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Abolisher of Roses: book trailer video

Posted in Books, News with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2011 by simonmarshalljones

In my ever expanding quest to get the word on Spectral Press out there to all and sundry, may I present to you the debut of the very first book trailer video, spotlighting Gary Fry’s chapbook, due to be published May 2nd 2011… enjoy!

Gratitude must be extended to Mark West for putting this together for me over the last couple of days – an absolutely sterling effort! For more details of how to purchase this chapbook, please go to spectralpress.wordpress.com.

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Japan Earthquake Aid Auction

Posted in Events, News with tags , , , on March 17, 2011 by simonmarshalljones

We’ve all seen the footage of the recent magnitude 9.0 earthquake of the northeastern coast of Japan, and the ruin and utter devastation that it caused to both human and animal life. At times like these one is forcefully reminded that, despite being the so-called ‘dominant’ species on this ol’ blue planet of ours, with all our sophisticated technology and science, we humans are still nothing compared to the might of Mother Nature. We often feel helpless in the face of such overwhelming catastrophes.

However, some people, just like Johnny Mains for instance, decide to do whatever they can to help the affected people of Japan, in however small a way. So, Mr Mains has set up an auction with some choice goodies you can bid on, the money going to charity to help with the efforts being made to get Japan back on its feet. EVERY penny that can be sent Japan’s way is a penny more than they had, and will bring recovery about just that little bit sooner.

There are eleven lots, including:

One of the last remaining copies of Back from the Dead, published by Noose and Gibbet Publishing, and signed by 8 of the contributors

A letter from Herbert Van Thal, the editor of the Pan Book of Horror Stories back in the day, to one of the authors appearing in one of the anthologies. These are very scarce items – so bid now to get your hands on a piece of publishing history.

A rare Italian film poster for Peeping Tom, signed by Columba Powell, son of the director Michael Powell and who also played the young Mark Lewis in the film. That would look good on any wall.

A signed rare NEL hardback copy of James Herbert’s The Spear, a book which apparently landed him in court – a case which he lost.

A first Pan Books paperback edition of The Executioners by John D. MacDonald that has been signed by director Martin Scorcese (who directed Cape Fear, based on the book).

Also, a signed hardback copy of Spectral author Gary McMahon’s Rain Dogs, which was published by Humdrumming Press.

There are plenty more desirable items – just go over to Johnny’s Occasionally Horrific blog to find out what they are, their starting prices and how to go about bidding. Let’s see just how much can be raised!!

And now showing on the other channel….

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by simonmarshalljones

… you can find details of the next Spectral Press publication, Gary’s Fry’s Abolisher of Roses, which is available for preorder from today – but numbers are limited! The chapbook itself will be published the first week of May, which will be upon us sooner than you think! For all the gen, go to http://spectralpress.wordpress.com now!

GET TO IT!!

Spectral Volume II

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by simonmarshalljones

And so here it is, the cover to Spectral Press Volume II, Gary Fry’s Abolisher of Roses – again it’s been designed by the inimitable Neil Williams and based on a beautiful photograph by my good friend Branwyn Reeves:

©2011 Gary Fry/Spectral Press - cover design ©Neil Williams - cover photo ©Branwyn Reeves

“It’s not always the guilty who have the darkest secrets . . .

Peter has been married to Patricia for nearly thirty years. He’s a practical man, the owner of a thriving factory and the father of two fine lads.

He also has a secret mistress.

One day, his wife takes him along to an outdoor arts exhibition involving some of her paintings, staged in a dark, deep wood. The fact that Peter would rather go for a pie and a pint and to watch the match is something he keeps very much to himself.

But his are not the only secrets in this marriage. And as Peter strays off the only path through the woods, he soon realises that Patricia has quite a few revelations of her own . . .”

“Fry is a writer whose technique is as accomplished as his intellect and imagination are powerful.”–Reggie Oliver

It’s available for pre-order now for £3.50 (inclusive of p+p) – email Simon Marshall-Jones at spectralpress[at]gmail[dot]com for more details.

Spectral news…

Posted in News with tags , , , on January 11, 2011 by simonmarshalljones

Just a very small snippet of news today – just so you can join me in welcoming two more writers to the Spectral roster!

First up is PAUL KANE, author of such novels as The Afterblight Chronicles, The Gemini Factor, and Of Darkness and Light, the critically-acclaimed study of Clive Barker’s hellish vision in The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy, as well as numerous short stories, collections and novellas. Paul’s webite can be found here.

Please also give a warm welcome to WAYNE SIMMONS, the author of Flu and the Drop Dead Gorgeous trilogy – the first in the series, Drop Dead Gorgeous, is just about to hit the shops in paperback on the 2nd of February. Wayne’s story, tentatively titled Loving the Dead, will be set within the DDG universe, and promises to add a quieter, spookier dimension to the post-apocalyptic world Wayne has created. Look out for that one sometime in 2012, hopefully. In the meantime, Wayne’s website/blog can be found right here.

Keep checking for more news on publishing schedules, and titles.

PRESS RELEASE: literary agent takes on a second author

Posted in News with tags , , , , on January 10, 2011 by simonmarshalljones

January 9th 2011 – Bristol and Manchester, UK

Gareth L Powell and Sharon Ring sign author/agent contract.

Gareth L Powell has signed up with Literary Agent Sharon Ring. Sharon Ring will act as agent in regard to five titles, Revenant Skies; Reclaiming The Dead; Silversands (originally published with Pendragon Press); The Last Reef (originally published with Elastic Press); The New Ships.

Gareth is rapidly gaining a reputation as a “strong new voice in epic science fiction” (Solaris). In addition to his previously published novel (Silversands) and collection (The Last Reef), Gareth has appeared in several anthologies, including including Shine (Solaris Books, 2010), Conflicts (NewCon Press, 2010), 2020 Visions (M-Brane, 2010), Dark Spires (Wizard’s Tower, 2010), and Future Bristol (Swimming Kangaroo, 2009). His short story Ack-Ack Macaque won the Interzone Readers’ Poll for best short story of 2007; and Solaris will publish his second novel The Recollection in September this year.

Gareth said, “With two novels and a collection under my belt, I’m glad to have someone with Sharon’s contacts and chutzpah to help me scout out the territory ahead. I expect this will be a successful and productive partnership for us both.”

Sharon said, “Gareth is an ideal writer to join forces with at this time. The more I read his work, the more I feel he is poised to have wider success in the science fiction community. He has a strong narrative voice; concise, direct and, above all, very human in the exploration of his chosen themes. I’m delighted to be forming this partnership.”

A full list of Gareth’s published work can be found at http://www.garethlpowell.com/books/.

All enquiries regarding this deal should be directed to Sharon Ring: sharonlring@gmail.com.

And the winner is….

Posted in News with tags , , on January 9, 2011 by simonmarshalljones

We have a winner of the Spectral Press Prize-draw and we have a name:

JOHN HOWARD of Birmingham!

Congratulations to John, and I will be contacting him shortly about his prize… which is a framed and signed edition (by both me and Gary) of the first chapbook and an annotated, signed (by Gary only) manuscript of the story, plus a one year extension to his subscription.

Many thanks to everyone who subscribed before the 31st December and got entered into the draw – your support for Spectral Press is very much appreciated!!