Major news – 18:06:2013

British Fantasy Awards nomineeWe’ve been dying to tell you this news for about six weeks or more now, but at last we can reveal that Spectral Press has, for the second year running, been nominated for a British Fantasy Award, for Best Small Press (PS Publishing Independent Press). This is an absolute validation for all the hard work we’ve been pouring into Spectral over the last 30 months, and it certainly puts the imprint into the top flight of genre publishers (at least we like to think so… ). There’s some stiff opposition in the category, but that’s all for the best in our belief.

Additionally, Spectral publications received two other nominations, both in the Best Novella Category – namely, The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry and The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John L. Probert. We think it’s absolutely brilliant that the first two Spectral Visions novellas each receive a nomination.  We’ve included the links to the Kindle books on Amazon below:

THE RESPECTABLE FACE OF TYRANNY

The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

THE NINE DEATHS OF DR. VALENTINE

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AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

And, just for good measure, here’s the link to Stephen Volk’s Whitstable as well:

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AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

Finally, congratulations to ALL the nominees in this year’s awards, which will be presented at World Fantasy Con in Brighton, UK in November. You can find the complete list on the British Fantasy Society website here.

Reviews and news 19th October 2012

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First off, we received notice this morning of a new review of John L. Probert’s Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, posted to the Dread Central website and written by Pestilence. It contains this rather fine quote:

“…Probert’s tale remains a total delight from start to finish – aiming somewhere between the thrilling, the camp and the humourous, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine lands smack bang in the middle of brilliance.”

You can read the rest of the review here.

For those interested, paperback copies are still available, although there are very limited stocks available – please send remittance (£8UK/£9EU/$16US & RoW) via Paypal to spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. It is also available via Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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Also, there’s a new review of Alison Littlewood’s chapbook story, The Eyes of Water, on David Hebblethwaite’s Follow the Thread blog – it’s the third one down and can be found here.

NEWS

We’ll be announcing the winner of the recent The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine competition on Tuesday next week – so please do look out for that! However, on Monday, we will FINALLY be revealing the Table of Contents of the very first Spectral Christmas Ghost Story Annual – we’re very excited by the line-up we’ve chosen. It was an extremely tough decision to make – there were more submissions than we’d anticipated and the standard was very high. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take everyone’s story, but there will be plenty more chances to submit to future editions of the Annual.

The Annual even has a proper title now:  The Thirteen Ghosts of Christmas - come back Monday and all will be revealed!

Onwards and upwards!

What Gets Left Behind: first thoughts

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What Gets Left Behind by Mark West, the latest chapbook from Spectral Press, gets its first review, and it also continues the tradition of Jim McLeod being amongst the first to air his reviews on Spectral output. Mark’s tale is very much grounded in the everyday reality of a specific time and place, yet the concerns of the main protagonist Mike are very universal and will be familiar to all. To read what Jim thought about What Gets Left Behind please go here.

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We also have another review for you to read, but this time the focus is Gary Fry’s Spectral Visions novella The Respectable Face of Tyranny, which (with the kind permission of Graeme Reynolds, who wrote it and uploaded it to GoodReads) we reproduce in full below:

“Spectral Press are fast becoming major players in the world of horror fiction. Their limited edition chapbooks are beautifully presented collectors editions, containing stories that disturb and challenge the readers perceptions in equal measure. It was with a fair amount of excitement that I started reading their first novella length work – The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry.

Josh is struggling to cope with his life. The economic downturn led to him losing his high paying job, his expensive home and his wife. To try and get himself back on his feet he moves into a caravan near Whitby with his teenage daughter, where he spends his time caring for his ailing mother and walking through the surrounding countryside, to try and make some sense of where his life went wrong. Before long he starts to see apparitions above the bay at night, and comes across strange carvings on the beach. Is he catching a glimpse of something ancient and terrifying, or have his recent troubles brought on the same dementia that claimed his invalid mother?

This is a very introspective piece of work. Gary Fry is quite obviously very familiar with Whitby and the surrounding area, and describes not only the town and its surroundings, but the people that live there in a level of detail that was quite astonishing. I’m not sure if I can remember reading anything recently that evoked such clear mental images for me. Similarly, the characters of Josh and Sally, his daughter, are beautifully drawn, to the extent that they were very real to me right from the start. Against this vivid backdrop, the insidious cosmic horrors that Josh has to contend with also become very real.

