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The latest release by Parallel Universe Publications is Things That Go Bump in the Night: A Treasury of Classic Weird, edited by Douglas Draa and David A. Riley. This is 368 page anthology of classic weird stories is the first of a series. Available as a trade paperback and an ebook.

Table of Contents:
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  £7.99 – trade paperback  $14.00 – trade paperback

Ebook:  $3 USA/ £1.99 UK (available soon)

From the Introduction:

What we are attempting to do here is to reintroduce old school weird to a new generation of readers, before these stories disappear into that abyss known as obscurity.
Until the early 1980s almost all weird fiction anthologies were made up of reprinted material from the pulps and other pre WWII publications. It was only after the 1981 paperback publication of Kirby McCauley’s Dark Forces that the “original anthology” became the norm. This change in format was both a blessing and a curse for genre fans. While these original anthologies expanded the market for new writers, they also insured that many wonderful classics became relics of the past; only to be read and enjoyed by collectors, who made the effort to seek out these forgotten anthologies.
It has to be mentioned that it was exactly such long forgotten anthologies that kept classic weird fiction alive during the years between the middle 1950s and early 1980s. There is many an exceptional story that has never again seen print after the rise of the original anthology format. Things that go Bump plans on changing all of this. Each collection will feature only the best of classic weird fiction. And hopefully we will be introducing you to a whole new world of reading pleasure. The stories that we will be sharing are from a time when fiction was the main form of entertainment available to the public. And entertainment is the key word here. These tales were written to be read and enjoyed.
You won't be finding any urban elves or sparkly vampires in the pages of Things that go Bump. Nor will you find gratuitous sex and gore. The chills that we are offering are of the more fiendishly subtle kind. And even when our offerings are lacking in bare breasts and buckets of blood, the theater of the mind is amply capable in painting a canvas that more than compensates for this lack of simple titillation. And it is this vividly morbid canvas that is the backdrop used by Things that go Bump.
Our first volume is a treasury of what awaits you in later releases. Here you will relive the oppressive rural horror of Edward Lucas White's “House of Nightmare”, the slowly building dread of William Hope Hodgson's maritime classic “The Voice in the Night”. We're even delivering a large dose of unexplainable cosmic horror in the proto-Lovecraftian “The Thing from Outside” by George Allan England. Robert E. Howard, the man who gave us Conan the Cimmerian and the puritan avenger Solomon Kane, supplies us with a tale of eldritch horror from beyond time in “The Black Stone”. And E. F. Benson, the master of the slow burn, will keep you awake with his “The Room in the Tower”, which is an extremely subtle horror story, that once read will make it impossible to stay in a guest room with out asking yourself “what horrid events  might have taken place during previous occupancies?”
I personally hope that David and I can live up to the collections put together by the great anthologists of the past such as August Derleth, Peter Haining, Lin Carter, Donald A. Wohlheim, Groff Conklin, Mary Danby, Kurt Singer, Roger Elwood, Vic Ghidalia, Leo Margulies, Sam Moskowitz, Christine Campbell Thomson, Hugh Lamb, and Herbert Van Thal.
All of these wonderful assemblers of the weird have left some huge footprints that it will be extremely hard to fill. But I can assure that we are up to the challenge. These anthologists inspired the creation of Things that go Bump and it's to their collective memories that this anthology is dedicated. Through their combined efforts, many a great story teller has become a household name and many a wonderful tale has been rescued from oblivion.
David and I hope that you enjoy these stories as much as we have. It is our hope that they'll make your sleep this evening just a wee bit more uneasy than it would have been if you hadn't had this treasury of classic weird in your hands.

Doug is an ex-pat Buckeye and Army veteran living in Nuremberg Germany with his wife and daughter. His (dis)formative years were spent in Newark Ohio, the real world counterpart to Gary Braunbeck's "Cedar Hill".
Doug was On-line Editor for "Weird Tales Magazine" and editor of Weird Tales' sister eZine "Weird Aether".
He also writes the blog "Uncle Doug's Bunker of Vintage Horror Paperbacks"
He can be found evenings, when not writing, lecturing and hosting observing sessions at Nuremberg's "Regio-Montanus" public observatory where he spent almost 10 years on the advisory board.
By day he hides behind the guise of mild mannered electronics technician.
He also recently became a proud supporting member of the "Horror Writers Association"
Doug's goal is to eventually graduate from being an aspiring hack writer in the horror genre to becoming an established hack writer in the horror genre.

