Fantastiq – the Festival of Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Horror

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It is with great pleasure that Spectral can announce that we will be at Fantastiq – the Festival of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror, held on Friday 9th August – Sunday 11th August 2013 at the Derby Quad, Derby, UK. We will be sponsoring an evening with Stephen Volk on the Friday from about 5pm onwards. There will be a Q&A on Stephen’s contribution to and career in genre television and cinema, including his involvement in the infamous Ghostwatch drama, as well as his other films and series, and, of course, he will also be talking about his latest novella Whitstable (from which Stephen will be performing a short reading). Simon Marshall-Jones will be taking part for at least a small part of the Q&A as well, to talk about the novella from the publisher’s perspective.

Following the Q&A there will be a signing session, where Whitstable will receive its second official launch, and there will be copies of the paperback for sale on the night. After the signing, Spectral is proud to present a showing of the 1958 Dracula, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, a scene from which features in the novella itself.
Hope to see you there!
For more details of the event, please go here.

New Whitstable review – 27:03:2013

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The reviews for Stephen Volk’s Whitstable are really starting to come in now, and this is the latest. It’s from Richard Kellum and can be found on his Elf-Machines From Hyperspace blog/website. The link to the review is here.

Copies of the limited signed and numbered hardback edition are still available on pre-order from the Spectral Shop – the link can be found on the menu bar at the top of this page.


In related news, as part of the promotion for the novella, Stephen Volk and publisher Simon Marshall-Jones will be appearing at various events. One of these, as yet provisional and still in the planning stages, is a launch in the seaside town of Whitstable itself, in Kent – more details of that as and when we have them.

A firmer possibility is an appearance/presentation/signing at the Fantastiq Film Festival to be held at The Quad, Derby, UK, between August 9th – 11th. There will be copies of the book for sale, as well as a Spectral-sponsored screening of Hammer’s 1958 version of Dracula, featuring none other than Peter Cushing himself as Dr. Van Helsing. This should be a brilliant weekend!

More news and reviews very soon!