WE ARE THE MARTIANS: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, will now be published by the PS Publishing, not Spectral Press…
It has come to my attention that there are still some people who might not be aware of Spectral’s financial problems, and my decision to take the book to a new publisher.
It has also come to my attention that the process for contacting Spectral regarding refunds has not been as smooth nor as straight forward as might have been hoped.
In an effort to do what I can toward ameliorating this, it seems wise to make a statement here, and ask all who read it to please help disseminate this message so that everyone who preordered the book is made aware of the situation and of the right contact details for making enquiries about refunds.
First, and most importantly: If you preordered WE ARE THE MARTIANS from Spectral Press and have not contacted them about a refund, please do so. They will no longer be publishing this book.
Contact Spectral via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (perhaps send it to both simultaneously to save time).
If you have tried contacting them at one of the above emails without success, try the other.
Support for this project has been immense from day one. The enthusiasm and interest has been humbling. I can’t begin to explain what it’s meant to me, personally.
The situation with Spectral has been a deeply disappointing setback. Now I just want the best for the book, my contributors, and the customers who supported the project by preordering.
For anyone who preordered through Spectral, that means getting a refund. Unfortunately the situation there means it has not been possible to simply transfer preorders over to PS (I wish that it were otherwise).
As some of you may know – and as you can see elsewhere on my blog – the book did get as far as a launch event, last December at the Horse Hospital in London, as part of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies lecture series, at which a paperback edition of the book was available to buy.
Due to circumstances beyond my control this edition was printed from an uncorrected version of the text, something that was only discovered after the event.
I have asked that any remaining stock of this edition not be sold or sent out to anyone since it is not an accurate representation of the hard work that has gone into the book by myself and my contributors. Nor do I think it fair for customers to accept a substandard version of what they paid for. That version is, in effect, an uncorrected proof. Something that would never usually be circulated to the public. If you bought one at the event or have been sent one by Spectral, I can only apologize.
It’s been a difficult start to the year, but WE ARE THE MARTIANS: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale will see print in the near future, thanks to the award winning team at PS Publishing (as soon as I have a date I’ll shout it from the rooftops). I’m thrilled to have found a new home with such a distinguished publisher.
I remain intensely proud of this book, and of the work of my contributors. Together, I believe we have created a fitting tribute to the extraordinary talent of Nigel Kneale.
I very much hope you’ll join us in celebrating that talent with our new partners at PS.
Editor: WE ARE THE MARTIANS: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale