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sbohs3-hb-absolute-finalIn 2013, Mark Morris, well-known author of such novels as Toady and the Obsidian Heart trilogy, put forward the idea to Spectral Press chief editor Simon Marshall-Jones the idea of a Pan Book of Horror-style annual anthology. Mark had always wanted to edit such a series, and luckily Simon immediately loved the idea, so, at FantasyCon 2014, the first volume was launched to much acclaim. Press-wise, it received many positive reviews and was nominated for various awards the following year.

Volume 2 was released the following year and now, at Halloween 2016, Volume 3, edited by Joseph Rubas, carries on the tradition very ably started by Mark. Already two further volumes are planned for 2017.


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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:


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


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


We 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.


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.



darker-spFollowing the official transfer of rights between Simon Marshall-Jones and Tickety Boo Press Ltd, the latter imprint has now taken over all rights and the outstanding costs to the anthology DARKER TERRORS edited by the multiple award-winning team of Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton.

The limited edition hardcover and trade paperback editions will now be sold through the Tickety Boo Press website and other trade outlets, while an e-book edition will be available soon.

“I am delighted that Tickety Boo Press will now be involved in the publication of such a wonderful anthology,” says Gary Compton. “The original books from Gollancz undoubtedly defined the horror genre in the 1990s, and this new volume presents some of the very best stories to appear in that series.

“Also, this transfer of rights has effectively reduced Simon Marshall-Jones’ outstanding debts by a significant amount, which is good news for everyone concerned. Now the hard work begins.”

“After serious consideration,” explains co-editor Stephen Jones, “David Sutton and I decided that this would be the best course of action to not only help our friend Simon and support all that he achieved in creating Spectral Press, but it would also allow the anthology—which we are extremely proud of—to reach the widest possible readership.”

Edited by the World Fantasy Award-winning team of Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton, DARKER TERRORS collects together nineteen memorable stories by such authors as Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Poppy Z. Brite, Michael Marshall Smith, Christopher Fowler, Brian Lumley and Gwyneth Jones, amongst others, along with new reminiscences by both the editors and an exclusive Index detailing the authors and stories that were included in the original anthology series.

“Very creepy stuff!” —John Landis, director of AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and Michael Jackson’s THRILLER.

All customer orders will now be fulfilled by Tickety Boo Press Ltd., and copies are available to buy directly from the website at ticketyboopress.co.uk and selected specialist booksellers.

For more information contact: gary.compton@ticketyboopress.co.uk