Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Clowns on the Balcony


So, every afternoon around 3.30 I hear sounds out on the balcony, the scrape and scratch of large claws grabbing onto the metal railing. No, it’s not a monstrous attack, it’s these guys, the resident clowns. I generally go out,
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The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Paul Meloy


Paul Meloy was born in 1966. He is the author of Islington Crocodiles, Dogs With Their Eyes Shut, The Night Clock and a forthcoming collection called Electric Breakfast. He is working on his second novel, a sequel to The Night Clock. He
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The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Simon Bestwick

BestwickHaving fled a life of soul-killing jobs (office worker, fast food operative, WP operator, training administrator, call centre worker), the very talented Mr Simon Bestwick is now spending his days doing what he loves: writing. Which is a
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Of Sorrow and Such available for pre-order!

SorrowsandSuch_FINAL_hiresAll of the undignified happy dancing this morning: my novella, Of Sorrow and Such, is available for pre-order.

If you feel so moved, go here – but please note that only Amazon and Barnes and Noble currently have
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The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Gary Fry

gary-fryGary Fry lives in Dracula’s Whitby, literally around the corner from where Bram Stoker was staying when he was thinking about that character. Gary has a PhD in psychology, but his first love is literature. He is the author of many short
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The Sourdough Posts: Lavender and Lychgates

Arthur Rackham, Girl Beside a Stream

Arthur Rackham, Girl Beside a Stream

Oh noes! Second last Sourdough story! Soon it will all be over. 🙁

With “Lavender and Lychgates” I wanted to draw some threads together: I wanted to see Emmeline
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The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Ray Cluley


Ray Cluley’s short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies. He has appeared in a few ‘best of’ anthologies and a couple of his stories have been translated (into French and Polish). He won the British
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Another Bitterwood Bible Giveaway!

Lisa's photo

Lisa’s photo

To mark Bitterwood’s shortlisting for the World Fantasy Awards, Tartarus Press and I are celebrating by giving away another copy of the increasingly rare limited edition hardcover of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (we’re down to roughly the last one hundred copies), with illustrations by
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The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Stephen Volk

S_volk2MA9314721-0001Stephen Volk is the author of the superb novellas, Whitstable and Leytontone, as well as a screenwriter of note, having written Ghostwatch, Afterlife, and Gothic. He’s won BAFTAs and British Fantasy Awards and is generally delightful.

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The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Lisa L. Hannett

Lisa L Hannett

Lisa L. Hannett has had over 60 short stories appear in venues including Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Weird Tales, Apex, the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, and Imaginarium: Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She has won four Aurealis Awards, including Best Collection for
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