David A. Riley writes horror, fantasy and SF stories.
In 1995, along with his wife, Linden, he edited and published a fantasy/SF magazine, Beyond.
His first professionally published story was in the 11th Pan Book of Horror in 1970. This was reprinted in 2012 in The Century's Best Horror Fiction edited by John Pelan for Cemetery Dance. He has had numerous stories published by Doubleday, DAW, Corgi, Sphere, Roc, Playboy Paperbacks, Robinsons, etc., and in magazines such as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Dark Discoveries, Fear, Fantasy Tales.
His first collection of stories (4 long stories and a novelette) was published by Hazardous Press in 2012, His Own Mad Demons.
A Lovecraftian crime noir horror novel, The Return, was published by Blood Bound Books in the States in 2013. 2015 saw the republication of his fantasy novel, Goblin Mire.
A second collection of his stories, all of which were professionally published prior to 2000, The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales of Terror, was launched at the World Fantasy Convention in 2013. A third collection of stories, Their Cramped dark World, will shortly be published by Hazardous Press.
His stories have been translated into Italian, German, Spanish and Russian.


by Charles Black
ISBN-10: 0957453558

by Craig Herbertson
ISBN-10: 0957453517

by David A. Riley
ISBN-10: 095745354X


Promote Your Projects / Parallel Universe Publications
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:17:49 am »
Check our dedicated Parallel Universe Publications site for up to date details.

Books published so far include:

Black Ceremonies by Charles Black

trade paperback: (£6.99) ($10.45)

The Heaven Maker and Other Gruesome Tales by Craig Herbertson

trade paperback:

£11.99 email: 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.

Promote Your Projects / Black Ceremonies by Charles Black
« on: January 09, 2015, 08:49:52 pm »
Charles Black's short story collection, Black Ceremonies, has now been published by Parallel Universe Publications and is available from and, price £6.99 in the UK and $10.45 in the US.

The book includes:

The Coughing Coffin
Call of the Damned
To Summon a Flesh-Eating Demon
The Revelations of Dr Maitland
Face to Face
A Fistful of Vengeance
The Obsession of Percival Cairstairs
Tourist Trap

The book's cover is by Paul Mudie, well known for his striking covers for the Black Books of Horror.

Announcements and Suggestions / BFS Secretary
« on: July 01, 2014, 09:26:37 pm »
It seems ages now since it was first mentioned here that a new Secretary for the society was needed.

Can anyone confirm whether a new secretary has volunteered yet or whether the BFS is still looking for one?

News on the BFS website, other than reviews, seems to have stopped dead months ago.

Parallel Universe Publications will be publishing Charles Black's collection of short horror stories, Black Ceremonies, in October this year.

The book will include:

The Coughing Coffin
Call of the Damned
To Summon a Flesh-Eating Demon
The Revelations of Dr Maitland
Face to Face
A Fistful of Vengeance
The Obsession of Percival Cairstairs
Tourist Trap

The book's cover is by Paul Mudie, well known for his striking covers for the Black Books of Horror. The accompanying illustration is an unfinished glimpse of it.

Parallel Universe Publications is now accepting submissions for an anthology of stories inspired by the classic British cinema/theatre phenomena known as kitchen sink drama.

What Culture described it as: "A determination to examine the lives of the working and dispossessed classes in a non sentimental way...The movement began in the late 1950s and has survived to this day with the oeuvre of Ken Loach and films such as Nil By Mouth. Tackling thorny themes is a trademark of the Kitchen Sink drama. Abortion, divorce, homelessness, single motherhood, inter racial sex, poverty and homosexuality were all ripe topics to be examined. There was also the advent of The Angry Young Man – usually working class men railing against everyone and everything."

