News 07:08:2014

We have a great deal of news to report this morning, so without any more pre-amble:

Black Mountian 8 Cover

The latest episode, number 8, of Simon Bestwick’s Black Mountain serial, A Lake of Fire, is now available through Amazon. Once again we have to thank the brilliant Neil Williams for the superb cover (above), which we happen to think is one of his best yet.

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Even more good news is that the slipcases for The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark have at last arrived, and they look lush – see the photos below.





The slipcases will be dispatched to purchasers from this weekend onwards

Next, in getting around to opening some boxes after having been in our new place for seven months, we discovered we have a couple of copies in signed and numbered hardback of the following titles:

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert (TWO only)

The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry (TWO only)

They can be had for £12 UK/£15 EU/$30 US & RoW each – but only if you hurry. Please contact us first on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com to secure your copy on a first come first served basis.

Finally, please check out the latest issue of The Spectral Times (unrelated to Spectral Press), where you’ll be able to find an interview with two Spectral stalwarts: Lawrence Gordon Clark and Stephen Volk. Lawrence talks about his involvement with the A Ghost Story for Christmas dramas for the BBC in the seventies and about the Deluxe Edition of the Spectral Book. Meanwhile, Stephen discusses the infamous Ghostwatch, with a mention of Whitstable along the way. The electronic edition of the magazine is FREE, and can be obtained from HERE.


News 25:07:2014 – Alison Littlewood mini-interview

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

Alison Littlewood, acclaimed author of A Quiet Season (a Richard and Judy pick in their Book of the Month Club), The Path of Needles, and her latest The Unquiet House and of course the Spectral chapbook The Eyes of Water, gets the mini-interview treatment on Angela Slatter’s blog today – see what she has to say by clicking HERE.

Pre-order your copy today of this first in an annual anthology – ordering buttons below (if you want to pay by any other means, please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we’ll give you details):

£12.50 UK


FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW


The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark Deluxe Edition has definitely sold out, plus we have been informed that the slipcases for the books will be here next week. An interview with Lawrence Gordon Clark himself will appear in the next issue of The Spectral Times magazine (not related to us in any way) – more details when we have them.

News 10:05:2014 – LGC Deluxe in photos

What you see here are images of a real live copy of the Deluxe Edition of The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark – although it’s currently the only one in our possession as this will be sent off to the slipcase makers to have them custom fitted. The rest of the books will be here later this week, whereupon we will start sending customers’ orders out, with the slipcases to be dispatched later on. We here at Spectral think this tome is a thing of beauty – and we hope you will think so too!







Keep watch by your letterboxes!

The Deluxe Edition of Lawrence Gordon Clark book: an update

CGS_Qtr cover

The good news about the ultra limited Deluxe Edition of The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark is that they will be here either tomorrow (Friday 30th May) or Monday 2nd June. The slipcases however still need to be made. In view of the already inordinate delay occasioned by various issues, Spectral will be sending the book out to customers first followed by the slipcases when they’re ready. This is so that customers can at least read the book they have waited for. All purchasers will be notified by email of this situation individually.

All it remains for us to do is to thank all who bought the book for their extreme patience! 

Thank you! 

News – 03:04:2013

Whitstable cover image

First, here’s a little article about Peter Cushing and Stephen Volk’s Whitstable that appeared yesterday at Gef Fox’s Wag the Fox blog, written by Simon Marshall-Jones of Spectral. The article gives an insight into the actor and why Stephen wrote the novella, as well as what drives the narrative. You can read the piece here.

Spectral slipcases

As many of you will know, this year will see the publication of This Spectral Season, a single volume gathering all eight chapbooks from Spectral’s first two years, together with some new material from each contributor. The volume will be available as an unlimited paperback and an eBook.. In addition to those, there will also be a very limited edition of TEN sets of all eight chapbooks in their original format, signed and presented in their own slipcase. The slipcases are hand-covered in red Wibalin cloth with the Spectral logo gold foil stamped on the spine, and the contents held in by a custom obi strip, printed on fine quality paper as befits such a piece. Publication date has yet to be set – but is most likely to be this summer. Watch out for further details!

Talking of slipcases, the standard ones are still available for order – black Wibalin cloth with the Spectral logo silver foil stamped on the spine. They are designed to keep all those lovely chapbooks pristine and in order, plus they look absolutely magnificent displayed on the bookshelf! Just pop on over to the Spectral Shop to buy one today!

Onwards and upwards! =)

Chapbook slipcases: an update

Spectral slipcases

Monday morning and the beginning of a new month (and almost a new season, too!), and what better way of celebrating it than showing you some photos of the Spectral chapbook slipcases. These sturdy protective boxes will do a fine job of keeping those slim volumes in pristine condition over the years. They are covered in black Wibalin buckram and have the logo and name silver-foil-stamped on the spine. Each slipcase holds EIGHT issues very snugly, and will look absolutely wonderful on your bookshelf.

Black slipcase

PLEASE NOTE: the red slipcases with gold foil blocking on the spine are NOT available just yet – they will form the VERY limited edition of TEN boxsets of the first eight chapbooks to be released later this year in celebration of the publication of the first volume of the Collected Spectral Chapbooks, provisionally slated for September. ONLY the BLACK variety are available at present.

