Spectral T-shirt Update: Hammer Time!

We have now added John Llewellyn Probert’s The Hammer of Dr. Valentine cover to our t-shirt range! 

THE HAMMER OF DR. VALENTINE

THE HAMMER OF DR. VALENTINE

Prices for all tees include postage, are £20UK/£25EU/$50US& RoW, and are available in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL. Choose from The Hammer of Dr. Valentine, Albion Fay, Bureau of Them, Leytonstone, and Whitstable (see more designs below).

WHEN ORDERING, PLEASE STATE WHICH SIZE AND DESIGN YOU WANT IN THE  ‘INSTRUCTIONS TO SELLER’ BOX ON PAYPAL. THANK YOU!

£20UK

£25EU

$50US& RoW

WHEN ORDERING, PLEASE STATE WHICH SIZE AND DESIGN YOU WANT IN THE  ‘INSTRUCTIONS TO SELLER’ BOX ON PAYPAL. THANK YOU!

ALBION FAY

ALBION FAY

BUREAU OF THEM

BUREAU OF THEM

LEYTONSTONE

LEYTONSTONE

WHITSTABLE

WHITSTABLE

The Grieving Stones: the complete cover

"The Grieving Stones" ©2015 Gary McMahon/Spectral Press. Artwork by David Verba ©2015 - design by John Oakey.

“The Grieving Stones” ©2015 Gary McMahon/Spectral Press. Artwork by David Verba ©2015 – design by John Oakey.

Last week, we gave you a preview of David Verba’s artwork for the cover of Gary McMahon’s novella The Grieving Stones – today we show you the finished front cover, with title and byline (courtesy of John Oakey). We happen to think it’s a thing of aesthetic simplicity and beauty, amply reflecting the story contained within its covers.

“When she looked at the windows, a premature night had fallen. The house smelled of herbs and butchered meat.”

It seems like such a good idea at the time. Take a group of clients for a weekend-long group therapy session in a remote location, an isolated house near some ancient standing stones. A place with a history of secrecy and witchcraft. Clean up the house. Use this work as part of the therapy process. Talks. Role-play. Team work. Togetherness.

The reality, however, is that everybody has to fight their demons alone.

Alice hopes that the trip might help her to cope better with her husband’s death. What she doesn’t anticipate is finding some allies – ones that remain in the shadows but encourage her to join their sisterhood. Three women who seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.

These dark sisters disturb something inside her that has long been caged: a power that, once released, changes everything.

Available for preorder later on this year.

Competition time!

spaceshipWe here at Spectral are always looking at ways in which to move forward and, to that end, we have for a while been planning a science fiction imprint, to be launched some years hence, to run alongside the Spectral, Theatrum Mundi, and projected crime lines. Now, here’s where you come in – we’re looking for an interesting, snappy, and pithy name for the line, and we would like you lot to come up with one for us. The winner will receive the entire output of the new imprint as they get published. Two runners-up will get the first publication in hardback, signed.

In order to enter, you MUST send your entry to spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Any suggestions in the comments section below will be considered invalid. The closing date of the contest will be midnight Sunday 7th June 2015. Please include your name and email address. Open to everyone, except those inhabitants of the Proxima Centauri system – we know what you do with spoons and it’s disgusting.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you! =D

The Grieving Stones by Gary McMahon

"The Grieving Stones" artwork by David Verba ©2015

“The Grieving Stones” artwork by David Verba ©2015

This coming January will be Spectral Press’ fifth anniversary, and to celebrate it Gary McMahon, the writer who launched the press in January 2011 with his chapbook What We Hear in the Dark, is back with a new novella entitled The Grieving Stones. It’s an extremely atmospheric tale (see blurb below) and we have decided to approach the artwork from a more abstract angle, going more for mood than figurative depiction, so we asked artist David Verba to come up with something – it’s certainly a lot different for the usual Spectral covers (which is no bad thing!). Preorders will be available later on in the year.

“When she looked at the windows, a premature night had fallen. The house smelled of herbs and butchered meat.”

