Tim Dry’s Ricochet and other news

"Ricochet" by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

“Ricochet” by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

Ricochet, Tim Dry’s debut novella, will be published towards the the end of February through Theatrum Mundi – it’s on preorder now (see Paypal buttons below). In the meantime, read what Barbie Wilde, Actress (Hellraiser II: Hellbound, Death Wish 3) and Author (The Venus Complex, “Zulu Zombies”, “Sister Cilice”) says about Tim’s book:

“Surrealistic, bizarre, ironic, funny, haunting, poetic. These are the words that popped into my mind while I was reading Ricochet, actor and artist Tim Dry’s debut novella. The way that Dry synthesises his thoughts from mind to page makes him a wildly inventive word artist. Read this book — not for its narrative arc, as this novella is a series of vignettes and short stories — but for the sheer exhilaration of a literary roller coaster ride through Dry’s vivid and audacious imagination. My personal favorites were: the mysterious fate of Trojan Darkly; Baudelaire and the Angel of Death; the blackly disturbing incident at the cliff; Michael Caine and the giant slugs; the clairvoyant’s extraordinary end; the nightmares of the Circle Line; and Ellen’s alien Nazi night visitors. Entertaining to the max and highly recommended.”


UK £10

EU £15

US & RoW $30


Spectral is pleased to announce that in December 2016 we will be publishing, through the Theatrum Mundi imprint, Lavie Tidhar’s Learning to Read with the Necronomicon, his take on Alice in Wonderland – that is, if HP Lovecraft had been asked to write it. Thoroughly bizarre in truly Carrollian fashion, it will be illustrated by Sarah Anne Langton and will be released in small hardback format, in the style of a Victorian children’s book with coloured boards. This is going to be quite a special little item. More details to follow.

A Cenobite’s approval and a new review of Creakers


How about this for a celebrity endorsement? This is our good friend Barbie Wilde, who should be known to all horror aficionados as the actress who played the Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II and is also an author in her own right (we thoroughly recommend her novel The Venus Complex), and here she is encouraging you all to go out and buy a copy of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable, if you haven’t done so already. She bought it, and the first thing we knew about it was when she posted a status on Facebook to say how much she loved it. Now, you really don’t want the Female Cenobite to haunt your nightmares, do you? We suggest you follow her lead and buy a copy today.







CREAKERS by Paul Kane

Creakers front cover by Neil Williams

The latest issue of the FREE Morpheus Tales Review Supplement (#21) is now available for download (get it here), and it carries a review by Stanley Riiks of Spectral chapbook #9, Paul Kane’s Creakers. Here are a couple of choice quotes from the it:

“I didn’t think a short story could touch me, make me feel, creep me out… Kane manages to literally send shivers down your spine in this tense and disturbing tale….”

“One of the best chapbooks so far, and that’s from a truly epic collection. Stunningly good, this is Kane at his very best.”

Thanks to Stanley for such a brilliant review – please note, however, that this chapbook is now SOLD OUT!

In the same issue, you can also read the latest installment of my Ramblings of a Tattooed Head column.

More reviews soon!