News – 24:02:2015

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris - ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris – ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

First, it is with great pleasure that we can announce that renowned anthology editor Ellen Datlow has chosen two stories from the First Spectral Book of Horror Stories for her The Best Horror of the Year Volume 7, due out later this year. The stories selected are Rio Youers’ Outside Heavenly and Alison Littlewood’s The Dog’s Home. Congratulations in particular to Rio and Alison, and also to all the other writers too!

The book is still available (order on the Paypal buttons below), and is chock full of excellent stories to thrill and chill. Buy your copy today!

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW


This novella is selling very nicely, copies going out left, right, and centre. This is sure to be a popular title, so why not grab a copy today!

Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk "Ricochet"

Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk “Ricochet”

Also, the author Tim Dry and the publisher Simon Marshall-Jones will be appearing on Nicholas Vince’s Book Club Google+ Hangout on 22nd March 2015 at 7pm and on Youtube shortly afterwards. More details can be found right HERE.

(In case you don’t know, Nicholas Vince played the Chatterer Cenobite in the Hellraiser films and Kinski in Nightbreed)


UK £10

EU £15

US & RoW $30

News: Who says Monday mornings can’t be good?

Spectral Press is DEFINITELY on the up and up, as this first blog of the week will show. The editor here at Spectral Towers is currently doing a victory dance, albeit one that’s slightly arthritic. Now I can hear you all say “And why is he doing a victory dance, especially first thing on a Monday morning?” (although that could be because he hasn’t had anywhere near enough coffee yet)….

Although I was told just over a week ago, I can officially announce that Paul Finch’s King Death is going to be reprinted in Prime Books’ Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012, edited by Paula Guran. And what great writers will be keeping Paul company – Gene Wolfe, Tanith Lee, Tim Powers, Joe R. Lansdale, Charles de Lint, and Lisa Tuttle, as well as future Spectral chapbook author Angela Slatter. This is the best news that a new independent press could possibly hope for, and shows that Spectral isboth on the right track and has a great future ahead of it!

You can see the full Table of Contents list here.

In similar news, Ellen Datlow will also be “writing extensively about Spectral’s debut” (quoting the revered editor herself) in her summary for Best Horror of the Year Volume 4, due out in May, I believe. Yet another indication that Spectral is going places…

Onwards and upwards!! =)

New Year – New Venture!

Some of you will have noticed that a new page has been added to this website – Spectral Freelance Editorial.

What’s that? you may ask.

It’s the new freelance editing business that Spectral have set up as an adjunct to the publishing – in other words, Spectral is now providing an all-round service in all aspects of the industry. If you’re an author, why not go and have a look at what we’re offering and see if we can help you today! Just click on the heading SPECTRAL FREELANCE EDITING next to About Spectral Press on the home page.


Congratulations to upcoming Spectral authors Alison J Littlewood (The Eyes of Water) and Simon Bestwick (Cold Harbours) for making the cut in this year’s The Years Best Horror Volume 4, edited by Ellen Datlow. Ellen will also be writing extensively about Spectral’s debut year in her summary, to be published as an introduction to the book. The volume is due to be released this Spring and will be available through all the usual outlets.

MORE good news for Alison – if you’re British, then you will know of Richard and Judy’s Book Club. Alison’s debut novel, A Cold Season (Jo Fletcher Books), has been selected by the club as the Book of the Month for March. Congratulations to Alison for making such enormous strides in her career in so short a time!! The book is launched next week, an event I am looking forward to immensely, plus I am extremely proud to be publishing her chapbook in June this year!!