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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.

Some news

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on January 3, 2011 by simonmarshalljones

A couple of bits of news:

First, Wayne Simmons (author of Flu and Drop Dead Gorgeous) very kindly let me have some space on his blog to talk about Spectral Press, the ideas behind the imprint, some of the history of chapbooks and some of my ambitions regarding the imprint. You can read it here.

Secondly, I have just been interviewed by Joseph D’Lacey of Horror Reanimated – which, he has told me, should be posted very soon. So look out for that!!

The name of Spectral is slowly, but surely, getting out there… =)

Some Spectral Press news…

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2010 by simonmarshalljones

Nobody can accuse me of not thinking ahead – in this particular case, I’ve more or less decided which authors are going to be featured in Spectral Press IV – VII, due in 2012…

The authors are: Paul Finch, whose contribution, King Death, I’ve just had the pleasure of reading and is a deliciously creepy tale of misplaced hubris, Alison Littlewood (Inside the Circles Three), Simon Kurt Unsworth (Rough Music), and Thana Niveau (as yet untitled). Eagle-eyed readers will notice that there will be FOUR ‘issues’ in 2012. Furthermore, should Spectral I – III be successful I might even publish Paul’s chapbook in December 2011, meaning that the others’ publication dates will also come forward – to be possibly followed by a Wayne Simmons chapbook in late 2012, a story based in his Drop Dead Gorgeous milieu. It also means that subs to IV – VII will be available just after Cate’s chapbook is published in September.

Spectral Press is definitely becoming more substantial with every day that passes…. exciting times indeed. =D

Guest-blog: WAYNE SIMMONS

Posted in Guest-blog with tags , , , , on November 18, 2010 by simonmarshalljones

My guest-blogger today is a man who understands and I can completely get where he’s coming from – Wayne Simmons. He is the very heavily tattooed author of the UK bestselling horror novel, Flu (available now from all good bookstores). His novel, Drop Dead Gorgeous,  is due to be released in February 2011 through Snowbooks.

Here he talks about the very thing we have in common – and no, it’s not about the lack of hair on our heads.

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So let’s talk tattoos.

I love them. I love the process of getting a new tattoo. The thinking. The planning. Sourcing a good artist to do the work. Booking the appointment. Showing up on the day, the smell of disinfectant as I walk through the door.  I love all that.

And it’s okay: I love talking about it, too. I won’t roll my eyes if you ask me about my tattoos. I’m proud of them and delighted to show them off, to talk about the artists whose hard work has gone into creating them. Feel free to ask me what they mean – that’s cool – but the answer may surprise you. You see, there’s little deep going on here.  I just think tattoos look cool. My pale, freckle-speckled skin looks better with them than without them. And that’s the height of it, really.

But then there’s my favourite question of all, slurred by some drunken geezer at the local pub. “Here, mate. Great tats. But what’ll you do when you’re eighty, like?”

And my reply? Hopefully get more tattoos. Or maybe I’ll be dead and some sinister collector will be peeling my skin to hang on their wall. Or maybe you and I will be in the fold, mate, staring at afternoon telly. But come bathtime, I’ll be looking a lot more interesting than you, Sunny Jim. Hellloooo, Nurse!

My forthcoming (re)release, Drop Dead Gorgeous, stars a surly tattoo artist. She’s the book’s anti-heroine, a chain-smoking, coke-snorting diva who hates the rest of the world marginally more than she hates herself. But she loves tattoos. The whole world falls dead around her and what does she do?

Run? Hide?

Nope.

She sits on the floor, next to her fallen client. She fires her kit up. And she finishes the tattoo.

My kind of girl.

So, if you’re reading this and have been thinking about getting your first tattoo, here’s my advice:

Hell yeah! Go for it.

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Many thanks to Wayne for writing this… it’ll be a veritable feast of colour when the two of us finally meet – so don’t forget to keep sunglasses handy just in case YOU are at the convention where that meeting happens….

Meet Wayne online at www.waynesimmons.org