Monday, 30 October 2017

First review of Nightscape on amazon.com

Eric Ian Steele's Nightscape got an excellent first review on amazon.com by David W. Thompson:

"Eric Ian Steele’s “Nightscape” is a horror anthology well worth your attention. The tales run the gamut from pure conventional horror (City of the Dead) to flirting with science fiction (After the Fall). One, The Musical Box, had a welcome Hitchcock vibe, and Vincent Price absolutely must return to us for a part in “Charlie!” This one starts the reader off with a bang, and leads to an unusual surprise ending.
“Black Annis,” a tale of an ancient witch seeking revenge for the injustices heaped upon her is a personal favorite, but “Indian Summer” is my pick of the litter and is alone worth the price of admission. Mr. Steele does an excellent job with character development and world building, not an easy task for a short story, and his descriptive prose sets the mood for the terror to come!
Many other macabre accounts fill these pages, and if this is your passion, Mr. Steele will not fail to delight."

Next big project: Centenary Book on William Hope Hodgson

The next big project for Parallel Universe Publications will be a centenary volume commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of William Hope Hodgson in April 1918 in the First World War. The book will be 11.5 x 8.5 inches in size, and be a mixture of artricles, stories and artwork, put together by Jim Pitts, Nick Caffrey and David A. Riley. 

In the early years of the twentieth century Hodgson lived in Blackburn, Lancashire where both Jim and Nick now live and only three miles from where David lives. During his time in Blackburn Hodgson ran a body-building gym and had a newsworthy encounter with Houdini at the town's Palace Theatre. It was also where he wrote his first published stories: The Terror of the Water-Tank and The Goddess of Death, which were inspired by the water-tank on Revidge Road in Blackburn and by a statue of Flora in the town's Corporation Park. The book will include photos of the places associated to Hodgson's years spent in Blackburn. More details later. 

One of the pieces of artwork by Jim Pitts that will be included in the book

Friday, 27 October 2017

Sledge-Lit Derby 25th November - we'll be there!


Parallel Universe Publications will have a stand at Sledge-Lit in Derby on the 25th November, where all of our books will be available, plus signed prints of artwork by Jim Pitts.

For the first time we will also be able to accept credit/debit card payments.

Below is a copy of the advert we have booked for the event programme book. 


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Only two months of shopping left before Christmas

There are only two months left to do your shopping for Christmas presents. Which is why, if you know someone who loves great fantasy/horror artwork, you couldn't do better than take a look at The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts.

212 pages of some of the greatest fantasy/horror art of the past forty years. It's a numbered, limited edition of only 250 copies, all of which are signed by the artist. Cost: £35.00 plus postage and packing. Order soon and, while stocks last, you could have a copy that was also signed by these contributors: Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, Jon M. Harvey (of Spectre Press), Peter Coleborn (of Alchemy Press), and David A. Riley (of Parallel Universe Publications).







The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

Friday, 20 October 2017

Received from the printers today: Carl Barker's Parlour Tricks in paperback

We now have ample supplies of Carl Barker's collection, Parlour Tricks, in paperback, received from the printers today.
 
Hardcover:
amazon.co.uk £20.00
amazon.com $26.00

Paperback:
amazon.co.uk £9.99
amazon.com $12.99


Cover art: Luke Spooner


Parlour Tricks - trade paperback

Parlour Tricks - hardcover

Carl Barker's Parlour Tricks on amazon

Cover art: Luke Spooner

Both the hardcover and paperback versions of Carl Barker's Parlour Tricks are available on amazon:

Hardcover:
amazon.co.uk £20.00
amazon.com $26.00

Paperback:
amazon.co.uk £9.99
amazon.com $12.99

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Three great titles from PUP for Halloween

Parallel Universe Publications has three great titles for anyone who wants to pep up Halloween with some vintage ghost stories and weird tales:
Things That Go Bump in the Night; Classic Weird; and Classic Weird 2.







Check out their contents:
Things That Go Bump in the Night:

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
XĂ©lucha 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:

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

ClassicWeird 2

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)

Buy Classic Weird and Classic Weird 2 and we will send you a copy of Things That Go Bump in the Night free.


Things That Go Bump In The Night

Classic Weird

Classic Weird 2

Order Parlour Tricks in paperback - £9.99 plus postage and packing

Cover: Luke Spooner

Rather than wait for amazon, Barnes & Noble, Wordery, etc., to update their systems to include the new paperback version of Carl Barker's brilliant collection of short stories, Parlour Tricks, you can order this book direct from us using the Paypal button displayed below.



