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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!

Introductions / Re: Hi everyone
« on: August 11, 2017, 01:36:27 pm »
Hi Stewart, welcome aboard.

Why don't you post a few links to your novels? I'm sure a few of us would like to take a look at them.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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.’ 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. £20.00 $26.00

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« on: July 31, 2017, 03:58:02 pm »
These little beauties arrived by courier from the printers today.

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.

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! 

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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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