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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #15 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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Re: A Saucerful of Secrets by Andrew Darlington
« Reply #16 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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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #17 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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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #18 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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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2016, 07:33:55 PM »


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.

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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2016, 06:23:54 PM »


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



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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2016, 10:04:43 PM »


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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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #24 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?"

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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #25 on: October 07, 2016, 04:05:29 PM »




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
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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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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #26 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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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2016, 03:27:15 PM »


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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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2016, 03:16:56 PM »


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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Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Reply #29 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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