3 and 5 year subscriptions

Spectral Press logoIf you look down the right-hand side of  this blog you will see a list of subscription options: you can subscribe to the chapbook series for one, three or five years. Not only that, but the longer you subscribe for, the more you will save. We have also given you the Paypal buttons below as well for your convenience.

For those in the UK, a 3 year sub will cost £54 – a saving of £6. A year sub costs £90, a saving of £10.

For those anywhere in the EU, 3 years costs £78 (save £6) and 5 years costs £130 (save £10).

For everywhere else, 3 year subscriptions will $153 (representing a saving of $12) and a 5 year sub costs $245 (saving $20).

These rates will apply from issue #12 onwards.

UK £20 – 1 year (4 issues)

UK £54 – 3 Years (12 Issues)

UK £90 – 5 years (20 issues)

EU £28 – 1 year (4 issues)

EU £78 – 3 years (12 issues)

EU £130 5 years (20 issues)

US & RoW $55 – 1 year (4 issues)

US & RoW $153 – 3 years (12 issues)

US & RoW $245 – 5 years (20 issues)

Spectral Chapbook subscriptions

Spectral Press logoIt’s been a while since we promoted the Spectral chapbook subscriptions, and so we thought it was about time we did.

So, what is a chapbook and what  do you get for your subscription? A chapbook in Spectral’s case is essentially a pamphlet containing single short story of between 5,000 to 8,000 words. Each issue is published quarterly in a limited signed and numbered run of 125. Add in some superb cover artwork, crisp printing on excellent high quality paper and card stock, and you truly have an item than represents great value for your money.

So what do you get for your subscription? You will receive FOUR (4) issues of the chapbooks, published in March, June, September and December every year. In this way you are guaranteed getting a copy of each issue, as these chapbooks do tend to sell out fairly quickly. You can also opt to buy a THREE (3) or FIVE (5) year subscription instead if you so wish. Individual issues can be bought too, as a tryout if you’re not entirely sure or if you just like a particular writer’s work (PLEASE NOTE:  all issues previous to the latest issue, Terry Grimwood’s Soul Masque, have all SOLD OUT). Places are extremely limited – there are fewer than TWENTY subscription slots left.


£16 UK

£48.50 UK (3Yrs)

£80.50 UK (5Yrs)

£23.50 EU

£70 EU (3Yrs)

£116 EU (5Yrs)

US$45 US

US$135 US (3Yrs)

US$225 US (5Yrs)

US$45 RoW

US$135 RoW (3Yrs)

US$225 RoW (5Yrs)

INDIVIDUAL ISSUES (all prices include p+p)
(Please state which issue you are requiring)

£4 United Kingdom

£7 EU

$16 US & RoW

Soul Masque: the blurb…

Soul Masque by Terry Grimwood. © 2013 Terry Grimwood. Cover concept ©  2013 Neil Williams/Spectral Press. All rights reserved.

Soul Masque by Terry Grimwood. © 2013 Terry Grimwood. Cover concept © 2013 Neil Williams/Spectral Press. All rights reserved.

“Soul Masque…
A high class dominatrix who counts an Angel among her clientele
A preacher who has swapped prayer for a needle and a spoon
A woman whose terminal illness is held in stasis by allegiance to a holy cause
A loser with a price on his head whose only hope of survival lies in the shedding of blood, but who cannot abandon mercy.

Soul Masque…
Four disparate, desperate souls, thrown together in a lethal waltz 
Their dance master terrible in his purity
Their music the eternal war between Heaven and Hell
Their stage, the darkest corners of our world where the unthinkable hides”

Just to entice you in anticipation of the new chapbook release later this month, what’s written above is the back cover blurb of Terry Grimwood’s Soul Masque, number ten in the acclaimed series. As a further enticement, we’ve provided a link to purchasing individual copies of the book – hurry though, there aren’t that many left and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Alternatively, you can purchase a yearly subscription (4 quarterly issues), which will absolutely guarantee that you will receive every issue right to your door – the Paypal buttons are on the right on this blog. If you wish to pay by cheque, email us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we will send you the relevant details.

