Reviews and News – 02:02:2015

"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.

We begin our week with a new review of John Llewellyn Probert’s The Hammer of Dr. Valentine from Paul Feeney, which has been posted to his Sound and Fury blog – read it HERE.

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

UK £21

EU £24

USA & Everywhere Else $45


We are pleased to be able to announce that Brian Hodge’s Spectral Book of Horror Stories tale, ‘Cures for a Sickened World”, has made it into Locus magazine’s annual ‘Recommended Reading’ list – you can see the rest of the list HERE.

We have acquired another book for 2016 since last week which we’d like to tell you about: Andrew Hook will join the Theatrum Mundi roster with his contemporary fantasy conspiracy thriller The Greens – featuring creatures from myth and legend, alien technology, and mad conspiracy stuff, all mashed together with families, parenthood, and genealogy. Intrigued? Then stay tuned for information as it becomes available!

Also, there’s a late addition to the contents of We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, edited by Neil Snowdon – The Quatermass Conclusion, a 1980 interview with the man himself, conducted by David A. Sutton, which was originally featured in a magazine called Fantasy Media. The book is due out from Spectral Screen in December this year.


Recent books

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 Spectral Book of Horror Stories is available for sale now and has been selling very well (we have to order  even MORE copies from the printers!) – but that isn’t a surprise as it contains original stories from the stellar likes of Ramsey Campbell, Conrad Williams, Alison Moore, Robert Shearman, and Angela Slatter (along with fourteen other high-profile names). With a table of contents like this you really cannot afford to miss it. So, why not get in on the act and ORDER A COPY TODAY! (Also available as a paperback and eBook from Amazon)


£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

We look forward to hearing from you!

"We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale" edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

“We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale” edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

This book will be published in two editions: a LTD HARDBACK featuring everything listed below plus an unproduced and never before published screenplay by Kneale (likely to retail for between £30 – £50) and an UNLIMITED PAPERBACK which will have everything except the screenplay (although we’re still debating that one). Even though the books will not be out until later next year we have already sold a substantial amount – if you would like a copy of either edition then please register your interest by emailing us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com today. We are taking a £20 deposit now for the hardback edition with the balance payable at time of publication. Interest in the book is sure to be high – SO WHY NOT RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY?

The list of contributors reads like a veritable who’s who – take a look at this:

Mark Gatiss  (Sherlock, Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen) Introduction

Mark Morris (Toady, The Immaculate, Stitch… Editor –  Cinemacabre and The Spectral Book of Horror Stories.)

Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, Afterlife. The Awakening and Whitstable).

Stephen Laws (Spectre, Ghost Train, Macabre)

Gary McMahon (The Concrete Grove, Pretty Little Dead Things, What They Hear in the Dark)

Ramsey Campbell (The Doll who Ate His Mother, The Face that Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, Nazareth Hill, Nedding Ghosts… Film Critic for Video Watchdog & BBC Radio Merseyside)

Ashley Thorpe (Director of The Screaming Skull, The Hairy Hands, Borley Rectory)

Mark Chadbourn (Scissorman, Jack of Ravens, The Burning Man… Scriptwriter Doctors, Shadow State)

Jonathan Rigby (Film Critic & author of Engilsh Gothic, American Gothic, Studies in Terror)

Lynda E. Rucker (The Moon will Look Strange)

Kim Newman (Film Critic & Author of Anno Dracula, The Quorum, Life’s Lottery, An English Ghost Story, Nightmare Movies)

Maura McHugh(Twisted Fairy Tales, The Mysteries of Unland)

Tim Lucas (Film Critic & Author of Throat Sprockets, The Book of Renfield, Mario Bava: All the Colours of the Dark… Editor of Video Watchdog)

Thana Niveau(From Hell to Eternity)

Stephen Bissette (Artist, Editor, Publisher – Swamp Things, Gore Shriek, Taboo… Writer for Video Watchdog, Deep Red, Fangoria…)

Kier-La Janisse (Film critic & Author House of Psychotic Women, A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi)

John Llewellyn Probert (The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, The Catacombs of Fear)

Tony Earnshaw (Film Critic & Author Beating the Devil, Under Milk Wood Revisited, An Actor and a Rare One,The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark)

Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen, Funland… Author Bright Darkness: The Lost Art of the Supernatural Horror Film, Never Trust a Rabbit, The Haunted Book)

Richard Harland Smith (Film Critic Video Watchdog, Movie Morlocks)

Also featuring interviews/conversations with Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Sherlock), Peter Sasdy(Director of The Stone Tape), Judith Kerr (widow of Nigel Kneale & author of The Tiger who Came to Tea, When Hitler Tole Pink Rabbit), and Herbert Wise (Director of Kneale adaptation of The Woman in Black)

And potentially there will also be interviews with Joe Dante, Dennis Bartok (film maker and director of American Cinematheque), John Landis, and John Carpenter (all subject to other commitments).

Looking forward to hearing from you!