Monday, 18 March 2013


The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows is now SOLD OUT.
Thanks everyone for making this our most popular title to date.
The book has been so well received that editor Rosemary Pardoe and I have decided to produce a follow-up volume in 2014 (as long as we can achieve the same standard of stories).
Rosemary has just announced a call for submissions in the recently published issue (number 23) of The Ghosts & Scholars M.R. James Newsletter (a great journal that I can't recommend highly enough for fans of James and ghostly fiction in general).
The deadline for submissions is to be 31 January 2014.
The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows contents were inspired by eleven of M.R. James' ghost stories and Rosemary and I are looking for prequels/sequels to the remaining twenty two.
These are:
“Lost Hearts” “The Ash Tree” “Number 13” “Count Magnus” “The Rose Garden” “The Tractate Middoth” “The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral” “Martin's Close” “Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance” “The Residence at Whitminster” “The Diary of Mr Poynter” “An Episode of Cathedral History” “The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance” “The Haunted Doll's House” “The Uncommon Prayer-Book” “A Neighbour's Landmark” “A View from a Hill” “A Warning to the Curious” “An Evening's Entertainment” “There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard” “Rats” and “After Dark in the Playing Fields”
Any submission which is just a revamp or parody of the plot of the original story is unlikely to be selected. We are looking for something more original than that and there is no rule that the story must be in the James tradition itself. Rosemary will not look kindly on stories which have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere ~ word count up to the authors (within reason).
Submissions preferred by email attachment in Word or RichText format to Rosemary at
Good Luck.
Cheers, Robert.  

Friday, 15 March 2013


Our next title, Not to be Taken at Bed-Time & Other Strange Stories by Rosa Mulholland is with our printer and pre-publication orders should be shipping within the next 10-14 days.
I hope to announce details of our one-off special May 2013 title, Slaver Heap by Albert Power, very shortly ~ watch this space!
Already being worked on for later this year are two really terrific supernatural/ghostly collections which I'm pretty sure will appeal greatly to all our readers.
Cheers, Robert.