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12 June, 2014

Hi all,

Just to announce that the latest instalment in our superb series of regional British horror anthologies is now available.


Wales -- ’Land of my Fathers’, cradle of poetry, song and mythic rural splendour. But also a scene of oppression and tragedy, where angry spirits stalk castle and coal mine alike, death-knells sound amid fogbound peaks, and dragons stir in bottomless pools...

The headless spectre of Kidwelly
The sea terror off Anglesey
The soul stealer of Porthcawl
The blood rites at Abergavenny
The fatal fruit of Criccieth
The dark serpent of Bodalog
The Christmas slaughter at Llanfabon

And many more chilling tales by Stephen Volk, Tim Lebbon, Simon Clark, Priya Sharma, John Llewellyn Probert and other award-winning masters and mistresses of the macabre.

Only £8.99 (UK) / $16 (US) / 11 Euros


In other news, Gray Friar Press was delighted recently to have won the coveted Horror Writers Association award for Speciality Press. It's a real honour and a welcome acknowledgement of nearly 10 years in the publishing business. But it's not just my award. I've included my acceptance speech below to show how grateful I need to be to so many other great people, let alone to you, my local and regular customers. Thanks, all!

"In 2003, I was crazy enough to put together a magazine, thinking I'd sell only about 20 copies to enthusiasts and family. When nearly 200 went, I thought there might be something in this publishing game. Two years later, I was soliciting the likes of Michael Marshall Smith and Ramsey Campbell to contribute to a massive anthology called Poe's Progeny, a project whose ambition makes the "experienced" me shiver in hindsight. But it certainly set me on my way.

"Since then, while running Gray Friar Press alongside a fulltime job, I've put out a steady range of books, each celebrating what I consider to be the best of modern horror. It's been a real privilege to work with authors such as Paul Finch, Gary McMahon, Simon Bestwick, Stephen Volk, Conrad Williams, John Llewellyn Probert and many other dark scribes, all of whom love this fine genre every bit as much as I do. I'd like to share this award with every one of them.

"Gray Friar Press wouldn't exist in its current incarnation without one other person. Soon after I started out, a guy called Simon Strantzas contacted me and offered his services as a web designer. He quickly created an online presence and provided technical advice, all of which masked the necessarily chaotic manner in which I've always run the company. Since then, he's gone on to become a pretty big player in dark literary fiction and I'd urge you all to grab his stuff.

"Finally, I'd like to add that it's a real honour to be recognised by such a sterling organisation across the Atlantic and that I hope I can help horror remain a desirable import from the troubled UK."

Best wishes,

Gary Fry
Gray Friar Press


Gray Friar Press is based in Dracula's Whitby, literally around the corner from where Bram Stoker was staying when he was thinking about that character's dramatic arrival on the town's coastline. There must be something in the water...

GFP is one of the UK's few horror specialist publishing companies and is dedicated to presenting the best writing in the field of dark literature. It will continue to publish a combination of established writers and promising newcomers. If any of this sounds appealing, keep an eye on this website where upcoming projects will be announced.

GFP has already published award-winning fiction as well as stories that have been selected for inclusion in the annual Best-Of anthologies. We hope to achieve far more in the near and distant future.

Gray Friar Press is:

Gary Fry, editor & publisher

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