Another 2-in-1 review…

… and this time it’s from Lisa Morton, and posted at The Black Glove online review pages. I have to say that the write-up is extremely insightful, and really gets to the heart of both chapbooks…. so, without further ado, you can find the review here.

Thanks to Lisa for the great review!!

Another Brace of reviews and an Interview

A few more reviews of Spectral Press chapbooks have landed in my virtual in-tray this week, and I just can’t help sharing them with you…

First up is a short, but very perceptive, review of Abolisher of Roses from Neal Hock of Bookhound’s Den, which you can read here. His comment that Spectral Press ‘has started something special and, in my opinion, needed: a line of stories that showcases quality writing and causes the reader to think’ hits the nail squarely on the head as far as the philosophy behind the imprint is concerned.

Next is another short review, this time from Russian journalist Ray Garraty, which can be found in his Endless Falls Up blog – you can access the write-up here.

Just like Starburst Online did, Shock Totem staffer John Boden combined reviews of the two Spectral volumes into one – his very honest assessment can be found here. He concludes with the words ‘I can say with all honesty, I cannot wait to see what Spectral Press puts out next. I’m certainly a fan‘, words which really make the whole enterprise more than worthwhile.

Finally, for now at least, here’s a little interview I did with Michael Wilson for Read Horror‘s new Meet the Publisher section, wherein I talk about Spectral, its philosophy & ethos, what the future holds for the imprint and my influences.

There will be more reviews forthcoming, I’m sure – just watch this space!

A Brace of New Reviews

This week as has seen a few more reviews coming to roost at Spectral Towers, so I thought it only politic to introduce these newcomers to the world at large. They are:

Stephen Theaker, in Theaker’s Quarterly and Paperbacks, had this to say about Abolisher of Roses, mentioning that it “lives up to the standard set by the first, What They Hear in the Dark by Gary McMahon”.

Secondly, Des Lewis (of Null Immortalis fame) also wrote a review of Gary Fry’s chapbook in My Last Balcony, which you can find here.

Finally, we have a combined review of Volumes I & II in the new online incarnation of that British institution, Starburst Magazine. The reviewer notes that “Spectral produces really superb signed, limited editions..” which is all you need to know, really. Anyway, you can find the review here, but you’ll have to login or register to see the review in full – however, I guarantee that it’s worth doing!

Spectral is going places – so I suggest you subscribe today so you don’t get left behind!! =)

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

Great news! Both Spectral Volumes I & II are on the verge of being sold out completely – there are fewer than 20 available of each, so, if you intend on getting hold of either, then DO IT NOW!! I know none of you fine people will want to be disappointed. so go ahead and order – it’ll only take a moment…. !! Both issues are £3.50UK/£4.50EU/$8US/$12 Rest of the World…. paypal remittance via spectralpress[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks!

(Subscriptions are still available – there are Paypal buttons on the home page here)

Black Static review…

Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark (otherwise known as Spectral Volume I) has been reviewed by Peter Tennant in the Casenotes section of the latest issue (#22) of TTA Press’ Black Static magazine. In it, Peter calls it “…an impressive debut…” for Spectral and the tale itself is “… a strange and moving story…” and praises “… McMahon’s skill at bending past and present, capturing the stress lines of fractured relationships and damaged people…”… BUT you’ll have to purchase the magazine itself to see what else he says about it. It’s available from here.

Also in issue 22 are stories from future Spectral contributors Alison J. Littlewood (Black Feathers) and Simon Kurt Unsworth (Child), as well as Stephen Volk’s regular Coffinmaker’s Blues column – which makes it WELL worth getting your mitts on!! Do it now!

SPECTRAL PRESS I: What They Hear in the Dark by Gary McMahon

An absence is more terrifying than a presence…

Rob and Becky bought the old place after the death of their son, to repair and renovate – to patch things up and make the building habitable.

They both knew that they were trying to fix more than the house, but the cracks in their marriage could not be papered over.

Then they found the Quiet Room.”

“Gary McMahon’s horror is heartfelt…” –Tim Lebbon

22pg A5 print booklet with card covers, signed and numbered, 100 only – published January 2011.

Available from the publishers – Spectral Press, 5 Serjeants Green, Neath Hill, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK14 6HA, UK for £3 (plus 50p P+P) either through Paypal ( or cheque (made payable to ‘Simon Marshall-Jones’) to the address above. Subscriptions for 2011 issues (3) available for £10 – payment details as above. US/RoW please email for prices to your countries…



Subscribers, please note: this issue will be sent out in early January due to it being THAT time of year and the possible inclement weather that’s been forecast…. Spectral Volume I is currently at the printers and the signature sheets are in Gary’s hands… return expected any day now… =D