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The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories – Table of Contents Announcement by Editor Joseph Rubas

After announcing two days ago that submissions have officially opened for the 4th and 5th Spectral Book of Horror Stories, we’re proud to reveal the incredible Table of Contents for The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Joseph Rubas, with cover art by Holly Madew.

The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Edited by Joseph Rubas

The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Edited by Joseph Rubas

Let’s hand over to Joseph Rubas to announce the Table of Contents:

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In April 2016, Gary Compton, of Tickety Boo Press, who had published my second short story collection After Midnight (2014) approached me about editing the third entry in the Spectral Book of Horror Stories series. “You’re kidding, right?” I asked. To me at least, the Spectral Book of Horror Stories is the top of the top. Sure, you might not get rich and famous after having your work in one, but growing up, I loved horror anthologies, especially the Pan Book of Horror Stories and the Zebra Book of Horror Stories. I read every single anthology I could get my hand on, and discovered work, by authors both known and unknown, that stays with me to this day. I loved the covers, the stories, the yellowed pages. The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has always reminded me of those old collections, and to be asked to edit it…it was like going from playing guitar in a suburban garage somewhere to playing Madison Square Gardens.

It was intimidating, but I think I did fairly well. Or rather, the authors did fairly well.

Okay, they did really well.

Here, then, is the table of contents for the Third Spectral Book of Horror Stories. It runs the gamut from psychological horror (“Portfolio’, “Disappearing in the Desert”) to supernatural horror (“It Knocks”, “Cotton Face”) to light science fiction (“The Eyes Have It”). Some of these writers have never been published before, and some have been in the business for over fifty years (William F. Nolan, who, with the late George Clayton Johnson, authored the novel Logan’s Run, will be 89 next spring). I am proud of them all.

Okay, enough. Here it is in all its glory:

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Word on Fear

Portfolio – A. H. Day

Dysfunctional – William F. Nolan

Playthings – Eugene Johnson

Beyond the Grave – Alex Marco

Three Twilight Zone Variations on a High School Reunion – Lou Antonelli

Sins of the Father – Mark Allan Gunnells

Cotton Face – Dan Weatherer

Disappearing in the Desert – Billie Sue Mosiman

It Knocks – Paul Longmate

The Eyes Have It – Tim Major

Boat Trip – David A. Riley

And the Woman Loved Her Cats – S. L. Edwards

Lacey – David Wellington

The Day the Leash Gave Way – Robert Clarke

The Door into Envy – Adrian Cole

Penelope’s Song – Samuel Marzioli

Government Work – Richard Farren Barber

Static – Dave-Brendon de Burgh

“Grave ‘Neath a Willow” – Alexander G. Tozzi

Trigger Fate – Lisa Morton

Coulrophila – Jason V. Brock

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The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories will launch on October 31st – keep an eye on this site and our Facebook Page for continuing announcements.

 

Dave de Burgh, Acquisitions Editor.

Announcing Spectral Book of Horror Stories 4 and 5

sbohs4-5We had a fantastic submissions call for the Spectral Book of Horror Stories 3, which is published on Halloween 2016; so acquiring editor, Dave de Burgh has decided to make it a twice yearly event.

Book 4 will be launched at Eastercon 2017 and book 5 on Halloween 2017.

So get your thinking caps on as submissions are now open for both. This is a paid for anthology so email us for details. Please make your stories better than good for this prestigeous collection.

The two covers are by Holly Madew who now has a hatrick in books 3-5.

Submissions to jrubas91@yahoo.com

Submission Guidelines:

Simply put, contemporary horror. It can be supernatural horror, body horror, psychological horror, or even dark science fiction, provided it takes place on earth. We tend more toward atmosphere than gore. It should be known up front that while the editor believes horror should shake the reader, stories containing abuse toward animals and children are less likely to be accepted. Violence, swearing, and sexual content are all allowed so long as they serve the plot.

All stories should have a modern setting. You don’t need to load your work with references to Facebook and iPhones (actually, we’d rather if you didn’t), but we’d like stories to reflect today’s world.

Stories should be sent to jrubas91@yahoo.com as RTF or Docx attachments. Work should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words. If your story is slightly over or under, query. Your submission should be double spaced in Times New Roman 12pt. Please include your name, address, email address, and phone number in the upper left corner, and a rough word count in the upper right. You may include your last name, story title, and page number in the upper right corner of each page after the first, but this is neither required nor recommended.

