Coming soon: preorders

Wondering what books are coming out within the next two months or so? Well, here’s a handy field-guide to the various volumes due to be published between now and the end of April:

"Leytonstone" ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

“Leytonstone” ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

One evening in 1906 a chubby little boy of seven, son of a London greengrocer, is taken by his father to visit the local police station.

There he suddenly finds himself, inexplicably, locked up for a crime he hasn’t committed – or has he? Blinking into sunlight, traumatised by his overnight stay, he is told by his father the next morning: “Now you know what happens to naughty little boys!” But the incident is the catalyst for a series of events that will scar, and create, the world’s leading Master of Terror in the century to come…

PRE-ORDERS:

Signed and Numbered Hardbacks (125 only)

£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

Paperbacks

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

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

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

“I know exactly when this photo was taken: July 1975. And I know where it was taken: on the sloping lawn beneath Albion Fay.

         The boy in the photograph is me. The girl is my sister, Angie.
         This is the morning of the day when we went into the caves for the first time.
         It is the day when our lives changed forever.”

Albion Fay, a holiday house in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature’s bounty. For the adults, a time for relaxation and to recharge the batteries, while for the children, a chance for exploration and adventure in the English countryside. A happy time for all: nothing could possibly go wrong. Or could it? What should be a magical time ends in tragedy – but what really happened that summer?

With an introduction by ADAM NEVILL

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£21 UK

£25 EU

$50 US & RoW

Paperback edition

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$30.00US & RoW

THE MICHAEL ARMSTRONG SCREENPLAY COLLECTION 1: HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS

House of The Long Shadows (Mock up only - subject to change)

House of The Long Shadows (Mock up only – subject to change)

Spectral’s first paperback title in this new and important series of books will be the 1982 multi award-winning classic, tongue-in-cheek parody of “Old Dark House” horror movies, House Of The Long Shadows, written specifically for the four great horror legends, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine, and directed by genre favourite Pete Walker in 1983.  Simon Marshall-Jones, chief executive for Spectral Press, said “We are particularly excited to be working with London Repertory Company in publishing Michael Armstrong’s screenwriting work – a terrific legacy of such a legendary figure in the British film industry.”

Forthcoming titles will include the genre classics: Mark Of The Devil with its missing end scene; Armstrong’s original thirty minute screenplay of The Image which starred David Bowie; and his outrageous satirical 70’s comedy Eskimo Nell which has just been released on Blu-ray to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary.

PREORDERS FOR HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS AVAILABLE NOW:

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$40.00US & RoW

Looking forward to hearing from you very soon!

SBoHS 2: submissions and pre-orders

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

Mark Morris says: “I’m pleased to announce that THE 2ND SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES is now open to submissions! Stories can be any length (though the preferred length is 2000-8000 words) and payment is £20 per 1000 words, up to a maximum of £100, which means that if you submit a story that’s over 5000 words it will be on the understanding that you’ll be giving us those additional words for free. The closing date for submissions is June 30th, and the book will be launched at FantasyCon in October. Due to the volume of stories I’m expecting to receive over the next few months it may take a while for me to get back to you, and my responses may, by necessity, be brief (I have my own writing deadlines to meet, after all). PLEASE NOTE: NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS AND NO REPRINTS!! All submissions should be sent to

spectralhorror2@gmail.com

and stories should be double-spaced in a clear, readable font. There’s no theme for the anthology – all I’m looking for are well-written, original, disturbing stories that push my buttons. If you want further clues as to the kinds of stories I like, I recommend you buy and read a copy of the inaugural volume of THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES, which is available from Spectral Press. Thanks – and good luck!”

PRE-ORDERS

Yes, we know it won’t be available until October this year but, given the popularity of the inaugural volume, we thought it might be an idea to put it on pre-order now for those who would like to secure a copy ahead of time. The prices will be exactly the same as last year. Also like the first volume the cover will be by the award-winning Vincent Chong, whose artistic kung-fu is legendary.

