News, reviews and stuff – 13:02:2014

Quite a packed little blog entry we have for you today, so without any more faffing let’s get on with the show:

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First we have a review of the British Fantasy Award-winning novella The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn , from Paul Feeney on his Sound and Fury blog. That one can be accessed right HERE.

And talking of the good Doctor, fans of John’s mas monstrously malicious medic will be pleased to know that the second chronicle in the trilogy of medical misdeeds, The Hammer of Dr. Valentine, will be available in late April/early May. It won’t take a brain surgeon to figure out which studios’ films are being referenced this time, but we can guarantee that the same level of darkly delicious black humour that entertained readers of the first installment will be present. Once again, JD Busch will be providing the cover image, which he is working on right now. And, just to entice you, we are offering you a chance to get the limited signed hardback of the book at a special price before it reverts to the normal pre-order price next month – see below for details.

THE HAMMER OF DR. VALENTINE

£18 UK

£21 EU

$38 US & RoW

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"The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark", Cover image ©  1971 - 2013 Graham Morris. Design by John Oakey.

“The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark”, Cover image © 1971 – 2013 Graham Morris. Design by John Oakey.

An interview with Lawrence Gordon Clark, the originator of the BBC TV drama series A Ghost Story for Christmas and the subject of the Spectral Screen book The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark, has just been published at the Smug Film website, which you will find right HERE. If what Lawrence has to say whets your appetite, you can order the book, available in three editions, below.

CONTENTS:

DELUXE EDITION (50 only- 20 left(available late February):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

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

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

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

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

SIGNED, SLIPCASED DELUXE EDITION:

£85 UK

£87 EU

$145 US

UNSIGNED HARDBACK (100 only) (available late January/early February):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

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

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Illustrated with photographs as well as chapter heading vignettes (by Nick Gucker)

UNSIGNED HARDBACK EDITION

£45 UK

£47 EU

$80 US

PAPERBACK (Unlimited) (available now):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

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

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Basic edition – text only plus chapter heading vignettes by Nick Gucker.

PAPERBACK EDITION:

£17.50 UK

£19.50 EU

$30 US

More soon!!

New reviews 22:01:2014

"The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark", Cover image ©  1971 - 2013 Graham Morris. Design by John Oakey.

“The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark”, Cover image © 1971 – 2013 Graham Morris. Design by John Oakey.

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s first review of The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark comes another one, this time from William Burns over at Horror News Network - you can read what he thought right HERE. If you would like to order copies, then please see below – copies of all editions are still available:

CONTENTS:

DELUXE EDITION (50 only- 20 left(available late February):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

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

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

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

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

SIGNED, SLIPCASED DELUXE EDITION:

£85 UK

£87 EU

$145 US

UNSIGNED HARDBACK (100 only) (available late January/early February):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

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

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Illustrated with photographs as well as chapter heading vignettes (by Nick Gucker)

UNSIGNED HARDBACK EDITION

£45 UK

£47 EU

$80 US

PAPERBACK (Unlimited) (available now):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

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

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Basic edition – text only plus chapter heading vignettes by Nick Gucker.

PAPERBACK EDITION:

£17.50 UK

£19.50 EU

$30 US

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

Secondly, we also have a review of the award-winning novella The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert from Rex Sumner and posted to the British Fantasy Society website – that one’s HERE. Copies can be purchased through both Amazon UK and US.

13 Ghosts & Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: special offers!

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas

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As we mentioned a couple of blogs ago, there will be no Christmas Ghost Story annual this year, due to moving house and all the disruption that entails. As recompense we are offering anyone who didn’t buy last year’s edition the chance to get copies at a great price and, if you live in the UK, then postage is free. Checkout the prices below!

UK £5 post free

EU £8 (incl. p+p)

US & RoW $18 (incl. p+p)

We also have a very limited number of the hardbacks left (fewer than TEN copies) – if you want one then please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details. Hardbacks will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

Get your paperback copies of this British Fantasy Award-winning novella from the inimitable John Llewellyn Probert at a ridiculously cheap price – get them now before Dr. Edward Valentine hears about and plans something suitably gory as a riposte.

UK £5 post free

EU £8  (incl. p+p)

US & RoW $18  (incl. p+p)

Look forward to hearing from you!

Monday Morning Reviews

Beginning of another week, and so we bring you notice of some more reviews, three to be precise, of two favourites from the Spectral roster:

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First up, Whiststable by Stephen Volk – far and away our biggest selling title ever. James Everington was kind enough to make it a recommendation of his here, and following that, here’s David T. Wilbanks’ take on the novella.

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

And now, here’s a review from Warpcore SF of the award-winning novella The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert – read that one here.

More soon!