That fount of all knowledge, Wikipedia, describes it as: "a term coined to describe a British cultural movement that developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in theatre, art, novels, film and television plays, whose 'heroes' usually could be described as angry young men. It used a style of social realism, which often depicted the domestic situations of working-class Britons living in cramped rented accommodation and spending their off-hours drinking in grimy pubs, to explore social issues and political controversies.
The films, plays and novels employing this style are set frequently in poorer industrial areas in the North of England, and use the rough-hewn speaking accents and slang heard in those regions. The film It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) is a precursor of the genre, and the John Osborne play Look Back in Anger (1956) is thought of as the first of the idiom.
The gritty love-triangle of Look Back in Anger, for example, takes place in a cramped, one-room flat in the English Midlands. The conventions of the genre have continued into the 2000s, finding expression in such television shows as Coronation Street and EastEnders.[1]
In art, "Kitchen Sink School" was a term used by critic David Sylvester to describe painters who depicted social realist-type scenes of domestic life.[2]"

I look forward to tales of darkness and horror, of the supernatural and the weird within the overall framework of the social realism of the kitchen sink drama.

Please send your submissions to headed "Kitchen Sink Gothic". Please send your story as an attachment in either doc or docx. I welcome either new stories or reprints. If a reprint please add details of previous publication.

Payment will be £5 per thousand words and a contributor's copy of the book.

Books / Queen of the Dead
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:28:53 am »
My review of Vincenzo Bilof's novel Queen of the Dead: Zombie Ascension II is now live on hellnotes:

General Discussion / James Herbert Award for Horror Writing
« on: April 07, 2014, 01:12:00 pm »
Excellent news from Pan Macmillan about this new and obviously important award.

BFS Publications / BFS Journal irregularity
« on: January 03, 2014, 12:56:27 pm »
For reference, here's a checklist of BFS publications from the last few years (taken and expanded from an old forum post). I'll edit this post to keep it up to date (and add in Prisms as I find them). BFS Journal issue numbers are included for ease of reference, but they don't appear on the publication itself till issue nine.

Earlier publications:
Dark Horizons:
Winter Chills/Mystique:
BFS books:

New Horizons #1 (June 2008) (pb, 80pp), edited by Andrew Hook

Dark Horizons #53 (September 2008) (pb, 80pp), edited by Stephen Theaker

New Horizons #2 (December 2008) [out 2009] (pb, 96pp), edited by Andrew Hook

Dark Horizons #54 (March 2009) (pb, 80pp), edited by Stephen Theaker

Prism (Easter 2009) (chap, 38pp), edited by Lee Harris

New Horizons #3 (June 2009) (pb, 80pp), edited by Andrew Hook

Dark Horizons #55 (September 2009) (pb, 160pp), edited by Stephen Theaker

Prism (September 2009) [out January 2010?] (chap, 48pp), edited by Guy Adams

New Horizons #4 (December 2009) (pb, 96pp), edited by Andrew Hook

Dark Horizons #56 (March 2010) (pb, 128pp), edited by Stephen Theaker

New Horizons #5 (June 2010) (pb, 80pp), edited by Andrew Hook

Prism (June 2010) (chap, 56pp), edited by David A. Riley

Dark Horizons #57 (September 2010] (pb, 112pp), edited by Stephen Theaker

BFS Journal #1 (Winter 2010) [out January 2011] (hb, 228pp), edited by Sam Stone, Andrew Hook, David A. Riley and Ian Hunter

BFS Journal #2 (Spring 2011) [out April 2011] (pb, 210pp), edited by Peter Coleborn, Andrew Hook, David A. Riley and Ian Hunter

BFS Journal #3 (Summer 2011) [out June 2011] (pb, 262pp), edited by Peter Coleborn, Andrew Hook, David A. Riley and Ian Hunter

BFS Journal #4 (Autumn 2011) [out September 2011] (pb, 208pp), edited by Peter Coleborn, Andrew Hook, David A. Riley and Ian Hunter

Full Fathom Forty (September 2011) (pb, 496pp), edited by David J. Howe

BFS Journal #5 (Winter 2011/2012) [out December 2011] (pb, 186pp), edited by Peter Coleborn, Lou Morgan and Ian Hunter