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 – PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

News 26:11:2014

Skin by Kathe Koja

Skin by Kathe Koja

See that picture above (apologies for the quality)? This was the very first Kathe Koja novel that Simon Marshall-Jones, ye merry olde proprietor of Spectral Press, ever read. It was one of the most startling and shocking work he’d read up to that point, completely original, and tying in with the body modification obsession he was going through in the mid-nineties. So, you may be wondering, what has this got to do with Spectral, you may well ask? Is Simon losing his mind? (Don’t answer that…) Or merely reminiscing?

NO! Neither! In fact, Spectral Press is very proud to announce that Kathe Koja will be coming to Spectral, or the Theatrum Mundi imprint rather, in 2016, with her tale The Prince of the Air. The cover will be by Detroit artist Rick Lieder, a piece of whose collage work inspired the tale itself. It’s a great little story, intertwining a dark folk tale with the modern quest for meaning in one’s life. More details as they become available!

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

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

Also, a heads-up:  Mark Morris’ Albion Fay novella will be up for pre-order from next week, with an introduction by Adam Nevill – look out for that!

News and reviews 07:11:2014

"Still Life" © Tim Lebbon/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Jim Burns 2013

“Still Life” © Tim Lebbon/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Jim Burns 2013

First, there will be a review of Tim Lebbon’s superb novella Still Life in Black Static #43, out very soon. Among other things, Peter Tennant, the reviewer says of it:

“Lebbon has produced a strange and compelling story, beautifully written and with a prevailing mood of hope underlying the surface despair, a tale in which what is not said is almost as important as what is, with so much more suggested than is laid out on the page

The novella is still available in both limited hardback and limited paperback, so secure your copy today!

Jenni’s husband was part of the Road of Souls––his flesh swarmed by ants and pecked by rooks, bones crushed to powder by wheels of dread––and yet she still saw him in the pool.

            The incursion has been and gone, the war is over, and the enemy is in the land, remote and ambiguous.  The village outskirts are guarded by vicious beasts, making escape impossible.  The village itself is controlled by the Finks, human servants to the enemy––brutal, callous, almost untouchable. 

            Everything is less than it was before… time seems to move slower, the population is much denuded, and life itself seems to hold little purpose.  This is not living, it’s existing.

            But in a subjugated population, there is always resistance. 

            For Jenni, the happiest part of this new life is visiting the pool in the woods, seeing her dead husband within, and sharing memories of happier times.  It calms her and makes her feel alive.

            But the resistance comes to her for help. 

            And when her dead husband tells her it is time to fight, Jenni’s life is destined for a shattering change.  

“Tim Lebbon conjures up the horror of a world distorted by fear, distrust, and something unspeakable. With respectful nods to H.P Lovecraft Still Life rubs reality up against nightmares in this compact, engrossing treat.” Muriel Gray

SALE PRICE – UK £15

SALE PRICE – EU £17

SALE PRICE – US & RoW $30

NEWS

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

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

Mark Morris’ novella Albion Fay will feature an introduction by none other than the UK’s best horror writer, Adam Nevill. The book itself will be out in April-May next year, and pre-orders will be available soon. In the meantime, you can you drool over that gorgeous Ben Baldwin cover (above).

"Leytonstone" ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

“Leytonstone” ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

Similarly, Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone novella, which also features a cover by Ben Baldwin and will be out in March 2015, will have an Afterword by novelist, screenwriter and director Stephen Gallagher. If you loved Stephen’s Whitstable then you will absolutely blown away this one, a fictional rendering (based on a true event told by the man himself) of the point which shaped the very young Alfred Hitchcock into the future director we remember and revere. The limited hardback of this one IS on preorder right now- see Paypal buttons below:

PRE-ORDERS:

£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

Looking forward to hearing from you!