Award-winning offer: The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine

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To celebrate John Llewellyn Probert winning the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella at the World Fantasy Convention last weekend, we are making the paperback of The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine available at bargain prices for those who haven’t yet had the immense pleasure of reading John’s gory and blackly comedic paean to the films of Vincent Price. Here’s the press release blurb:

“Someone is killing doctors in the style of the murders in Vincent Price movies, leaving the Bristol police baffled. The only man who could possibly be responsible died years ago . . . or did he . . .?”

The police in Bristol have been confronted by a series of the most perplexingly elaborate deaths they’ve ever encountered in all their years of murder enquiries. The only thing which connects them is their seemingly random nature and their sheer outrageousness. As Detective Inspector Longdon and his assistant Sergeant Jenny Newham (with the help of pathologist Dr. Richard Patterson) race against time to find the murderer, they eventually realise that the link which connects the killings is even more bizarre than any of them dared to think…

As a further incentive the book is postage free in the UK – sadly we can’t offer the same elsewhere,  but the prices quoted do include postage.

UK £5

EU £8

US & RoW $18

Look forward to hearing from you!

23:07:2013 – a new review and some news

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

Yesterday we had a review of a book which was published at Christmastime  last year and today we bring you notice of a review of a book that was launched at last year’s FantasyCon at the end of September – John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine. This one’s from the British Fantasy Society website and was written by Richard Webb – you can catch up with what Mr. Webb says about the novella by going here.

THE NINE DEATHS OF DR. VALENTINE

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

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Spectral slipcases

Also yesterday we launched the pre-orders for the extremely limited TEN-only special slipcased boxset edition of the Collected Spectral Chapbooks: Volumes I – VIII (January 2011 – December 2012)(The red slipcase in the above photo). We are immensely proud to report that all ten were sold within four hours – a record for Spectral (granted there were only ten to sell, but still…).

If you missed this edition, then fear not: in late September we will be publishing unlimited paperback and eBook editions of The Collected Spectral Chapbooks: Volume One, which will include new illustrations by Nick Gucker accompanying each story. We are looking to launched the book at Andromeda One, a one-day horror, science fiction and fantasy convention in Birmingham on 21st September. Prices are not yet set for the book, however if you would like to reserve a copy then please email us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and let us know! More details in due course.

New review – 27:06:2013

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

So, just for a change, we bring you notice of a new review, and it isn’t one of Whitstable - instead it’s a write-up of John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine and it’s from the ‘What are you reading for…?’ blog. All you need to do to see what was said about the book is to click here.

Remember that all three of the Spectral Visions novellas are available from Amazon (both UK and US) in paperback and eBook,  the paperbacks also being available direct from us here at Spectral Towers: just pop into the Spectral Shop to order your copies today!

More soon!

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

The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine cover image

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.

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: the Kindle edition

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

Someone is killing doctors in the style of the murders in Vincent Price movies, leaving the Bristol police baffled. The only man who could possibly be responsible died years ago…

… or did he?

Yes, that’s right, the (mis)adventures of everybody’s favourite monstrous villain Dr. Valentine is now available as an eBook from Amazon – just click on the appropriate link below and it’ll be yours in no time!

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

The Respectable Face of Tyranny will also be available as on Kindle early next week!

More soon!

Reviews and news – 19:03:2013

Whitstable cover image

The reviews keep coming in for Whitstable and here’s the latest – this one’s by writer Tom Ruffles and it’s been posted to his personal blog. You can read the review by clicking here.

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

The latest issue of Black Static, #33, has a review by Peter Tennant of an old favourite here at Spectral Towers – The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert. If you want to read the full review then you’ll have get hold of a copy, but this is a quote from Peter’s concluding paragraph:

“One could, at a push, regard [Nine Deaths] as meta- fictional, taking its source material and reinventing it to fit this new reiteration, but it’s more about Probert celebrating the films we all love and applaud for their garish and in your face joie de la mort. The end result is marvellous fun, with a fast paced plot, decent characterisation and some lively death scenes, topped by an appropriately Grand Guignol finale, and horror aficionados will probably get an extra thrill out of spotting the references and in-jokes long ahead of the baffled Longdon and Newham. All in all, an accomplished crowd pleaser from a writer who knows his horror and isn’t afraid to use it.”

There are still a few copies left of the limited signed and numbered hardback but not many – email us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for availability and pricing.

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Talking of Black Static, Stephen Volk, the author of Whitstable, writes a regular column for the magazine called Coffinmaker’s Blues - and in the latest issue he talks about Peter Cushing and gives an insight into the reasons behind why he wrote the novella. May we humbly suggest that you go and seek out a copy?

More reviews and news soon!