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Title: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on January 16, 2015, 09:17:49 am
Check our dedicated Parallel Universe Publications site for up to date details.

http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/

Books published so far include:

Black Ceremonies by Charles Black

trade paperback:

Amazon.co.uk (£6.99) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Ceremonies-Charles/dp/0957453558/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420834891&sr=8-1&keywords=black+ceremonies+charles+black
Amazon.com ($10.45) http://www.amazon.com/Black-Ceremonies-Charles/dp/0957453558/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420825807&sr=8-1&keywords=black+ceremonies+charles+black

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The Heaven Maker and Other Gruesome Tales by Craig Herbertson

trade paperback:

£11.99 email: rileybooks@ntlworld.com for a paypal invoice or send a cheque (payable to Riley Books) to 130 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 3DR.

Add £3.00 for Europe, £4.00 for USA for postage and packing.

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on June 24, 2015, 11:30:16 am
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It feels good to have finally completed going through all the stories submitted to Kitchen Sink Gothic. There was a tremendous response and it was no easy task whitling it down. There are some great stories, which it's been a pleasure to read. Tonight we managed to email all the contracts out to those whose stories have been accepted for it and also email the final rejections.
Now there's just the small task of proofreading it all in great detail before getting it printed.
Our aim is to get everything ready for publication in July.
More details soon, including a TOC.
Thanks to everyone who submitted stories to it - and to Joe Young for a wonderful cover.


Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on June 30, 2015, 09:55:11 am
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We have now received back signed contracts by all our writers and can finally reveal the full list of contents for Kitchen Sink Gothic:

1964 by Franklin Marsh
Derek and the Sun-Spots by Andrew Darlington
Daddy Giggles by Stephen Bacon
Black Sheep by Gary Fry
Jamal Comes Home by Benedict J. Jones
Waiting by Kate Farrell
Lilly Finds a Place to Stay by Charles Black
The Mutant's Cry by David A. Sutton
The Sanitation Solution by Walter Gascoigne
Up and Out of Here by Mark Patrick Lynch
Late Shift by Adrian Cole
The Great Estate by Shaun Avery
Nine Tenths by Jay Eales
Envelopes by Craig Herbertson
Tunnel Vision by Tim Major
Life is Prescious M. J. Wesolowski
Canvey Island Baby by David Turnbull

The book is over 200 pages long and will be published as a trade paperback and an ebook in July.
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on July 29, 2015, 09:40:53 am
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Kitchen Sink Gothic is now available on kindle.

amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B012UBT7VO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_
amazion.com http://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Sink-Gothic-David-Riley-ebook/dp/B012UBT7VO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438155225&sr=1-1&keywords=kitchen+sink+gothic

A print copy in trade paperback will be available within the next couple of weeks.

Coined in the 1950s, Kitchen Sink described British films, plays and novels frequently set in the North of England, which showed working class life in a gritty, no-nonsense, “warts and all” style, sometimes referred to as social realism.
It became popular after the playwright John Osborne wrote Look Back In Anger, simultaneously helping to create the Angry Young Men movement. Films included Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Entertainer, A Taste of Honey, The L-Shaped Room and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. TV dramas included Coronation Street and East Enders. In recent years TV dramas that could rightly be described as kitchen sink gothic include Being Human, with its cast of working class vampires, werewolves and ghosts, and the zombie drama In the Flesh, with its northern working class, down to earth setting.
In this anthology you will find stories that cover a wide range of Kitchen Sink Gothic, from the darkly humorous to the weirdly strange and occasionally horrific.


Table of contents:

1964 by Franklin Marsh
Derek Edge and the Sun-Spots by Andrew Darlington
Daddy Giggles by Stephen Bacon
Black Sheep by Gary Fry
Jamal Comes Home by Benedict J. Jones
Waiting by Kate Farrell
Lilly Finds a Place to Stay by Charles Black
The Mutant's Cry by David A. Sutton
The Sanitation Solution by Walter Gascoigne
Up and Out of Here by Mark Patrick Lynch
Late Shift by Adrian Cole
The Great Estate by Shaun Avery
Nine Tenths by Jay Eales
Envelopes by Craig Herbertson
Tunnel Vision by Tim Major
Life is Prescious M. J. Wesolowski
Canvey Island Baby by David Turnbull
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: FranklinMarsh on July 29, 2015, 11:03:45 am
Excellent news, David. I'm really made up to be a part of this.
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on August 05, 2015, 06:08:39 pm
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Artwork by Joe Young   

Kitchen Sink Gothic is now available in paperback.

amazon.co.uk   £8.99

amazon.com  $11.99

Coined in the 1950s, Kitchen Sink described British films, plays and novels frequently set in the North of England, which showed working class life in a gritty, no-nonsense, “warts and all” style, sometimes referred to as social realism. It became popular after the playwright John Osborne wrote Look Back In Anger, simultaneously helping to create the Angry Young Men movement. Films included Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Entertainer, A Taste of Honey, The L-Shaped Room and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. TV dramas included Coronation Street and East Enders. In recent years TV dramas that could rightly be described as kitchen sink gothic include Being Human, with its cast of working class vampires, werewolves and ghosts, and the zombie drama In the Flesh, with its northern working class, down to earth setting. In this anthology you will find stories that cover a wide range of Kitchen Sink Gothic, from the darkly humorous to the weirdly strange and occasionally horrific.

Stephen Bacon (Daddy Giggles)
Franklin Marsh (1964)
Andrew Darlington (Derek Edge and the Sunspots)
Gary Fry (Black Sheep)
Benedict J. Jones (Jamal Comes Home)
Kate Farrell (Waiting)
Charles Black (Lilly Finds a Place to Stay)
David A. Sutton (The Mutant's Cry)
Walter Gascoigne (The Sanitation Solution)
Mark Patrick Lynch (Up and Out of Here)
Adrian Cole (Late Shift)
Shaun Avery (The Great Estate)
Jay Eales (Nine Tenths)
Craig Herbertson (Envelopes)
Tim Major (Tunnel Vision)
M. J. Wesolowski (Life is Prescious)
David Turnbull (Canvey Island Baby)
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on August 11, 2015, 12:50:16 pm
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What is it about the council estate in The Great Estate that makes it unique - and so wrong? Even Dave Holland, born and bred there, is unsure. Only after his girlfriend becomes pregnant does he begin to see things with different eyes. After all, why would his wayward, sometimes violent father greet the news of the pregnancy as enthusiastically as he does? Why are men on the estate proud to become members of the Shitty Fathers Society? Why do Bernie and Frank hit each other on the head with hammers to make "themselves stupid"? What is the bizarre secret of the social club's beer barrels?
In The Great Estate Shaun Avery has created a memorably strange, disturbing place, well fitted to be included in Kitchen Sink Gothic.

Try it - and the other 16 stories, some darkly humorous, while others are more than weirdly strange and occasionally horrific. None are less than memorable.

trade paperback:
amazon.co.uk   £8.99
amazon.com  $11.99
ebook:
amazon.co.uk
amazon.com

Kitchen Sink Gothic includes:

1964 by Franklin Marsh
Derek Edge and the Sun-Spots by Andrew Darlington
Daddy Giggles by Stephen Bacon
Black Sheep by Gary Fry
Jamal Comes Home by Benedict J. Jones
Waiting by Kate Farrell
Lilly Finds a Place to Stay by Charles Black
The Mutant's Cry by David A. Sutton
The Sanitation Solution by Walter Gascoigne
Up and Out of Here by Mark Patrick Lynch
Late Shift by Adrian Cole
The Great Estate by Shaun Avery
Nine Tenths by Jay Eales
Envelopes by Craig Herbertson
Tunnel Vision by Tim Major
Life is Prescious M. J. Wesolowski
Canvey Island Baby by David Turnbull
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on August 29, 2015, 05:51:39 pm
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Craig Herbertson's brilliant collection, The Heaven Maker and Other Gruesome Tales, is now available in paperback as well as an ebook.

amazon.co.uk  £7.99
amazon.com  $9.99

Includes:
Timeless Love (originally published in Big Vault Advent Calendar 2011)
Synchronicity (originally published in Filthy Creations #2)
The Glowing Goblins (originally published in Auguries #16)
New Teacher (originally published in The Seventh Black Book of Horror)
The Janus Door
The Heaven Maker (originally published in The 29th Pan Book of Horror Stories)
The Waiting Game (originally published in Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories)
The Art of Confiscation
Gertrude
Not Waving
Spanish Suite (originally published in The Sixth Black Book of Horror)
The Anninglay Sundial
Soup (originally published in The Fourth Black Book of Horror)
A Game of Billiards (originally published in Tales from the Smoking Room)
The Navigator (originally published in Big Vault Advent Calendar 2011)
The Tasting
Steel Works
Liebniz's Last Puzzle (originally published in The Fifth Black Book of Horror)
Big Cup, Wee Cup
Gifts (originally published in Big Vault Advent Calendar 2011)
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on October 10, 2015, 11:35:05 pm
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I am currently working on getting Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb ready for publication by Parallel Universe. Irvin S. Cobb was a famous humorist, journalist, editor and occasional actor, whose stories were amongst the most popular in American letters during the first half of the twentieth century. In 1935 he hosted the Oscars and appeared in a number of early movies.
Only occasionally did his fiction delve into darker areas. One of his most famous, Fishhead, went on to inspire H. P. Lovecraft’s Shadow Over Innsmouth, while The Unbroken Chain gave Lovecraft the idea behind The Rats in the Walls. H. P. Lovecraft wrote of Fishhead in his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature: “banefully effective in its portrayal of unnatural affinities between a hybrid idiot and the strange fish of an isolated lake.”
Here for the first time are collected fourteen of Irvin S. Cobb’s darkest tales:
The Escape of Mr. Trimm
The Gallowsmith
Mr. Lobel's Apopexy
Fishhead
The Unbroken Chain
The Second Coming of the First Husband
The Masterpiece
January Thaw
Cabbages and Kings
We Can't All Be Thoroughbreds
Queer Creek
Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker
Balm of Gilead
Faith, Hope, and Charity

http://davidandrewriley.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/fishhead-darker-tales-of-irvin-s-cobb.html
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on October 31, 2015, 12:32:04 pm
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The latest trade paperback from Parallel Universe Publications is now available: A Little Light Screaming by Johnny Mains.

