The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark: edition details and pre-order

Robert Hardy in "The Stalls of Barchester", directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark

Robert Hardy in “The Stalls of Barchester”, directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark

Between 1971 and 1978, during the Christmas holiday period, the BBC broadcast a series of dramas under the umbrella title of A Ghost Story for Christmas, most based on stories by M. R. James and all directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark. This December, Spectral Press will be publishing its first hybrid/non-fiction book, The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark, in celebration of those classic short films. It will be edited and introduced by Tony Earnshaw, author of the highly regarded Beating the Devil – The Making of Night of the Demon; feature a Foreword by none other than Mark Gatiss (The League of GentlemenSherlockFirst Men in the Moon, the forthcoming The Tractate Middoth); plus all the M. R. James tales from which the dramas were adapted, each prefaced with a new introduction by Clark himself. Additionally, there will also be a reprint of an unfilmed “Count Magnus” script by Basil Copper, as well as other material including unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs.

It will be available in three editions: LIMITED SIGNED SLIPCASED HARDBACK (£75 – 50 only), LIMITED UNSIGNED HARDBACK (£35 – 100 only) and UNLIMITED PAPERBACK (£15.00). Postage will be extra. Only the highest production values will go into the making of this book— there will be NO eBook of this as we are of the opinion that only physical books will work best for the nature of the material.

Purchase your copy today!

CONTENTS:

DELUXE EDITION:

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Count Magnus teleplay by BASIL COPPER

Lost Hearts short stage play by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Illustrated with unseen behind the scenes photographs, chapter heading vignettes by Nick Gucker,  as well as examples of storyboards by Lawrence Gordon Clark

UNSIGNED HARDBACK

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Illustrated with photographs and chapter heading vignettes (by Nick Gucker)

PAPERBACK:

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Basic edition – text only.

SIGNED, SLIPCASED DELUXE EDITION:

£85 UK

£87 EU

$145 US

UNSIGNED HARDBACK EDITION

£45 UK

£47 EU

$80 US

PAPERBACK EDITION

£17.50 UK

£19.50 EU

$30 US

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Ghosts and Still Life: the back cover blurbs

This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for – below are the respective blurbs for Paul Kane’s Ghosts collection of supernatural short stories and Tim Lebbon’s novella Still Life, both of which are due to be launched at this year’s World Fantasy Convention (31st October – November 3rd 2013, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, UK). Pre-order buttons are also appended for your convenience (should you wish to pay by other means please email us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com).

GHOSTS by Paul Kane

Safe Harbour by Edward Miller ©2007 - 2013. All rights reserved

Safe Harbour by Edward Miller ©2007 – 2013. All rights reserved

They are all around us all the time. But only a few make contact, and only certain people are destined to see the Ghosts. Here, you’ll read a lonely shade’s tale… a deceased old man’s house being invaded… how one person discovers the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, while a parent struggles to come to terms with the sad loss of a child… and what happens when the ghosts of war go on the rampage, or when a monstrous wraith stalks the streets looking for revenge. Gathering together all of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane’s supernatural fiction, including three brand new stories–one a sequel to Charles Dickens’ ‘The Signal-Man’–and featuring an introduction from bestselling horror author Nancy Kilpatrick (Power of the Blood World series), the script of Wind Chimes introduced by its director Brad Watson (7th Dimension), plus suitably atmospheric cover art from Edward Miller, this is one collection that will haunt you forever.

Available in a limited signed hardback edition of 125 only.

Ghosts by Paul Kane (Spectral Collection I)

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

STILL LIFE by Tim Lebbon

Spectral Press logoJenni’s husband was part of the Road of Souls––his flesh swarmed by ants and pecked by rooks, bones crushed to powder by wheels of dread––and yet she still saw him in the pool.

            The incursion has been and gone, the war is over, and the enemy is in the land, remote and ambiguous.  The village outskirts are guarded by vicious beasts, making escape impossible.  The village itself is controlled by the Finks, human servants to the enemy––brutal, callous, almost untouchable. 

            Everything is less than it was before… time seems to move slower, the population is much denuded, and life itself seems to hold little purpose.  This is not living, it’s existing.

            But in a subjugated population, there is always resistance. 

            For Jenni, the happiest part of this new life is visiting the pool in the woods, seeing her dead husband within, and sharing memories of happier times.  It calms her and makes her feel alive.

            But the resistance comes to her for help. 

            And when her dead husband tells her it is time to fight, Jenni’s life is destined for a shattering change.  

“Tim Lebbon conjures up the horror of a world distorted by fear, distrust, and something unspeakable. With respectful nods to H.P Lovecraft Still Life rubs reality up against nightmares in this compact, engrossing treat.” Muriel Gray

Available in a limited signed hardback edition of 125 only.

PLEASE NOTE: The actual cover artwork, to be created by famed artist Jim Burns, will be unveiled within the next three weeks or so – please be patient!

