A trio of reviews – 01:12:2014

Another dull, overcast Monday morning, but it’s been considerably brightened by three reviews of Spectral books, which we’d like to tell you about:

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris - ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris – ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

First, the British broadsheet newspaper The Guardian printed a review by Keith Brooke of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories over the weekend – you can read that one HERE.


£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

"The Hammer of Dr. Valentine" ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

“The Hammer of Dr. Valentine” ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

Next, we have two reviews of John Llewellyn Probert’s The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: the first one is from Sparks in Electrical Jelly, written by Jez Winship, which can be found HERE, and the other is from The Eloquent Page and is written by Paul Holmes, and that can be found HERE.

The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: limited signed hardback (100 only). 

UK £21

EU £24

USA & Everywhere Else $45

An Eloquent Review – 08:08:2013

Whitstable cover image

The reviews of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable keep coming in and the latest one is from The Eloquent Page, run by pablocheesecake AKA Paul Holmes (by the way, his wife Nadine makes fabulous cakes, confectioneries and other stuff – just go here to see what I mean) – you can read what he said here and you can go on to buy the book on the links below:







Monday morning review round-up

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas cover image

So, here we are at the start of yet another week, and we have a couple of reviews of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas to tell you about:

First up is one by the almighty Pablocheesecake of The Eloquent Page – see what he has to say about Spectral’s first anothology here.

Next, we have a write-up from Graeme Reynolds over at Starburst magazine – you can read that one here.


We have emailed everybody who pre-ordered one of these volumes about the slight delay due to the printers being behind on their orders – it is due to be with us on


Orders will be fulfilled as soon as is humanly possible. Once again we apologise most profoundly for this unforeseen delay and we thank you for your continuing patience!


Some more love for What Gets Left Behind (and Spectral)

What Gets Left Behind cover image

Just a quick slice of blogging this morning (as we have a lot to catch up with here at Spectral Towers) in the form of a notification of the latest review of Mark West’s chapbook, What Gets Left Behind. This one has very kindly been written and uploaded by Pablocheesecake to his The Eloquent Page book review blog, and you can read what he had to say here.

More reviews soon, we promise!

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: an Eloquent review

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

Just a week until the official launch of the second Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John L. Probert, at this year’s gathering of writers, editors and publishers in Brighton at FantasyCon 2012. The reviews are now coming in regularly, and it is with great pleasure that we can announce the latest one from The Eloquent Page, the book review blog of one Pablocheesecake. This one had us smiling: if you want to know why, all you need do is click here.


Want to win a limited signed hardback copy of John L. Probert’s affectionately gruesome homage to the films of the late actor and horror icon Vincent Price, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine? Then just answer the question below, set by the fiendish Mr. Probert himself, and you stand to win one of these coveted volumes along with some other great prizes (detailed below):

In the film THEATRE OF BLOOD, how many plays made up Edward Lionheart’s final season of Shakespeare?

THE PRIZESTop prize is a personally signed copy of the hardback, along with a poster of the front cover image (also signed), a paperback copy of Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny (signed), a set of posters of the covers of all the chapbooks published to date, and a Spectral badge.

Second and third prizes for the next two correct entries will be signed paperback copies of The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, accompanied by a poster of the cover image (unsigned) and a Spectral badge.

Please your answers to the question to us here at Spectral Towers on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com, to arrive no later than the 30th September 2012 ( the deadline has been extended from the 24th). The winners will be notified via email after FantasyCon 2012 and your prizes will be despatched in the first week of October.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

A Respectably Eloquent review

The Respectable Face of Tyranny cover image

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!

A couple of new reviews for a sunny Monday morning

Rough Music Front Cover

With something of a sense of relief (and despite winter being my favourite season), it appears that spring is finally arriving at Spectral Towers. There’s nothin’ but blue skies here today, absolutely guaranteed to lift the spirits for certain. Even better, to boost those spirits higher still, would be some great reviews – and it just so happens that two write-ups on Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music passed across my virtual desk over the weekend. So that’s my Monday sorted.

First up is The Eloquent Page‘s aseessment of the latest chapbook – pablocheesecake, the man behind the eloquence, last year gave Spectral an honorary Publisher of the Year award, having been impressed by the consistency of quality from the imprint. Simon’s short story is the first of Spectral’s second year of existence, so was Mr Cheesecake as impressed by this one as he has been with all the others? Find out here.

Next we have a review from a new venue, The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog, run by Emma Audsley and Shaun Hamilton. For the purposes of this review, they passed Rough Music on to Matthew S. Dent for appraisal – so what did he think? You can read his thoughts about the tale here.


The limited hardback edition of Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny is almost sold out – as of this writing there are only SIX copies available. If you’d like a copy of this collector’s item, then please go here – postage is FREE in the UK and for the rest of the world there’s HALF-PRICE AIRMAIL. That’s an irresistible offer, so you know it makes sense!

Onwards and upwards!!

A little news…

Well, yesterday was something of a heady day for Spectral, as the imprint made it into a couple of year-end lists:

First off, Jim Mcleod of The Ginger Nuts of Horror blog put Spectral at #5 in his Top Reads of 2011 post, as well as placing the editor/publisher Simon Marshall-Jones in his Stalwarts of the Genre 2011 list. And, following on from that, pablocheesecake at The Eloquent Page gave an honorary mention to Spectral Press in the Publisher of the Year category in his 2011 – Year in Review piece.

This is just the icing on the cake for us here at Spectral Towers – a recognition that we are creating something worthwhile which people are responding positively to. It’s always a nerve-wracking time when you send something out into the world, unsure of what kind of reception it’s going to get. In the event, that reception was infinitely better than I could have hoped for, even in those wilder moments when my imagination took fevered flight.

BUT, this is just the start – we here at Spectral are intending to go even higher next year.  Novellas, a series of audio-CDs of music and Lovecraft tales (along with Lovecraftian stories from modern masters), the first in an annual series of Christmas Ghost Story anthologies and, of course, the chapbooks – it’s going to be a great year!! =D

More King Death reviews

Today, we have a bumper crop of reviews for the latest Spectral chapbook, Volume IV of the series, in fact we have THREE of them to tell you about.

First we have one from Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror website, wherein it cites the Spectral chapbooks as “…a top quality product in both production values and the quality of the writing…” – you can read the specifics of what Jim says about Paul Finch’s entry in the burgeoning Spectral library here.

Next comes a write-up from pablocheesecake via his The Eloquent Page review site. As he notes here this is a departure from the usual Spectral story, in that it’s historical supernatural fiction – but does that affect his approach to and judgement of the story? I’ll let you discover what he thinks by directing you to the review here. (He also makes note of the excellent cover artwork by Neil Williams – a nice and welcome touch I felt)

Lastly, but certainly not least, we have the very latest review from Read Horror magazine, this time written by Dan Howarth. He calls this particular story “…deeply unnerving reading…” but you should go ahead anyway and read what he has to say in his in-depth review of the chapbook, which can be found here.

Thanks to all who reviewed the book – more soon!

An Eloquent Nowhere Hall review

Hot on the heels of my previous blog-post came news of another review of Nowhere Hall, this time courtesy of The Eloquent Page and reviewer pablocheesecake  – and, yet again, I am pleased to report that it’s another positive one, saying that Spectral Press ‘…has delivered another classic tale…’ You can read the rest of the review here.