Johnny Mains is the award winning editor of Back From the Dead. He is also the editor of Best British Horror and, along with Robin Ince, of Dead Funny, both from Salt Publishing. This is his third collection of short stories, which includes Resuscitation Andy, The Case of the Revenant, Blossom, The Girl on the Suicide Bridge, The Foul Mass at Tongue House, Paintings, A Forest of Lonely Deaths, Sticking Your Head Out is Dangerous, The Curse of the Monster, and The Gamekeeper.

trade paperback:
Amazon.co.uk £8.00
Amazon.com   $10.00

ebook:
amazon.co.uk   £1.99
amazon.com     $3.05

To keep uptodate on our publications (eleven so far this year with more to come) check our website at: http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/p/publications.html
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on December 01, 2015, 01:41:06 pm
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Kate Farrell's brilliantly disturbing collection of stories, And Nobody Lived Happily Ever After, is now available in paperback for a mere £8.00. It has a Vincent Chong cover and an in-depth introduction by Reggie Oliver.

A kindle version for £1.99 is also available.

Some of Kate's stories have appeared in the Black Books of Horror, Kitchen Sink Gothic, The Screaming Book of Horror and Terror Tales of the Seaside.

The stories in this collection are:
Mea Culpa
Helping Mummy
A Murder of Crows
No Junk Mail
All in a Row
Dad Dancing
The Way and the Truth and the Life
My Name is Mary Sutherland
The Efficient Use of Reason
How I Got Here
His Family
The Sands are Magic
Once Upon the End
A. Reeves Tale
Las Cosas Que Hacemos por El Amor
Peacock Blue Dress
Alma Mater
Waiting

Read more: http://vaultofevil.proboards.com/posts/recent#ixzz3t4mP9UGp
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on December 19, 2015, 09:36:23 am
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One five-star review on amazon: "I just read the anthology "Kitchen Sink Gothic" and yes, I was blown away. As a title interpretation, I can respectfully call this Working Class Gothic, as it is a strange and Gothic journey into the lives of the ordinary folk of our world, and not the social elite that populate much of literature's history. And it is here that Kitchen Sink Gothic's charms lie. As a grab-bag of different tales, some surprise with their deviousness, and others shock with their arrogance, but all of them, each and every story in this clever and tasty collection, is sure to entertain. Heck, I think I'll pick it up and read it a second time now. Yes, it is that good."

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kitchen-Sink-Gothic-David-Riley/dp/0993288839/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438777236&sr=1-2&keywords=Kitchen+SinkKitchen

http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/p/public…

Coined in the 1950s, Kitchen Sink described British films, plays and novels frequently set in the North of England, which showed working class life in a gritty, no-nonsense, “warts and all” style, sometimes referred to as social realism. It became popular after the playwright John Osborne wrote Look Back In Anger, simultaneously helping to create the Angry Young Men movement. Films included Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Entertainer, A Taste of Honey, The L-Shaped Room and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. TV dramas included Coronation Street and East Enders. In recent years TV dramas that could rightly be described as kitchen sink gothic include Being Human, with its cast of working class vampires, werewolves and ghosts, and the zombie drama In the Flesh, with its northern working class, down to earth setting. In this anthology you will find stories that cover a wide range of Kitchen Sink Gothic, from the darkly humorous to the weirdly strange and occasionally horrific.

Stephen Bacon (Daddy Giggles)
Franklin Marsh (1964)
Andrew Darlington (Derek Edge and the Sunspots)
Gary Fry (Black Sheep)
Benedict J. Jones (Jamal Comes Home)
Kate Farrell (Waiting)
Charles Black (Lilly Finds a Place to Stay)
David A. Sutton (The Mutant's Cry)
Walter Gascoigne (The Sanitation Solution)
Mark Patrick Lynch (Up and Out of Here)
Adrian Cole (Late Shift)
Shaun Avery (The Great Estate)
Jay Eales (Nine Tenths)
Craig Herbertson (Envelopes)
Tim Major (Tunnel Vision)
M. J. Wesolowski (Life is Prescious)
David Turnbull (Canvey Island Baby)
Title: Re: England 'B': Ninety Minutes of Hell by Richard Staines
Post by: David A. Riley on January 04, 2016, 12:39:53 pm
England 'B': Ninety Minutes of Hell by the controversial Richard Staines is now available in paperback. An electronic version will be out within the next twenty-four hours.

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trade paperback:
Amazon.co.uk £8.00
Amazon.com $12.00

What they are saying about Richard Staines:

“Please get in all the Richard Staines horror books and chuck out all that other rubbish you have on the shelves.” The T.L.S. (Tooting Library Service), message left on their public noticeboard, 1975.

“Richard Staines is one of the most valued contributors to our magazine and we are glad to have him, despite the avalanche of protests. No animals were actually harmed in the photo-spread referred to.” Readers Wives editorial, 1977.

“Unfortunately, the jury have not been able to reach a verdict due to food poisoning, hit and run incidents, and the disappearance of close family members, but the great British public outside this courtroom will doubtless make up its own mind about your filthy, depraved, sickening and contemptible books. Case dismissed. You may leave the dock.” Lord Justice Haigh (deceased), summing up in the case of Regina vs Richard Staines, 1978.

“Many horror authors insult the intelligence of the people. Staines not only does this but is a bloody good read, too. He is the future of horror in the 1980s.” Anonymous letter to Colour Climax, 1979.

“We do not feel under any obligation to have to respond on a point by point basis to your repeated claims that the Nobel Prize committee for Literature have deliberately overlooked your horror fiction and cannot undertake to reply to any further letters on this matter.” Official letter from Lars Svenson (deceased), Nobel Prize Award Committee, Secretary, 1979.

“That snob and has-been Dennis Wheatley has never lived in a council flat on a Peckham estate with only cheap cans of lager, a black and white telly, and Yes and Genesis records to keep his muse lubricated. Dennis Wheatley's simply not as socially relevant in today's world as a “man-of-the-people” like Richard Staines. The truth is that Wheatley recognises all this and was just being a dick when he refused to write the introduction to Staines' book Psycho Flasher.” Anonymous letter to The International British Black Magic and Horror Club Newsletter # 8, 1975.

Read more: http://vaultofevil.proboards.com/posts/recent#ixzz3wHKow4ug
Title: Re: Kitchen Sink Gothic reviewed on Hellnotes
Post by: David A. Riley on February 05, 2016, 02:14:06 pm
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Stuart Conover gave Kitchen Sink Gothic a great review recently on the Hellnotes website.

http://hellnotes.com/kitchen-sink-gothic-book-review/

"In Kitchen Sink Gothic, David and Linden Riley have put together a dark and gritty horror- and humor-filled anthology which was an absolute blast to read. In its pages there are 17 stories with a Gothic tint to them which focus primarily on the working class. It is a twisted mix of tales that if you were to read the descriptions one by one wouldn’t seem to fit together and yet the Riley’s have proven they know exactly which story works with the next.
While not every story is a gem, there isn’t a single failure in this book that makes me feel any of my time was wasted. As long as you’re in the mood for the strange and insane, that is.
An interesting line up with some names you’ll probably recognize if you read a lot of horror and speculative fiction as well as some that you won’t. The table of contents includes:
“Daddy Giggles” by Stephen Bacon, “1964” by Franklin Marsh, “Derek and the Sun-Spots” by Andrew Darlington, “Black Sheep” by Gary Fry, “Jamal Comes Home” by Benedict J. Jones, “Waiting” by Kate Farrell, “Lilly Finds a Place to Stay” by Charles Black, “The Mutant’s Cry” by David A. Sutton, “The Sanitation Solution” by Walter Gascoigne, “Up and Out of Here” by Mark Patrick Lynch, “Late Shift” by Adrian Cole, “The Great Estate” by Shaun Avery, “Nine Tenths” by Jay Eales, “Envelopes” by Craig Herbertson, “Tunnel Vision” by Tim Major, “Life is Precious” by M. J. Wesolowski, and closes out with “Canvey Island Baby” by David Turnbull.
The more interesting reads for me included “Lilly Finds a New Place to Stay” which revolves around Lilly….finding a new place to stay. Only, things aren’t ever quite that simple now are they? Next up is “The Sanitation Solution” where one man’s bitter war with his ex makes for quite the disgusting read. Finally, in “Envelopes” we’re given a different look into the world of the occult."
Title: Re: Parallel Universe - The Winter Hunt by Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis
Post by: David A. Riley on February 17, 2016, 09:16:44 pm
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Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis's The Winter Hunt and Other Stories is nearing publication with the completion of its cover and an introduction by crime novelist and horror aficionado Paul Finch. This will be available soon as a paperback (£8.99) and an ebook (£2.99).

Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on February 24, 2016, 04:40:12 pm
I hope the recent good review for Kitchen Sink Gothic in Dead Reckonings from Hippocampus Press in the States helps to up sales there, which have been a bit languid to say the least, despite three 5-star and one 4-star review on amazon.com.

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Title: Re: A Saucerful of Secrets by Andrew Darlington
Post by: David A. Riley on March 01, 2016, 05:52:36 pm
Parallel Universe will be publishing Andrew Darlington's collection of short stories, A Saucerful of Secrets: Fourteen Stories of Fantasy, Warped Sci-Fi and Perverse Horror in the next few weeks. The cover artwork is by award-winning artist Vincent Chong. The book will be published as a paperback and ebook.

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on March 07, 2016, 04:35:39 pm
We are awaiting proof copies of two books at Parallel Universe Publications, both of which will be published within the next few weeks: Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis's The Winter Hunt, and Andrew Darlington's A Saucerful of Secrets. Both will be published as paperbacks and ebooks.

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on March 14, 2016, 05:08:36 pm
Parallel Universe is pleased to announce the publication of two new outstanding collections of stories: The Winter Hunt and Other Stories by Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis, and A Saucerful of Secrets by Andrew Darlington. Both are available in paperback, priced £8.99, and will be available as ebooks shortly. These mark the fourteenth and fifteenth books published by Parallel Universe.

The cover for The Winter Hunt is by Joe Young, while Vincent Chong did the artwork for A Saucerful of Secrets.

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For further details check here: http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/p/publications.html
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on June 08, 2016, 07:33:55 pm
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I can now reveal the cover for Adrian Cole's collection of three novellas and one short story, soon to be published by Parallel Universe Publications, Tough Guys, which will be launched at fantasycon in September. The artwork is by Jim Pitts and the book has an introduction by David Sutton.

http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/p/publications.html
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on June 09, 2016, 06:23:54 pm
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You can now order any of our paperbacks direct from us on a dedicated page on our website: http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/p/forthcoming-books.html

Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on June 17, 2016, 12:37:57 am
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Designed our first advert to be published in a programme today.

http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on June 18, 2016, 10:04:43 pm
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I am really pleased to announce that Adrian Cole’s latest collection, Tough Guys, is now available from amazon. The 204-page book contains three previously unpublished novellas and a short. Based on the title theme, these four works are completely different in subject matter and tone. There is, of course, A Nick Nightmare story herein, ‘Wait for the Ricochet’, in which the gumshoe is entrusted to convey a message about “The Malleus Tenebrarum”, a book that names the properties and powers of dark and light, to the Mechanic, one Oil-Gun Eddy... His adversary is the sinister Lucien de Sangreville, plus assorted non-human denizens of the murky lower levels, and his sidekick the sword-wielding business-woman Ariadne Carnadine. In contrast, in ‘If You Don’t Eat Your Meat’ the reader enters a post-apocalyptic world where the very unsavoury Ryan relates his story of rival families and cannibalism. It is gruesome and unflinching horror. In ‘A Smell of Burning’ a hospital patient finds he is having out-of-the-body experiences. On his astral journeys he visits a man recalling his abused childhood and this leads to a shocking revelation... Finally, ‘Not If You Want to Live’ explores the fate of Razorjack, who is a Redeemer, a dead man used by a shady organisation to bring back others from death. An intriguing and engrossing story of love between Razorjack (aka Jack Krane) and mobster’s moll Rebecca Fellini, with science fictional and satanic elements.

We'll have stocks of our own at Parallel Universe within the next month or so, but it can be ordered immediately from amazon, and ebook versions will be available within the next few days.

There will be a major launch for this at Fantasycon in September, when Adrian will be present.

Amazon.co.uk £8.99 www.amazon.co.uk/Tough-Guys-Adrian-Cole/dp/099357422X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466270660&sr=8-1&keywords=tough+guys+adrian+cole
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 22, 2016, 03:38:44 pm
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 27, 2016, 09:34:34 pm
Andrew Jennings' horror crime noir novel Into the Dark is Parallel Universe's nineteenth book. It is now available in papereback - and an ebook version will be available shortly.
"There's a serial killer at loose in London. Janice, who has a chronic fear of the dark, stumbles into a relationship with the man who may secretly be the murderer. Neither know that in the North of England, in a place previously owned by his dead mother, activities are taking place that may unleash a horror that could spell the end of civilisation in Britain - an ancient evil that would make the activities of any serial killer look like child's play by comparison. Could a psychotic killer be the only man capable of ending this?"

Amazon.co.uk  £8.99
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Post by: David A. Riley on October 07, 2016, 04:05:29 pm
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I'm pleased to announce that Parallel Universe Publications has recently released two books:

Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso's Haunted Grave and Other Stories: Eight Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction from the African Continent.

Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso is an MA graduate of Creative Writing, Swansea University Wales. His short stories, poems and non-fiction have appeared in a couple of journals, anthologies and magazines such as Emanation: Foray into Forever, Africa Roar Anthology, Open Road Review, Criterion Journal, ANA Review, Ground's Ear Anthology, Future Lovecraft, African Eyeball, Miracle e-zine, Episteme Journal, Texts on SAVVY Journal. He has been shortlisted in IdeasTap Inspires: Writers' Centre Norwich Writing competition, Ghana Poetry Prize, and Quickfox Poetry Competition.

amazon.co.uk £8.99
amazon.com $11.99

The other is David Ludford's A Place of Skulls and other tales.

Twelve tales of grisly horror, all of which were previously published in Schlock! magazine:
A Place of Skulls
Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down
Almost Human
Bonestaff
Bridesmaids
Dummies
Heretics, Neophytes and Nemesis
Killings Clowns
Skinnybones
Sleepwalker
The Box
The Burning Tree.

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amazon.com $11.99

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Post by: David A. Riley on October 20, 2016, 12:52:57 am
Parallel Universe News: We have three collections of short stories scheduled to be published over the next few months. One is only waiting for the cover to be finished, while the others are still in the editorial stage. Next year, though, PUP will be concentrating on a major new project, a deluxe limited edition hardback of the work of award-winning artist Jim Pitts. This will be filled with both black and white and colour illustrations spanning his career from the 1970s to the present day, with articles and interviews about him and his work. It will be a mammoth project and one which will take up much of the first half of next year. More information later.
Incidentally, one of the books I am working on for completion this year is a collection of stories by Pan Books of Horror veteran David Williamson, who had four stories published in the series. The new collection will include all of these stories.

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Post by: David A. Riley on November 10, 2016, 03:27:15 pm
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Veteran reviewer Mario Guslandi gave Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb a glowing review on the Hellnotes website, which is owned by JournalStone, publishers of Dark Discoveries magazine.
Describing our publication as "an elegant trade paperback", Mario Guslandi ends his review with:
"For those readers who love tasty, dark fiction, Fishhead is not only an unexpected surprise, but a veritable feast to savor page after page. Warmly recxommended."
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Post by: David A. Riley on November 13, 2016, 03:16:56 pm
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Congratulations to Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso on yet another great review for his short story collection, Haunted Grave and Other Stories.

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Haunted Grave and Other Stories by Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso
Published 1st August 2016 by Parallel Universe Publications
101 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

8 short stories each completely different, the only common theme was the African setting. I have not read anything by this author nor have I read a story set in Africa, I didn’t know what to expect but I pleasantly surprised. Each story left you wanting to read more, making it a quick read.
Eaters of Flesh is about a young man’s missing mom. Written in his POV, you find him trying to find the truth about why his mom was getting ill and then just disappeared. With a note left from his mom and his dad’s weird behaviour, was is due to her religious belief or was it something else. It is not till the end of this story do you find out what actually happened.
The Last Man Standing: Nigeria is battling ADAIDS, an advanced form of AIDS. To speed up the research, the government start moving their money from non-essential items like TV, Radio and what they deemed non-essential foodstuff. This does not hit home to the protagonist until he can’t buy a can a Sprite. Opening up his place he tries to set up a safe haven for survivors and it works pretty well until one of his trips he finds a lonely young girl. This story shows the true horror of death and the fear of dying.
Exorcism: The narrator of this story is the other half of Ifeanyi. Reading this you can’t tell who is good or evil as Ifeanyi likes to get on the wrong side of people and the narrator tries his best to put it right. A good twist at the end when a priest pays a visit.
Haunted Grave: A story about an urban legend. Sitting in an old cemetery Chidi tells them the story of Ekene. Like all urban legends was it true or not but the story never goes away. Beware of people with nails as teeth.
To Love is Strange: A moving story of a clan that the females are cursed. They can have sex but not with the man they love. Juliet enjoys sleeping around to satisfy her itch but what feelings does she hide. Her twin sister Ginika is in love with Ebuka. Written in Ginika POV, the story is about the battle of her conscious and what risks she is willing to take to get what she wants.
A Cursed City: When children go missing they are reported to the Elders. The one witness is Nkeshi, the local drunk, she saw a bird like monster with the body of a man take a child. Due to her status, they did not take her serious, but then more children go missing, each eye witness the same thing. This is a story about revenge and the loss of a civilisation.
The Game of Aids: Another story about the Aids virus, Maria is the latest victim of the Aids virus. Caught from her husband this is story about how he caught the virus.
The Green Race: The one sci-fi story, Professor Oliver Brown is giving a lecture about his time on Mars and his views on the alien life form he met.
What I enjoyed about this book is that not all horror are monsters, what happens in the modern world is just as horrific. The stories leave you thinking about the vulnerability of the human race, Aids, revenge and racism all play a part. These stories are well written with a mixture of African culture and horror makes them a good quick read. Looking on his Amazon page, this author has other stories published which I will definitely read.

