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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

Amazon.co.uk  £7.99 – trade paperback
Amazon.com  $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.
Enjoy!



ABOUT DOUGLAS DRAA:
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.

ABOUT DAVID A. RILEY:
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.


PREVIOUS PUBLICATIONS:

BLACK CEREMONIES
by Charles Black
ISBN-10: 0957453558

THE HEAVEN MAKER AND OTHER GRUESOME TALES
by Craig Herbertson
ISBN-10: 0957453517

GOBLIN MIRE
by David A. Riley
ISBN-10: 095745354X