It seems like such a good idea at the time. Take a group of clients for a weekend-long group therapy session in a remote location, an isolated house near some ancient standing stones. A place with a history of secrecy and witchcraft. Clean up the house. Use this work as part of the therapy process. Talks. Role-play. Team work. Togetherness.

The reality, however, is that everybody has to fight their demons alone.

Alice hopes that the trip might help her to cope better with her husband’s death. What she doesn’t anticipate is finding some allies – ones that remain in the shadows but encourage her to join their sisterhood. Three women who seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.

These dark sisters disturb something inside her that has long been caged: a power that, once released, changes everything.

 

The Bureau of Them by Cate Gardner – cover reveal

“The Bureau of Them” by Cate Gardner ©2015 Cate Gardner/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 David Chatton-Barker

THE BUREAU OF THEM by Cate Gardner

We don’t normally blog on a Sunday, but when this cover image by David Chatton-Barker was sent to us we thought ‘What the Hell, let’s do it!’…

Cate Gardner’s new novella The Bureau of Them (with Introduction by Angela Slatter) is due to be published this coming June/July and will be launched at this year’s Edge-Lit event in Derby in July alongside Mark Morris’ Albion Fay and Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone. To whet your appetite, here’s a teaser blurb from the back cover:

You’re not the first to talk to your dead here, the vagrant said. The living always chase after their dead until they come upon their own.

Formed from shadow and dust, ghosts inhabit the abandoned office building, angry at the world that denies them. When Katy sees her deceased boyfriend in the window of the derelict building, she finds a way in, hoping to be reunited. Instead, the dead ignore, the dead do not see and only the monster that is Yarker Ryland has need of her there.

The cover image above is by David Chatton-Barker and you can preorder the limited hardback and the unlimited paperback:

LIMITED HARDBACKS

£21UK

£24EU

$50US & RoW

PAPERBACKS

£12.50UK

£15EU

$40US & RoW

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Something a little different…

 

DAF Turbo artic Spectral Press 01

As is often said, “From small acorns do great trees grow…” and our esteemed chief editor and publisher Simon Marshall-Jones took that to heart. As a collector of diecast vintage commercial vehicles from the years 1900 – 1970, the promotional item pictured above was a natural choice – although, disappointingly, no vintage vehicle models were available to customise. Instead, however, we have this DAF Turbo artic instead in 1:87th scale, which is still verily imposing. We all have to start somewhere…

Many thanks to Taff of Oxford Diecast Models for sending me in the right direction – and thanks also to Tony Graham of Code 3 Models for producing the model. Now, next step is to make the real thing happen – now that WOULD be imposing…

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Press release: The Michael Armstrong Script collection

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

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

 

SPECTRAL PRESS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michael Armstrong

Michael Armstrong

London Repertory Company Joins Forces With Spectral Press To Publish The Entire Screen Play Output Of Michael Armstrong

February 25th 2015, London, UK – London Repertory Company are delighted to announce a working relationship with Spectral Press who will be publishing the complete screen play output of the LRC’s Artistic Director Michael Armstrong (Mark Of The Devil, Eskimo Nell) in paperback and e-book format, with the first edition due in April.

Spectral Press is a British Fantasy Award-nominated independent, specialising mainly in the supernatural, quiet horror, and ghost story end of the literary fiction spectrum.  It publishes chapbooks, novellas, collections and anthologies.  Alongside the fiction, Spectral also publishes non-fiction books on cinema and televisual media through the Spectral Screen imprint.

Genre movie legend Michael Armstrong is making history by being the first screen writer to publish his entire set of filmed and unfilmed screen plays in their original uncut texts before front office changes and including all missing scenes and dialogue, thereby enabling readers to experience the films exactly as he intended them for an audience.

Published in the same font and precise page layout of Armstrong’s unique writing style, each title will be accompanied by a detailed writing history as to its sources and creative problems, front office cuts, changes and alterations, casting choices, production history and an outline of the circumstances that led to certain screen plays ending up on a screen, others being shelved, and many never actually having even been read by anyone in the industry.