Parlour Tricks - trade paperback

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Paperback version of Parlour Tricks by Carl Barker available within next few days

A paperback version of Parlour Tricks by Carl Barker will be available within the next couple of days, either direct from Parallel Universe Publications or from amazon, Barnes & Noble, Wordery, etc., priced £9.99.

"Devil worshippers stalk the ageing boards of Blackpool Pier, a scrap-yard automaton devours the souls of lost children, and a murderous priest hunts an ancient she-demon through the streets of New York.

A selection of horror stories to chill the blood, featuring revenant felines, garbage-eating clairvoyants, flesh-eating magpies and a severed head with murder in mind.
 

Unexploded Girlfriends (c) 2010 was first published in Dark Horizons, Issue 57, BFS Journal, Winter 2010.
From Chatterton Hill (c) 2011 was first published in Estronomicon, October 2011.
Old Loves Die Hard (c) 2012 was first published in Title Goes Here, Issue 12, July 2012.
Eater of Lost Causes (c) 2011 was first published in Full Fathom Forty, BFS, October 2011.
With The Band (c) 2013 was first published in Niteblade, Issue #25, September 2013.
Fish Out of Water (c) 2011 was first published in Midnight Movie Creature Feature, May December Publications, October 2011.
Kicks (c) 2013 was first published in Miseria's Chorale, Forgotten Tomb Press, November 2013.
Why the Wild Things Are (c) 2010 was first published in Zombie Zoology, Severed Press, May 2010.
The Man Who Came to Dinner (c) 2009 was first published in Midnight Street, Issue #12, April 2009.
Things Lost in Fire (c) 2011 was first published in Dark Gothic Resurrected, October 2011.
Junkyard Dog, The Certainty of Chance, The Cabinet of Ed Monroe, and Lemming Revolution (c) 2016 are all original to this collection."

The fabulous cover is the work of Luke Spooner.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

First Amazon Review of Eric Ian Steele's Nightscape

First review on amazon of Eric Ian Steele's collection Nightscape:

Eric Ian Steele’s “Nightscape” is a horror anthology well worth your attention. The tales run the gamut from pure conventional horror (City of the Dead) to flirting with science fiction (After the Fall). One, The Musical Box, had a welcome Hitchcock vibe, and Vincent Price absolutely must return to us for a part in “Charlie!”...

To read the full review click on the link to it below:

https://www.amazon.com/…/0957453523/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_cmps_btm…

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts - some interior photos

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts contains hundreds of black and white and full-colour illustrations, covering more than forty years of work in the fantasy/horror/SF genres by the artist, winner of two British Fantasy Awards.

Inside are articles by Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, Adrian Cole, Peter Coleborn, Jon M. Harvey, Nick Caffrey, and David A. Sutton.

This is a limited, numbered edition of 250 harcover copies, each of which is signed by the artist.

Here are some photos inside this great book:
















The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

Friday, 6 October 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Some photos of our group signing of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts at Fantasycon

Some photos of our group signing of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts at Fantasycon by most of the contributors: Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones-Editor, Jon M. Harvey, Peter Coleborn, Jim Pitts and David A. Riley.

From left to right: Jon M. Harvey, Peter Coleborn, David A. Riley, Jim Pitts
From left to right: Jon M. Harvey, Peter Coleborn, David A. Riley
From left to right: David A. Riley, Jim Pitts, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones
From left to right: Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Signed copies of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

After Fantasycon we now have a limited number of copies of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts signed by those contributors who were at the convention. These are: Jon M. Harvey, Peter Coleborn, David A. Riley, Jim Pitts, Ramsey Campbell, and Stephen Jones. They can only be ordered from Parallel Universe Publications direct and will be sent out on a first come, first served basis.

Normally, copies will be signed by the artist Jim Pitts, and his publisher David A. Riley.

To order a copy now please follow this link: Order Books Direct

Would overseas buyers please note there is a dropdown menu and that they must choose the correct link for their location.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Great Book Signing Session for The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts at Fantasycon

We had a great, very lively book signing session for The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts at Fantasycon in Peterborough this weekend, with Jim Pitts, Ramsey Campbell, Jon Harvey, Peter Coleborn, Stephen Jones, and David A. Riley.

Left to right: Jon M. Harvey. Peter Coleborn, David A. Riley, Jim Pitts, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones