SBoHS Leeds event

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

Just a quick heads up about a forthcoming event – on the evening of November 21st 2014 Waterstones in Leeds will be staging a Spectral Book of Horror Stories event. Editor Mark Morris is going to be there, as will Gary McMahon, Alison Littlewood, and Reginald Oliver, to sign copies and do readings – and publisher Simon Marshall-Jones is also looking to be there to look on admiringly. After the readings will be a Q&A followed by the signing.

For those who know about these things, yes there will be wine available during the event.

More details soon!



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!!