Sunday, 9 August 2020

Swords and Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy

Artwork by Jim Pitts
Parallel Universe Publications will be starting a new series of anthologies in the coming months called Swords and Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy. It is hoped we will be able to publish this either annually or half-yearly depending upon how well it sells.

We will be announcing further details shortly.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

British Fantasy Society review of A Distasteful Horror Story

Great review of Johnny Mains' debut novel A Distasteful Horror Story has just been posted on the British Fantasy Society website.

"His knowledge of and love for the horror genre and its authors shines through, and he also manages to make the reader feel some empathy and sympathy for the protagonist writing from his prison cell. All in all, a great read, and one for the shelves of (almost) any horror fan."

Click on this link to see the full review. 


Thursday, 2 April 2020

Free Mobi and PDF Copies of these PUP Books during the Coronavirus Crisis

A reminder that if anyone during this crisis is short of some good reading material on their kindle (or your computer if you are okay with pdfs) free mobi copies of the following books are available from Parallel Universe Publications. All you need do is email paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk and either a mobi copy (which can be copied and pasted onto your kindle) or a pdf will be emailed to you completely free.
Please ask for all or a selection of these titles. That's up to you.
 
Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb
Classic Weird 2
Kitchen Sink Gothic
Classic Weird
Things That Go Bump In The Night
Goblin Mire
Their Cramped Dark World & Other Tales
His Own Mad Demons
Moloch's Children
Into the Dark
 
 

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Free mobi copies (downloadable onto your kindle device) of Classic Weird volumes 1 & 2, and Things That Go Bump in the Night

As a further gesture towards helping people keep entertained during this crisis, we are offering free mobi copies of these anthologies. Mobi copies will be emailed to you and you can download them onto your kindle device. Alternatively, we would be happy to send you pdfs.
Just email us at paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk



Things That Go Bump in the Night edited by Douglas Draa and David A. Riley is now available in trade paperback from Parallel Universe Publications. 365 pages long, this bumper volume contains 19 classic weird stories by Sir Hugh Clifford, Edward Lucas White, William Hope Hodgson, George Allan England, F. Marion Crawford, Frederick Marryat, E. F. Benson, W. C. Morrow, Amyas Northcote, M. P. Shiel, Lord Dunsany, Perceval Landon, Robert E. Howard, G. G. Pendarves, Henry Brereton Marriott Watson, Irvin S. Cobb, Huan Mee, Abraham Merritt, Nictzin Dyalhis, and Edith Wharton.
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 contains:
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



This 298-page volume contains weird tales by some of the classic authors of the genre, including: 
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)

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb - kindle edition free for the next five days

As a small gesture to those of us who are stuck indoors during the current virus crisis we are offering free downloads of the kindle version of one of our best books for the next five days: Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb, one of America's finest storytellers.

Additionally, after this period if you would like a mobi copy which you can download onto your kindle, just email us at paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk and we will email one to you free of charge.

