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!


In any business’ life, in order for it to maintain some species of momentum, it has to grow and evolve in some way over the course of its duration. So, last night, in a pub (of course!) near Euston Station in London, Simon Kurt Unsworth and I (with a little help from Greg James) took the first steps towards helping Spectral Press do just that. Therefore I am pleased to announce a new line of Spectral books, beginning with:


Signature Editions are single-author story collections, and World Fantasy Award-nominated author Simon Kurt Unsworth will be the one to launch the new line. The edition will contain tales culled from across the writer’s career, the selection representing the full spectrum of his published output so far.  An original story or two, specifically written for this collection, will also be included, plus the stories will be illustrated with exquisite line drawings, by an artist yet to be decided.

The books themselves will be limited edition A5 hardbacks, signed and illustrated, bound in faux-leather and blocked in red foil. There will be no dustjacket, however the front of the book will be adorned with a very simple graphic, featuring the author’s initials, the words ‘SIGNATURE EDITION’ and below that the volume number. The title page will be illustrated and feature the full title of the collection, whatever the author decides that is going to be. Retail price yet to be decided, but will be forthcoming in the not-too-distanmt future.

The projected date of publication will be MARCH 2013. Keep checking back for more details of this project as we get nearer to the launch date!!