News and Reviews 08:01:2014

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First off, Happy New Year to everyone out there! Hope 2014 will be a great year for all of you!

Secondly, Spectral moved domiciles over the last weekend – so we kindly ask you to bear with us while we get things organised at this end. We are still surrounded by stacks of boxes which are gradually being unpacked, but it’ll take a little time (about a week or so) to return to normality.

Many thanks for your patience!


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First, we have two ‘Year’s Best Picks’ lists in which Stephen Volk’s Whitstable novella makes an appearance – to see the illustrious company in which Stephen is mixing then click here to see Ross Warren’s picks and here to see Matthew Fryer’s list.

Now on to the reviews, and once again they’re for Whitstable: the first one is by Anthony Cowin and has been posted to the Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog (that one can be found here) and the second is from the Hypnobobs podcast, courtesy of Jim Moon, which can be accessed here – the review starts around the 45 minute mark.

Please visit the Spectral Shop to buy copies of the paperback edition of Whitstable – it’s also available as a eBook from Amazon US and UK.

That’s all for now, but there will be more soon!

New Reviews – 13:09:2013

We haven’t uploaded any reviews for a while, so we shall rectify that by letting you know about quite a few that came our way earlier in the week:

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First, here’s an Italian review (in Italian) at Nero Cafe of John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine, by Mauro Saracino – read that one here.

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Then, here’s a review in French of Stephen Volk’s novella Whitstable, by Adam Joffrain on his new review blog Par dela les Montagnes Hallucinantes (Beyond the Incredible Mountains) – that one can be found right 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.

And next we have a couple of reviews of the latest chapbook, Soul Masque by Terry Grimwood, the first of which can be found on Stanley Riik’s blog here. And finally, here’s one from Matthew Fryer posted to his Welcome to the Hellforge blog – that one’s here.

More soon!

New reviews – 18:04:2013

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Here we are again with news of a couple of reviews of two of the most recent Spectral chapbooks – David Tallerman’s The Way of the Leaves and Paul Kane’s CreakersConveniently they’ve been written by the same person, Matthew Fryer, and have been posted to his Welcome to the Hellforge blog – the write-ups can be read by going here.

Creakers front cover by Neil Williams

More soon – onwards and upwards!

New Year review roundup

Spectral Press logoThree days into 2013 and already there are some reviews of Spectral books to talk about, so without dilly-dallying we shall get straight into it:

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First up is a review of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas from reader Ross Warren over at Goodreads, which you can read by clicking on the link.

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Paul Brazill, also at Goodreads, gives us his assessment of Mark West’s chapbook story, What Gets Left Behind –  you can read that one here.

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And finally, Matthew Fryer of Welcome to the Hellforge has made John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine one of his favourite novels/novellas of 2012 – you can read what he thought of it here.

Additionally, Jim McLeod of the Ginger Nuts of Horror blog announced his Horror Discovery of the Year, and it is no less a writer than Dr. Valentine himself, John Llewellyn Probert – read his blog entry here. Jim also cites The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine as his favourite novella of the year.

So there you have it – a really great start to the New Year. But it doesn’t stop there – more reviews soon, so onward and upwards!

The Eyes of Water reviewed at the Hellforge

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Midweek has come around fast yet again, and here we bring you notice of yet another review of Alison Littlewood’s Spectral chapbook, The Eyes of Water. This one’s written by Matthew Fryer and can be seen at his Welcome to the Hellforge blog – you can read it here.

More reviews soon!