Still Life by Tim Lebbon (Spectral Visions IV)

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

COMBINED OFFER – order both books and save money!

Why not save yourself a little money by purchasing both books in hardback at the same time – just order via the Paypal buttons below and the books will be sent to you as soon as they’re ready.

SPECIAL COMBINED OFFER (Still Life by Tim Lebbon [Spectral Visions IV] + Ghosts by Paul Kane [Spectral Collection I])

UK £35

EU £42

US & RoW $90

PLEASE NOTE:  we apologise for the high postage rates abroad, but it’s out of our control – sorry!!

Pre-orders: Still Life novella by Tim Lebbon & Ghosts collection by Paul Kane

A little later than planned, due to internet issues, here’s today’s blog:

Safe Harbour by Edward Miller ©2007 - 2013. All rights reserved

Safe Harbour by Edward Miller ©2007 – 2013. All rights reserved

At the end of October/beginning of November, Spectral will be launching two books by top-class writers, Still Life by Tim Lebbon and Ghosts by Paul Kane (cover artwork by Edward Miller shown above). They will be officially launched at World Fantasy Con in Brighton, but you can preorder copies of the LIMITED (125 each) SIGNED HARDBACKS of one or both now (at a special price) so you can be sure you’ll get one. Please see Paypal buttons below for details of prices. (If paying by any other means, please contact spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details)

The prolific Tim Lebbon is a New York Times bestselling author, whose output ranges right the way from short stories to novellas to novels, and covers the spectrum from original material through to franchises like Star Wars and onward to novelisations of films like Cabin in the Woods. His Spectral novella is an original story, and will feature cover artwork by the legendary Jim Burns, whose artistic visions have graced many a mainstream book jacket over the last few decades – watch out for the reveal as soon as the artwork is finished!

Paul Kane is also a prolific writer, and has achieved mass-market success Arrowhead trilogy, as well as critical acclaim for his books, The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy (non-fiction) and the Hellbound Hearts anthology, stories directly inspired by the Hellraiser mythos created by Clive Barker (edited in collaboration with his wife Marie O’Regan). Ghosts is a collection of all his supernatural fiction penned over the last fifteen years or so, plus a couple original to the collection. It will also feature an introduction by Canadian author/editor Nancy Kilpatrick plus, as a bonus with the hardback edition, the film script of Wind Chimes written by Paul and directed by Brad Watson (and introduced by the latter). As an extra, the book will also come with a DVD of the film so you can watch it as well!

All prices include P+P!

Still Life by Tim Lebbon (Spectral Visions IV)

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

Ghosts by Paul Kane (Spectral Collection I)

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

SPECIAL COMBINED OFFER (Still Life by Tim Lebbon [Spectral Visions IV] + Ghosts by Paul Kane [Spectral Collection I])

UK £35

EU £42

US & RoW $90

PLEASE NOTE:  we apologise for the high postage rates abroad, but it’s out of our control – sorry!!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

News 05:08:2013

Safe Harbour by Edward Miller ©2007 - 2013. All rights reserved

Safe Harbour by Edward Miller ©2007 – 2013. All rights reserved

So, to brighten up this dreary Monday morning, let’s give you some news about some forthcoming publications…

The cover picture above is from Paul Kane’s Ghosts supernatural fiction collection due to be launched at World Fantasy Con in Brighton in November. It’s by Edward Miller, and we think it’s a wonderfully evocative piece which conveys the atmosphere of the book admirably. The hardback edition will also feature Paul Kane’s script to the  Wind Chimes film, which has been featured on TV and in Fangoria magazine, and there’ll be a little introduction by the film’s director Brad Watson. Even better than just reading the script, you will be able to watch the film as there will be a DVD of Wind Chimes as a bonus extra.

Launching at the same event will be Tim Lebbon’s Still Life novella, and that one will be wrapped up in a cover by renowned artist Jim Burns, whose work has graced many bestsellers over the years. As soon as we have the cover concept we’ll be sure to show you right here!

Spectral is planning to put HALF of each hardback print run on pre-order next month, while the rest will be for the WFC launch – this is to give EVERYONE a chance to get hold of copies. If you want to maker sure of your copy now please email spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com to reserve your copy. They are expected to retail around £20 each (plus p+p), but a special price will offered if you pre-order both (and you’ll save on postage that way, too).

Roll on World Fantasy Con 2013!

STOP PRESS: new Cate Gardner novella acquired

Nowhere Hall cover image

Those of you who have followed Spectral’s progress over the years will recognise the atmospheric Daniele Serra cover above, the one that graced Cate Gardner’s superb chapbook Nowhere Hall. So, it is with a huge sense of pride that we can announce that Spectral will be publishing a novella by the lovely Cate in early 2015 called The Bureau of Them. Once again we will be visiting Cate’s slightly twisted and not-quite-right view of things, where the worlds of the living and dead collide, and where hope dangles precariously from the slenderest of threads. Cate has the enviable ability of make the most ordinary absolutely extraordinary, and of investing beautiful colour into the most monochrome of everyday realities. The Bureau of Them is no exception – this is definitely a piece of writing to look forward to!

