Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 1 reviewed on Castalia House Website

A new review of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 1 on the Castalia House website.

"... I really like the format of this book. The 5.25 x 8 is an almost ideal size for reading. Cover art by Jim Pitts who colorized an old illustration of Karl Edward Wagner’s Kane. Pitts also provides the frontispiece and dedication art. The art fits well, is strategically used, and kept in balance with the prose.

There is a second volume out in June and Volume 3 published two weeks ago. The publishing schedule appears to be every 6 months. This is stuff the Big 5 ought to be doing."

 



Sunday, 28 November 2021

There is a great story by story review of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 on amazon.com

There is a great story by story review of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 on amazon.com by Richard Fisher

"'Strike while the iron is hot.'
"That is exactly what David A. Riley and Parallel Universe Publications has done. Three unique anthologies all published within the last thirteen months with a fourth volume on the way next year. Parallel Universe continues to publish heroic adventures in strange worlds by authors of growing renown.
"Volume three brings us another ten tales. Several authors you might recognize from the previous installments such as: Tais Teng, Mike Chinn, Chadwick Ginther, and veteran writer Adrian Cole.....
"This year has been a stellar year for sword and sorcery fiction. Parallel Universe has certainly added to the excitement with this series of anthologies. In fact, Volume four is due for publication in June of 2022."
Click on the link above to read the full review.

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 selling well

Although we haven't got the final figures for the whole of November yet, we can tell that Volume Three of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy has already outsold the previous volumes at this stage, though sales of the earlier volumes are still ongoing, possibly with people wanting to complete the set.

We are looking forward to opening up submissions for Volume Four, which we intend to bring out in May or June next year.   

 



Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 is now available as a paperback and ebook (kindle).

Copies can be ordered from:

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

Contents are:
 
Sorcerous Vengeance by Lorenzo D. Lopez 
 
Seal Snatchers of Jorsaleem by Tais Teng
 
When the Gods Send You Rats by Chadwick Ginther 
 
Mother's Bones by Carson Ray
 
In the Lair of the Snake-Witch by Darin Hlavaz
 
The Rains of Barofonn by Mike Chinn
 
Wardark by Craig Herbertson
 
The Foliage by Rab Foster 
 
In the Lair of the Moonmen by Jon Hansen 
 
Sailing on the Thieves' Tide by Adrian Cole
 
The covers and interior artwork are again by Jim Pitts.
The book is 270 pages and will cost £11.99 (£2.99 kindle).

With covers and illustrations by award-winning fantasy artist Jim Pitts, and edited by David A. Riley, the volumes so far include stories by Steve Lines, Steve Dilks, Susan Murrie Macdonald, Geoff Hart, Gerri Leen, Eric Ian Steele, Chadwick Ginther, Adrian Cole, Mike Chinn, Tais Teng, Martin Owton, Andrew Darlington, Pedro Iniguez, Dev Agarwal, and Phil Emery.

All are available from Parallel Universe Publications direct or from Amazon and other online retailers. 



For a glimpse into some of the interior pages of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 click on this link

The contents of Volume 2 are:

The Essence of Dust by Mike Chinn

Highjacking the Lord of Light by Tais Teng

Out in the Wildlands by Martin Owton

Zale and Zedril by Susan Murrie Macdonald

The Amulet and the Shadow by Steve Dilks

Antediluvia: Seasons of the World by Andrew Darlington

A Thousand Words for Death by Pedro Iniguez

Stone Snake by Dev Agarwal

Seven Thrones by Phil Emery

The Eater of Gods by Adrian Cole 

Illustrations by Jim Pitts.

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

 

 

The contents of Volume One are:

The Mirror of Torjan Sul by Steve Lines

The Horror from the Stars by Steve Dilks

Trolls are Different by Susan Murrie Macdonald

Chain of Command by Geoff Hart

Disruption of Destiny by Gerri Leen

The City of Silence by Eric Ian Steele

Red by Chadwick Ginther

The Reconstructed God by Adrian Cole

Illustrations by Jim Pitts. 
 
amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

Volume Four:


 

Thursday, 18 November 2021

In Depth Review of A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy & Horror on the Vault of Evil Website

Kevin Demant has just concluded a story-by-story review of A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy & Horror on the Vault of Evil website. Click here to take a look at it. 