London Repertory Company will be the sole publisher for a unique signed and numbered hardback collectors’ set while Spectral Press will be responsible for all paperback and e-book editions of the screen plays.  All proceeds from the publications will go directly to London Repertory Company to whom Armstrong has donated all royalties to aid the LRC’s efforts to regenerate traditional repertory theatre and allied apprenticeship training in the UK.

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Spectral’s first paperback title 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.

For further information, please visit www.michaelarmstrong.co.uk and http://www.spectralpress.co.uk

PREORDERS FOR HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS AVAILABLE NOW:

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$40.00US & RoW

For further information or to arrange interviews with Michael Armstrong, please contact:

London Repertory Company

info@londonrepertorycompany.com

www.londonrepertorycompany.com

PO Box 59385, London, NW8 1HL, UK

Telephone/Fax: +44 (0) 207 258 1944

Twitter: @LondonRepCo

For downloads and photographs, please visit www.londonrepertorycompany.com/press

Review and news – 20:02:2015

First off, let’s have a review:

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

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

The latest one to slide gracefully across our virtual desk is this one of Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone by Mark West, who posted it to his Strange Tales website – the review can read by clicking HERE.

PRE-ORDERS:

Signed and Numbered Hardbacks (125 only)

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£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

Paperbacks

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NEWS

"Ricochet" by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

“Ricochet” by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

The photo above shows the rather lush newly arrived copies of Tim Dry’s Ricochet – if you’d like to get your hands on one then order through the Paypal buttons below:

PRICES INCLUDE POST AND PACKING

UK £10

EU £15

US & RoW $30

The Quarantined City by James Everington

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976) Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976)
Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Just a small reminder that the first episode of James Everington’s Spectral Press serial The Quarantined CityThe Smell of Paprika, is available to download from Amazon. The cover features a detail from Max Ernst’s 1942 amazing painting Europe After the Rain II, with magnificent graphics skills by Neil Williams. You get your copy of the episode from here:

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

Episode 2, Into the Rain, will be available by the end of the month.

Leytonstone by Stephen Volk

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

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

AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH!!!

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…

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The boy is Alfred Hitchcock.

The story is the gripping and evocative new novella by Stephen Volk, writer of the highly-acclaimed novella Whitstable – which featured Peter Cushing as its central character and was published in 2013 (also by Spectral Press) to coincide with the centenary of the great actor’s death.

Leytonstone – like Whitstable – elevates fact (in this case an anecdote the famous director told repeatedly throughout his life) into resonant and poignant fiction, lifting the veil on not only the innocent and troubled young “Fred” but his emotionally needy mother and a father constantly struggling to do the right thing. But what none of them knows is that, after that fateful night and its consequences, their lives will be changed forever…

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STEPHEN VOLK is best known as the writer of BBC TV’s notorious Halloween “hoax” Ghostwatch, starring Michael Parkinson, which caused outraged viewers to jam the switchboards, and even raised questions in Parliament. He also created the award-winning drama series Afterlife and the recent supernatural mystery film The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. His play, The Chapel of Unrest, was presented exclusively for one night only at London’s Bush Theatre starring Jim Broadbent and Reece Shearsmith. His short stories have earned selection in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Best British Mysteries, and Best British Horror, and he has been a Bram Stoker, British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award finalist. He is the author of two short story collections: Dark Corners and Monsters in the Heart – the latter of which won a British Fantasy Award for “Best Collection” in 2014. He has also won a BAFTA.

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Cover image by Ben Baldwin

Publication date: March 2015

Available in limited signed and numbered hardback (125 copies), unlimited paperback, and eBook.

Retail: £21UK/£24EU/$50US & RoW

ALL PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE/

Available from the publishers: Spectral Press, 13 Montgomery Crescent, Bolbeck Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 8PP

PRE-ORDERS:

Signed and Numbered Hardbacks (125 only)

£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

Paperbacks

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$30.00US & RoW