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Post by: David A. Riley on November 22, 2016, 03:36:09 pm
Great new review for David Ludford's A Place of Skulls and Other Tales (Parallel Universe Publications) on The Vault of Evil:

http://vaultofevil.proboards.com/thread/6405/david-ludford-skulls-tales

"The loss of Gary Fry's consistently rewarding Gray Friar Press earlier this year was a terrible blow, but by God are PUP doing more than their bit to fill the void! Since this time last year the Riley's have launched collections from Kate Farrell, Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso, Adrian Cole, Andrew Darlington, Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis, Richard Stains, Johnny Mains. Most, if not all, have been raved over elsewhere on this supremely popular forum by our resident non-critic (no names, no pack-drill, it was me, etc.), but, happily, several have attracted favourable proper reviews in places like Fear magazine too. And now this, the debut from David Ludford, is off to a most promising start.

A Place Of Skulls: Can a nightmare be inherited across several generations? The people of a certain Eastern European country have long memories where the despised Prince Berezovsky is concerned. The mad monarch, whose role model was evidently Vlad Tepes, will neither be forgotten or forgiven for his excessive cruelty, which is very bad news for his descendant, Janis. The young man suffers the persecution of an ancient witch who may not believe that the sins of the father's father's father's father should be laid upon the children but she'll perform a duty by her people regardless. Welcome, Janis, to the place of skulls!

A sprightly opener, liked it well enough, but little did it prepare me for this next, the very wonderful story of Mr. Skinnybones

Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down: Skinnybones, the last of an ancient race, is weary of his solitude and wonders if he dare risk abducting a woman-human to provide him with children. To do so would require his leaving Donnithorpe woods and entering the town which has not been safe for his kind since the Dark Ages. Decisions, decisions .... the ghoul murders, robs and gnaws on a stranger while he thinks it over.

On taking the plunge, Skinnybones' first port of call is The Fox Inn where he inadvertently chats up Sally Robertson, barmaid-cum-prostitute, and makes an enemy of George Jones, who has recently taken to stalking her. When the pub shuts, a humiliated Jones jumps Skinnybones in the dark, battering him with a baseball bat until certain the cowled freak with the weird teeth won't be getting in anyone's way from now on. Jones disposes of the corpse in his tip of a back garden. The makeshift grave attracts crows, scores of crows, making a racket fit to raise the dead ....

Meanwhile Sally and her formidable big sister Kate decide it's time to put George in his place once and for all ....

Almost Human: As the name suggests, a Humeleon is a half human, half chameleon, the result of covert biological experiments at Larksoken laboratories thirty years ago. When a whistle-blower leaked the story to the press, it brought down a government. But what happened to the children spawned in the lab?

Old timers Chester and Tyler are patrons of Marlon's Cafe. The highlight of their day is when the very lovely young Janine Garvey stops by for a coffee and chat before continuing on her morning jog. Today on removing her track-suit top she briefly exposed something Tyler wishes he'd not seen. A patch of tell-tale reptilian skin on her arm. Unfortunately, Marlon, nosey parker that he is, also caught a glimpse. He's read all about these humeleon scum in the Daily Sentinel who only print the truth and are never further than a phone-call away. Ace reporter Dan Challis agrees that this is too good an opportunity for his quality rag to miss."

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Post by: David A. Riley on November 25, 2016, 12:18:25 am
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The next book to be published by Parallel Universe Publications will be by Pan Books of Horror veteran, David Williamson - The Chameleon Man & Other Terrors. This book will see the first publication since they appeared in the legendary Pan series of The Sandman, The Too Good Samaritan, The Not So Good Samaritan, and No Room at the Flat. Also included are stories that previously appeared in the Black Books of Horror, Demons and Devilry, Alt-Zombie, Horror Uncut, and Horrific History.
Stories include:
The Procedure
The Scryer
No Room at the Flat
The Sandman
The Too Good Samaritan
The Not So Good Samaritan
The Chameleon Man
The Switch
Rest in Pieces
Ashes to Ashes
Blind Date
Herbert Manning's Psychic Circus
The Boy
Ten Weeks
Din-Dins for Binky
A Reflection of the Times
And the Dead Shall Speak
Boys Will Be Boys
A Night to Remember
A Problem Shared


The Chameleon Man & Other Terrors will be published as a trade paperback and an e-book.

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Post by: David A. Riley on December 13, 2016, 05:45:10 pm
We have three books lined up for publication in the opening months of 2017.

The first will be Joseph Rubas's fine collection of stories, titled Shades: Dark Tales of Supernatural Horror.
Joseph Rubas began writing in 2002 after reading Stephen King’s The Stand. His earliest efforts reflected his deep love of that novel; he tried again and again to write a rip-off, but finally gave up around 2006 and resigned himself to writing original fiction. His first short story was published in May 2010 on the now defunct Horror Bound Online website. His second story was published in September 2010 in a Pushcart Prize nominated literary magazine for new and beginning writers called The Storyteller. Since then, his work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection, the now out of print Pocketful of Fear, was released by a small publisher in 2012. His second collection, After Midnight, appeared in 2014. His short fiction has appeared in: Nameless Digest; The Horror Zine; Eschatology Journal; Thuglit; Manor House; All Due Respect, and others. He has self-published three longer works: The Rocking Dead: Seasons 1-3 (a parody of the AMC series The Walking Dead); The Rocking Dead: Season 4; The Shapeshifter; and Dracula 1912, the latter a novel.
In addition to writing, he has also edited two anthologies: A Thorn of Death (2012) and The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories (2016).
He currently resides in Albany, New York.


The second will be a collection written by Carl Barker: Parlour Tricks. No cover available to show yet, but it will be the work of award-winning artist Jim Pitts. Further details on this in the near future.

The third will be a collection from Mike Chinn: Radix Omnium Malum & Other Incursions.
Mike Chinn lives in Birmingham, UK, with his wife Caroline and their tribe of guinea pigs. In 2012 he took early retirement so he can spend more time writing (and not housework). Over the years he has published over sixty short stories, as well as editing three volumes of THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF PULP HEROES, and SWORDS AGAINST THE MILLENNIUM, also for The Alchemy Press. His own contribution to the Pulp Adventure genre, THE PALADIN MANDATES garnered two nominations for the British Fantasy Award in 1999. A second Damian Paladin book, WALKERS IN SHADOW, is to be published by Pro Se Productions; as is a Western: REVENGE IS A COLD PISTOL. In 2015, his Sherlock Holmes steampunk mash-up, VALLIS TIMORIS (Fringeworks), sent the famous detective to the Moon.

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Post by: David A. Riley on December 15, 2016, 02:47:11 pm
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For those of you who prefer ebooks to paper, Kindle versions of David Williamson's The Chameleon Man & Other Terrors are now available.

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amazon.com $3.79

This collection includes four tales that originally appeared in The Pan Books of Horror.


Contents are:
The Procedure
The Scryer
No Room at the Flat
The Sandman
The Too Good Samaritan
The Not So Good Samaritan
The Chameleon Man
The Switch
Rest in Pieces
Ashes to Ashes
Blind Date
Herbert Manning's Psychic Circus
The Boy
Ten Weeks
Din-Dins for Binky
A Reflection of the Times
And the Dead Shall Speak
Boys will be Boys
A Night to Remember
A Problem Shared

David Williamson has been writing horror stories for many years, and was first published in the prestigious Pan Book of Horror series, where he had a tale in number 28. This was followed by a further three stories in Pan number 30 which, sadly, turned out to be the last of that great series. It was not until he was contacted by Johnny Mains, a walking encyclopaedia in the field of Pan Horror and its authors, that his passion for writing horror was once more re-kindled, and Johnny introduced him to Charles Black, the editor of The Black Book of Horror. Since then, David has been a regular contributor to the wonderful Black Books series,  alongside many other well known authors both from the Pan era and more recent times. He has also appeared in several other anthologies from publishers such as Hersham Horror, Gray Friar Press and Hazardous Press.
He lives in West Sussex near the sea.
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Post by: David A. Riley on December 31, 2016, 01:30:30 pm
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Shades: Dark Tales of Supernatural Horror by Joseph Rubas is to be published by Parallel Universe Publications on the 7th January, 2017 - our first book of the New Year.