 
During his lifetime Irvin S. Cobb was one of the most celebrated writers in American literature, though nowadays he is almost forgotten, apart perhaps from his Lovecraft connection. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb was born in Paducah, Kentucky on the 23rd June, 1876. His father, unable to cope with the death of his own father, succumbed to alcoholism when Cobb was only sixteen. As a result, Cobb’s education came to an end and he started work, first on the Paducah Daily News, then the Louisville Evening Post. By 1904 Cobb’s career in journalism was doing so well that he moved to New York, where he would go on to spend the rest of his life, starting work at the Evening Sun, though it wasn’t long before an assignment to cover the Russian-Japanese peace conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire so impressed Joseph Pulitzer that he offered Cobb a job at the New York World, where he became the highest-paid staff reporter in the United States. In 1911 Cobb moved to the Saturday Evening Post. Three years later he was asked to cover the Great War. Amongst the many stories he wrote while there were the exploits of the Harlem Hellfighters, a unit of black American soldiers who had gone on to earn distinction for their courage and discipline, which Cobb celebrated in his book The Glory of the Coming. Besides his prolific work as a journalist, Cobb’s fame largely came from his humorous stories, which were published in the leading magazines of his day, and collected in numerous books during his lifetime. But, though he was best known as a humourist, he did have a darker side, exemplified by the tales collected in this volume. Two of the most famous succeeded in catching the attention of H. P. Lovecraft. It is claimed that Fishhead influenced Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth. And there is certainly no doubt that Lovecraft was favourably impressed with this tale. In his groundbreaking essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature, Lovecraft wrote: “Fishhead, an early achievement, is banefully effective in its portrayal of unnatural affinities between a hybrid idiot and the strange fish of an isolated lake…” The Unbroken Chain gave Lovecraft the key idea behind The Rats in the Walls, though in all other respects the two tales are totally different. Besides writing and journalism, Cobb’s career extended to Hollywood, where legendary director, John Ford, made two films based on his books: Judge Priest (1934) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953). Other films included Peck’s Bad Boy (1921), starring Jackie Coogan, and The Woman Accused (1933), with a young Cary Grant. Cobb also did a stint at acting himself, appearing in ten movies altogether, including Pepper, Everybody’s Old Man (1936), Steamboat Round the Bend (1935) and Hawaii Calls (1938). It’s a sign of the prominence he had achieved that in 1935 he was invited to host the 7th Academy Awards. Other than the tales that inspired Lovecraft, Cobb also wrote some brilliantly dark stories that culminate in a kind of sadistic irony. They are some of the finest conte cruel ever written. Amongst the best of these is the final story in this collection: Faith, Hope, and Charity, whose protagonists, as is often the case in Cobb’s stories, struggle against fates that are not only pre-ordained but are horrendously appropriate! It must be added his hapless victims are far from blameless. What fates await them under Cobb’s pen have most definitely been brought upon them by themselves! Through most of the tales there is a wry sense of humour, so wry, in fact, that it never detracts from the impact at the end; indeed, it often adds to and embellishes it! I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did and share with me the conviction that it is high time they were revived.
Contents are:

Fishhead
The Escape of Mr. Trimm
The Gallowsmith
Mr. Lobel's Apoplexy
The Unbroken Chain
The Second Coming of the First Husband
Masterpiece
January Thaw
Cabbages and Kings
We Can't All Be Thoroughbreds
Queer Creek
Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker
Balm of Gilead
Faith, Hope, and Charity

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Saturday, 7 September 2019

New PUP advert in Phantasmagoria Magazine

Trevor Kennedy is very kindly publishing the following advert for Parallel Universe Publications in the next issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine.


Thursday, 5 September 2019

Two more Jim Pitts full-colour prints

We have just added two more of Jim's wonderful artwork to the list of prints available from us.

Click here to see all the prints that are now available.

Print 41 
SHADMOCKS AND SHIVERS: New tales inspired by the stories of R.Chetwynd-Hayes 2019

Print 42 
SOME THINGS MAY BE: Collected writings by James Wade. 2017

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

The Winter Hunt soon to be Out of Print

Cover Art: Joe Young
The Winter Hunt by Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis will be official Out of Print at the end of this month. If you want to order a copy you have just a few weeks to do so.
Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis at the launch for The Winter Hunt at The Grand Hotel, Scarborough

Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis, a two-man, Swansea-based writing-team (though they have written individually as well, and excellently too) are contemporary authors in the best sense of the phrase. They are also hugely respectful of and clearly motivated by some of the great work done in the past. So often their stories, at first glance, may be ‘kitchen sink’ in tone. By that, I mean they could be set on a drear council estate, or in a bus station café, or a second-hand shoe shop, or a seaside boarding house on a dull day in the off-season. But never be fooled by any of that, because these calm waters run very, very deep indeed. The Lockley/Lewis style is deceptively simple – an easy and comfortable read, comprising beautiful, well-constructed prose that will carry you straight to the heart of the plot. Already, that’s a sign of quality where I’m concerned. But in addition, in terms of the subtext, these tales are never less than awe-inspiring, and I choose my words carefully. There are massive concepts at the heart of so much Lockley and Lewis. One minute you think you’re reading about a weary shop-girl who spends all day worrying about her wayward brother and his car-thief mates, the next you’re confronted by demonic forces and a winter storm so hellish they surely come from a place beyond time. A few minutes later, you think you’re travelling with two single middle-aged women on a short holiday to the coast, but the next thing you’re asking ‘coast of what?’ What kind of edge have they ventured to here, and for God’s sake, why? Nothing is what it appears in the book you are about to read, but there is nothing complex here either. Think of these tales as contemporary, urban parables, often unapologetically horrific, and yet rich in heart and soul. They deal with issues that go far deeper than the events on the page, and yet the best thing is – you don’t have to go digging for that. It’ll all be brought to you in due course.

