“We want to live…

In the ballroom, wallflower mannequins stretch their fingers towards Ron. He can’t ask them to dance. He’s already waltzing with other ghosts.

Someone stole the world while Ron contemplated death. They packed it in a briefcase and dumped him in the halls of the ruined hotel–The Vestibule. A nowhere place.”
“One of the finest and most individual voices around- there really is no-one quite like Cate Gardner.” –Simon Bestwick

22pg A5 print booklet with card covers, signed and numbered, 100 only – published September 2011.

Available from the publishers – Spectral Press, 5 Serjeants Green, Neath Hill, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK14 6HA, UK for £3 (plus 50p P+P) either through Paypal (spectralpress@gmail.com) or cheque (made payable to ‘Simon Marshall-Jones’) to the address above. Subscriptions for one year (4 issues) are available for £13.50 – payment details as above. US/RoW please email for prices to your countries…

Web: spectralpress.wordpress.com

Welcome to the slightly fractured and more than surreal world of Cate Gardner, where nothing is as it seems, a world where the absurd is the norm, and where the fabric of time and space are as fluid as mercury and as elastic as a rubber band. A place where hotels exist in a Schroedinger’s Cat-like state of simultaneous ruin and brand new, where mannequins dance to sinister yet silent tunes, where the concierge may be more than just a simple concierge and the ghosts belong to someone else. And where an umbrella may hold more significance than just something that holds the rain off. Welcome to a supernatural tale like no other…


Cate Gardner believes that Death wears a pinstripe suit and carries an umbrella and if he comes calling in any other costume she fully intends to ignore him. Her fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Postscripts, Shock Totem, and many other places. Last year, Strange Publications published her short story collection Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits. Forthcoming are a novella, Barbed Wire Hearts, from Delirium Books and a short novel, Theatre of Curious Acts, from Hadley Rille Books.

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