Joseph Rubas began writing in 2002 after reading Stephen King’s The Stand. His earliest efforts reflected his deep love of that novel; he tried again and again to write a rip-off, but finally gave up around 2006 and resigned himself to writing original fiction. His first short story was published in May 2010 on the now defunct Horror Bound Online website. His second story was published in September 2010 in a Pushcart Prize nominated literary magazine for new and beginning writers called The Storyteller. Since then, his work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection, the now out of print Pocketful of Fear, was released by a small publisher in 2012. His second collection, After Midnight, appeared in 2014. His short fiction has appeared in: Nameless Digest; The Horror Zine; Eschatology Journal; Thuglit; Manor House; All Due Respect, and others. He has self-published three longer works: The Rocking Dead: Seasons 1-3 (a parody of the AMC series The Walking Dead); The Rocking Dead: Season 4; The Shapeshifter; and Dracula 1912, the latter a novel.
In addition to writing, he has also edited two anthologies: A Thorn of Death (2012) and The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories (2016).
He currently resides in Albany, New York.
The collection includes:
Passing the Buck
Midnight
Aokigahara
Snowbound
Deja Vu
The Ghostly Hitchhiker
Just a Mask
Meeting Ray Bradbury
5051 Bartley Square
The Witching Hour
Potter's Field
The Warlock
Confessional
The Thing in the Woods
The Lake House
Chomo
The Traveling Show of 2016
Evildoer
A Perfect Life
Fury
Paint
Night of the Dog
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Post by: David A. Riley on January 07, 2017, 12:55:29 pm
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Joseph Rubas's collection, Shades: Dark Tales of Supernatural Horror, published by Parallel Universe Publications, is now available to order in paperback.

Jeani Rector, award-winning editor of The Horror Zine:“Joseph Rubas really delivers the scares in this collection of unexpected twists and exciting plot-lines. His work is fresh and original, and rich with dark delights. Don’t miss this book of frights; and keep your lights on at night when you read it.”

Joseph Rubas began writing in 2002 after reading Stephen King’s The Stand. His earliest efforts reflected his deep love of that novel; he tried again and again to write a rip-off, but finally gave up around 2006 and resigned himself to writing original fiction. His first short story was published in May 2010 on the now defunct Horror Bound Online website. His second story was published in September 2010 in a Pushcart Prize nominated literary magazine for new and beginning writers called The Storyteller. Since then, his work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection, the now out of print Pocketful of Fear, was released by a small publisher in 2012. His second collection, After Midnight, appeared in 2014. His short fiction has appeared in: Nameless Digest; The Horror Zine; Eschatology Journal; Thuglit; Manor House; All Due Respect, and others. He has self-published three longer works: The Rocking Dead: Seasons 1-3 (a parody of the AMC series The Walking Dead); The Rocking Dead: Season 4; The Shapeshifter; and Dracula 1912, the latter a novel.
In addition to writing, he has also edited two anthologies: A Thorn of Death (2012) and The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories (2016).
He currently resides in Albany, New York.

This Collection includes:
Passing the Buck
Midnight
Aokigahara
Snowbound
Deja Vu
The Ghostly Hitchhiker
Just a Mask
Meeting Ray Bradbury
5051 Bartley Square
The Witching Hour
Potter's Field
The Warlock
Confessional
The Thing in the Woods
The Lake House
Chomo
The Traveling Show of 2016
Evildoer
A Perfect Life
Fury
Paint
Night of the Dog

trade paperback:
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amazon.com $12.99

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Post by: David A. Riley on January 20, 2017, 03:41:42 pm
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I can now confirm that the new (or, more correctly, reinstated Hazardous Press cover) by Luke Spooner is now available as a trade paperback and an ebook. After leaving Hazardous Press and republishing Their Cramped Dark World under the Parallel Universe imprint, a new cover (based on a Goya painting) was substituted for the one by Luke Spooner. I was never wholly happy with this, if only because, on reconsideration, the Goya painting was a bit too overly familiar. Now, though, the original cover, specially designed for this collection by Luke Spooner, is back again.
The stories in Their Cramped Dark World range from 1972 to 2012 and have all been published before by publishers such as Sphere Books, Corgi Books, Peeping Tom and Mortbury Press.

Table of Contents:
Hoody (first published in When Graveyards Yawn, Crowswing Books, 2006)
A Bottle of Spirits (first published in New Writings in Horror & the Supernatural 2, 1972)
No Sense in Being Hungry, She Thought (first published in Peeping Tom #20, 1996)
Now and Forever More (first published in The Second Black Book of Horror, 2008)
Romero's Children (first published in The Seventh Black Book of Horror, 2010)
Swan Song (first published in the Ninth Black Book of Horror, 2012)
The Farmhouse (first published in New Writings in Horror & the Supernatural 1, 1971)
The Last Coach Trip (first published in The Eighth Black Book of Horror, 2011)
The Satyr's Head (first published in The Satyr's Head & Other Tales of Terror, 1975)
Their Cramped Dark World (first published in The Sixth Black Book of Horror, 2010)

trade paperback:
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ebook:
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Amazon.com  ($3.99)
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications celebrates "Women in Horror Month"
Post by: David A. Riley on February 01, 2017, 08:04:45 pm
To celebrate "Women in Horror Month" Parallel Universe Publications is making this special offer for the whole of February: buy either Kate Farrell's And Nobody Lived Happily Ever After or Jessica Palmer's Other Visions of Heaven and Hell directly from us and you can choose one of the following bumper anthologies free: Things That Go Bump in the Night, Classic Weird, or ClassicWeird 2.

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"What distinguishes Kate Farrell’s work is the extraordinary accuracy and vividness with which she sets up her situations. She has an eye for detail and an outstanding ear for the way people think and speak. It is far from fanciful to see this at least partly as the product of her experience as an actress. In the theatre, a natural faculty for observing one’s fellow human beings is trained and honed. Listen to the narrator of “Waiting”. If you don’t know someone like that personally, you will have certainly heard her talking just behind you on a bus at some time. The intonation, the accent, the understanding, and the lack of it, are all so true to life. But the people Farrell evokes are not all from one social stratum, or one nation. Here is an ancient and corrupt Irish Priest (“The Way the Truth and the Life”), here is the wife of a notorious Argentinean dictator (“Las Cosas Que Hacemos por el Amor”), or the two Spanish schoolchildren in “The Efficient Use of Reason”, and they are all done with the same conviction, the same ruthless accuracy. Farrell’s eye is not heartless, but it is unclouded by any kind of sentimental affectation; her horrors emerge from what we sometimes call the commonplace. Very occasionally she touches on the supernatural, but when she does she does it superbly as in one of my favourites among her stories “A Murder of Crows” which shows that she can do an uncanny rural atmosphere with grim poetry as well as anyone. It is the gift of every worthwhile writer in this genre to make us realise that just beneath the surface of the banal and ordinary, there yawn great abysses of wonder and terror. I don’t know quite why this realisation, in the hands of a writer like Farrell, should be so thrilling, enjoyable even, but it is. There is not a dull page, not a dull sentence in And Nobody Lived Happily Ever After." From Reggie Oliver 's introduction to And Nobody Lived Happily Ever After

Contents are:
Introduction by Reggie Oliver
Mea Culpa
Helping Mummy
A Murder of Crows
No Junk Mail
All in a Row
Dad Dancing
The Way and the Truth and the Life
My Name is Mary Sutherland
The Efficient Use of Reason
How I Got Here
His Family
The Sands are Magic
Once Upon a Time
A. Reeves Tale
Las Cosas Que Hacemos por El Amor
Peacock Blue Dress
Alma Mater
Waiting

Mea Culpa was first published in The Eighth Black Book of Horror, 2011
His Family was first published in The Ninth Black Book of Horror, 2012
Dad Dancing was first published in The Tenth Black Book of Horror, 2013
Helping Mummy was first published in The Screaming Book of Horror, 2012
The Sands are magic was first published in Terror Tales of the Seaside, 2013
Waiting was first published in Kitchen Sink Gothic, 2015
Alma Mater was first published in The Eleventh Black Book of Horror, 2015

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Jessica Palmer has had 28 books published, both fiction and nonfiction. Her novels – horror, fantasy and science fiction – were released by Pocket Books in the United States and Scholastic in the United Kingdom. She has written two textbooks about Native American history, which were published by McFarland, and an encyclopedia of natural history released by Harper Collins’ label Element Books and later by Thorson in the UK.
Palmer has also written ten science-and-technology manuals on the topics of explosives and radiation. These were distributed globally. It was this work that brought her to Great Britain in 1988.
The daughter of a professional clown, Palmer refers to her switch to writing fiction as an exercise in damage limitation. She taught classes and conducted workshops on creative writing and publishing at North Shropshire College in Whitchurch, Stanmore College and the Islington Arts Factory in London.
As a journalist, Palmer won awards in New Mexico and Texas for writing features, public service and breaking news – the most recent in 2013. Palmer has also written satirical columns for newspapers, including “A Slice of Life” and “How to Make Love to your Personal Computer.”
Her two loves are writing and animals. She started a nonprofit in Kansas for wildlife rescue and has held a wildlife rehabilitation permit since 2002.
Other Visions of Heaven and Hell are a series of sometimes inter-related stories about our ideas of Heaven and Hell, sometimes hilarious - sometimes horrific - but always entertaining.

