Ginger Nuts of Horror
Spectral Press has just announced the launch of a brand new imprint featuring some a line up of some fantastic authors. the imprint will be called Theatrum Mundi this is what Spectral Press's owner had to say about the new imprint
Theatrum Mundi (Theatre of the Universe),which is a new imprint from Spectral Press specifically to publish novelletes having a much wider range within what we know as genre, enabling writers to explore some of the more speculative regions of genre fiction, be it ghostly/supernatural, science fiction, urban fantasy, the phantastique, the outré, the bizarre, or the industrial, and which will encompass the entire world and the universe as well as the full span of time itself. The imprint will debut in November 2014 with Ray Cluley’s Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow, which will feature a cover from the legendary Jim Burns.
Rest assured that, although the remit of the imprint will be broader, the same level of quality which Spectral is known for will still be a top priority. It will, however, be an irregular series of books, only one or two published each year, and in signed, limited numbered editions in hardback with dustjacket only perhaps. Full details of the imprint will be forthcoming in the near future – needless to say however that its ‘branding’ (to employ an ugly term) will be different from previous Spectral publications, to distinguish it from the general run of material normally published by us.
Why a new imprint, and not a continuation of the Spectral lineup? Essentially, because the subject matter covered will for the most part be completely different from the ghostly/supernatural end of the genre spectrum (although it doesn’t preclude its inclusion), we would like it to have a separate identity.
We here at Spectral hope that you will all join us in establishing this new venture, and to make it as much of a success as Spectral’s chapbooks, novellas, anthologies and collections have been!
Ray Cluley’s Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow is a novelette set in the frozen wastes of the far north, and it will be graced with a cover by the legendary science fiction artist Jim Burns. It will be published in November 2014 in a limited signed hardback with dustjacket only. Here’s the blurb:
Gjerta Jørgensen patrols the frozen coastline of Greenland. She is the first woman to do so as part of Slædepatruljen Sirius, an elite dogsled team pushed to the limits of physical survival, risking hunger, exhaustion, frostbite and attack. But out here, where beautiful frozen desolation shows you little but snow, ice, and darkness, there is more to fear than this. She can hear it within the wind. It waits beneath the snow.
With only Søren Olsen and a dozen dogs for company, Gjerta must face these dangers and the darkness that hides in her past. Or else succumb to the cold and all it brings to haunt her.
This will be followed by Tim Dry’s Ricochet, a novella-length blasphemical wedding of fevered edginess, violence, drug-fuelled nightmares, psychedelia, and madness, set in London and Paris, and written in the mould of a collision between Hunter S. Thompson and William Burroughs. This one, too, will only be available in limited signed hardback with dustjacket. Tim Dry was one half of the early-eighties robotic dancing phenomenon Tik & Tok as well as being a member, along with Barbie Wilde (Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II) of the mime/dance troupe Shock who toured the world and supported Gary Numan, and he has also appeared as the creature in the 1982 film Xtro and portrayed J’Quille and a Mon Calamari officer in Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi. Latterly however, he has turned his considerable talents to writing, having had short stories in three horror anthologies: The Bestiarum Vocabulum, Demonology, and Phobophobias, all edited by Dean Drinkel. Ricochet is the first volume in a projected series of novellas based in the same universe. This one will surprise, enlighten, anger and repulse in equal measure.
We will also be publishing the imprint’s first ever novel, Steven Savile’s epic urban fantasy/horror Glass Town. More specific details will be forthcoming on that one over the coming months, but suffice to say that not only will the story itself be epic, but also the production values – expect a very special volume with this one.
The above is just a small indication of the new imprint – a line of books which would not necessarily fit in with the normal run of Spectral material but which definitely deserve an equal opportunity of being disseminated and read. It’s going to be a heady mix of every possible ingredient and emotion imaginable, designed both to enrage and enrapture. It promises to be maddening and exciting – so why not join us on the adventure?