Contents are:
Introduction by Paul Finch
The Winter Hunt
Gabriel Restrained
Family Ties
Lullaby
The Woman on the Stairs
Never Go Back
Damp
Last Day
The Worst Part
City of Woes
Death Knock
Playmates
De Profundis
Puca Muc
Shadows in Paint

The Winter Hunt was first published in F20, 2000
Gabriel Restrained was first published in Darkness Rising Two: Night's Soft Pains, 2001
Family Ties was first published in The Third Black Book of Horror, 2008
Lullaby was first published in  Vivisections, 2003
Never Go Back was first published in British Invasion, 2008
Damp was first published in Chimeraworld #2, 2005
City of Woes was first published in Doorways, 2008
Death Knock was first published in At Ease with the Dead, 2007
Puca Muc was first published in Shrouded by Darkness, 2006


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Tuesday, 3 September 2019

New Jim Pitts prints and a great deal

We have added some exciting new illustrations to the list of Jim Pitts prints that are available from us, plus they are now post free.
 
Each print is on high quality A4 paper, approved and signed by the artist before being sealed for protection inside a plastic envelope.

Colour prints are £7.00 each including p&p

Black & white prints are £5.00 each including p&p

Any orders for 5 or more prints, whether black and white, colour, or mixed qualify for a 20% discount.

To order please email paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk or davidariley@gmx.co.uk, listing which prints you would like, plus your address. You will then be emailed a Paypal invoice.


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.


Jim Pitts holding his two British Fantasy Awards

Jim Pitts holding a copy of his book, The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

Now you have the opportunity to own individually signed prints of some of Jim's best work, in black and white and in full-colour.

THE PRINTS

Print 01
Cover for Worlds of the Unknown #1
Spectre Press
Print 02
Cover of Dark Horizons #15, 1976 edited by Stephen Jones
British Fantasy Society

Print 03
"Mr October"


Print 04
Inspired by Clark Ashton Smith's Zothique stories

Print 05
Front cover of Cthulhu: Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Spectre Press 2018


Print 06
Tsathoggua - Clark Ashton Smith's
contribution to the Cthulhu Mythos

Print 07
Illustration for Adrian Cole's Steaming into Wonderland
published in Worlds of the Unknown #5, Spectre Press




Print 24    H. P. Lovecraft's The Moon Bog


Print 08
From The Tower of the Elephant by Robert E. Howard
The Hyborian Gazette #1

Print 09
Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft


Print 10
Illustration for The Furies from Boras by Anders Fager
in Cthulhu #8 (front cover)

Print 11
Cover for Cthulhu #7, Spectre Press

Print 12
Illustration for Climbing Those Stairs by David Ieuan
in Worlds of the Unknown #1, Spectre Press

Print 13
Illustration for Baptism of  Fire by Andrew Darlington
in Cthulhu #5

Print 14
Illustration for Game of Nine Pinns by Don Webb
in Cthulhu #7

Print 15
Cthulhu

Print 16
Illustration for Brian Lumley's The Changeling
in Earth, Air, Fire & Water, Fedogan & Bremer

Print 17
Illustration for Brian Lumley's The Gathering
in Earth, Air, Fire & Water, Fedogan & Bremer

Print 18
"Angel" inspired by the Charlie Parker novels
of John Connolly
Print 19
M. R. James' The Scrapbook of Canon Alberic

Print 20
M. R. James' The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral


Print 21
M. R. James' Count Magnus

Print 22
M. R. James' Lost Hearts

Print 23
Writer's Cramp by David A. Riley, Northern Chills



Print 25  Hans Bok's Beyond the Golden Stair


Print 26  Hans Bok's The Blue Flamingo


Print 27  The Benevolence of Yib by Lin Carter
Print 28  R. Chetwynd-Hayes Looking for Something to Suck












Print 29  R. Chetwynd-Hayes  Looking for Something to Suck
Print 30 Robert E. Howard's The Black Stone





















Print 31  H. P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space
Print 32  Halloween 2019


Print 33 A Trick, or a Treat?
Print 34  The Waking Dead



Print 35 H. P. Lovecraft's The Cats of Ulthar

Print 36  Bats


Print 37  Pumpkin Scarecrow

Print 38 Female Zombie




Print 39 Zombie Head
Print 40 Hi, Pardner. It's been awhile