Please include a cover letter in the body of the email.

Pay is one pence (about one cent) a word for non-exclusive rights, and a contributor’s copy.

The deadline for volume four is January 25. (This is now closed due to an overwhelming response, the book is full)

The deadline for volume five is August 1.

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Launched in 2014, The Spectral Book of Horror Stories is a twice yearly anthology series dedicated to publishing phenomenal short fiction. Submissions are currently open for volumes four and five, edited by Joseph Rubas. Prior volumes have included work by Ramsey Campbell, William F. Nolan, Billie Sue Mosiman, and David Wellington.

 

PP Corcoran joins Tickety Boo Space Dock as acquiring editor…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

07 September 2016 | Worldwide

Visit www.ticketyboopress.co.uk/ for contact details, review copies, submission-calls, and more.

Paul P Corcoran Joins Tickety Boo Press – Author of ‘The Saiph Series’ Will Head Space Dock Imprint

Tickety Boo Press’ Space Dock Imprint Gains Paul P Corcoran

 

d1tcbzns7qs-_sl250_fmpng_Paul P Corcoran, author of the Amazon best-selling ‘Saiph’ novels, will be taking over as Editor of Tickety Boo Press’ Space Dock Imprint. The imprint, dedicated to finding and publishing new and established authors writing Space Opera, Military SF, Post-Apocalyptic, Time Travel and ‘Alien Worlds’ tales, is perfectly situated to bring exciting, hard-hitting, character-driven novels to a constantly growing market.

Paul Corcoran is ideally suited to running Space Dock­ – not only has he served in the military in various roles, including security and intelligence, but his knowledge of the military and his love of Science Fiction have already combined into becoming a full-time career as a writer of action-packed SF.

Dave de Burgh, Acquiring Editor for Tickety Boo Press, said, “Paul brings a wealth of expertise and experience to Tickety Boo Press, and I’m looking forward to reveal all the wonderful authors he’ll discover.”

Gary Compton, Managing Director of TBP, said, “I think when you are a fan of someone as a writer and a person, to then work with them is amazing. With Paul’s contacts and fans, I have no doubt he will be a great asset to Tickety Boo Press Ltd.”

Paul had the following to say regarding his appointment to Editor for the Space Dock Imprint:

“I’m really excited about the prospect of finding new up and coming talent and, with the help of the team at Tickety Boo Press, introducing their work to a worldwide audience.”

The Space Dock Imprint is currently open to submissions see here

Tickety Boo Press is a proud Speculative Fiction publisher of quality novels and anthologies. Find out more at http://ticketyboopress.co.uk

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Paul P Corcoran is the author of several books, including the Amazon best-selling science fiction Saiph Series: Discovery of the Saiph, Search for the Saiph, Hunt for the Saiph and the forthcoming Legacy of the Saiph.  The first three books in the Saiph series are currently available on ebook, paperback and audiobooks. ‘Legacy of the Saiph’ will follow in all of these formats in 2016.

At the beginning of 2016 Paul collaborated with three other British military science fiction best-selling authors to release a four-novel anthology entitled ‘The Empire at War’ which became an Amazon best-seller within weeks of it’s release.   He is currently working on ‘Invasion’ the first instalment of the K’Tai War trilogy.  This trilogy will be published over 2016 and early 2017 and all three books will again be available as ebooks, paperbacks and Tantor Media, the largest independent audio book publisher in the US, has already optioned the trilogy.

Most recently Retropunk have optioned the Saiph Series and will soon be publishing the ebook and paperback in Portuguese.

Paul grew up in the British Army having joined at just 17 ½ years old and spent the next twenty plus years there while devouring any and all science fiction he could get his hands on. Post army he stayed in the security and intelligence worlds and with more time on his hands put his military skills and experiences to good use by combining them with his lifetime love of sci-fi to create stories of space marines, space battles and fantastic technologies for his reader’s enjoyment (and his own).

With the success of his début Saiph series Paul has turned his one-time hobby into a career and now concentrates on writing, much to the horror of his wife who puts up with him at home on a full-time basis.

You can visit him at:
http://www.ppcorcoran.com
http://www.facebook.com/ppcorcoran