fourteen other high-profile names) you really cannot afford to miss this one. So, why not get in on the act and ORDER A COPY TODAY! (Also available as a paperback and eBook from Amazon)

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The Last of Russell Ware: Black Mountain episode 5

"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

Now available from the Kindle store on Amazon, the latest installment of Simon Bestwick’s ongoing Spectral Press serial Black Mountain – The Last of Russell Ware. Once more it boasts an exquisite cover by Neil Williams (shown above). Buy your copy today by clicking on the following links:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

“Author and journalist Russell Ware was the man who’d coined the term ‘The Bala Triangle’, chronicling the phenomena that surrounded the North Welsh mountain Mynydd Du with ever-increasing obsession. 

On the 2nd January, 1981, his career and marriage in ruins, he set off for Bala for the last time. 
The following morning, Ware’s body was found in Llyn Daioni, the lake at the heart of so many of Mynydd Du’s mysteries. An accident, or suicide; either way, his torment, and that of his loved ones, was at an end. 

But in the shadow of Black Mountain, nothing is as it seems. Rob Markland, following in Ware’s footsteps, finds one man willing to break a silence of thirty years, and tell the true story of the last of Russell Ware.”

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"The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark", Cover image ©  1971 - 2013 Graham Morris. Design by John Oakey.

“The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark”, Cover image © 1971 – 2013 Graham Morris. Design by John Oakey.

EDITION CONTENTS

DELUXE EDITION (50 only- 14 left(available late May/early June):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus, The Signalman.

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Count Magnus teleplay by BASIL COPPER

Lost Hearts short stage play by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Illustrated with unseen behind the scenes photographs, chapter heading vignettes by Nick Gucker,  as well as examples of storyboards by Lawrence Gordon Clark.

SIGNED, SLIPCASED DELUXE EDITION:

£85 UK

£87 EU

$145 US

UNSIGNED HARDBACK (100 only) (available February):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Illustrated with photographs as well as chapter heading vignettes (by Nick Gucker)

UNSIGNED HARDBACK EDITION

£45 UK

£47 EU

$80 US

PAPERBACK (Unlimited) (available now):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Basic edition – text only plus chapter heading vignettes by Nick Gucker.

PAPERBACK EDITION (unlimited – available now):

£17.50 UK

£19.50 EU

$30 US
STILL LIFE by Tim Lebbon.

"Still Life" © Tim Lebbon/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Jim Burns 2013

“Still Life” © Tim Lebbon/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Jim Burns 2013

PLEASE NOTE! Due to contractual reasons, the paperback edition of Still Life is limited to 100 only!!

Jenni’s husband was part of the Road of Souls––his flesh swarmed by ants and pecked by rooks, bones crushed to powder by wheels of dread––and yet she still saw him in the pool.

            The incursion has been and gone, the war is over, and the enemy is in the land, remote and ambiguous.  The village outskirts are guarded by vicious beasts, making escape impossible.  The village itself is controlled by the Finks, human servants to the enemy––brutal, callous, almost untouchable. 

            Everything is less than it was before… time seems to move slower, the population is much denuded, and life itself seems to hold little purpose.  This is not living, it’s existing.

            But in a subjugated population, there is always resistance. 

            For Jenni, the happiest part of this new life is visiting the pool in the woods, seeing her dead husband within, and sharing memories of happier times.  It calms her and makes her feel alive.

            But the resistance comes to her for help. 

            And when her dead husband tells her it is time to fight, Jenni’s life is destined for a shattering change.  