NEWSFLASH – Dr. Valentine: the Video

"The Hammer of Dr. Valentine" ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

“The Hammer of Dr. Valentine” ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

Our Autumn sale was due to start today, but we’ve delayed it for 24 hours so we could bring you this special report from Bristol, the city in which the infamous Dr. Valentine committed some of his nine notorious murders two years ago. It appears the man is on the loose again, this time targeting tabloid journalists who he feels sensationalised his story and heinously maligned him. Your correspondent is the original chronicler of his misdeeds, John Llewellyn Probert.

BUY YOUR COPY TODAY!!!!!
 
The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: limited signed hardback (100 only). 

UK £21

EU £24

USA & Everywhere Else $45

Looking forward to hearing from you!

The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: news

Remember we talked about the sequel to John Llewellyn Probert’s award-winning The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine earlier this year? Well, due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to publish it on its original date, but now it’s back on track and is due within the next six weeks-two months or so. So, without further ado, may we present the return of horror’s most flamboyantly nasty medical practitioner – The Hammer of Dr. Valentine:

What a treat to have Dr Valentine back – and with Hammer as his inspiration! John L Probert delivers  another fiendishly nasty page turner – Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Inside No. 9)



The Hammer of Dr. Valentine - ©2104 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork by Nick Gucker ©2014.

The Hammer of Dr. Valentine – ©2104 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork by Nick Gucker ©2014.

 

Two years ago, a series of horrific murders shocked the city of Bristol. These were killings so elaborate in their planning, and so outrageous in their execution, that they made national headlines for weeks. 

 
Now the journalists who wrote the stories behind those headlines are beginning to die, in ways even more gruesome, even more flamboyant, and even more unbelievable than the murders they themselves wrote about at such length in the national dailies all those months ago.
 
Dr Edward Valentine, brilliant surgeon and the maniac responsible for the Nine Deaths, has not been seen since he escaped the police following a final confrontation.
 
Has he returned? 
 
Is he now intent on punishing the British tabloid press that he feels has misrepresented him?
 
Has he chosen as the most appropriate method of punishment that most British of institutions, the Hammer Horror film?
 
And how many times will the Hammer of Dr Valentine strike before he can be stopped?
 
Of course, there’s only one way to find out…
BUY YOUR COPY TODAY!!!!!
 
The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: limited signed hardback (100 only). 

UK £21

EU £24

USA & Everywhere Else $45

22:08:2014 – mini-interview and news

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

It’s Friday, the one day everybody agrees is the best day of the week, because the weekend is here! It also means that it’s time for another one of Angela Slatter’s mini-interviews of contributors to The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, and today she talks to herself about her story The October Widow. You can read it for yourself HERE.

NEWS

In other Spectral Book of Horror Stories news, the eBook edition is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK & US. Just click the links below to order your copy:

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

Even more exciting news is the fact that the new Spectral Press website is LIVE - go HERE to have a look. We shall be blogging on THIS site for a while longer to maintain continuity but we do encourage you to go on over and sign up to get regular updates on what’s happening in the world of Spectral. The new site is much more flexible and easier to use, the shop is fully enabled, and finding what you’re looking for is also a whole lot easier. You can also contact us directly through the contact form should you have any questions.

More next week!

And the first review is in…

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

…of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories – it’s from Gary Fry, writer (Abolisher of RosesThe Respectable Face of Tyranny), droll wit, and publisher, and it’s been uploaded to his official blog. If you’re dying to know what the anthology’s like before buying then all you need do is click on this link HERE.

This is going to be a major publication for this year, so please do pre-order your copy today of this first in an annual anthology 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 happy to send you details):

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FANTASYCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP AT THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

Spectral Book of Horror Stories: cover reveal

So this is the moment you have all been waiting for: Mark Morris and Spectral Press are proud to present Vincent Chong’s artwork for the first volume in The Spectral Book of Horror Stories annual anthology series. Without further ado, here it is in all its technicolour glory!

