Leytonstone: a new review

"Leytonstone" ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

“Leytonstone” ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

And so it continues: Ginger Nuts of Horror reviewer Kit Power reads Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone and gives us his thoughts – if you want to know what those thoughts might be, then click right HERE.

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SBoHS – New Review

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

The reviews for The Spectral Book of Horror Stories are steadily coming in, and we have one to tell you abut this morning – this one’s from Jim McLeod and has been posted to his well-respected The Ginger Nuts of Horror website, and you can read it HERE.

This is going to be THE anthology of the year, so we really do encourage you to pre-order your copy today of this first in an annual series – ordering buttons below (if you want to pay by any other means, please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we’ll happily send you details). All prices INCLUDE postage and packing:

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FOR THOSE ATTENDING FANTASYCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP AT THE CONVENTION VENUE.

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More as they come in!

New review and news 23:01:2014

"The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark", Cover image ©  1971 - 2013 Graham Morris. Design by John Oakey.

“The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark”, Cover image © 1971 – 2013 Graham Morris. Design by John Oakey.

This new review of The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark from The Ginger Nuts of Horror website has just this minute landed on our virtual desk. Written by the Ginger Nut himself, Jim McLeod, you can read his assessment HERE. If the review has whetted your appetite enough, then you can order any of the editions from below.

CONTENTS:

DELUXE EDITION (50 only- 20 left(available late February):

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.

SIGNED, SLIPCASED DELUXE EDITION:

£85 UK

£87 EU

$145 US

UNSIGNED HARDBACK (100 only) (available late January/early February):

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 as well as chapter heading vignettes (by Nick Gucker)

UNSIGNED HARDBACK EDITION

£45 UK

£47 EU

$80 US

PAPERBACK (Unlimited) (available now):

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 plus chapter heading vignettes by Nick Gucker.

PAPERBACK EDITION:

£17.50 UK

£19.50 EU

$30 US

NEWS

On the subject of The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark, we have some news about the Deluxe edition that will excite longtime fans of the A Ghost Story for Christmas series of dramas – there will be an extra bonus in this edition only, which will be Charles Dickens’  No. 1 Branch Line: The Signalman with an introduction and production anecdotes by Lawrence Gordon Clark. This is being done for two reasons: a) to make the volume even more of a definitive look at the director’s supernatural ouevre and b) to thank purchasers of the book for their patience.

The Deluxe edition of “The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark” will feature red Wibalin cloth bound boards with quarter bound gold gilt spine in black Wibalin cloth (see example below for the kind of thing we mean) and the slip-case the same except in reverse . Title and Lawrence Gordon Clark’s signature on front board of book and case in gold. Signed on signature sheet by Lawrence Gordon Clark, Tony Earnshaw, and Simon Marshall-Jones.

Quarter gilt spine

More reviews soon!

New reviews – 05:04:2013

So, here we are again with links to more reviews of  forthcoming and current Spectral publications:

Whitstable cover image

First, here’s another write-up of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable – this one’s been posted to Geek Syndicate by Phil Ambler and is nicely in-depth. You can find it by clicking here. It is advisable to order your copy today – stocks are steadily going down and this is sure to be a much sought-after item. Click on the Spectral Shop option on the menu bar above to get the ordering details.

Spectral Press is talking to Whitstable Museum about a possible launch there over the weekend of 25th to 27th May – more details on that when we have them.

Creakers front cover by Neil Williams

Next up is a review of Paul Kane’s Spectral chapbook Creakers, copies of which will be sent out to subscribers this weekend. This short review has been brought to you by Jim McLeod via his Ginger Nuts of Horror review blog, and that one can be directly accessed from here. Individual copies still available, but in extremely limited numbers – fewer than 15 copies in fact – or, better yet, why not get yourself a year’s subscription (4 issues) to the chapbook line? Details of ordering can be found in the Spectral Shop.

More reviews soon!

Stephen Volk’s Whitstable: the first reviews

Whitstable cover image

Advance review copies of Stephen Volk’s novella have going out here, there and everywhere within the last week or so, and already two reviews have been posted. We here at Spectral reckon that it’s an extremely important book for the imprint, one that will help consolidate the reputation that we’ve been working so hard on building over the last two years – so what did the reviewers think of the third entry in the Spectral Visions  line of novellas?