Individual chapbooks (all prices include p+p)

£4 United Kingdom

£7 EU

$16 US & RoW

Look forward to hearing from you!

News 01:02:2013

The Way of the Leaves cover image

There are certain things that are guaranteed to bring big smiles to us here at Spectral Towers and we feature two such events here today. First up is a great review of David Tallerman’s The Way of the Leaves, which has appeared at the Wag the Fox review blog, written by the host himself,  Gef Fox. You can read the review here.

What Gets Left Behind cover image

Secondly, This is Horror magazine hold the This Is Horror Awards every year and, in the 2012 edition, we are proud to announce that Mark West’s What Gets Left Behind was runner-up in the Short Fiction category – sitting nicely behind Stephen King and Joe Hill’s In the Tall Grass. Nice one!

Congratulations to Mark on such a great achievement!

Don’t forget to put in your pre-order for Stephen Volk’s Whitstable novella (featuring an Afterword by renowned British novelist and short story writer Mark Morris) – see previous blog entry of details of the book and a rather special offer of the novella combined with a 2CD set of Peter Cushing reading his Hammer Years memoirs. Also, you can also now purchase slipcases to keep your chapbooks all nice and pristine, as well as buy subscriptions to the books, so why not do so today!

Onward and upward!

300th post: subscription and slipcase offer

Spectral Press logoYes, we’ve reached a bit of a milestone here on the Spectral blog – 300 posts in just over two years! To celebrate the fact we have decided to put together a fantastic deal aimed at new subscribers – a combined subscription/slipcase offer. Yes, if you are a new subscriber, you will not only get four or eight issues of the critically-acclaimed Spectral quarterly chapbook series but also a slipcase in which to keep them. Each slipcase holds eight issues, is made from sturdy 1500 micron white-lined board covered in black Wibalin buckram and silver-foil stamped with the Spectral ‘ghost’ logo and legend on the spine. You can order either a one year (4 issue) or two year (8 issue) subscription with your slipcase – Paypal buttons below.

ALL prices include p+p.

£26 1 year subscription + slipcase UK

£40 2 year subscription + slipcase UK

£36 1 year subscription + slipcase EU

£55 2 year subscription + slipcase EU

$70 1 year subscription + slipcase USA & RoW

$110 2 year subscription + slipcase USA & RoW

In other news, as many of you will know, Spectral will be publishing a collected volume of the first eight chapbooks (along with new material) sometime this year, probably in limited hardback and unlimited paperback formats. However, there will also be a special, VERY limited edition available: a set of all eight chapbooks, signed and numbered, in their very own slipcase,  made from1500 micron white-lined board covered in red Wibalin buckram and gold-foil stamped with the Spectral ‘ghost’ logo and legend on the spine, limited to just TEN (10) sets. Prices yet to be confirmed, but you can register your interest in purchasing one of these collector’s items by letting us know via email (spectralpress]AT]gmail[DOT]com) and your name will be put on a list. Nearer the time we will let you know further details of publication date and payment.

Onward and upward!

Review and news – 15:01:2013

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas cover image

First up this morning is this review of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas from Riju Ganguly, posted to his Thoughts of a Perceptive Reader blog – the write-up can be accessed by clicking here.



For the very first time since the chapbooks were launched two years ago it looks like they could be reaching the fully 100% subscribed mark – there are fewer than TEN (10) places left before they will be. And the next chapbook, Paul Kane’s Creakers, is bound to go fast as the Arrowhead trilogy author is a popular writer. And the best way to ensure that you do secure a copy is to subscribe, which couldn’t be simpler!

Yearly (4 issue) subscriptions cost £16UK/£23.50EU /$45US/ $45US RoW and there are handy Paypal buttons down the right-hand side of this blog. To make it a little sweeter, if you order a subscription before midnight GMT tomorrow (Wednesday) then we will throw in an extra issue, making it five for the price of four. (Individual issues can also be bought: £4UK/£7.00EU/$16US/$16RoW – contact us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details).


