Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Introducing Spectral Press

It's our great pleasure to have you read our PENNY DREADFUL DIARY.

Sometimes we give you a taste of what's to come. Sometimes we talk horror. Sometimes we geek out like nobody's business. Sometimes we spew utter nonsense.

Our favorite entries (aside, of course, from utter nonsense spewing) are when we introduce you, boys and grrls, to something (or someONE) new. Rejoice, friends, for something wicked this way comes. Allow us to be the first to introduce you SPECTRAL PRESS.

Here's their delicious, official release...

"Spectral Press is a brand new imprint, inspired in part by a love of good, well-told stories, also by the idea that books are very much worthy objects in themselves, indeed items very much to be cherished. Spectral is also inspired by the classic ghost/horror stories written by some of the great late 19th/early 20th century practitioners of the art, people like Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, MR James, HP Lovecraft, and Edgar Allan Poe. Consequently, Spectral Press will be devoted to presenting single-story chapbooks, in the ghostly/supernatural vein, in a high-quality but very classic format. Each will be in strictly limited quantities of 100 only, signed and numbered by the author. There will be some familiar names, others not so familiar: but they all have great storytelling in common and are very much in the vanguard of the modern genre scene - people such as Gary McMahon, Gary Fry, Cate Gardner, Paul Finch, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Alison Littlewood, Thana Niveau and a host of others.

So, why launch yet another small-press imprint? Well, we here at Spectral Press believe there’s always room for another quality premium press out there, one that presents brilliant short ghostly/supernatural story writing in the classic vein in a stylish package. Buying a Spectral Press chapbook won’t break the bank either, whilst simultaneously being uncompromising on that all-important watchword of QUALITY. Atmospheric covers and clear printing, allied to some of the best genre writing around today, combine to make Spectral a very special and must-have library of the macabre and spooky indeed.

Each of these little gems will retail at a mere £3 each (plus 50p p+p) and can be bought either singly or, alternatively, through a yearly subscription of just £10 (three issues–inclusive of postage). The very first chapbook, Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark, is already well on its way and will be ready in January, with Gary Fry’s The Abolisher of Roses to follow in May.

For further details about Spectral Press, like what’s due in 2011 and 2012, or to order chapbooks or a subscription, visit spectralpress.wordpress.com or contact the publisher, Simon Marshall-Jones, at spectralpress@gmail.com."

"Spectral Press is a fresh, exciting new venture with a focus on quality and attention to detail. Great writers, top-notch design, a serious approach to delivering a beautiful final product: it all adds up to something worth supporting. I'm proud to have my story "What They Hear in the Dark" kick things off as the imprint's initial release, and hope this is the start of big things for Spectral." ~Gary McMahon

‎"An exciting new venture that I'm proud to be a part of." ~Simon Kurt Unsworth

It's not every day that a new small press imprint has the potential to excite - but with the range of names attached to Spectral Press, good times are ahead.” ~Johnny Mains

‎"Some great names, some top quality fiction, this could be the line to get into!" ~Mark West

"It's always nice to see a new imprint concerned with both style and substance. One to watch." ~Willie Meikle

And, to kick things off, the first volume in the Spectral library is....


“An absence is more terrifying than a presence…

Rob and Becky bought the old place after the death of their son, to repair and renovate – to patch things up and make the building habitable.

They both knew that they were trying to fix more than the house, but the cracks in their marriage could not be papered over.

Then they found the Quiet Room.”

Gary McMahon’s horror is heartfelt...” –Tim Lebbon

Available for £3 (+ 50p p&p) direct from the publisher – for details:

That's right, my friends. Awesome incarnate. This is the beginning of something rad.


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