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.

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"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:

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Leytonstone by Stephen Volk

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

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

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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

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This Is Horror goes to Leytonstone

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

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

Not quite as catchy as Frankie Goes to Hollywood admittedly but nevertheless the online horror magazine gives us their considered review of Stephen Volk’s forthcoming novella from Spectral, Leystonstone. Why not click on over to the site and have a read of what they thought of it. Even better, read the review and then buy a copy of the book, which is due out at the end of next month. The review is HERE.

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A great new quote

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

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

Anne Billson, film blogger for The Telegraph newspaper, writer, photographer, and appreciator of fine Belgian beers, has this to say about Stephen Volk’s masterful follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Spectral novella Whitstable:

“I am still processing LEYTONSTONE. Wow, what an amazing read. Incredibly evocative of another time and place, also quite weird, sad and VERY scary. Stephen Volk might well have got to the heart of the man, and the fact I enjoy Hitchcock’s film-making and want so badly to like the person who made them makes it all the more unsettling. A tremendous balancing act, and, for me, a real horror story about the dark side of human nature. Bravo!”

Don’t just take Anne’s word for it, why not find out for yourself by preordering your copy today – the book will be available in March.

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Dr. Valentine and Young Hitchcock

Dr. V's Hammer has landed!

Dr. V’s Hammer has landed!

This morning, allow us the distinct pleasure of telling you that the hardbacks of The Hammer of Dr. Valentine have arrived, after much hot pursuit, near misses, and dangerous encounters. All pre-orders will be fulfilled very soon, the only thing now left to do is to tie author John Llewellyn Probert to a chair and gaffa tape a pen to his hand so he can sign them, while Dr. V himself will be menacingly brandishing a cleaver alarmingly close to his head. Better still, you can keep the good doctor by buying a copy today…

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

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

Also this morning, we have a new review of Leytonstone to let you know about – this one is by Brian Lavelle and appears on his No Time is Passing blog, and it can be read HERE.

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Leytonstone: Dark Musings review

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

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

A little bit later than planned, as this morning has been very busy already, but here’s a link to the very latest review of Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone, the second in his ‘Dark Masters’ trilogy, and the follow-on from 2013’s Whitstable. As hinted at in the post heading, this one appears on Anthony Watson’s Dark Musings review blog – you can read the write-up HERE.

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Leytonstone: latest review

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

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

Just in time for Christmas, we hear of another review of Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone, the second in his ‘Dark Masters’ trilogy and the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Whitstable. This one is from Paul St.John Mackintosh and posted to his Telereads blog – you can read the review right HERE.

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Leytonstone receives more love

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

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

There’s nothing better on a dreary morning than to receive notice of a new review, and here’s the latest one of Leytonstone from Dread Central. You can read what they have to say right HERE.

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A Leytonstone review from our French correspondent

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

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

So how’s your French? Adam Joffrain, blogger at Par delà les montagnes hallucinantes (Beyond the Incredible Mountains), has written THIS review of Stephen Volk’s latest masterpiece (in our humble opinion) Leytonstone, his follow up novella to Whitstable and the second in the ‘Dark Masters’ trilogy.

Thanks to Adam for sending the link!

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Another Leytonstone review

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

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

Monday morning, chilly but sunny, and we have a new review of Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone to tell you about – it’s from Jex Winship’s delightfully titled Sparks in Electrical Jelly blog, and you can read it HERE.

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