Contents are:
Devil's Due
The Faithful
And now, a Word from our Sponsor
Heavenly Bodies
On the Wings of a Prayer
Fallen Angel
A Stitch in Time
Infinity
No Good Turn
Leap of Faith
Divine Comedy
Force of Habit
The Gates of Hell
Hell on Wheels
Cinderella Revisited
Last Laugh
Sisters
A Cold Day in Hell
Cheap Shots
What the Dickens
When Hell Freezes Over
Bad Medicine
Wrong Number
A Snowball's Chance
Devil Woman
To Be or Not
The King's Plate
An Afterthought
About the Author

"Last Laugh" was first published in Weirdbook #28, Autumn 1993, edited by W. Paul Ganley
"Cinderella Revisited" was first published in Weirdbook #29, Autumn 1995, edited by W. Paul Ganley
"What the Dickens" was first published in Substance Sept 1995

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Classic Weird contains:
The Monster-Maker by W. C. Morrow
The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson
The Interval by Vincent O'Sullivan
The Doll's Ghost by F. Marion Crawford
The Dead Smile by F. Marion Crawford
The Ghost-Ship by Richard Middleton
The New Catacomb by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Lost Stradivarius by John Meade Falkner
The House of the Dead Hand by Edith Wharton
A Wicked Voice by Vernon Lee
Phantas by Oliver Onions

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This 298-page volume contains weird tales by some of the classic authors of the genre, including:
J. Sheridan Le Fanu (An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street)
E. F. Benson (The Judgement Books)
Vernon Lee (Oke of Okehurst)
Vincent O'Sullivan (When I was Dead)
Edith Wharton (The Eyes)
W. C. Morrow (A Story Told by the Sea)
Irvin S. Cobb (The Unbroken Chain)
Edith Nesbit (From the Dead)
Robert Murray Gilchrist (Witch In-Grain)
Amyas Northcote (The Downs)
J. H. Riddell (The Uninhabited House)
 
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Things That Go Bump in the Night edited by Douglas Draa and David A. Riley is now available in trade paperback from Parallel Universe Publications. 365 pages long, this bumper volume contains 19 classic weird stories by Sir Hugh Clifford, Edward Lucas White, William Hope Hodgson, George Allan England, F. Marion Crawford, Frederick Marryat, E. F. Benson, W. C. Morrow, Amyas Northcote, M. P. Shiel, Lord Dunsany, Perceval Landon, Robert E. Howard, G. G. Pendarves, Henry Brereton Marriott Watson, Irvin S. Cobb, Huan Mee, Abraham Merritt, Nictzin Dyalhis, and Edith Wharton.

The Ghoul Sir Hugh Clifford
The House of the Nightmare Edward Lucas White
The Voice in the Night William Hope Hodgson
The Thing from Outside George Allan England
For the Blood is the Life F. Marion Crawford
The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains Frederick Marryat
The Room in the Tower E. F. Benson
His Unconquered Enemy W. C. Morrow
The Late Mrs. Fowke Amyas Northcote
Xélucha M. P. Shiel
A Narrow Escape Lord Dunsany
Thurnley Abbey Perceval Landon
The Black Stone Robert E, Howard
Werewolf of the Sahara G. G. Pendarves
The Devil of the Marsh Henry Brereton Marriott Watson
Fishhead Irvin S. Cobb
The Black Statue Huan Mee
The Pool of the Stone God Abraham Merritt
The Sea-Witch Nictzin Dyalhis
The Lady’s Maid’s Bell Edith Wharton
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on March 08, 2017, 07:27:22 pm
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Mike Chinn's collection Radix Omnium Malum is now available from amazon in paperback.

amazon.co.uk  £9.99
amazon.com  $12.99


Mike Chinn lives in Birmingham, UK, with his wife Caroline and their tribe of guinea pigs. In 2012 he took early retirement so he can spend more time writing (and not housework). Over the years he has published over sixty short stories, as well as editing three volumes of THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF PULP HEROES, and SWORDS AGAINST THE MILLENNIUM, also for The Alchemy Press. His own contribution to the Pulp Adventure genre, THE PALADIN MANDATES garnered two nominations for the British Fantasy Award in 1999. A second Damian Paladin book, WALKERS IN SHADOW, is to be published by Pro Se Productions; as is a Western: REVENGE IS A COLD PISTOL. In 2015, his Sherlock Holmes steampunk mash-up, VALLIS TIMORIS (Fringeworks), sent the famous detective to the Moon.
Radix Omnium Malum and Other Incursions includes the following stories:
“Radix Omnium Malum” originally published in THE GRIMORIUM VERUM ©2015
“Two Weeks Saturday” originally published in DARK HORIZONS 23 ©2004
“Kittens” originally published in READ RAW ©2009
“Blood of Eden” originally published in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF DRACULA ©1997
“Suffer a Witch” originally published in SALVO 7 ©2003
“Cheechee’s Out” originally published in SECOND CITY SCARES ©2013
“The Owl that Calls” originally published on WikiWorm ©2013
“The Pygmalion Conjuration” originally published in THE TENTH BLACK BOOK OF HORROR ©2013
“To Die For” originally published in BFS JOURNAL 10 ©2014
“Sons of the Dragon” originally published in kZINE 1 ©2011
“Only the Lonely” originally published in DARK VALENTINE 4 ©2011
“Rescheduled” originally published in FINAL SHADOWS ©1991
“Considering the Dead” originally published in DARK MUSES, SPOKEN SILENCES ©2013 “Wednesday Morning at Five O’Clock” originally published in PHOBOPHOBIAS ©2014
“The Streets of Crazy Cities” and “The Mercy Seat” are original to this collection. ©2017
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on June 29, 2017, 12:43:15 pm
Our biggest project so far - and the reason why no other new titles have been published in the last few months by us, The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts: Rolling back the years... is now nearing completion. It's a large book - 8.5 x 11 inches, 212 pages, with a laminated hardcover - jam-packed with black and white and full colour illustrations. It will be launchedat Fantasycon at the end of September, when many of the contributors will be on hand to sign copies. Amongst the contributors, with articles about their involvement with Jim over the yhears, are Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, David A. Sutton, Nick Caffrey, Peter Coleborn, and Jon Harvey.

This is a copy of the front, back cover and spine:

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on July 16, 2017, 08:11:12 pm
The next book to be published by PUP will be a collection of short stories called Nightscape from Eric Ian Steele.

Eric Ian Steele is a novelist and screenwriter from Manchester, England. He is the writer of the horror novel The Autumn Man, as well as the thriller feature film The Student (2017) and the action/sci-fi feature film Clone Hunter (2010). He won the prestigious Writers on the Storm screenwriting contest in 2012 and has had short films produced across the USA. He has also written for hire on a children’s sci-fi animated TV series. His short stories range from science-fiction to horror and fantasy and can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines including Terror Tales alongside fiction by Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman, The Lovecraft E-Zine, Horror Without Victims, the superhero fiction anthology POW!erful Tales, and the zombie poetry collection Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes!

Unlike earlier PUP books, Nightscape will initially be published in hardcover, price £19.99 and will be available for order within the next few weeks. It includes eleven tales:

Charlie - first published in Terror Tales #4, edityed by John B. Ford and Paul Kane
The Musical Box - first published in Chaos Theory: Tales Askew #13, edited by A. A. Roberts
The Groaner in the Glen - first published in The Lovecraft eZine #29, edited by Mike Davis
City of the Damned - first published in In Bad Dreams II
Black Annis - first published in The Willows #1, edited by Ben Thomas
After the Fall - first published in Chaos Theory: Tales Askew #3, edited by A. A. Roberts
Moths - first published in Scifantastic
Cycle - first published in Terminal Earth
A Dahlia Among the Roses, Ars Armortia, and Indian Summer are original to this collection.

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on July 29, 2017, 06:27:14 pm
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The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts - pre-order price: £35.00 plus postage and packing. All pre-orders will include 4 high-quality, personally signed A4 black and white prints of Jim Pitts' artwork, which will be unavailable elsewhere. Pre-orders are any made up to and including the 1st September, 2017, when the book will be published.

Copies can either be pre-ordered using the PayPal button on our website (http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/) or by cheque, payable to Riley Books, 130 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, BB5 3DR, UK.

The book is limited to 250 numbered copies, every one of which will be signed by Jim Pitts. 212 pages long, this hefty harcover book (8.5 x 11 inches in size) contains hundreds of b&w and full-colour illustrations covering over forty years of brilliant artwork by Jim, whose work was awarded with two British Fantasy Awards in 1992 and 1993.

After FantasyCon the price will rise to £40 plus postage and packing.

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on July 30, 2017, 12:27:17 pm
Here's the cover from the next book to be published by Parallel Universe Publications, due next month: Parlour Tricks by Carl Barker.

The cover is by Luke Spooner.

The book will be published in hardcover, priced £20.00.

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on July 31, 2017, 03:58:02 pm
These little beauties arrived by courier from the printers today.

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This is now available to order from us direct at £20.00 per copy, including postage and packing (£22.00 for the United States and £20.00 for Europe). Please check out our Order Books Direct page for details. It is also available through the usual outlets such as amazon, Barnes & Noble, Wordery and, of course, can be ordered from your local bookshop.

http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/p/forthcoming-books.html

Eric Ian Steele is a novelist and screenwriter from Manchester, England. He is the writer of the horror novel The Autumn Man, as well as the thriller feature film The Student (2017) and the action/sci-fi feature film Clone Hunter (2010). He won the prestigious Writers on the Storm screenwriting contest in 2012 and has had short films produced across the USA. He has also written for hire on a children’s sci-fi animated TV series. His short stories range from science-fiction to horror and fantasy and can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines including Terror Tales alongside fiction by Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman, The Lovecraft E-Zine, Horror Without Victims, the superhero fiction anthology POW!erful Tales, and the zombie poetry collection Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes! 
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on August 08, 2017, 03:11:55 pm
Hardback copies of Carl Barker's brilliant collection of stories, Parlour Tricks, are now available on Amazon. Copies will be available from Wordery and Barnes & Noble and, of course, from PUP, shortly (in our case as soon as our copies arrive from the printer in a few days time).

