The Christmas Ghost Stories Deluxe edition: sneak preview

CGS_Qtr cover

As many of you will know, there have been unforeseen delays with the hardback editions of The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark – well, the reprinted Unsigned HB is due to land here tomorrow and we have just received the proofs of the Deluxe edition. To whet your appetite, here are some photos of the proofs:


Signature sheet

Signature sheet

Intro +Lawrence Gordon Clark

Intro +Lawrence Gordon Clark

Stalls of Barchester Cathedral + Nick Gucker vignette

Stalls of Barchester Cathedral + Nick Gucker vignette

Colour plate section

Colour plate section

Endpaper design

Endpaper design


Please note: the endpapers will be red, overprinted with the colour shown immediately above. The white paper was simply to show how it would come out.

There are only ten or so copies of this edition left (out of 50) – if you would like one, please use the Paypal buttons below. This is sure to be a collector’s item of the future, so secure yours today!

SIGNED, SLIPCASED DELUXE EDITION (50 only- 10 left(available early May):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Nine short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus, The Signalman.

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Count Magnus teleplay by BASIL COPPER

Lost Hearts short stage play by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK



Illustrated with unseen behind the scenes photographs, chapter heading vignettes by Nick Gucker,  as well as examples of storyboards by Lawrence Gordon Clark.

£85 UK

£87 EU

$145 US & Everywhere Else

Simon Bestwick’s The Judgement Call: a preview

Spectral Press logoThe next issue in the Spectral series of chapbooks. Volume XI, will be Simon Bestwick’s The Judgement Call, which will now be available to subscribers and purchasers in OCTOBER. To whet your appetite, however, we give you the back-cover blurb, which goes thusly:

A rainy Christmas Eve, and Miles is driving home. A loving husband and father, he has no dark secrets, no buried guilt. Or so he thinks.

On a deserted, unlit lane, his car goes off the road. In a cottage nearby, he finds three strangers, all brought there seemingly by chance or accident.

But then, outside, a horn begins to sound.

And all who hear the judgement call must answer for their sins.

The cover design is being created at this moment by the excellent Neil Williams as always, and will be revealed in due course. This really is a brilliant tale, and will act as a nice lead-in to the annual Christmas ghost story volume, The 2013 Ghosts of Christmas, coming out in December, Work will be staring on that one shortly, just as soon as everything is finished with the two books being launched at this year’s World Fantasy Convention in Brighton at the end of October/beginning of November.

In the meantime, don’t forget that you can subscribe to the chapbook series (Paypal buttons down the side of this blog) – you will receive four issues a year directly to your door. There are also 3- and 5-year subscription options available as well. Future chapbooks will be coming from the likes of Angela Slatter, Robert Shearman, Lisa Hannett, and Peter Atkins, In order to ensure of getting your copy of these chapbooks, then please do consider subscribing!

More soon!

FantasyCon2011: it’s nearly here!!

Every year, the good and the great of the genre scene (and the plain old writer in search of a decent pint) gather in a hotel somewhere in England and talk and celebrate all things genre-related media. Last year it was held in Nottingham but, for this year’s event, the committee has upped sticks and moved lock, stock and barrel all the way down to the south coast to Brighton. The hotel for the seedy rendezvous is the Royal Albion Hotel and the event is being held between 30th September and 2nd October.

There will be a number of events going on there, such as readings, book launches, panel discussions, signings and a raffle to win all kinds of special goodies. A further delight will be the presentation of a twenty minute pantomine version of the classic Tigon Productions film, The Blood on Satan’s Claw, brought to you by the exquisite John Llewellyn Probert and Thana Niveau, both of  whom will play all the roles required (unmissable!).There’s also the wonderful prospect of sitting down for a drink amongst your favourite authors between all of these happenings  and then getting caught up in the drunken – errrr – animated conversations around the tables. Another attraction will be the Dealer’s Room, where publishers and specialist genre booksellers will have tables selling all manner of interesting things to spend your cash on. Did I mention that there will also be a bar? And no doubt there’ll be a few curry outings, too!

I won’t be getting a table to represent Spectral this year, however I AM involved in two events, should you be interested: first, at 1pm on the Friday in the Fitzherbert Room, I will be part of a panel discussing Small Press Markets, so please feel free to come and watch me dribble inanely, searching for words of wisdom and erudition. Then, later on in the evening, at 10:30pm, there’ll be a Spectral Press reading, featuring Gary McMahon (with an extract from What They Hear in the Dark) and Simon Kurt Unsworth, reading his story Pyramid Spider, which will be one of the tales to be included in his Spectral Signature Edition to be published in 2013. I might even be participating in that one – it’s being held in Room 134…

On top of all that excitement, there’s the special guests, who this year will be:

Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr, and The Inheritance Cycle (the last novel in the series, Inheritance, will be launched November). Saturday ONLY.

Joe Abercrombie, author of The Blade Itself, Before They are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings, and The Heroes.

Gwyneth Jones, award-winning author of such books as Divine Endurance and Bold as Love.

John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Handling the Undead, Harbour, and the bestselling Let the Right One In.

Peter Atkins, author of Morning Star and Big Thunder, and a Hollywood scriptwriter (Hellraiser II-IV, especially, and Wishmaster).

Special Guest of Honour is Brian Aldiss OBE, writer of such classics as Hothouse, Frankenstein Unbound and The Helliconia Trilogy – not to be missed!!

Don’t forget there’s also the British Fantasy Society Awards Ceremony as well on the Sunday afternoon after the banquet, hosted this year by the lovely, glamorous Sarah Pinborough.

This promises to be another fun-filled weekend, and it’s only just over a fortnight away! I hope to see many of you there, and please, don’t be afraid to come over, offer me a rum ‘n’ coke or a glass of wine, and talk to me! I may have a tattooed head, but I don’t bite… =)

For more information, please go to the FantasyCon2011 website.