13 Ghosts & Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: special offers!

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas


As we mentioned a couple of blogs ago, there will be no Christmas Ghost Story annual this year, due to moving house and all the disruption that entails. As recompense we are offering anyone who didn’t buy last year’s edition the chance to get copies at a great price and, if you live in the UK, then postage is free. Checkout the prices below!

UK £5 post free

EU £8 (incl. p+p)

US & RoW $18 (incl. p+p)

We also have a very limited number of the hardbacks left (fewer than TEN copies) – if you want one then please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details. Hardbacks will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine

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Get your paperback copies of this British Fantasy Award-winning novella from the inimitable John Llewellyn Probert at a ridiculously cheap price – get them now before Dr. Edward Valentine hears about and plans something suitably gory as a riposte.

UK £5 post free

EU £8  (incl. p+p)

US & RoW $18  (incl. p+p)

Look forward to hearing from you!

13 Ghosts paperbacks: an update

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This blog post is for all those who have ordered the paperback edition of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas: due to an administrative error on our part, the books will not arrive here at Spectral Towers until next week. As soon as they do, however, they will be despatched to all purchasers. We apologise for the delay and for any inconvenience caused – emails will be sent to all those who bought a copy.

Many thanks for your patience!!

The 13 Ghosts: the paperback

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This week we will be taking delivery of the paperback edition of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas – order your copy today! Paypal buttons are below for your convenience and all prices include postage and packing:

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$22 US and RoW


Look forward to hearing from you soon!!

Monday morning review round-up

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So, here we are at the start of yet another week, and we have a couple of reviews of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas to tell you about:

First up is one by the almighty Pablocheesecake of The Eloquent Page – see what he has to say about Spectral’s first anothology here.

Next, we have a write-up from Graeme Reynolds over at Starburst magazine – you can read that one here.


We have emailed everybody who pre-ordered one of these volumes about the slight delay due to the printers being behind on their orders – it is due to be with us on


Orders will be fulfilled as soon as is humanly possible. Once again we apologise most profoundly for this unforeseen delay and we thank you for your continuing patience!


The 13 Ghosts: slight delay

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We have just been informed that the printing company we’re using to produce The 13 Ghosts of Christmas are currently behind with orders and so the book won’t be delivered to Spectral until WEDNESDAY 19TH DECEMBER.


A new video and a new review

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This morning we bring you the latest promotional video, by Rude Dude Films, for the December Spectral chapbook, The Way of the Leaves by David Tallerman. This one captures the tone of the story perfectly – so hats off to Rude Dude for this atmospheric effort! Enjoy!

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Next up is this review for The 13 Ghosts of Christmas over on Heathen Harvest,  a webzine normally devoted to some of the more out there areas of the musical universe. Simon Marshall-Jones, Mr. Spectral himself, wrote for them for a couple of years whilst he was involved in running a record label, so this somehow feels like coming home for him. Anyway, if you want to read what they had to say about this volume, then click here.

More reviews soon!

11:12:2012 – more reviews

And so, on this misty and crisply frosty Tuesday morning (looks like winter is here at last), we are thrilled to bring you two more reviews of recent Spectral publications:

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First, Mark West takes a look at David Tallerman’s chapbook story The Way of the Leaves and reports his findings on Goodreads. As it’s a short review, I reproduce it here in full:

“Two children – the narrator and his friend Charlotte – love reading and, ostracised by the other kids in the village, begin to escape on walks, to find somewhere quiet where they can read in peace. On one such adventure they discover the barrow, a hill upon a hill, a wondrous and mysterious place that piques their curiosity. That night, they go back to explore it but even though they have torches and supplies, Charlotte disappears and can’t be found. This is volume 8 of the Spectral Press chapbook line – for which I have a real fondness – and it’s great to see the marque not only maintaining but improving on its level of quality (both the story and its presentation). The winner of the This Is Horror/Spectral Press short story competition, this is very good indeed, creepy and atmospheric, claustrophobic and quite terrifying at times, with believable child characters and a nice sense of history repeating itself. Combine that with some excellent turns of phrase “my legs were soft as rotten peaches”, great characterisation and a good pace and this is a real winner. Highly recommended.”

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Next up is Serendipity Reviews assessment of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas, the first in what is hoped to be a revival of an old tradition – a yearly volume of midwinter spooky ghost tales,to be read aloud to a group of celebrants on Christmas Eve (preferably in front of a roaring log fire, with a glass of port in hand and the faithful hound sleeping on a cosy rug by the grate). Anyway, if you want to know whether the thirteen stories in this collection achieved what they set out to do, then go here to read the write-up.

More reviews coming soon – onwards and upwards!

10:12:2012 – Two new reviews

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Another beautifully crisp and sunny morning here at Spectral Towers, and we have two new reviews to bring you, including the first review of David Tallerman’s The Way of the Leaves, the winner of the Spectral Press/This Is Horror short story competition held earlier this year. This one’s from The Hellbound Times‘ Walt Hicks, and can be read by going here.

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The second review is, as you can probably guess, a write-up of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas, Spectral’s first Christmas Ghost Story Annual and their first ever anthology. This one’s by Theresa Derwin and posted to her Terror Tree  blog – to get the lowdown in what Theresa thought of it, just click here.

There are still copies of this collection available, but not very many. It’s officially being published this Friday (14th December) but it’s currently still available for pre-order from here.

Look out for more reviews soon!

13 Ghosts: This is Horror review


So, here we have it: the second review of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas, the first anthology in the annual series devoted to spookiness and supernatural goings-on during everyone’s favourite festive season. This one’s courtesy of This Is Horror magazine and has been written by Dan Howarth of that ilk. You can read the full write-up here.

There are now approximately 20 copies left of the limited numbered hardback edition, so if you’re interested in grabbing one then time is of the essence on this one – you can order by going here.

Just a reminder that Jim McLeod of The Ginger Nuts of Horror blog is currently (December 1st – 14th) conducting an extended series of short daily interviews/reviews with all the writers featured in the blog – his blog can be accessed here.

More reviews soon!

13 Ghosts of Christmas: the first review

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Well, this is what we’ve nervously been waiting for – the very first review of the first Spectral Press Christmas Ghosts Story Annual, also known as The 13 Ghosts of Christmas. The honour of posting that first write-up is Walt Hicks of The Hellbound Times, someone who always ties with Jim Mcleod of The Ginger Nuts of Horror to get the first reviews of Spectral Press titles posted. Anyway, please direct your cursor this way and click here to read what Mr. Hicks has to say about the anthology.

There are fewer that 30 copies of the book left at present – for more details on pre-ordering the hardback edition, please refer to the previous post. Paperback orders should start from next week!

Going back to The Ginger Nuts of Horror, Jim Mcleod will be running a series of short interviews on the blog with each of the contributors to 13 Ghosts, starting tomorrow (1st December) with your friendly neighbourhoood publisher, Simon Marshall-Jones. The author interviews will run in the order in which they appear in the book, and each one will be accompanied by a review of their story. The web address to the blog is here.

More reviews and news soon!!