In the near future, Spectral subscribers will be able to keep the chapbook collection nice and safe with one of our custom slipcases. Each one will be a stylish way of keeping all those lovely little books together and stop them getting damaged. Measuring 213mm x 47mm x 149mm and covered in black buckram with the Spectral logo silver foil blocked on the spine, they are just the right size to hold two years’ worth of chapbooks, in other words 8 issues. They will retail at £8 each + postage (ie £10 all in) or £15 for two (+ postage).

They won’t be ready for a month or two, but I would encourage people to send us an email (spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com) to register your interest in buying one. They will also be offered as an option when ordering a new subscription.

Onward and upward!

Review and news – 14:01:2013

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas cover image

It’s a spookily and eerily quiet winter’s day here at Spectral Towers, a thin blanket of snow having fallen overnight and with the threat of more being added to it hanging in the sky. But it’s okay, as it provides just the right atmosphere for reading the latest review of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas. This one’s from David Riley and can be found on his blog – the review can be read here.


As many of you know, the Spectral chapbooks sell out very fast and so the only way to ensure that you receive your copy is to subscribe. To make it even sweeter, we here at Spectral are offering a subscription deal – anyone who subscribes by midnight GMT on Wednesday 16th January will receive NOT four issues for the year, but FIVE. Yes, one issue completely free! To take advantage just use the Paypal buttons running down the right-hand side of this page. This offer applies equally to new orders, existing subscribers and renewals.

Subscribe today and get one issue FREE!!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Subscriptions: get yours now!

Spectral LogoMany of our regular subscribers will soon be receiving their last issue of their current subsciption run, and so we encourage them to resubscribe as soon as possible. But we also very much welcome new subscribers as well so, in our latest campaign drive, we would like to offer all NEW subscribers to the critically-acclaimed chapbook series a ‘Five issues for the price of Four’ deal. That’s right, for the price of four issues (£16UK/£23.50EU /$45US/ $45US RoW) you will receive an extra issue FREE. To take advantage of this offer, please use the Paypal buttons down the right-hand side of this site.

NOTE: all subscriptions will start from Volume VIII (The Way of the Leaves by David Tallerman – December 2012), as Volume VII has sold out already!

Look forward to hearing from you!

A trio of reviews

The Eyes of Water cover image

So it’s Monday again, and the weather can’t decide whether it wants to be sunny or rainy so it’s flinging both at us. Never mind, at least there are a couple of new reviews of Spectral chapbooks for you to look at:

First up is regular reader Riju Ganguly’s assessment of Alison Littlewood’s The Eyes of Water, posted to his Goodreads account – you can find that one here.

Secondly, here comes a combined review from the good folks of Shock Totem Magazine of The Eyes of Water and Simon Kurt Unworth’s Rough Music, written by John Boden. You can read his thoughts here.

Don’t forget to order your subscription to this series of critically-acclaimed chapbooks – they often sell out well before publication and a subscription is the only way to make sure you get your copy (Paypal buttons down the right-hand side of this blog for your convenience). At the same time, why not also order a copy of the second Spectral Visions novella, John L. Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine – to order, there’s a separate page (listed next to ‘HOME’ in the menu bar above), which gives you all the pertinent details. There aren’t that many left, so if you don’t want to be disappointed, order today!

Look forward to hearing from you!

The Crow’s Caw sounds out The Eyes of Water

The Eyes of Water cover image

Just a short post this morning, to let you all know about the latest review of Alison Littlewood’s Spectral chapbook. This one has been posted to Jassen Bailey’s The Crow’s Caw and was written by KE Bergdoll – you can see what they thought of it by going here.

Don’t forget, too, that you can also subscribe to this critically-acclaimed series of single short story chapbooks, thus ensuring that you don’t miss a single one and find out why it was nominated for a British Fantasy Award. For your convenience, there are Paypal buttons down the right-hand side (you can also pay by cheque or bank transfer – contact spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details). You also have the option of buying 3-year or 5-year subscriptions, as well as the standard 1-year.

At the same time, why not order a copy of John Llewellyn Probert’s Spectral Visions novella The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, an outrageously gruesome tribute to the films of Vincent Price. There’s a separate page for ordering it, listed next to ‘Home’ above.

Look forward to hearing from you – onward and upward!