Review and news 21:08:2015

Albion Fay ©2014 Mark Morris/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Ben Baldwin

Albion Fay ©2014 Mark Morris/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Ben Baldwin

First, a review. This one’s an assessment of Mark Morris’ Albion Fay, and is featured on the Ginger Nuts of Horror website, and the reviewer is Kit Power. You can read what he has to say HERE.

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"Bibila Longcrofta" ©2015 Simon Marshall-Jones/Tickety Boo Press. Artwork ©2015 Jim Burns.

“Bibila Longcrofta” ©2015 Simon Marshall-Jones/Tickety Boo Press. Artwork ©2015 Jim Burns.

If you fancy reading something different, Spectral Press’ Simon Marshall-Jones has just released the eBook edition of his debut short story collection, Biblia Longcrofta, through Amazon. It’s a work of high imagination, consisting of a mix of science fiction/contemporary fantasy/magical realism/fantastic realism. with elements of humour, philosophy, mythology, and dark fiction. Parts of it are semi-autobiographical in nature, but mostly it’s a series of interlinked adventures revolving around Simeon and the wonders and miracles he encounters in the other-dimensional town of Longcroft. It can be purchased from Amazon UK and US – links are below, and the stunning cover by legendary artist Jim Burns can be seen above.

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"We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale" edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

“We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale” edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

Also, starting on Monday, we shall be emailing customers who have put a deposit on We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale for the balance of the cost of the book. It’s still available to purchase at full price – see links below:

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Review and news 06:08:2015

"The Bureau of Them" by Cate Gardner  ©2015 Cate Gardner/Spectral Press. Artwork  ©2015 David Chatton-Barker

“The Bureau of Them” by Cate Gardner ©2015 Cate Gardner/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 David Chatton-Barker

First up is the first review of the wonderful The Bureau of Them, by the equally wonderful Cate Gardner – this one’s from The Ginger Nuts of Horror and can be found HERE.

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BOOK and ACQUISITION NEWS

We are very happy to announce that we have acquired a collection of stories by John Travis, a writer who has been quietly producing quality work for many years but for some mysterious reason appears to still be relatively unknown. We intend to rectify that with this publication – it will reprint his various published pieces from assorted magazines and anthologies plus there will be two previously unpublished stories into the bargain. On top of that, it’ll feature an introduction by none other than Tim Lebbon.

On the rEvolution SF front we have two bits of news: firstly, please welcome John Costello (no relation to Elvis), who is taking on the role of series and commissioning editor for the new imprint. Simon Marshall-Jones will still be Editor-in-Chief and Galactic Overlord, but the shape and direction of the imprint will largely be in the hands of John, who has an abiding interest in science fiction and cinema.

Secondly, we have acquired a couple of books for the line, by author Thana Niveau (better known for her horror output) and a whole series of connected world experimental science fiction novels who will remain nameless for the moment. All we will tell you is that he has a somewhat rabid following for his material… expect more announcements soon.

Reviews – 11:03:2015

Today we have even more reviews of Spectral/Theatrum Mundi titles plus an interview, so let’s get straight on with it.

"Ricochet" by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

“Ricochet” by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

From the illustrious Ginger Nuts of Horror we have out first review of Ricochet by Tim Dry, written by Paul M. Feeney which you can find HERE. As soon as you’ve finished that you should go on and read the interview of ‘Renaissance Man’ Tim Dry, also conducted by Mr. Feeney – that one is right HERE.

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Dr. V's Hammer has landed!

Dr. V’s Hammer has landed!

And HERE’S another review from Chris Hall of DLS Reviews, talking about John Llewellyn Probert’s The Hammer of Dr. Valentine. Get your copy of the limited hardback or the unlimited paperback today!

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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New reviews – 05:04:2013

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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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