About the book:

Devil worshippers stalk the ageing boards of Blackpool Pier, a scrap-yard automaton devours the souls of lost children, and a murderous priest hunts an ancient she-demon through the streets of New York.
A selection of horror stories to chill the blood, featuring revenant felines, garbage-eating clairvoyants, flesh-eating magpies and a severed head with murder in mind.

‘A remarkable and substantial story… neatly absurd, particularly in its very satisfying ending.’
D. F. Lewis on Unexploded Girlfriends

‘Like Jules Verne on crystal meth - incredibly intense and severely alarming.’
Ursula K. Raphael on Fish Out of Water

‘This reviewer’s personal favourite… clever and engaging.’
Fangoria Magazine on Why The Wild Things Are

‘It’s an impressive debut.’
SFCrowsNest.com on The Man Who Came To Dinner


Carl resides in the Scottish Borders, where he can often be found skulking around ruined castles in the dark and generally getting up to no good - or so he claims.  With more than twenty short stories to his name, his work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies over the last eight years, including The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, Shadows Masters; an anthology from The Horror Zine; and Terror Tales of the Scottish Highlands.

The cover artwork is by Luke Spooner, who also provided the cover art for an earlier collection from Parallel Universe, Their Cramped Dark World and Other Tales by David A. Riley.

amazon.co.uk £20.00
amazon.com $26.00

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Title: Re: The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts - signed editions
Post by: David A. Riley on October 05, 2017, 01:41:59 pm
After Fantasycon we now have a limited number of copies of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts signed by those contributors who were at the convention. These are: Jon M. Harvey, Peter Coleborn, David A. Riley, Jim Pitts, Ramsey Campbell, and Stephen Jones. They can only be ordered from Parallel Universe Publications direct and will be sent out on a first come, first served basis.

Normally, copies will be signed by the artist Jim Pitts, and his publisher David A. Riley.

To order a copy now (priced £35.00 plus postage and packing) please follow this link: http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/p/forthcoming-books.html

Would overseas buyers please note there is a dropdown menu and that they must choose the correct link for their location.

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on October 21, 2017, 02:48:50 pm
Parallel Universe Publications has three great titles for anyone who wants to pep up Halloween with some vintage ghost stories and weird tales:
Things That Go Bump in the Night; Classic Weird; and Classic Weird 2.


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Check out their contents:

Things That Go Bump in the Night:

The Ghoul Sir Hugh Clifford
The House of the Nightmare Edward Lucas White
The Voice in the Night William Hope Hodgson
The Thing from Outside George Allan England
For the Blood is the Life F. Marion Crawford
The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains Frederick Marryat
The Room in the Tower E. F. Benson
His Unconquered Enemy W. C. Morrow
The Late Mrs. Fowke Amyas Northcote
Xélucha M. P. Shiel
A Narrow Escape Lord Dunsany
Thurnley Abbey Perceval Landon
The Black Stone Robert E, Howard
Werewolf of the Sahara G. G. Pendarves
The Devil of the Marsh Henry Brereton Marriott Watson
Fishhead Irvin S. Cobb
The Black Statue Huan Mee
The Pool of the Stone God Abraham Merritt
The Sea-Witch Nictzin Dyalhis
The Lady’s Maid’s Bell Edith Wharton

Classic Weird:

The Monster-Maker by W. C. Morrow 
The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson 
The Interval by Vincent O'Sullivan
The Doll's Ghost by F. Marion Crawford
The Dead Smile by F. Marion Crawford 
The Ghost-Ship by Richard Middleton 
The New Catacomb by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
The Lost Stradivarius by John Meade Falkner 
The House of the Dead Hand by Edith Wharton 
A Wicked Voice by Vernon Lee 
Phantas by Oliver Onions

Classic Weird 2:

J. Sheridan Le Fanu (An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street)
E. F. Benson (The Judgement Books)
Vernon Lee (Oke of Okehurst)
Vincent O'Sullivan (When I was Dead)
Edith Wharton (The Eyes)
W. C. Morrow (A Story Told by the Sea)
Irvin S. Cobb (The Unbroken Chain)
Edith Nesbit (From the Dead)
Robert Murray Gilchrist (Witch In-Grain)
Amyas Northcote (The Downs)
J. H. Riddell (The Uninhabited House)

Buy Classic Weird and Classic Weird 2 and we will send you a copy of Things That Go Bump in the Night free.

To order these books just follow this link: http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on November 07, 2017, 08:15:51 am
Ebook versions of two previously published books from PUP are now available to order via amazon, etc.
These are:

Standing on the Threshold of Madness - a collection of weird poems by Benjamin Blake

amazon.co.uk £2.76
amazon.com $3.65

Nightscape - a collection of stories by Eric Ian Steele

amazon.co.uk £2.76
amazon.com $3.65

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on November 07, 2017, 08:19:49 am
A great article was published about The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts in The Lancashire Telegraph.

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There's a link to the artcle, which is now online, here:

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on November 07, 2017, 08:21:27 am
The next book out from Parallel Universe Publications will be The Crabian Heart by Erik Hofstatter. This is the proposed cover.

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More on this later.
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on November 11, 2017, 05:52:10 pm

Erik Hofstatter's The Crabian Heart will be published within the next week, but already it has received a great review online in Starburst magazine by Jon Towlson.

"...the emotional tug that The Crabian Heart exerts on the reader is palpable. The Crabian Heart is also a coming-of-age tale, one that resonates with the pangs of unrequited love. And as such, it concludes, like all great coming-of-age stories, with a very difficult and painful realisation for the love-struck main character. By the end of its 100 pages you will find yourself both haunted and moved by Hofstatter’s evocative writing."

https://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/the-crabian-heart

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on November 15, 2017, 11:44:09 am
Erik Hofstatter's The Crabian Heart is now available in hardback as well as kindle. It has also gained yet another stellar review.

On top of a glowing review in Starburst, comes hellnotes' Brian James Lewis: "I like this little collection a lot. Definitely a case of bigger not always being better. Hofstatter could have watered this down with more words, but that would have taken the impact out of the stories. I also like how he slips a lot of important messages into his work. For example “people are scared of what they don’t know…or understand,” says Enola, as she and Ales walk along the beach. Zsofia tells him that life is a gamble and his mother points out that the powers that be make the rules that govern us and we have to go where they tell us to. Ultimately, the decisions of what we do are ours, but I’d like to suggest that you try a copy of The Crabian Heart.   That forward is going to be the icing on the cake!"  Read the full review on hellnotes: https://hellnotes.com/the-crabian-heart-book-review/

kindle:
amazon.co.uk £2.74
amazon.com $3.61

hardback:
amazon.co.uk £16.00
amazon.com $22.00

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on February 04, 2018, 02:01:05 pm
The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts has just been reviewed on the prestigious Vault of Evil website:

"Far the most attractively presented book I've set eyes on this year and an absorbing and informative read into the bargain. Rolling Back The Years is both a glorious celebration of Jim Pitts' talent and, for those of us with an enthusiasm for the golden age of British fantasy and horror fanzines, an invaluable companion to David A. Sutton's On The Fringes For Thirty Years . MRJ is well served with four illustrations from Ghosts: A Tribute to M. R. James and The Treasure Of Abbot Thomas illo which "was used quite randomly by Francesca in Kadath. It was recently placed on the book cover of Ghosts & Scholars #27, where Rosemary Pardoe used it more appropriately."

http://vaultofevil.proboards.com/thread/6710/fantastical-pitts-rolling-back-years#ixzz568udxa00

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on February 21, 2018, 07:18:55 pm
Brian James Lewis gives a first-rate review of Benjamin Blake's poetry collection, Standing on the Threshold of Madness, on the hellnotes website.

"I don’t think there’s much question as to how I feel about Standing on the Threshold of Madness by Benjamin Blake. But let me just confirm that I really enjoyed reading this awesome collection of poems. In fact, I keep it nearby so that I can dip into the pages occasionally for a fix. If you groove on speculative fiction, the weird, the dark places – you’re going to dig this collection! The flow is great and the subject matter is right."

Bejamin's book is available both as a trade paperback and an ebook.

https://hellnotes.com/standing-on-the-threshold-of-madness…/

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on March 12, 2018, 09:41:40 am
The latest book from Parallel Universe Publications is Jessica Palmer's wickedly humorous collection of weird stories: Fractious Fairy Tales.  This is the second collection of Jessica's that we have published, the first being Other Visions of Heaven and Hell, which we brought out in 2015.

