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.


£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

This Is Horror Awards 2014

This Is Horror Awards logo ©2015 This is Horror

This Is Horror Awards logo ©2015 This is Horror

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has been nominated for Anthology of the Year in the This Is Horror Awards 2014. Additionally, Vincent Chong’s masterful artwork for the cover of book has also been nominated for Book Cover of the Year in the same awards.

The list of the rest of the nominees can be seen HERE.

We here at Spectral are particularly proud of this book and extremely pleased with the reception it has received – for it to be nominated is testament to the quality of the stories within its covers.

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES (All prices include postage)

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

Onwards and upwards!

Spectral Book of Horror Stories: This Is Horror verdict

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

The latest review to come to our attention is This Is Horror‘s thoughts on The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris. The review is by Ross Warren, and it can be found right HERE.


£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW


Some new reviews

A bleary, blustery Monday, so what better way to cheer ourselves up than to read about some new reviews?

"Still Life" © Tim Lebbon/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Jim Burns 2013

“Still Life” © Tim Lebbon/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Jim Burns 2013

The first one is for Tim Lebbon’s latest novella, Still Life, which appears at and has been written by Niall Alexander. You can find out what he says by going here.

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.

Next up is Simon Bestwick’s assessment of Terry Grimwood’s Soul Masque over at This Is Horror – read that one right here. (*Disclaimer: Spectral will be publishing a chapbook by Simon in December)

Both books are available from Spectral (note: Soul Masque is in limited supply) – contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for more details.

More reviews soon!

New reviews – 03:06:2013

Whitstable cover image

The start of another week and so we bring you news of yet more reviews of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable.  Without further ado, here they are:

First, Dread Central have given the novella a 5* (5 Knives?) review. The review’s by Pestilence and you can check that one out here.

Then, Anthony Watson expresses his thoughts on his Dark Musings blog – that one can be accessed by going here.

Plus, on Amazon UK, there have been some reviews posted, which you can read here. You can also buy both the paperback and Kindle edition of the book from the same source and we encourage any who have bought and read the book to add their own thoughts to Amazon.

This Is Horror‘s latest podcast also reviews Whitstable –  you can listen to what they had to say by going here.

More news and reviews soon!

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!

13 Ghosts: This is Horror review


So, here we have it: the second review of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas, the first anthology in the annual series devoted to spookiness and supernatural goings-on during everyone’s favourite festive season. This one’s courtesy of This Is Horror magazine and has been written by Dan Howarth of that ilk. You can read the full write-up here.

There are now approximately 20 copies left of the limited numbered hardback edition, so if you’re interested in grabbing one then time is of the essence on this one – you can order by going here.

Just a reminder that Jim McLeod of The Ginger Nuts of Horror blog is currently (December 1st – 14th) conducting an extended series of short daily interviews/reviews with all the writers featured in the blog – his blog can be accessed here.

More reviews soon!

This Is Horror take on What Gets Left Behind

What Gets Left Behind cover image

As this will be the last post before the Spectral clan (all two of us) head off for the annual shindig that is FantasyCon, we shall leave you all on a high: the latest review of Mark West’s What Gets Left Behind, Volume VII in the acclaimed Spectral Press chapbook series. This one’s by horror writer Adam Millard and has been posted to This Is Horror Magazine’s horror media website. To read the review, please click here.

Anyway, FantasyCon promises to be a wonderful event this year – for our part, we are launching a book (The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine), hosting a reading (with John Llewellyn Probert and Stephen Volk) and moderating a panel (‘Marketing for Newcomers’). Plus, of course, King Death by Paul Finch is up for a British Fantasy Award in the Short Fiction category, and Spectral itself has been nominated for the PS Publishing Independent Press Award. If any of you are going, then please don’t hesitate to make yourself known!

More reviews and news soon!

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: the first reviews

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

It’s that time again, when we send out review texts of another new Spectral publication and suffer sleepless nights* waiting anxiously for the write-ups to return. As you all know, the latest one is the new John Llewellyn Probert Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, and we have been busy sending out e-versions of the text to various bloggers and magazines to see what they thought. Anyway, two reviews have already come home to roost and we’re very pleased to be able to tell you all about them.

The first one is from This is Horror,  the online horror resource (declaration: I am the fiction and reviews editor of the magazine but I did not edit this one), and was written by Dan Howarth. You can read what he he had to say here.

The second review is from the estimable Walt Hicks of Hellbound Times, who has a habit of getting reviews out almost as soon as the books are sent to him. Indeed, just a day or two after sending him the text, he sent us this review, which you can read here.

The paperback edition will be available very soon, look for news of it shortly on these pages. Spectral will be in attendance at this year’s FantasyCon, where the book will be launched, and we will be bringing paperbacks with us as well as the hardbacks.

More reviews soon!

* Slight exaggeration perhaps….

The Respectable Face of Tyranny & Rough Music: new reviews

The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry

Today, we have two new reviews to tell you about. Firstly, hot on the heels of the review Walt Hicks posted on his Hellbound Times blog recently (see yesterday’s entry) comes this new review of Gary Fry’s Spectral Visions novella. This time the write-up is courtesy of Jim McLeod of The Ginger Nuts of Horror blog fame, for which many thanks. Walt loved the novella, but does Jim feel the same? Find out by going here.

Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Secondly, here comes a write-up of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music chapbook, this time from This Is Horror magazine and written by Dan Howarth – you can read what he said here. Thanks to Dan for the write-up.

More news and reviews soon!