A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy & Horror by David A. Riley is now available in paperback and kindle.

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

The short story collection includes fourteen dark tales of fantasy and horror ranging from 1971 to 2020.

Dead Ronnie and I was first published in Sanitarium issue 44, 2016
Corpse-Maker was first published in Weird Window issue 2, 1971
The Urn was first published in Whispers issue 1, 1972
Gwargens was first published in Beyond issue 3, 1995
Retribution was first published in Peeping Tom issue 3, 1991
The Bequest was first published in Dark Horizons, 2008
They Pissed on My Sofa was first published in Malicious Deviance, 2011
Old Grudge Ender was first published in The Screaming Book of Horror, 2012
A Girl, a Toad and a Cask was first published in The Unspoken, 2013
Scrap was first published in Dark Visions 1, 2013
Lem was first published in The Eleventh Black Book of Horror, 2015
A Grim God’s Revenge was first published in Mythic issue 4, 2017
Grudge End Cloggers was first published in Scare Me, 2020
Hanuman was first published in Phantasmagoria issue 16, 2020


Saturday, 13 November 2021

"One Of The Most Solid Sword And Sorcery Anthologies I Have Read" - Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 First Review

The first review on amazon, headed "One Of The Most Solid Sword And Sorcery Anthologies I Have Read", gives Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 a solid five stars.

Click on this link to read the full review.

 

Friday, 5 November 2021

A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy & Horror by David A. Riley available now in paperback and kindle

Artwork: Jim Pitts
 

A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy & Horror by David A. Riley is now available in paperback and kindle.

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

The short story collection includes fourteen dark tales of fantasy and horror ranging from 1971 to 2020.

Dead Ronnie and I was first published in Sanitarium issue 44, 2016
Corpse-Maker was first published in Weird Window issue 2, 1971
The Urn was first published in Whispers issue 1, 1972
Gwargens was first published in Beyond issue 3, 1995
Retribution was first published in Peeping Tom issue 3, 1991
The Bequest was first published in Dark Horizons, 2008
They Pissed on My Sofa was first published in Malicious Deviance, 2011
Old Grudge Ender was first published in The Screaming Book of Horror, 2012
A Girl, a Toad and a Cask was first published in The Unspoken, 2013
Scrap was first published in Dark Visions 1, 2013
Lem was first published in The Eleventh Black Book of Horror, 2015
A Grim God’s Revenge was first published in Mythic issue 4, 2017
Grudge End Cloggers was first published in Scare Me, 2020
Hanuman was first published in Phantasmagoria issue 16, 2020

Paperback front, back cover and spine: artwork Jim Pitts

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 now available as paperback and ebook (kindle)


It is with great pleasure that we announce Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 is now available as a paperback and ebook (kindle)

Copies can be ordered from:

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

Contents are:

Sorcerous Vengeance by Lorenzo D. Lopez 
 
Seal Snatchers of Jorsaleem by Tais Teng
 
When the Gods Send You Rats by Chadwick Ginther 
 
Mother's Bones by Carson Ray
 
In the Lair of the Snake-Witch by Darin Hlavaz
 
The Rains of Barofonn by Mike Chinn
 
Wardark by Craig Herbertson
 
The Foliage by Rab Foster 
 
In the Lair of the Moonmen by Jon Hansen 
 
Sailing on the Thieves' Tide by Adrian Cole
 
The covers and interior artwork are again by Jim Pitts.
 

Monday, 1 November 2021

A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy & Horror now available on kindle

Artwork: Jim Pitts  
Ahead of its publication as a paperback, A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy and Horror is available as a kindle ebook (price £2.99 in the UK). The paperback will be out later this week. 

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

The short story collection includes fourteen dark tales of fantasy and horror ranging from 1971 to 2020.