“Tim Lebbon conjures up the horror of a world distorted by fear, distrust, and something unspeakable. With respectful nods to H.P Lovecraft Still Life rubs reality up against nightmares in this compact, engrossing treat.” Muriel Gray

STILL LIFE by Tim Lebbon

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

PAPERBACK

UK £12.50

EU £15

US & RoW $25

 

GHOSTS by Paul Kane

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

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

They are all around us all the time. But only a few make contact, and only certain people are destined to see the Ghosts. Here, you’ll read a lonely shade’s tale… a deceased old man’s house being invaded… how one person discovers the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, while a parent struggles to come to terms with the sad loss of a child… and what happens when the ghosts of war go on the rampage, or when a monstrous wraith stalks the streets looking for revenge. Gathering together all of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane’s supernatural fiction, including three brand new stories–one a sequel to Charles Dickens’ ‘The Signal-Man’–and featuring an introduction from bestselling horror author Nancy Kilpatrick (Power of the Blood World series), the script of Wind Chimes introduced by its director Brad Watson (7th Dimension), plus suitably atmospheric cover art from Edward Miller, this is one collection that will haunt you forever.

GHOSTS by Paul Kane

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

PAPERBACK

UK £12.50

EU £15

US & RoW $25

 

WHITSTABLE by Stephen Volk

Whitstable cover image

1971. A middle-aged man, wracked with grief, walks along the beach at Whitstable in Kent.

A boy walks approaches him and, taking him for the famous vampire-hunter Doctor Van Helsing from the Hammer movies, asks for his help. Because he believes his stepfather really is a vampire…

So begins the moving and evocative new novella by Stephen Volk, published by the British Fantasy Award-nominated Spectral Press in May 2013 to coincide with the centenary of the most celebrated and beloved of Hammer’s stars, Peter Cushing.

In Whitstable—which deftly mixes fact with fiction—the actor, devastated after the recent death of his wife and soul mate Helen, is an inconsolable recluse. In that vulnerable state he is forced to face an evil far more real and terrifying than any of the make-believe monsters he tackled on the big screen. And here he is not a crusader or expert with crucifixes to hand—merely a man. A man who in some ways craves death himself, but cannot ignore the pleas of an innocent child.

PAPERBACK EDITION:

£15 UK

£17.50 EU

$29 USA

$29 RoW

Fire up your Kindles!

A very short post this morning, to make it even easier and more convenient for you to access both our current titles available on Kindle:

Whitstable cover image

WHITSTABLE by Stephen Volk

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

THE NINE DEATHS OF DR. VALENTINE by John Llewellyn Probert

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

Chapbook slipcases: an update

Spectral slipcases

Monday morning and the beginning of a new month (and almost a new season, too!), and what better way of celebrating it than showing you some photos of the Spectral chapbook slipcases. These sturdy protective boxes will do a fine job of keeping those slim volumes in pristine condition over the years. They are covered in black Wibalin buckram and have the logo and name silver-foil-stamped on the spine. Each slipcase holds EIGHT issues very snugly, and will look absolutely wonderful on your bookshelf.

Black slipcase

PLEASE NOTE: the red slipcases with gold foil blocking on the spine are NOT available just yet – they will form the VERY limited edition of TEN boxsets of the first eight chapbooks to be released later this year in celebration of the publication of the first volume of the Collected Spectral Chapbooks, provisionally slated for September. ONLY the BLACK variety are available at present.

Slipcase spine with logo

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£11 UK

£19 (two slipcases) UK

£15 EU

£27 (two slipcases) EU

$29 US and RoW

$52 (two slipcases) US and RoW

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£36 1 year subscription + slipcase EU

£55 2 year subscription + slipcase EU

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$110 2 year subscription + slipcase USA & RoW

The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry: available to pre-order

From today, you can place a pre-publication order for the limited hardback version of the launch title in the new Spectral Visions line of novellas, The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry, which will be published in April (it will also be available in POD Paperback and e-book versions – details will be given out nearer publication date). The limited hardback, in an edition of 100, will be signed and will also feature a full-colour cover (see above) and a silk ribbon bookmarker. The hardback edition will also feature an exclusive: an extensively revised version of Gary’s 2006 novella World Wide Web. Here’s a video trailer, created by Gary himself, to promote his novella:

EDIT 12th March 2012: THIS IS NOW SOLD OUT!