The first review is from Mark West and posted to his Strange Tales blog. (Disclaimer: Mark is the man behind Rude Dude Films and the man who puts together Spectral’s video book trailers). You can read his assessment here.

Second is a review from that stalwart of the reviewing scene, Jim McLeod, and posted to his Ginger Nuts of Horror blog – you can read that one here.

The signed and numbered limited hardback edition is available for pre-order right now, and can be purchased through the Spectral Shop – publication date is not until 26th May (Peter Cushing’s birthday) but already more than half the projected print run has been claimed. There will also be articles/column pieces in Fortean Times, FEAR magazine, Black Static, Morpheus Tales, the BFS Journal, and on Fangoria.com – this much anticipated novella has been generating more than a bit of interest. Buy yourself a copy today and see why there’s such a buzz about Whitstable!

More reviews soon!

New Year review roundup

Spectral Press logoThree days into 2013 and already there are some reviews of Spectral books to talk about, so without dilly-dallying we shall get straight into it:

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas cover image

First up is a review of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas from reader Ross Warren over at Goodreads, which you can read by clicking on the link.

What Gets Left Behind cover image

Paul Brazill, also at Goodreads, gives us his assessment of Mark West’s chapbook story, What Gets Left Behind –  you can read that one here.

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

And finally, Matthew Fryer of Welcome to the Hellforge has made John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine one of his favourite novels/novellas of 2012 – you can read what he thought of it here.

Additionally, Jim McLeod of the Ginger Nuts of Horror blog announced his Horror Discovery of the Year, and it is no less a writer than Dr. Valentine himself, John Llewellyn Probert – read his blog entry here. Jim also cites The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine as his favourite novella of the year.

So there you have it – a really great start to the New Year. But it doesn’t stop there – more reviews soon, so onward and upwards!

13 Ghosts: This is Horror review

LOW RESOLUTION_13 Ghosts

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 Eyes of Water: two new reviews

Eyes of Water Cover image

The one thing we like waking up to here at Spectral Towers (apart from blue skies and sunshine, that is) is a new review popping up somewhere – but this morning was even better because we got both sunshine AND TWO new reviews. These latest write-up of Alison Littlewood’s chapbook are courtesy of two Scotsmen, Jim McLeod of the Ginger Nuts of Horror blog and pablocheesecake of The Eloquent Page. You can read Jim’s verdict here and pablo’s here.

More reviews soon!

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!

Rough Music: first impressions

Due to the marvels of modern technology, even though I will be sending Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Spectral chapbook off to the printers this morning, the first reviews have already started to come in. Wonders will never cease, eh? Anyway, the first of these is from Jim McLeod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror blog, wherein he explains that the tale had something of a personal resonance for him – the question is, though, did he like it or loathe it? Find out here.

The second review is from Geoff Nelder and I reproduce it here in full (with his kind permission):

Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Short story that is Volume 5 of Spectral – 24pg A5 print booklet with card covers, signed and numbered, 100 only, a limited edition published in March 2012 by Spectral Press

When Cornish’s slumber was disturbed by a one-man-band beating the hell out of what might have been a saucepan with a heavy spoon, he was irritated, annoyed but not unduly concerned. Alas, the unruly incident, both visual and acoustic, incremented the following night. Was someone out to torment the community or him in person? After another night, he suspected the latter and the reader, reading between both the lines and the sheets is able to suspect why. This tale is more cunning than it first appears, and the resolution of the conflict(s) is sufficiently intriguing for the reader to determine whether the rough music is real or … something else. 

Unsworth has penned a worthy addition to Spectral Press’s unbroken record of fine literary pieces of horror.

The chapbook will be sent to subscribers and individual purchasers starting at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Gary Fry’s novella The Respectable Face of Tyranny is, gratifyingly, selling very steadily – in fact two-thirds of the limited edition hardback print run have already been accounted for. If you wish to get your hands on one of these lovely little volumes, featuring full-colour covers (a Neil Williams effort, based on a photograph of Saltwick Bay by Philip Haigh), coloured endpapers and a silk ribbon bookmarker, then I suggest you hop over to here and order one now – they’re sure to do one of Spectral’s patented vanishing tricks very soon!

More news and reviews soon!!