Dead Ronnie and I was first published in Sanitarium issue 44, 2016
Corpse-Maker was first published in Weird Window issue 2, 1971
The Urn was first published in Whispers issue 1, 1972
Gwargens was first published in Beyond issue 3, 1995
Retribution was first published in Peeping Tom issue 3, 1991
The Bequest was first published in Dark Horizons, 2008
They Pissed on My Sofa was first published in Malicious Deviance, 2011
Old Grudge Ender was first published in The Screaming Book of Horror, 2012
A Girl, a Toad and a Cask was first published in The Unspoken, 2013
Scrap was first published in Dark Visions 1, 2013
Lem was first published in The Eleventh Black Book of Horror, 2015
A Grim God’s Revenge was first published in Mythic issue 4, 2017
Grudge End Cloggers was first published in Scare Me, 2020
Hanuman was first published in Phantasmagoria issue 16, 2020

Paperback front, back cover and spine: artwork Jim Pitts

 



Sunday, 31 October 2021

Next 2 Books to be Published by PUP: Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 and A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy & Horror



The next two books to be published within the next few weeks by Parallel Universe Publications are: Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 and A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy & Horror.

The cover artwork for both is by award-winning fantasy artist Jim Pitts, and the swords and sorcery anthology includes some interior artwork too. 

Both will be published as paperbacks and ebooks, priced £11.99 and £2.99 respectively. 

 

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Volume 3 of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy nearing completion


With only three days to go before the closure of submissions for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy we can now say that in our opinion it is going to be a cracker.

One tale that will definitely be looked forward to is a brand-new Elak, King of Atlantis story by veteran fantasy writer Adrian Cole.

Last year saw publication of his first series of Elak tales by Pulp Hero Press, Elak: King of Atlantis to great critical acclaim. Included in Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 will be a novella-length Elak story: Sailing on the Thieves' Tide. 

Full details of all of the contents will be announced next week and Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 will be available as a paperback and ebook by mid-November. 



Sunday, 24 October 2021

Congratulations to Eric Ian Steele (Nightscape) for Boy #5 winning Best Independent Film Movie at Horrors4You

Great news for Eric Ian Steele, whose movie Boy #5 won the Best Independent Film Movie award at Horrors4You.

"This film has a great sense of purpose in its story - and that's exactly what independent film is about."

Eric's story collection Nightscape was published by Parallel Universe Publications. 



Congratulations to Steve Dilks on the publication of Black Dust and Other Stories

 

Out today Steve Dilks' Black Dust and Other Stories, which includes The Amulet and the Shadow which was first published in Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy volume 2.

Here's a link to view this on amazon.co.uk.


Thursday, 21 October 2021

A Grim God's Revenge: Dark Tales of Fantasy & Horror to be published in November

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork: Jim Pitts

To be published next month, this will include fourteen stories in the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres all of which have previously been published from the early 1970s to last year.

Dead Ronnie and I was first published in Sanitarium issue 44, 2016
Corpse-Maker was first published in Weird Window issue 2, 1971
The Urn was first published in Whispers issue 1, 1972
Gwargens was first published in Beyond issue 3, 1995
Retribution was first published in Peeping Tom issue 3, 1991
The Bequest was first published in Dark Horizons, 2008
They Pissed on My Sofa was first published in Malicious Deviance, 2011
Old Grudge Ender was first published in The Screaming Book of Horror, 2012
A Girl, a Toad and a Cask was first published in The Unspoken, 2013
Scrap was first published in Dark Visions 1, 2013
Lem was first published in The Eleventh Black Book of Horror, 2015
A Grim God’s Revenge was first published in Mythic issue 4, 2017
Grudge End Cloggers was first published in Scare Me, 2020
Hanuman was first published in Phantasmagoria issue 16, 2020




Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy - Volumes 3 and 4

While still deciding upon which stories to include in the third volume of our swords and sorcery series, we are already looking forward to publishing the fourth volume in June next year. Here, for the first time, is a look at what the cover will be. 

Artwork by Jim Pitts

Artwork by Jim Pitts


Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3


As the deadline for submissions draws nearer it's becoming increasingly obvious that the final selection for the stories to be included in volume three is going to be tough. 

We would like to thank everyone who has submitted so far - or intends to submit a story before the end of the month. We are going to send emails during the first week in November to let everyone know how their stories have fared.

Volume Three of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy will be published in paperback and kindle before the end of November. 

