A Duo of Reviews

Home and Hearth © Angela Slater/Spectral Press. Artwork © Neil Williams 2014

Home and Hearth © Angela Slater/Spectral Press. Artwork © Neil Williams 2014

For the first time in a while, we have two reviews to link you to this morning of chapbooks. The first of them is of Angela Slatter’s Home and Hearth from Mario Guslandi and posted to  the British Fantasy Society – you can find that one HERE.

Rough Music cover image

And here’s one of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music, which we don’t think we’d come across at the time – it’s from Dreadful Tales, is written by Colum McKnight, and you can read that one HERE.

Dreadful Tales takes on Rough Music

Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

And so, here we are at the start of yet another week and, like we seem to do most Mondays, we bring you news of another new review. Following promptly on the heels of their review of Paul Finch’s King Death, Dreadful Tales posted a write-up on Volume V in the chapbook series, Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music. Again written by Colum McKnight, it’s yet another perceptive and in-depth review. It can be found here.

THE NINE DEATHS OF DR. VALENTINE BY JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT (SPECTRAL VISIONS #2)

We are currently drawing up a list of prospective purchasers of the second novella in the Spectral Visions line, so if any of you out there are interested in securing a copy then please let us know either by leaving a comment here or contacting us via spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. We’ll be looking to put the limited signed hardback edition of the book on pre-order around June/July time (publication is due in September) and it’s most likely to retail for between £15 and £16, and the cover will either be cloth boards with foil blocking and dustjacket OR full-colour cover boards, plus there’ll be coloured endpapers and a silk ribbon bookmarker. There will also be a paperback to follow shortly after that. Details of the book can be found here.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

King Death: a new review from Dreadful Tales

King Death by Paul Finch

One of the pleasures of running Spectral Press is when we receive a review of one of the previous publications in the chapbook line and that’s exactly what happened yesterday, when Colum McKnight of Dreadful Tales posted a write-up of Paul Finch’s King Death chapbook. It’s quite an in-depth review, but to discover what Colum says about it, please click here.

Talking about King Death, the anthology in which it’s due to be reprinted, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012 edited by Paula Guran (Prime Books), is scheduled to be published in July, according to Amazon at least. It’s a chance for those of you who missed it to catch this beautifully-told and atmospheric tale set in Great Britain’s fourteenth-century plague years. That book can be pre-ordered from Amazon and I encourage all to get your hands on a copy as soon as you can!

Order Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012 from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

More reviews soon!

Two new reviews and news

First off is a fantastic review of Nowhere Hall from Colum McKnight of Dreadful Tales, who calls it “… [a] whirlwind of greatness… contained within the pages of yet another brilliant Spectral Press release…”. If you want to know what else Mr. McKnight said, then please go here.

And now here’s a somewhat neutral review of Abolisher of Roses from Robert Morrish on his Twilight Ridge blog. It certainly isn’t a negative review, but neither is it a positive one – I guess you can’t win ’em all, as they say. You can read what Robert says here. =D

Going back to Nowhere Hall briefly, I will start to send out copies to everyone that’s bought one within the next few days. Thanks to everyone who has waited patiently for their copy!