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This 228-page paperback is available either direct from PUP or via amazon, etc..

amazon.co.uk £9.99
amazon.com $12.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fractious-Fairy-Tales-Jessica-Palmer/dp/0995717370/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520783443&sr=1-12&keywords=jessica+palmer (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fractious-Fairy-Tales-Jessica-Palmer/dp/0995717370/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520783443&sr=1-12&keywords=jessica+palmer)
https://www.amazon.com/Fractious-Fairy-Tales-Jessica-Palmer/dp/0995717370/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520783491&sr=1-5&keywords=jessica+palmer (https://www.amazon.com/Fractious-Fairy-Tales-Jessica-Palmer/dp/0995717370/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520783491&sr=1-5&keywords=jessica+palmer)

Jessica Palmer was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother became a professional clown when she was in her teens, leaving Palmer irrevocably altered. She received her degree in nursing and worked in hospitals, starting with medical-surgical units. Eventually, she settled into psychiatric nursing where she got along famously with her patients. Her medical background presented opportunities to write. In 1976, she was asked to develop a script for educational television, entitled Journey to Nowhere, about the medical aspects of addiction. Later she became a technical writer for the safety and health department at Schlumberger Well Services with an emphasis on explosives and radiation. The job took her to England where she became a British subject. The fates decreed her combined experiences constituted a hazard to herself and others. Palmer returned to her first love, genre fiction. She wrote her first novel at the age of nine – ninety-nine typewritten pages about her then-hero Max Smart of Get Smart. Altogether, she has had 28 books published in fiction and non-fiction, including university textbooks about Native American history and culture. Palmer has received numerous awards in journalism, spanning a period from 1980 to 2014. Dark Lullaby, published by Pocket Books, was nominated for HWA's Bram Stoker award in 1991. Now she concentrates on satire. Parallel Universe Publications released her collection of short stories, Other Visions of Heaven and Hell in 2015.
Title: Re: The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts
Post by: David A. Riley on April 29, 2018, 04:04:47 pm
We have reduced the price of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts from £35.00 (plus postage and packing) to £30.00 (plus postage and packing).

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Mass signing of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts at Fantasycon 2017, with (from left to right) Jon Harvey, Peter Coleborn, David A. Riley, Jim Pitts, Ramsey Campbell, and Steve Jones.
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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on April 30, 2018, 12:34:22 pm
Following our reduction in the price of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts from £35.00 to £30.00 per copy, we have also revised our shipping costs and added surface mail as an option to the rest of the world for those who would be happy to wait up to 45 days for delivery.

Our charges now, including shipping costs, are:
£33.90 for UK orders
£39.75 for European orders
£44.75 for airmail postage to the rest of the world
£39.80 for surface mail postage to the rest of the world (which can take up to 45 days)

http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.co.uk/p/publications.html

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Title: Re: The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts
Post by: David A. Riley on July 24, 2018, 09:50:16 pm
We have reduced the price of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts from £30.00 to £25.00 per copy plus postage.

Our charges now, including shipping costs, are:
£28.90 for UK orders
£34.75 for European orders
£39.75 for airmail postage to the rest of the world
£34.80 for surface mail postage to the rest of the world (which can take up to 45 days)

This is a numbered, limited edition of 250 copies, each of which is signed by the artist.

http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/p/forthcoming-books.html

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Title: Re: Jim Pitts signed prints
Post by: David A. Riley on August 06, 2018, 07:04:20 pm
Parallel Universe Publications is making available prints of the artwork of Jim Pitts. Each print is on high quality A4 paper, signed by the artist and sealed inside a plastic envelope.

Colour prints are £7.00 each plus p&p
Black & white prints £5.00 each plus p&p

To order please email paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk, listing which prints you would like, plus your address. You will then be emailed a Paypal invoice.

Postage and packing is the total cost whether you order 1, 2, 3 or 4 prints. However, if you order 5 prints or more postage and packing are free.

Postage and packing within the UK: £2.00
Postage and packing to Europe: £3.65
Postage and packing the rest of the world: £4.45


Jim Pitts is an award-winning artist (two-times winner of the prestigious British Fantasy Award, plus Science Fiction's Ken McIntyre Award), whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and books, both professional and small press.

For full details follow this link: http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/p/our-authors.html

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on February 24, 2019, 04:49:07 pm
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The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts is reviewed in the next issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine by its editor Trevor Kennedy.

"The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts is a bumper hardback dedicated to the life works so far of the man of the title, one of the great fantasy artists of our time. On top of that, it also serves as a history of sorts of the much esteemed British Fantasy Society (and related publications) and the early days of these guys at the forefront of the movement, highlighting their good times, and quite often difficulties, over the last almost half a century. Jim Pitts and his exquisitely detailed artworks are our guides through this fascinating and hugely important period for the UK fantasy/horror scene. And I loved every single page of it!

Jim’s life, from his working class Northern English beginnings and folk band days with ‘The Jim Pitts Folk Quartet’ to the present day, is chronicled over 212 pages alongside a bonanza of his macabre works and written contributions from BFS stalwarts such as David A. Riley, David A. Sutton, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, Brian Lumley, Adrian Cole, Peter Coleborn and more, fascinating real life stories concerning what really must have been a golden era for these pioneers, especially in the 1970s and ‘80s. Reading about the difficulties they faced back then just made me realise how lucky wannabe publishers/writers like myself get it these days. My first job when I left school was with a printing firm, so I know only too well how expensive lithographic printing was, and probably still is.

On the subject of Jim’s artwork itself, firstly I must state that I am no art expert, especially from a technical viewpoint. But for me, as a layman, I found his numerous pieces included on the pages to be brilliantly atmospheric, haunting and Lovecraftian. I particularly enjoyed his representations of certain M.R. James’ stories, some of his Cthulhu mythos-based creations, his cracking portrait of Vincent Price in Witchfinder General, along with a classic Universal monster or two. On a personal level, Jim’s artwork also brought with it warm feelings of nostalgia for my own childhood when I would have read some of the various publications referenced, including Fantasy Tales and the B.F.S. Bulletins, mailed to me in the 1980s by my then pen-pal cousin Dave Carson, another fantasy artist also mentioned in the book and associate of Jim and the aforementioned contributors. For me to now be just a small part of this scene is the greatest of personal honours.

This is a very special book for many reasons, so if you have even a passing interest in fantasy artwork (especially that of Jim Pitts obviously) or the recent history of the UK weird fiction scene, then you really need to grab a copy for yourself as soon as humanly possible!

A limited number of 250 signed copies of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts have been published by Parallel Universe Publications. If you are interested in acquiring a copy you can contact them through the following:

Parallel Universe Publications

David A. Riley; Linden Riley

http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/p/forthcoming-books.html (http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/p/forthcoming-books.html)

Head Office: 130 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, BB5 3DR, UK.

Email: paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk or davidariley@gmx.co.uk

A future issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine (number 10, late May 2019) will feature interviews with Jim Pitts, David A. Riley and David A. Sutton.
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on April 10, 2019, 03:34:24 pm
The price reduction on the signed, numbered, limited edition of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts has now ended and the price has reverted to its original cost of £35 per copy plus postage and packing.

However, a soft cover version in two volumes will be available shortly through amazon, price £15.00 per copy.

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on July 18, 2019, 09:37:38 am
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I am pleased to announce that Johnny Mains' A Distasteful Horror Story is now available in paperback, priced £11.99.
"A darkly humorous, satirical look at the tight-knit world of horror writers - and their fans. Contains no scenes of violence against actual books, only their authors”Johnny Mains has been prominent in the horror genre ever since his 2010 debut anthology, Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories, which won the British Fantasy Award in 2011 for best anthology. Mains has been at the forefront of the UK’s new wave of horror, editing Best British Horror (Salt Publishing and NewCon Press), Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians (edited with Robin Ince), and The Screaming Book of Horror.Mains has also written several collections of his own stories: With Deepest Sympathy (2010), Frightfully Cosy and Mild Stories for Nervous Types (2012) and A Little Light Screaming (2015).Mains has also written the introduction to Stephen King’s 30th anniversary edition of Thinner, and has discovered ‘lost’ works of fiction by Algernon Blackwood, Edith Nesbit and Daphne Du Maurier.
"Johnny Mains is the Herbert van Thal of our age" - The Independent
"Mains' knowledge of fantastical fiction is enormous" - Robin Ince
"Mains is the Minister For Horror" - Charlie Higson"
https://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/2019/07/a-distasteful-horror-story-by-johnny_18.html
Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on July 19, 2019, 10:53:04 am
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Ginger Nuts of Horror reviews Johnny Mains' A Distasteful Horror Story.

"A Distasteful Horror Story is an unusual and audacious debut novel, combining Mains’ love of genre with a rollocking and twisty narritive and a payoff that will, I’m sure, be hotly debated for some time to come. I found it to be a disturbing joy to read."

To read the full review click on this link: https://gingernutsofhorror.com/fiction-reviews/a-distasteful-horror-story-by-johnny-mains-book-review

For more information about this remarkable horror novel: https://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on July 20, 2019, 10:57:05 am
For those of you who prefer their books on Kindle, the good news is that A Distasteful Horror Story by Johnny Mains is now available as an e-book.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VCTYFML (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VCTYFML) Amazon UK £5.00

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VCTYFML (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VCTYFML) Amazon USA $6.27

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Title: Re: Parallel Universe Publications
Post by: David A. Riley on September 03, 2019, 11:24:25 pm
We have added some exciting new illustrations to the list of Jim Pitts prints that are available from us, plus they are now post free.
Each print is on high  quality A4 paper, approved and signed by the artist before being sealed  for protection inside a plastic envelope.
Colour prints are £7.00 each including p&p
Black & white prints are £5.00 each including p&p
Any orders for 5 or more prints, whether black and white, colour, or mixed qualify for a 20% discount.
Jim Pitts is an award-winning artist (two-times winner of the prestigious British  Fantasy Award, plus Science Fiction's Ken McIntyre Award), whose work  has appeared in numerous magazines and books, both professional and  small press.

https://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/p/our-authors.html (https://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/p/our-authors.html)

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