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!

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: the first reviews

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

It’s that time again, when we send out review texts of another new Spectral publication and suffer sleepless nights* waiting anxiously for the write-ups to return. As you all know, the latest one is the new John Llewellyn Probert Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, and we have been busy sending out e-versions of the text to various bloggers and magazines to see what they thought. Anyway, two reviews have already come home to roost and we’re very pleased to be able to tell you all about them.

The first one is from This is Horror,  the online horror resource (declaration: I am the fiction and reviews editor of the magazine but I did not edit this one), and was written by Dan Howarth. You can read what he he had to say here.

The second review is from the estimable Walt Hicks of Hellbound Times, who has a habit of getting reviews out almost as soon as the books are sent to him. Indeed, just a day or two after sending him the text, he sent us this review, which you can read here.

The paperback edition will be available very soon, look for news of it shortly on these pages. Spectral will be in attendance at this year’s FantasyCon, where the book will be launched, and we will be bringing paperbacks with us as well as the hardbacks.

More reviews soon!

* Slight exaggeration perhaps….

The Respectable Face of Tyranny & Rough Music: new reviews

The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry

Today, we have two new reviews to tell you about. Firstly, hot on the heels of the review Walt Hicks posted on his Hellbound Times blog recently (see yesterday’s entry) comes this new review of Gary Fry’s Spectral Visions novella. This time the write-up is courtesy of Jim McLeod of The Ginger Nuts of Horror blog fame, for which many thanks. Walt loved the novella, but does Jim feel the same? Find out by going here.

Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Secondly, here comes a write-up of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music chapbook, this time from This Is Horror magazine and written by Dan Howarth – you can read what he said here. Thanks to Dan for the write-up.

More news and reviews soon!

More King Death reviews

Today, we have a bumper crop of reviews for the latest Spectral chapbook, Volume IV of the series, in fact we have THREE of them to tell you about.

First we have one from Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror website, wherein it cites the Spectral chapbooks as “…a top quality product in both production values and the quality of the writing…” – you can read the specifics of what Jim says about Paul Finch’s entry in the burgeoning Spectral library here.

Next comes a write-up from pablocheesecake via his The Eloquent Page review site. As he notes here this is a departure from the usual Spectral story, in that it’s historical supernatural fiction – but does that affect his approach to and judgement of the story? I’ll let you discover what he thinks by directing you to the review here. (He also makes note of the excellent cover artwork by Neil Williams – a nice and welcome touch I felt)

Lastly, but certainly not least, we have the very latest review from Read Horror magazine, this time written by Dan Howarth. He calls this particular story “…deeply unnerving reading…” but you should go ahead anyway and read what he has to say in his in-depth review of the chapbook, which can be found here.

Thanks to all who reviewed the book – more soon!