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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:10:20 am »

There's a brilliant review in Phantasmagoria Magazine by Trevor Kennedy of my collection The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales of Terror.

A collection of rather dark horror tales from David A. Riley spanning almost fifty years with each tale originally appearing in now considered genre classic publications such as the Pan Book of Horror series, Fantasy Tales, FEAR Magazine, World of Horror and many more.
I absolutely adored this book! The type of old school (trust me, that is a compliment) horror I grew up reading and still crave for to this day, the influences to Lovecraft and perhaps the likes of M. R. James and Poe (and maybe even Tales From The Crypt), are apparent but certainly not overdone. Riley’s own grim style shines throughout always, compelling and descriptive, though once again never over doing the descriptiveness. The haunting images his words created in my mind’s eye were vivid and lasting.
A couple of my favourite stories would have to be ‘Terror on the Moors’, a creepy, tense and atmospheric witchcraft-related yarn, and ‘Winter on Aubarch 6’, at first a mild science fiction tale that gradually evolves into full-blown, deeply disturbing body horror.
I don’t personally know what the sales figures are for this book, but I am certainly of the opinion that it should be read by as many people as possible, especially those with even a passing interest in horror or the short story form - of which Riley is one of the masters!
Hugely entertaining and great fun, I urge you to go out and purchase you own copy to experience for yourself the dark joys that lie within.
The Lurkers in the Abyss and Other Tales of Terror is available from Shadow Publishing and Amazon.
Trevor Kennedy.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« on: October 26, 2018, 01:10:29 pm »
You can now listen to one of my earliest short stories, After Nightfall, being read on The Gallery of Curiosities by Vic Mullin.

This story first appeared in David A. Sutton's fanzine Weird Window, and was reprinted the following year in Sphere Books' The Year's Best Horror Stories, edited by Richard Davis.

It was last reprinted in Otto Penzler's Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (Vintage Books) in 2011.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« on: October 25, 2018, 11:46:08 am »

I am pleased to reveal that my story, Romero's Children, will be translated and published in the next issue of the Russian webzine, Darker.

Romero's Children will be in their zombie issue -

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« on: August 10, 2018, 03:07:02 pm »
An update on this. Blitz have now paid me 50 euros for the two stories published in this collection and I believe the other writers too, who were not paid via Uwe Luserke when they should have been, will be reimbursed by the publisher. From what Blitz emailed me, I believe, also, I'm being sent a couple of copies of the book too.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Jim Pitts signed prints
« 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, 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:

Promote Your Projects / Re: The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts
« 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.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« on: May 14, 2018, 12:01:35 pm »
Just discovered, while looking at my isfdb, that two of my more Lovecraftian stories have been translated into German and published in the book shown below, totally without my knowledge. H. P. Lovecraft's Gotter des Grauens is the book's title, edited by someone called Roman Sander. The only other author whose name I know in the book is W. H. Pugmire. My stories are Lock-In and Fish-Eye.
It's not, alas, the first time something like this has happened.
I have emailed the publisher, who seems genuine, and asked them to look into this for me, which they are. Hopefully, we'll get to the bottom of this soon.
The cover artwork by Mark Freier is outstanding.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« 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)

Promote Your Projects / Re: The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts
« 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).

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.

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."

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