More details as and when!

Spectral Press: 2013 line-up

Spectral Press logoMonday morning again – and what better way to cheer everyone up than to tell you about what we have in store for you next year! So, gird those loins, and prepare yourself for some marvellous goodies coming your way from Spectral in 2013:

As you already know, we’ll be continuing to publish the quarterly chapbooks, with stories from Paul Kane (Creakers), Terry Grimwood (Soul Masque), Simon Bestwick (The Judgement Call) and Angela Slatter (Home and Hearth). And, of course, there will be the latest Spectral Visions novella, Whitstable by Stephen Volk coming in May, plus in December the 2013 Christmas Ghost Story Annual. But, this is where it gets really exciting – how does the following grab you?

In the summer we will be putting together the first volume in the Collected Spectral Chapbooks  editions. We also hope to include some new material to go with the first eight stories published in the critically-acclaimed short story series. Format to be announced.

In November we will be publishing an as yet untitled novella from the master storyteller himself, Tim Lebbon. Tim is a New York Times bestseller, is the author of, amongst others, ColdbrookEcho City, and The Heretic Land, as well as numerous novellas and short stories. He has also written five novels with Christopher Golden, and has also written novelisations for various franchises such as 30 Days of Night, Hellboy and Star Wars. This is a particularly exciting coup for Spectral Press and we are very much looking forward to working with Tim on this project.

Paul Kane makes a second appearance, also in November, with a collected edition of his ghost and supernatural short stories, simply called Ghosts. The collection will also feature new material, written specially for the volume.

Finally, we are delighted to announce that we will also be publishing a deluxe illustrated hardback edition of Paul Finch‘s highly-acclaimed novella Sparrowhawk. This will be available both individually and at a special price bundled with the Christmas Annual 2013.

So, lots to look forward to – onwards and upwards!

The Eyes of Water cover art: full wraparound

The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood

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

After unveiling the front cover artwork to Alison Littlewood’s chapbook The Eyes of Water last week, we now very proudly reveal to you the whole wraparound cover to it. Once again, the mighty Neil Williams has created the perfect visual encapsulation of the story contained within and we couldn’t have wished for anything better. Hope you like it as much as we do!

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: a short update

Spectral Press logoAs most of you will be aware, Spectral are publishing a new novella this September, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert, a homage to the films of that venerable actor, the late Vincent Price. Expressions of interest in purchasing a copy of the limited signed hardback are already being solicited, but as an extra incentive, John will personalise each copy to each individual purchaser. So, if you’re keen on getting your hands on one of these beauties, then please either comment below or email us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com to let us know and your name will be added to the list. They’re already being claimed, so get your expression of interest in now!

Spectral Visions #2: The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine

Spectral LogoDo you remember all those wonderful films starring Vincent Price, like Masque of the Red Death, Theatre of Blood, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Dr. Phibes Rises Again and Witchfinder General? Well, John Llewellyn Probert, author of the second in the Spectral Visions series of novellas, certainly does. The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine is a gruesome but immensely fun and very warm tribute to Vincent Price and the films he starred in, and John’s novella is one of the most enjoyable reads this editor has had in a long while. Here’s what the man said on his Facebook status announcing Spectral’s acquisition of the book:

“I am seriously delighted to announce that my novella The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine is to be published by Spectral Press later this year. It’s my tribute to Theatre of Blood and The Abominable Dr. Phibes, amongst others, and is the most fun I’ve had writing ever. Someone is killing doctors in the style of the murders in Vincent Price movies. The Bristol police are baffled. The only man who could possibly be responsible died years ago. Or did he…..?” (Cue dramatic music!)

The novella is scheduled to be published in September, with a launch and a signing at this year’s FantasyCon in Brighton. John will also be giving a reading from the book, something which I urge all attendees to experience as, if you’ve never witnessed a JLP reading, then your life is definitely incomplete. I am very much looking forward to working on this one.

More details soon!

Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music: a teaser…

“‘Rough music: (- n) a loud cacophony created with tin pans, drums, etc,; the cacophonous ringing of bells, hooting, blowing bull’s horns, the banging of frying pans, saucepans, kettles, or other kitchen or barn implements with the intention of creating long-lasting embarrassment.’

Sometimes, the sounds we hear in the dark have resonances that we cannot foresee…”

And so sayeth the mysterious back-cover blurb of Simon’s Spectral chapbook, Rough Music, Spectral Press’ first anniversary issue. It’s due to be published in March 2012 , but even so,  IT’S ALREADY SOLD OUT!  Sorry, folks!

To prevent disappointment, the best idea would be to take out a subscription, which will ensure that you’ll receive ALL the 2012 issues, sent directly to your door. There are Paypal buttons down the right-hand side of this website for subscription ordering convenience.

Coming soon: Rough Music cover art and video trailer…