We here at Chateau Spectrale are extremely proud to announce that we will be publishing crime fiction under a new imprint to be called SPECTRAL STILETTO, the debut title being issued in around 18 – 24 months’ time. Why Spectral Stiletto? Because it harks back to the Golden Age of crime fiction, with its femmes fatale wearing stiletto heels and thugs despatching their victims with stiletto knives. In our estimation it’s the perfect combination.

We are still in the preliminary stages of working out concrete details. but what we can tell is the editorship of the new line will be headed up by JOHN GILBERT, with SIMON MARSHALL-JONES as the Kingpin editor. Some of you will already be familiar with John’s name – he is the editor of the legendary horror magazine FEAR which gained popularity in the eighties, the heyday of horror cinema and fiction. But let’s hear what he has to say in his own words:

“British Fantasy winning editor and author John Gilbert is best known as the founder and Managing Editor of FEAR Magazine. He started his career as a writer and Deputy Editor of home computer magazine Sinclair User, before moving on to write ‘making of film’ books – including a collaboration with Clive Barker on The Making of Nightbreed. Most recently he has published two short story collections and has had his work included in several international horror anthologies. A lifelong crime and thriller aficionado, he says: “I am fascinated by the crime, mystery, noir and thriller genres and, as an editor, keen to bring together some exciting established and new talents from around the world to establish a truly ground breaking crime imprint.”

He has already started putting together a blueprint for the imprint, and what we’ve discussed so far points to very exciting prospects for Spectral Stiletto. Just as hinted at above, there will be some established names aboard as well as those whose work is as yet unknown in the broader world but who nevertheless deserve a wider audience. Specific formats have yet to be decided upon, but rest assured we will be maintaining the high standards which Spectral Press has become known for.

Keep checking back for more details about this thrilling new venture!

A New Spectral imprint: Theatrum Mundi

Spectral Press logoSome of you eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that, when looking at the list of forthcoming publications for this year (top right-hand corner on the home page), there’s a new addition to the line-up: Theatrum Mundi (Theatre of the Universe),which  is a new imprint from Spectral Press specifically to publish novelletes having a much wider range within what we know as genre, enabling writers to explore some of the more speculative regions of genre fiction, be it ghostly/supernatural, science fiction, urban fantasy, the phantastique, the outré, the bizarre, or the industrial, and which will encompass the entire world and the universe as well as the full span of time itself. The imprint will debut in November 2014 with Ray Cluley’s Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow, which will feature a cover from the legendary Jim Burns.

Rest assured that, although the remit of the imprint will be broader, the same level of quality which Spectral is known for will still be a top priority. It will, however, be an irregular series of books, only one or two published each year, and in signed, limited numbered editions in hardback with dustjacket only perhaps. Full details of the imprint will be forthcoming in the near future – needless to say however that its ‘branding’ (to employ an ugly term) will be different from previous Spectral publications, to distinguish it from the general run of material normally published by us.

Why a new imprint, and not a continuation of the Spectral lineup? Essentially, because the subject matter covered will for the most part be completely different from the ghostly/supernatural end of the genre spectrum (although it doesn’t preclude its inclusion), we would like it to have a separate identity.

We here at Spectral hope that you will all join us in establishing this new venture, and to make it as much of a success as Spectral’s chapbooks, novellas, anthologies and collections have been!

Onwards and upwards!!