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

We think the image perfectly captures the essence of its famous and illustrious forebears, The Pan Books of Horror StoriesThe Fontana Books of Great Horror/Ghost Stories and The Armada Books of Ghost Stories, but necessarily updating and modernising them to give the whole series a contemporary feel and to establish the ‘brand’ in its own right.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

ON THE TOUR – RAMSEY CAMPBELL

THE DOG’S HOME – ALISON LITTLEWOOD

FUNERAL RITES – HELEN MARSHALL

SLAPE – TOM FLETCHER

THE NIGHT DOCTOR – STEVE RASNIC TEM

DULL FIRE – GARY McMAHON

THE BOOK AND THE RING – REGGIE OLIVER

EASTMOUTH – ALISON MOORE

CARRY WITHIN SOME SMALL SLIVER OF ME – ROBERT SHEARMAN

THE DEVIL’S INTERVAL – CONRAD WILLIAMS

STOLEN KISSES – MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH

CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD – BRIAN HODGE

THE OCTOBER WIDOW – ANGELA SLATTER

THE SLISTA – STEPHEN LAWS

OUTSIDE HEAVENLY – RIO YOUERS

THE LIFE INSPECTOR – JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT

SOMETHING SINISTER IN SUNLIGHT – LISA TUTTLE

THIS VIDEO DOES NOT EXIST – NICHOLAS ROYLE

NEWSPAPER HEART – STEPHEN VOLK

The book will be published in September but is available now for pre-order – ORDER TODAY! Paypal buttons below:

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP FROM THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

Looking forward to getting your reactions!

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Official press release

Spectral Press logoSPECTRAL PRESS – FORTHCOMING PUBLICATION

Press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Announcing a Brand New Annual Anthology!

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 SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES

Release date: September 2014

Published by Spectral Press, edited by acclaimed, award-winning novelist Mark Morris (Toady, Stitch, The Immaculate, Fiddleback and the forthcoming Obsidian Heart trilogy) and inspired by the Pan and Fontana books of horror and ghost stories, which were hugely popular in the 1960s and 1970s, The Spectral Book of Horror Storieswill be the first volume of a non-themed annual horror anthology, showcasing all-original stories by the very best writers in the genre.

Each yearly volume will contain around fifteen to twenty stories, and will be available in paperback and e-book format across all platforms.

The cover for each volume will be a new and original work by multi-award-winning artist Vincent Chong.

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be launched with a mass signing session at the 2014 British Fantasy Convention in York (September 5-7, 2014), though the book can be pre-ordered direct from Spectral Press.

The final Table of Contents for volume one is:

ON THE TOUR – RAMSEY CAMPBELL

THE DOG’S HOME – ALISON LITTLEWOOD

FUNERAL RITES – HELEN MARSHALL

SLAPE – TOM FLETCHER

THE NIGHT DOCTOR – STEVE RASNIC TEM

DULL FIRE – GARY McMAHON

THE BOOK AND THE RING – REGGIE OLIVER

EASTMOUTH – ALISON MOORE

CARRY WITHIN SOME SMALL SLIVER OF ME – ROBERT SHEARMAN

THE DEVIL’S INTERVAL – CONRAD WILLIAMS

STOLEN KISSES – MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH

CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD – BRIAN HODGE

THE OCTOBER WIDOW – ANGELA SLATTER

THE SLISTA – STEPHEN LAWS

OUTSIDE HEAVENLY – RIO YOUERS

THE LIFE INSPECTOR – JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT

SOMETHING SINISTER IN SUNLIGHT – LISA TUTTLE

THIS VIDEO DOES NOT EXIST – NICHOLAS ROYLE

NEWSPAPER HEART – STEPHEN VOLK

For more information, please contact Spectral Press on the email address below. Mark Morris can be available for interview about this important new anthology: please contact Simon Marshall-Jones at the email below in the first instance and requests will be forwarded.

Email: spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP FROM THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW