A new video and a new review

The Way of the Leaves cover image

This morning we bring you the latest promotional video, by Rude Dude Films, for the December Spectral chapbook, The Way of the Leaves by David Tallerman. This one captures the tone of the story perfectly – so hats off to Rude Dude for this atmospheric effort! Enjoy!

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas cover image

Next up is this review for The 13 Ghosts of Christmas over on Heathen Harvest,  a webzine normally devoted to some of the more out there areas of the musical universe. Simon Marshall-Jones, Mr. Spectral himself, wrote for them for a couple of years whilst he was involved in running a record label, so this somehow feels like coming home for him. Anyway, if you want to read what they had to say about this volume, then click here.

More reviews soon!

What Gets Left Behind: cover and video trailer

What Gets Left Bhind cover image

“What Gets Left Behind” by Mark West © 2012 Mark West/Spectral Press. Cover image by Neil Williams © 2012

A beautiful Wednesday morning here in the UK, which means that we are getting our summer later in the year like we did in 2011. To add to the general feelgood factor we proudly present to you the cover, by the inestimable Neil Williams, of the latest Spectral chapbook, What Gets Left Behind by Mark West (who also created the accompanying video trailer, with original music by Gary Cole-Wilkin, shown below) which will debut at this year’s FantasyCon in Brighton (subscribers not attending the event will most likely get their copies in early October).

Enjoy, and please do let us know what you think!

The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood: promo video

Eyes of Water Front Cover

Once again, Mark West of Rude Dude Films has put together a short promo video for the next chapbook, Alison Littlewood’s sold out The Eyes of Water, to give you an idea of what it’s all about. It captures perfectly the stunning beauty of the Mexican cenotes in which the story is set – but still, behind that beauty lurks danger for the unwary….



Thanks to Mark for his work on this one…

Talking of being sold out, this neatly brings me on to the issue of subscriptions – many of you are now coming up to the end of your current subs (with most ending with Volume VII), so I would humbly suggest that any who wish to continue subbing should renew as soon as possible because these little chapbooks tend to sell out quickly. Another incentive is that the yearly price will soon be going up (but only slightly) in line with the recent ludicrous increases in Royal Mail postage rates, so buying now will mean that you get your chapbooks at the old rate. We here at Spectral will make it as painless as possible but, rest assured, there will still be the same attention to detail and high quality that are the hallmarks of the imprint. More details will be forthcoming as to when the prices will be increased and what the new rates are going to be.

Following on from that, we have decided that, from the March 2013  issue (Paul Kane’s Creakers – Volume IX), there will also be an increase in the print numbers of each edition, to 125. This is being done to allow more people to experience what Spectral is all about. We think this will be a good move, and is further confirmation that we are heading in the right direction.

Onwards and upwards!

Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music: the trailer

Once again, Mark West has produced a lovely video book-trailer to go with the latest Spectral chapbook, Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music, which is due to be launched upon the world at the end of February/beginning of March 2012. This one has, unfortunately, sold out already, but you can still get yourself a subscription (for 1, 3 or 5 years) to ensure that you receive every subsequent issue of this critically-acclaimed series of chapbooks – and Paypal buttons have been provided for your convenience down the right-hand side of this blog.

In the meantime, here’s the trailer for Rough Music:

LAST REMINDER!!!!!

The Spectral/This Is Horror Short Story competition closes tonight at midnight GMT (31st January 2012)!! Glide on over to the This Is Horror website for all the details!!

King Death video trailer

So, here it is, the video trailer for Spectral Volume IV (produced by PenMan Press, on behalf of Spectral), Paul Finch’s King Death – enjoy!

And this time we managed to produce it BEFORE the chapbook sold out…

Anyway, if you’re interested in securing a copy, you can reserve one by sending me an email on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. I won’t actually be putting it on pre-order until October, but you can still express an interest in buying a copy even so.

Looking forward to hearing from you!