Slipcase spine with logo


£11 UK

£19 (two slipcases) UK

£15 EU

£27 (two slipcases) EU

$29 US and RoW

$52 (two slipcases) US and RoW


£26 1 year subscription + slipcase UK

£40 2 year subscription + slipcase UK

£36 1 year subscription + slipcase EU

£55 2 year subscription + slipcase EU

$70 1 year subscription + slipcase USA & RoW

$110 2 year subscription + slipcase USA & RoW

News 01:02:2013

The Way of the Leaves cover image

There are certain things that are guaranteed to bring big smiles to us here at Spectral Towers and we feature two such events here today. First up is a great review of David Tallerman’s The Way of the Leaves, which has appeared at the Wag the Fox review blog, written by the host himself,  Gef Fox. You can read the review here.

What Gets Left Behind cover image

Secondly, This is Horror magazine hold the This Is Horror Awards every year and, in the 2012 edition, we are proud to announce that Mark West’s What Gets Left Behind was runner-up in the Short Fiction category – sitting nicely behind Stephen King and Joe Hill’s In the Tall Grass. Nice one!

Congratulations to Mark on such a great achievement!

Don’t forget to put in your pre-order for Stephen Volk’s Whitstable novella (featuring an Afterword by renowned British novelist and short story writer Mark Morris) – see previous blog entry of details of the book and a rather special offer of the novella combined with a 2CD set of Peter Cushing reading his Hammer Years memoirs. Also, you can also now purchase slipcases to keep your chapbooks all nice and pristine, as well as buy subscriptions to the books, so why not do so today!

Onward and upward!

300th post: subscription and slipcase offer

Spectral Press logoYes, we’ve reached a bit of a milestone here on the Spectral blog – 300 posts in just over two years! To celebrate the fact we have decided to put together a fantastic deal aimed at new subscribers – a combined subscription/slipcase offer. Yes, if you are a new subscriber, you will not only get four or eight issues of the critically-acclaimed Spectral quarterly chapbook series but also a slipcase in which to keep them. Each slipcase holds eight issues, is made from sturdy 1500 micron white-lined board covered in black Wibalin buckram and silver-foil stamped with the Spectral ‘ghost’ logo and legend on the spine. You can order either a one year (4 issue) or two year (8 issue) subscription with your slipcase – Paypal buttons below.

ALL prices include p+p.

£26 1 year subscription + slipcase UK

£40 2 year subscription + slipcase UK

£36 1 year subscription + slipcase EU

£55 2 year subscription + slipcase EU

$70 1 year subscription + slipcase USA & RoW

$110 2 year subscription + slipcase USA & RoW

In other news, as many of you will know, Spectral will be publishing a collected volume of the first eight chapbooks (along with new material) sometime this year, probably in limited hardback and unlimited paperback formats. However, there will also be a special, VERY limited edition available: a set of all eight chapbooks, signed and numbered, in their very own slipcase,  made from1500 micron white-lined board covered in red Wibalin buckram and gold-foil stamped with the Spectral ‘ghost’ logo and legend on the spine, limited to just TEN (10) sets. Prices yet to be confirmed, but you can register your interest in purchasing one of these collector’s items by letting us know via email (spectralpress]AT]gmail[DOT]com) and your name will be put on a list. Nearer the time we will let you know further details of publication date and payment.

Onward and upward!

Spectral chapbook slipcases

Spectral Press logoAs a special service to our readers and subscribers, we are now offering a way to keep those precious issues of the chapbooks pristine – with the new Spectral chapbook slipcases. Each one of these sturdy artefacts will hold eight A5 size chapbooks, will be covered in black Wibalin buckram cloth and have the Spectral ‘ghost’ logo silver foil stamped on the spine. Not only will they keep each ‘volume’ of the chapbooks intact they will look absolutely superb on the bookshelf.

You can order your slipcases now, however they won’t ready for about four weeks or so. As soon as they reach here they will be despatched. All prices below incude postage and packing.

£11 UK

£19 (two slipcases) UK

£15 EU

£27 (two slipcases) EU

$29 US and RoW

$52 (two slipcases) US and RoW

Review and news – 15:01:2013

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas cover image

First up this morning is this review of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas from Riju Ganguly, posted to his Thoughts of a Perceptive Reader blog – the write-up can be accessed by clicking here.



For the very first time since the chapbooks were launched two years ago it looks like they could be reaching the fully 100% subscribed mark – there are fewer than TEN (10) places left before they will be. And the next chapbook, Paul Kane’s Creakers, is bound to go fast as the Arrowhead trilogy author is a popular writer. And the best way to ensure that you do secure a copy is to subscribe, which couldn’t be simpler!

Yearly (4 issue) subscriptions cost £16UK/£23.50EU /$45US/ $45US RoW and there are handy Paypal buttons down the right-hand side of this blog. To make it a little sweeter, if you order a subscription before midnight GMT tomorrow (Wednesday) then we will throw in an extra issue, making it five for the price of four. (Individual issues can also be bought: £4UK/£7.00EU/$16US/$16RoW – contact us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details).


In the near future, Spectral subscribers will be able to keep the chapbook collection nice and safe with one of our custom slipcases. Each one will be a stylish way of keeping all those lovely little books together and stop them getting damaged. Measuring 213mm x 47mm x 149mm and covered in black buckram with the Spectral logo silver foil blocked on the spine, they are just the right size to hold two years’ worth of chapbooks, in other words 8 issues. They will retail at £8 each + postage (ie £10 all in) or £15 for two (+ postage).

They won’t be ready for a month or two, but I would encourage people to send us an email (spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com) to register your interest in buying one. They will also be offered as an option when ordering a new subscription.

Onward and upward!