The Respectable Face of Tyranny is a slow paced and measured novella, that takes its time in painting a vivid picture and building the terror of both the creatures that Josh encounters and his own fear of losing his mind.

Very highly recommended for those that want something a little deeper and disturbing than the average horror story.

4 out of 5 stars.”

More reviews soon!

The Respectable Face of Tyranny: the latest review

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We haven’t posted a review of a Spectral publication for a while, so to rectify that let’s tell you about the latest one we’ve found on the internet – Dread Central’s review of Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny, the launch title in the Spectral Visions line of novellas. You can read their evaluation of Mr Fry’s cosmic horror tale here.

More reviews soon!

A Horrifically Horrifying review of The Respectable Face of Tyranny

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Despite any impression the title of this blog entry may give you, this latest review of Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny is actually a very good one. The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog is the brainchild of Emma Audsley and Shaun Hamilton, and is entirely devoted to our favourite literary genre. This particular review was written by Gary Swindley, to whom many thanks – to see what he thought of this Lovecraftian tome, please click here.

Onwards and upwards!

A couple of foxy reviews

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This week ends on something of a high note (even better considering that there’s been a bout of illness at Spectral Towers), with notice of two new reviews over on Gef Fox’s Wag the Fox blog, of Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny and Alison Littlewood’s chapbook The Eyes of Water. It’s all part of his ‘Summer of Shorts’ season, featuring reviews and interviews posted during the month of July. We’ve been informed that an interview Gef conducted recently with Spectral’s Simon Marshall-Jones will be posted on the same site today, so please look out for that later.

In the meantime, go here to read Gef’s assessment of the two books.

More soon!

Friday’s winner!

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Yes, today we announce the winner of the recent competition for purchasers of the paperback edition to win a signed proof-sheet of the cover to Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny . And that winner is….

STEPHEN BACON

Congratulations to Stephen – we’ll get your prize out to you very soon!

NEWS

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Alison Littlewood’s chapbook The Eyes of Water is now ready for collection at the printers, so subscribers should expect their copies to arrive within the next couple of weeks.

The Respectable Face of Tyranny: the BFS verdict

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Here, for your enlightenment, is notice of the latest review of Gary Fry’s Spectral Visions novella, The Respectable Face of Tyranny. It’s been posted to the British Fantasy Society’s website and written by Katy O’Dowd. You can pop over here to see what she thought about it.

EDIT: paperbacks are still available direct from us at Spectral – Paypal buttons below (if you want to pay by either cheque or bank transfer, email us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for more details).

UK – £5.99 (£4.99 + £1 p&p)

EU – 9€ (6€ + 3€ p&p)

USA  – $12 ($8 + $4 s&h)

RoW – $12 ($8 + $4 p&p)

More reviews soon!

A Respectably Eloquent review

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The following review, kindly put together by pablocheesecake of The Eloquent Page book blog, has just come in, less than five minutes before we wrote this blog entry. It’s a nice little review, and we particularly like this bit:

“Spectral Press has a knack for publishing short stories and novellas that challenge reader perceptions and this latest release is no exception. For me the best psychological horror feels all too real and I would include Gary Fry’s novella in this select group.”

To read read the rest of the review, please click here.

More reviews soon!

Competition reminder…

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This time last month, we launched a small competition whereby anyone who purchased a paperback copy of Gary Fry’s Spectral Visions novella, The Respectable Face of Tyranny, could win themselves a signed proof-sheet of the cover (which is infinitely suitable for framing), for which the deadline was today. But we have decided, in our infinite wisdom, to extend the deadline to the end of this month. All you have to do is click one of the Paypal buttons below, and your name will be entered into the prize draw (for other methods of payment, please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details). Simples, as certain furry creatures are wont to say…

The new deadline is now MAY 31st 2012. 

ALL prices include postage and packing

UK – £5.99 (£4.99 + £1 p&p)

EU – 9€ (6€ + 3€ p&p)

USA  – $12 ($8 + $4 s&h)

RoW – $12 ($8 + $4 p&p)

We look forward to hearing from you!