Theatrum Mundi: the first hint…

We here at Château Spectrale are already laying the foundations for the new Theatrum Mundi imprint (in amongst editing and preparing new Spectral Press titles), so we thought you would like to see a hint of something coming your way next year – below is the cover artwork for Tim Dry’s unclassifiable novella Ricochet, created by John Oakey. We would like to think that the new imprint will complement Spectral’s output perfectly while bringing in a whole new readership.

'Ricochet' © Tim Dry/Spectral Press/Theatrum Mundi 2014. Artwork © John Oakey 2014.

‘Ricochet’ © Tim Dry/Spectral Press/Theatrum Mundi 2014. Artwork © John Oakey 2014.

Hope you like!

Soul Masque: cover concept reveal

Soul Masque by Terry Grimwood. © 2013 Terry Grimwood. Cover concept ©  2013 Neil Williams/Spectral Press. All rights reserved.

Soul Masque by Terry Grimwood. © 2013 Terry Grimwood. Cover concept © 2013 Neil Williams/Spectral Press. All rights reserved.

After taking a small break from working, we’re now back on track and ready to forge ahead. To celebrate, we’ve decided to go ahead and reveal Neil Williams’ beautiful cover concept (note: this is still a work in progress) for number 10 in the Spectral chapbook series, Terry Grimwood’s Soul Masque, which will be available next month (July 2013).

More details soon – keep your eyes peeled!

The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood: cover concept

The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood

"The Eyes of Water" ©2012 Alison Littlewood/Spectral Press. Cover artwork ©2012 Neil Williams.

Once more it’s time to reveal the cover concept artwork for a forthcoming publication, namely Volume VI in the ever-popular chapbook series of short stories from some of the finest contemporary genre authors. This time it’s the turn of Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season, her debut novel, which topped several bestseller lists and was the Pick of the Month for March in Richard & Judy’s Book Club. The beautifully eerie artwork is by the very talented Neil Williams once again, and it absolutely nails the tone and atmosphere of the story to perfection – as you will see when you read the blurb:

“Beneath the world . . .

The Mexican cenotés. Flooded caves that fracture the Yucatan Peninsula – places of mystery, the unexplored, and of ancient sacrifice.

When Alex meets an old friend while travelling, he doesn’t realise how far the encounter will take him. For Rick is exploring deep beneath the surface of the world, discovering new cave systems, one leading to the next. And when Alex is compelled to follow he has no way of knowing just how deep he will be expected to go, or how dark are the places he will find there . . .”

“Littlewood is the real deal, a writer with a unique vision and the talent to make us see the world anew through her eyes.” Peter Tennant, Black Static

Sadly,  the chapbook is already sold out – this is why it is important, if you’re keen on getting hold of any of these highly popular little chapbooks, to take out a subscription. Currently, there are two place left before Volume VII (What Gets Left Behind by Mark West) is also sold out and, once those have gone, subscriptions will start with Volume VIII (The Way of the Leaves by David Tallerman – recent winner of the Spectral Press/This Is Horror short story contest). Paypal buttons can be found down the right-hand side of this blog.

More soon!

The Respectable Face of Tyranny: cover concept preview

The Respectable Face of Tyranny © Gary Fry/Spectral Press 2012 - artwork © Neil Williams 2012 based on an original photograph of Saltwick Bay by Philip Haigh © 2012

We here at Spectral don’t normally blog this late in the day, but we just had to show you the absolutely superb job that artist Neil Williams has done for the cover concept for Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny, the debut novella in the Spectral Visions line. It’s based on a wonderfully atmospheric photograph of Saltwick Bay (which plays a central part in the novella’s story) by local photographer Philip Haigh, a member of the Halifax Photographic Society (to whom many many thanks for letting us use it).  There are still a few final details to be worked out and added, but the idea is definitely there. For the moment, please feel free to just wallow in its cold, isolationist beauty….

Talking of Neil Williams, here’s a link to a blog he wrote recently about the inspirations behind some of the covers he’s created, including a couple of the ones he’s done for Spectral – you can read his fascinating insights here. I think Neil has a great future in the field, and I encourage anyone needing cover artwork or graphics to get in contact with him now – he’ll certainly do your work very proud!

Revealed: Rough Music cover concept

The above beautifully atmospheric image, by the excellent Neil Williams, is the cover concept artwork to Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music, to be published in March 2012 – there are still a few very minor tweaks needed here and there, but this is what we’re running with. It neatly encapsulates the mood of Simon’s story: the darkness, the claustrophobia and the distinctly unsettling atmosphere. Marvellous!!