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Introductions / Re: Shout out (from Accrington)
« on: March 16, 2018, 03:05:57 pm »
Hi there. I'm in nearby Oswaldtwistle.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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.

This 228-page paperback is available either direct from PUP or via amazon, etc.. £9.99 $12.99

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.

Introductions / Re: just saying hello
« on: February 23, 2018, 08:49:34 pm »
Hi Rick! Welcome.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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.…/

Introductions / Re: New Member Intro
« on: February 06, 2018, 12:42:16 pm »
Welcome. Greetings from snowy Lancashire!

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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."

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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:

kindle: £2.74 $3.61

hardback: £16.00 $22.00

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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."

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:04:27 am »
Just learned that Gallery of Curiosities podcast has accepted a reprint story of mine, After Nightfall, for an audio transmission.

This will be the 7th time this story has been published:

1970 - in a slightly different form - Weird Window 1, published by Shadow Publishing, edited by David A. Sutton
1971 - The Year's Best Horror Fiction 1 - Sphere Books and Daw Books, edited by Richard Davis
1985 - Fantasy Tales #15, edited by Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton
1992 - Tayaschiysya Horror 2, (Таящийся ужас 2) published in Russia, translated by Vladimir Vladimirov (This was an unauthorised reprint which I didn't find out about till years later)
2011 - Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! published by Vintage Books, edited by Otto Penzler
2012 - Zombies: A Compendium of the Living Dead, published by Corvus/Atlantic Books, edited by Otto Penzler
2013 - The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales of Terror, published by Shadoiw Publishing

I have also just had a story published by Mythic magazine (issue 4): A Grim God's Revenge.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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.

More on this later.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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 £2.76 $3.65

Nightscape - a collection of stories by Eric Ian Steele £2.76 $3.65

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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.

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:

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:

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

General Discussion / Re: James Herbert Award for Horror Writing
« on: August 19, 2017, 06:13:47 pm »
I emailed the publicity company who took over to ask about it, and I haven't had a reply. I'm guessing it's a goner.
Well that was a nine-day wonder!

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