SPECTRAL VISIONS: a new line of novellas from Spectral

Monday mornings, just because of their bad reputations and the fact that most people actively hate them (except when on holiday), are the one time of the week that announcements were made for. And yes, this is a slightly long-winded way of saying that we here at Spectral have an announcement to make, to wit, that we are launching a new line of books, starting the month after Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music chapbook has been unleashed on the world.


This is the name we’ve given to a line of occasional novellas, the first of which will, as hinted at above, be published in April of this year. And the title that will inaugurate the line will be The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry (Abolisher of Roses). It is envisaged that there will be several versions – a limited hardback (which will also contain a bonus novella World Wide Web), a Print On Demand paperback (without the bonus story) and an electronic version covering the various e-reader platforms (also without the bonus story). Pricing is still being worked out as this is being written but pre-orders will be taken on the hardback from early next month.

Novellas in the Spectral Visions line won’t be published as regularly as the chapbooks are – the next one isn’t going to be published until next year. What I can guarantee, however, is that the same rigorous attention to detail will be lavished on them as the chapbooks have had – Spectral will never publish anything less than absolute high-quality. Full-colour boards with excellent artwork like readers have come to expect, stylish endpapers, quality paper stock and even a silk marker ribbon for the hardbacks will definitely make them extremely good value for money. AND, rest assured, the same concerns will govern the production of the paperbacks and e-books.

Don’t forget to check back here regularly for more details of this exciting new development in the expansion of Spectral!! Onwards and upwards!!

Subscriptions and subscriber benefits

Yet another little reminder that subscription places are still available from Volume #4 onwards (Paul Finch’s King Death, available in December) – however, there are very few of those places left now, just 35 as of today, 19th July 2011. I’ve included Paypal buttons below for your convenience! (If paying by cheque or bank transfer, email Simon Marshall-Jones at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for further details).

As an incentive for people to subscribe, as Spectral expands over the next couple of years with the introduction of new lines of books, subscribers will be able to claim discounts off the cover price of these new lines, and they will also be sent an occasional subscriber-only newsletter giving advance notice and details of forthcoming publications (before they’re announced here), along with any new developments with the imprint. There may also be other stuff available as well, like exclusive competitions and what have you. Remember, to take full advantage of any offers, you need to subscribe (or resubscribe) and there aren’t many places left available for the chapbooks!!

Look forward to hearing from you!

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