BFS Journal #6 (Spring 2012) [out April 2012] (pb, 200pp), edited by Guy Adams, Lou Morgan and Ian Hunter

Shelflings #1 (April 2012) (eb, 1138ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker

Shelflings #2 (July 2012) (eb, 1499ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker

Shelflings #3 (September 2012) (eb, 1546ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker

BFS Journal #7 (Autumn 2012) [out October 2012] (pb, 200pp), edited by Cavan Scott, Guy Adams, Lou Morgan, Stuart Douglas and Ian Hunter

Shelflings #4 (January 2013) (eb, 1546ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker

BFS Journal #8 (Winter 2012/13) [out February 2013] (pb, 184pp), edited by Cavan Scott, Guy Adams, Stuart Douglas and Ian Hunter

BFS Journal #9 (August 2013) [out September 2013], edited by Sarah Newton, Stuart Douglas and Ian Hunter

The Burning Circus, edited by Johnny Mains (2 November 2013)

Unexpected Journeys, edited by Juliet E. McKenna (2 November 2013)

As there were only two (perhaps more accurately one and a half, as the first was 2012/13) Journals last year, I'm surprised nothing has been said so far about when we can expect the next issue to be out. I hope it is in the pipeline. If not, my worry is that maintaining the society's membership is going to be increasingly more difficult, especially as updates on the society's website have been few (very few) and far between.

I was hoping that with a new committee we would see some sort of dynamism. If it's happening behind closed doors, I think it's time that someone up there came out and told the members. The lack of communication doesn't appear to have improved at all.

General Discussion / Robert Aickman at FantasyCon 2
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:21:21 pm »
Does anyone have any photographs of Robert Aickman when he attended our second FantasyCon in February 1976?

General Discussion / Colin Wilson (26 June 1931-5 December 2013)
« on: December 06, 2013, 07:31:05 pm »
Just to show what a terrible year this has been so far I just heard that Colin Wilson has died. He wrote some tremendous genre novels, including The Philosopher's Stone, The Mind Parasites, The Return of the Lloigor, as well as works on philosophy, the occult, literature, crime, etc, etc.

I first came across him in my teens when I borrowed The Outsider, then The Strength to Dream from the library. In The Strength to Dream he wrote a scathing article on H. P. Lovecraft, only for August Derleth to contact him and for him eventually, not only to re-evaluate his thoughts on Lovecraft, but to write some Lovecraftian fiction of his own!

Books / The 13 Ghosts of Christmas
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:42:20 pm »

Books / The Heaven Maker & Other Gruesome Tales by Craig Herbertson
« on: November 01, 2012, 10:02:55 pm »

After nearly twenty years Lin and I have revived Parallel Universe Publications, which originally published Beyond magazine in 1995. Our first publication is Craig Herbertson's collection, The Heaven Maker & Other Gruesome Tales.

This will be officially launched in Edinburgh on November 15th. A 254-page hardback, the book is priced at £20, and includes Craig's story from the Pan Book of Horror, as well as from The Black Books of Horror .

Books / The Ninth Black Book of Horror
« on: October 17, 2012, 08:37:32 am »
There's an interesting, in-depth review of the stories in The Ninth Black Book of Horror on the Vault of Evil.

Books / The Ninth Black Book of Horror
« on: August 09, 2012, 08:10:04 am »
Editor, Charles Black, has released the TOC for the next in this series, which is due for publication by FantasyCon in September:

The Anatomy Lesson - John Llewellyn Probert
The Mall - Craig Herbertson
Salvaje - Simon Bestwick
Pet - Gary Fry
Ashes to Ashes - David Williamson
The Apprentice - Anna Taborska
Life Expectancy - Sam Dawson
What's Behind You? - Paul Finch
Ben's Best Friend - Gary Power
The Things That Aren't There - Thana Niveau
Bit on the Side - Tom Johnstone
Indecent Behaviour - Marion Pitman
His Family - Kate Farrell
A Song, A Silence - John Forth
The Man Who Hated Waste - Marc Lyth
Swan Song - David A. Riley

Its cover, onmce again by artist Paul Mudie, will be revealed shortly.

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