Interview : Simon Marshall Jones, 13 Ghosts of Christmas
So here goes, this is probably the largest single project I have attempted to do on this little corner of the blogger verse. Kicking of this series of interviews and reviews is Simon Marshall Jones. Simon is the head honcho over at Spectral Press, a Publishing company that in the few short years of publishing has produced some of the finest supernatural themed stories out there. The company has published some of the finest writers out there, authors such as Gary McMahon, Mark West, John Llewellyn Probert.
As well as being an editor with discerning taste Simon is also a very talented artist in his own right.
I’m Simon Marshall-Jones, and I am the publisher/editor at, and owner of, Spectral Press. I am also heavily tattooed, love runny French cheeses, Bordeaux wine, and Belgian beer. Especially the latter.
Why did you decide to publish this anthology?
It was entirely sparked off by a chance remark made by writer Scott Harrison on Twitter about the old Victorian/Edwardian Ghost Story annuals – and it struck me as being a singularly magnificent idea. So, The Thirteen Ghosts of Christmas 2012 will be the first in what is hoped to be an annual line of such volumes.
What was the best and the worst Christmas present you ever received?
The best was probably a toss-up between the Raleigh Chopper I got one year (after having wanted one for ages) or the various Aurora Monster model kits I got. As for the worst, I really can’t remember – it was likely to have been something like socks or similar.
Can you tell us about any future projects?
Well, there are going to be more of the quarterly chapbooks next year (from Paul Kane, Terry Grimwood, Simon Bestwick and Angela Slatter), plus a novella by Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, Afterlife) in May, which is a tribute to the legendary actor and fine human being that was Peter Cushing. I have a novella and a collection of supernatural stories coming out in time for World Fantasy Convention in November next year – can’t discuss anything yet, but I can say that there are fairly well-known authors involved. Further on, there will also be novellas from the likes of Simon Bestwick, Mark Morris, Gary McMahon, Thana Niveau, and others. Visit spectralpress.wordpress.com to keep up with all the latest news on the imprint and its activities….