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Christmas in the Workhouse & Other Gruesome Tales - a new video on an ideal gift for Christmas

 


Christmas in the Workhouse & Other Gruesome Tales by Craig Herbertson, illustrated by Chrissie Demant.

Available in hardcover, paperback and kindle.

This is the second collection of stories written by Craig Herbertson to be published by Parallel Universe Publications. A musician and songwriter, Craig lives in Edinburgh with his partner and children. Craig is one of the original authors included in the infamous Pan Book of Horror Stories series. Two of his stories received honourable mentions in Ellen Datlow's renowned lists - The Best Horror of the Year. When not writing Craig is playing folk music, mostly Scottish, or watching football.Some of the stories in this collection show the influence of some of his favourite writers, including Philip K. Dick and J. G. Ballard.
 
An ideal present for Christmas for anyone who loves well-written, dark, sardonically macabre stories, complete with several spot illustrations by Chrissie Demant and one illustration by Craig himself.  Published in hardcover with an illustrated dustjacket, this is one of the best collections we have ever published.

To order the softcover direct from us click on this link

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Thursday, 7 October 2021

New advert for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy

We have just finished negotiating with the science ficrion/fantasy magazine Mythic to include a half-page advert for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy in their next issue, which will also include a swords and sorcery story called Baal the Necromancer by David A. Riley.

Below please see the advert we sent to them. 


 

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volumes 1 and 2 on Kindle

Although the paperback versions are £11.99 each, you can instantly download and read both volumes on your kindle for just £2.99 each. 


The contents of Volume 2 are:

The Essence of Dust by Mike Chinn

Highjacking the Lord of Light by Tais Teng

Out in the Wildlands by Martin Owton

Zale and Zedril by Susan Murrie Macdonald

The Amulet and the Shadow by Steve Dilks

Antediluvia: Seasons of the World by Andrew Darlington

A Thousand Words for Death by Pedro Iniguez

Stone Snake by Dev Agarwal

Seven Thrones by Phil Emery

The Eater of Gods by Adrian Cole 

Illustrations by Jim Pitts.

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

 

 

The contents of Volume One are:

The Mirror of Torjan Sul by Steve Lines

The Horror from the Stars by Steve Dilks

Trolls are Different by Susan Murrie Macdonald

Chain of Command by Geoff Hart

Disruption of Destiny by Gerri Leen

The City of Silence by Eric Ian Steele

Red by Chadwick Ginther

The Reconstructed God by Adrian Cole

Illustrations by Jim Pitts. 
 
amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Some updated glimpses into The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts is an evolving project as new illustrations are added and Jim receives new commissions for his work, which we intend to include in this book.

Pre-order copies are available for £25 plus postage and packing. After publication the price will rise to £30.00 plus p&p.  

The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts will be a fitting sequel to the first volume, published in hardcover and packed with black and white and full-colour illustrations.

All pre-ordered copies will be signed by Jim Pitts and will include 5 black & white or colour prints (please select from here) and will be posted as soon as the book is published.

Use the dropdown button on our Pre-Order page and select the region to which your order will be posted.  

If you have any queries please contact us at paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk

Here are just a few of the pages so far:












Sunday, 19 September 2021

New heading for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Facebook page and group

 

Anyone interested in keeping up to date on our Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy series should take a look at our Page and Group on Facebook. 

 

Friday, 17 September 2021

Updated cover for the forthcoming The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

 

This is an updated copy of the front and back covers (and spine) of The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts.

Pre-order copies are available for £25 plus postage and packing. After publication the price will rise to £30.00 plus p&p.  

Since we brought out The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts in 2017 Jim has been constantly busy, including interior artwork for Elak: King of Atlantis and After Nightfall & Other Weird Tales, covers for Phantasmagoria magazine, and a host of other projects, with new techniques and fresh designs. 

The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts will be a fitting sequel to the first volume, published in hardcover and packed with black and white and full-colour illustrations.

All pre-ordered copies will be signed by Jim Pitts and will include 5 black & white or colour prints (please select from here) and will be posted as soon as the book is published.

Use the dropdown button on our Pre-Order page and select the region to which your order will be posted.  

If you have any queries please contact us at paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk

These are just a few of the pages from this book: