Tuesday, 16 July 2019

A Distasteful Horror Story by Johnny Mains

Cover artwork: David Whitlam
Started the process to get A Distasteful Horror Story by Johnny Mains published within the next few days. Providing there are no unexpected glitches the book should be available in paperback on amazon later this week, priced £11.99.

"A darkly humorous, satirical look at the tight-knit world of horror writers - and their fans. Contains no scenes of violence against actual books, only their authors”

Johnny Mains has been prominent in the horror genre ever since his 2010 debut anthology, Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories, which won the British Fantasy Award in 2011 for best anthology. Mains has been at the forefront of the UK’s new wave of horror, editing Best British Horror (Salt Publishing and NewCon Press), Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians (edited with Robin Ince), and The Screaming Book of Horror.

Mains has also written several collections of his own stories: With Deepest Sympathy (2010), Frightfully Cosy and Mild Stories for Nervous Types (2012) and A Little Light Screaming (2015).
Mains has also written the introduction to Stephen King’s 30th anniversary edition of Thinner, and has discovered ‘lost’ works of fiction by Algernon Blackwood, Edith Nesbit and Daphne Du Maurier.

"Johnny Mains is the Herbert van Thal of our age" - The Independent
"Mains' knowledge of fantastical fiction is enormous" - Robin Ince
"Mains is the Minister For Horror" - Charlie Higson"

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

An extract from A Distasteful Horror Story by Johnny Mains

From A Distasteful Horror Story by Johnny Mains, due out from Parallel Universe Publications soon:
"Our biggest score was Ramsey Campbell. I was gutted, as was he. It was the worst day of my life, but Carson had him targeted, but didn’t think that he would ever have been able to take him down on his own. We took him down at a convention of all bloody places, the most stupid, and riskiest thing we could have ever done. Ramsey, in a rare move, was alone, his wife did not accompany him on this trip, for whatever reason. He was, by all accounts, having a rare old time of it – he was there to pick up a lifetime achievement award; he even mentioned Carson in his speech, prompting the audience to give Carson a round of applause. That, at least, gave Carson safety when it came to the police questioning everyone. Nobody would ever think that he would have ever wanted to kill anyone."

Monday, 8 July 2019

A Distasteful Horror Story by Johnny Mains

Parallel Universe Publications will very shortly be publishing the paperback and ebook versions of Johnny Mains' satirical horror novel, A Distasteful Horror Story. I've just requested a proof copy and, provided there are no unexpected glitches to it, the book will be available within the next couple of weeks.
The book's cover is the work of artist David Whitlam. It also has an introduction by Reginald Oliver.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Nightscape by Eric Ian Steele reviewed on the British Fantasy Society website

There's a review of Eric Ian Steele's Nightscape collection on the BFS website by Pauline Morgan.

"The first thing that catches the attention is the beautiful production of this book and the excellent choice of cover – Joseph de Ribera’s Hecate: Procession to a Witches Sabbath – which perfectly indicates the intended mood of the stories inside. There are eleven of these, the first eight of which were originally published elsewhere between 2003 and 2014. The final three are original to this collection." To read the rest of the review click onto this link.

Eric Ian Steele is a novelist and screenwriter from Manchester, England. He is the writer of the horror novel The Autumn Man, as well as the thriller feature film The Student (2017) and the action/sci-fi feature film Clone Hunter (2010). He won the prestigious Writers on the Storm screenwriting contest in 2012 and has had short films produced across the USA. He has also written for hire on a children’s sci-fi animated TV series. His short stories range from science-fiction to horror and fantasy and can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines including Terror Tales alongside fiction by Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman, The Lovecraft E-Zine, Horror Without Victims, the superhero fiction anthology POW!erful Tales, and the zombie poetry collection Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes!  

Nightscape is being published in hardcover, price £20.00. It is also available as a trade papetrback and an ebook.
It includes eleven tales:

Charlie - first published in Terror Tales #4, edityed by John B. Ford and Paul Kane

The Musical Box - first published in Chaos Theory: Tales Askew #13, edited by A. A. Roberts

The Groaner in the Glen - first published in The Lovecraft eZine #29, edited by Mike Davis

City of the Damned - first published in In Bad Dreams II

Black Annis - first published in The Willows #1, edited by Ben Thomas

After the Fall - first published in Chaos Theory: Tales Askew #3, edited by A. A. Roberts

Moths - first published in Scifantastic

Cycle - first published in Terminal Earth

A Dahlia Among the Roses, Ars Armortia, and Indian Summer are original to this collection.

amazon.co.uk £20.00
amazon.com $26.00

trade paperback
amazon.co.uk £9.99 
amazon.com  $12.99

amazon.co.uk £2.76
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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Into the Dark reviewed in the next issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine

The horror novel Into the Dark is reviewed in the next issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine this coming weekend.

A review of INTO THE DARK by David A. Riley (writing as Andrew Jennings). Review by Helen Scott for Phantasmagoria Magazine.
It is bad enough for Janice Burroughs that she is afraid of travelling home from work in the dark but now there is a serial killer at large in London. The nights are drawing in and she is all too well aware of how vulnerable she is, a single woman, living and travelling alone. Then there is her creepy neighbour Jimmy. He won’t stop asking her out and hanging around. She tries to make as little noise as possible at home so he doesn’t catch her at the door, prompting another awkward exchange. Until one night there is a power cut and Jimmy comes to her rescue. Thinking he’s not such a bad bloke after all, she agrees to go on a date with him. Then as she gets to know him, he starts to pick her up from work in his old BMW - at least that way she doesn’t have to be afraid of travelling alone, what with a killer on the loose.
Meanwhile, Chief Inspector James Yates and Detective Sergeant McKenna are investigating three brutal murders. They are hunting for a killer who likes to slice off the faces of their victims before applying grease paint. Jimmy’s name comes on their radar as he has a connection to the family of one of the victims. He did some plumbing work for them and has been previously arrested for domestic violence against his ex-wife.
To complicate matters, Fiona, a barmaid on her way home one night, not only witnesses but thwarts an attack on another woman. Hailed as a hero and interviewed by the papers she doesn’t realise that all the publicity is making her a target for the attacker. That is until late one night Fiona is attacked in her own home and it has serious consequences. Not only that but now the police are looking for a man who drives a BMW.
But what has all this got to do with Craig, a thirteen year old boy abducted from a train station in Lancaster? Finding himself manacled and mutilated by his ‘doctor’ abductors, he has given up any hope of escape.
Janice and Jimmy soon find themselves embroiled in a set of circumstances that means they have to flee London and head north.
I first read this book last June, then when I was asked to review it I read it again. I have to say that I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. It lost none of its appeal or tension, even though it was familiar. That is because Jennings/Riley writes so well. His characters are written in such a way that they have a familiarity to them and as the reader you just get taken into the story. The whole plot is wonderfully thought out and executed, leaving you, the reader, wanting more. I know I certainly did. Definitely worth a read and as it’s only £1.99 on Kindle how could you possibly say no. Go on, treat yourself.

Into the Dark is available to purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Wordery and direct from Parallel Universe Publishing.
Helen Scott.

trade paperback:
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Amazon.co.uk  £2.99
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Monday, 13 May 2019

Volumes 1 and 2 of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts now available in softcover

The softcover versions of the limited, signed hardback edition of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts are now both available to order online, £15.99 each. Volume 2 contains a small number of recent full colour and black & white illustrations not included in the hardback.

Amazon UK - volume 1
Amazon UK - volume 2

Amazon USA - volume 1
Amazon USA - volume 2

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Volume One of the softcover version of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts now available

Volume One of the softcover version of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts is now available online. Volume Two will follow shortly.

Amazon UK: £15.99

Amazon USA: $21.73

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Kitchen Sink Gothic 2

We'll be starting work shortly to choose which stories will be in Kitchen Sink Gothic 2.
Below is the cover, though it could still be subject to change. The cover art is by Allen Koszowski.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts to be published in soft cover 1st May

To be published on the 1st May: the two-volume softcover set of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts. These will be the same as the hardback limited edition, except that volume two will include a handful of new illustrations, some in full-colour.
The books are 8 x 11 inches in size, 112-pages each. Price will be £15.99 each.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Phantasmagoria Magazine

This is a poster for the next issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine, which will contain a review of one of PUP's books, plus an advert, and an interview with David A. Riley, part of which is about Parallel Universe Publications.

Monday, 1 April 2019

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

The price reduction on the signed, numbered, limited edition of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts has now ended and the price has reverted to its original cost of £35 per copy plus postage and packing.

However, a soft cover version in two volumes will be available shortly through amazon, price £15.00 per copy.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

A Distasteful Horror Story by Johnny Mains

Due for publication later this year are the paperback and ebook versions of Johnny Mains' A Distasteful Horror Story, which was recently published as a numbered, signed limited edition hardback by Noose & Gibbet Publishing.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Charles Black

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that horror writer, editor and publisher, Charles Black died yesterday on the 15th March in St Michael's Hospice in Hereford of cancer. Only the day before he was well enough to sit up and use his computer, but declined the following day and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.

We were hoping to travel to the hospice on Monday to visit him, but the end came quicker than either of us expected.

Charles, second from the right, enjoying a drink with friends

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Charles Black

It is with a great feeling of sadness that we are posting that one of our first authors and very good friend, Charles Black, has terminal cancer.

Charles is the author of two collection of short stories: Black Ceremonies, which we published in 2015. He is also the author of A Taste for the Macabre, which was brought out under his own imprint Mortbury Press in 2018. He is the editor of the fabulous Black Books of Horror, eleven volumes of which appeared between  2007 and 2015, featuring a vast range of some of the best writers in the genre in the UK, including Paul Finch, Reggie Oliver, Thana Niveau, John Probert, Anna Taborska, Kate Farrell, Marion Pitman, Stephen Bacon, Stuart Young, Craig Herbertson, David Williamson and many, many more.

Linden and I have met Charles on a number of occasions, mainly at Fantasycon, where we loved his company. It is difficult to express our feelings over what has happened. We are totally devastated.

Today Charles will be moving to St Michael's hospice in Hereford. The latest news is that doctors have stopped treating his cancer and are now just giving him pain-killers and liquids intraveniously.

Charles, to the right, shaking hands with fellow editor Johnny Mains at Fantasycon
Charles, to the right, on a panel at The World Horror Convention in Brighton in 2010

Saturday, 23 February 2019

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts reviewed by Trevor Kennedy of Phantasmagoria Magazine

Review by Trevor Kennedy for Phantasmagoria Magazine.
The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts is a bumper hardback dedicated to the life works so far of the man of the title, one of the great fantasy artists of our time. On top of that, it also serves as a history of sorts of the much esteemed British Fantasy Society (and related publications) and the early days of these guys at the forefront of the movement, highlighting their good times, and quite often difficulties, over the last almost half a century. Jim Pitts and his exquisitely detailed artworks are our guides through this fascinating and hugely important period for the UK fantasy/horror scene. And I loved every single page of it!
Jim’s life, from his working class Northern English beginnings and folk band days with ‘The Jim Pitts Folk Quartet’ to the present day, is chronicled over 212 pages alongside a bonanza of his macabre works and written contributions from BFS stalwarts such as David A. Riley, David A. Sutton, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, Brian Lumley, Adrian Cole, Peter Coleborn and more, fascinating real life stories concerning what really must have been a golden era for these pioneers, especially in the 1970s and ‘80s. Reading about the difficulties they faced back then just made me realise how lucky wannabe publishers/writers like myself get it these days. My first job when I left school was with a printing firm, so I know only too well how expensive lithographic printing was, and probably still is.
On the subject of Jim’s artwork itself, firstly I must state that I am no art expert, especially from a technical viewpoint. But for me, as a layman, I found his numerous pieces included on the pages to be brilliantly atmospheric, haunting and Lovecraftian. I particularly enjoyed his representations of certain M.R. James’ stories, some of his Cthulhu mythos-based creations, his cracking portrait of Vincent Price in Witchfinder General, along with a classic Universal monster or two. On a personal level, Jim’s artwork also brought with it warm feelings of nostalgia for my own childhood when I would have read some of the various publications referenced, including Fantasy Tales and the B.F.S. Bulletins, mailed to me in the 1980s by my then pen-pal cousin Dave Carson, another fantasy artist also mentioned in the book and associate of Jim and the aforementioned contributors. For me to now be just a small part of this scene is the greatest of personal honours.
This is a very special book for many reasons, so if you have even a passing interest in fantasy artwork (especially that of Jim Pitts obviously) or the recent history of the UK weird fiction scene, then you really need to grab a copy for yourself as soon as humanly possible!
A limited number of 250 signed copies of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts have been published by Parallel Universe Publications. If you are interested in acquiring a copy you can contact them through the following:
Parallel Universe Publications
David A. Riley; Linden Riley
Head Office: 130 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, BB5 3DR, UK.
Email: paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk or davidariley@gmx.co.uk
A future issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine (number 10, late May 2019) will feature interviews with Jim Pitts, David A. Riley and David A. Sutton.

To order a copy click on this link Order The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

Friday, 8 February 2019

Women in Horror Month

Parallel Universe Publications has three outstanding collection from women writers:

And Nobody Lived Happily Ever After by Kate Farrell
Other Visions of Heaven and Hell by Jessica Palmer
Fractious Fairy Tales by Jessica Palmer

Artwork by Vincent Chong

"What distinguishes Kate Farrell’s work is the extraordinary accuracy and vividness with which she sets up her situations. She has an eye for detail and an outstanding ear for the way people think and speak. It is far from fanciful to see this at least partly as the product of her experience as an actress. In the theatre, a natural faculty for observing one’s fellow human beings is trained and honed. Listen to the narrator of “Waiting”. If you don’t know someone like that personally, you will have certainly heard her talking just behind you on a bus at some time. The intonation, the accent, the understanding, and the lack of it, are all so true to life. But the people Farrell evokes are not all from one social stratum, or one nation. Here is an ancient and corrupt Irish Priest (“The Way the Truth and the Life”), here is the wife of a notorious Argentinean dictator (“Las Cosas Que Hacemos por el Amor”), or the two Spanish schoolchildren in “The Efficient Use of Reason”, and they are all done with the same conviction, the same ruthless accuracy. Farrell’s eye is not heartless, but it is unclouded by any kind of sentimental affectation; her horrors emerge from what we sometimes call the commonplace. Very occasionally she touches on the supernatural, but when she does she does it superbly as in one of my favourites among her stories “A Murder of Crows” which shows that she can do an uncanny rural atmosphere with grim poetry as well as anyone. It is the gift of every worthwhile writer in this genre to make us realise that just beneath the surface of the banal and ordinary, there yawn great abysses of wonder and terror. I don’t know quite why this realisation, in the hands of a writer like Farrell, should be so thrilling, enjoyable even, but it is. There is not a dull page, not a dull sentence in And Nobody Lived Happily Ever After." From Reggie Oliver 's introduction to And Nobody Lived Happily Ever After

Contents are:
Introduction by Reggie Oliver
Mea Culpa
Helping Mummy
A Murder of Crows
No Junk Mail
All in a Row
Dad Dancing
The Way and the Truth and the Life
My Name is Mary Sutherland
The Efficient Use of Reason
How I Got Here
His Family
The Sands are Magic
Once Upon a Time
A. Reeves Tale
Las Cosas Que Hacemos por El Amor
Peacock Blue Dress
Alma Mater

Mea Culpa was first published in The Eighth Black Book of Horror, 2011
His Family was first published in The Ninth Black Book of Horror, 2012
Dad Dancing was first published in The Tenth Black Book of Horror, 2013
Helping Mummy was first published in The Screaming Book of Horror, 2012
The Sands are magic was first published in Terror Tales of the Seaside, 2013
Waiting was first published in Kitchen Sink Gothic, 2015
Alma Mater was first published in The Eleventh Black Book of Horror, 2015

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Jessica Palmer has had 28 books published, both fiction and nonfiction. Her novels – horror, fantasy and science fiction – were released by Pocket Books in the United States and Scholastic in the United Kingdom. She has written two textbooks about Native American history, which were published by McFarland, and an encyclopedia of natural history released by Harper Collins’ label Element Books and later by Thorson in the UK.
Palmer has also written ten science-and-technology manuals on the topics of explosives and radiation. These were distributed globally. It was this work that brought her to Great Britain in 1988.
The daughter of a professional clown, Palmer refers to her switch to writing fiction as an exercise in damage limitation. She taught classes and conducted workshops on creative writing and publishing at North Shropshire College in Whitchurch, Stanmore College and the Islington Arts Factory in London.
As a journalist, Palmer won awards in New Mexico and Texas for writing features, public service and breaking news – the most recent in 2013. Palmer has also written satirical columns for newspapers, including “A Slice of Life” and “How to Make Love to your Personal Computer.”
Her two loves are writing and animals. She started a nonprofit in Kansas for wildlife rescue and has held a wildlife rehabilitation permit since 2002.
Other Visions of Heaven and Hell are a series of sometimes inter-related stories about our ideas of Heaven and Hell, sometimes hilarious - sometimes horrific - but always entertaining.

Contents are:
Devil's Due
The Faithful
And now, a Word from our Sponsor
Heavenly Bodies
On the Wings of a Prayer
Fallen Angel
A Stitch in Time
No Good Turn
Leap of Faith
Divine Comedy
Force of Habit
The Gates of Hell
Hell on Wheels
Cinderella Revisited
Last Laugh
A Cold Day in Hell
Cheap Shots
What the Dickens
When Hell Freezes Over
Bad Medicine
Wrong Number
A Snowball's Chance
Devil Woman
To Be or Not
The King's Plate
An Afterthought
About the Author

Last Laugh was first published in Weirdbook #28, Autumn 1993, edited by W. Paul Ganley
Cinderella Revisited was first published in Weirdbook #29, Autumn 1995, edited by W. Paul Ganley
What the Dickens was first published in Substance Sept 1995

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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Soon to be Out of Print

We have decided, with the agreement of their authors, to stop publishing two of our books due to lack of sales.
Both books will cease to be available from the end of February, when they will officially be Out of Print. If you wish to buy them before they become scarce items, you have five weeks in order to do so.
The books are:

Written by "Richard Staines" (in reality Mark Samuels) this is a series of hilariously non-PC comic horror stories featuring the "notorious" manager Vince Grinstead and the most violent, psychopathic footballers in the history of English soccer!

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Written by Johnny Mains, these stories were originally published by Obverse Books as With Deepest Sympathy.
Johnny's other collection from us, A Little Light Screaming will remain in print.

This collection contains
The Judge’s House
With Deepest Sympathy
Gun Money
Jesus Wept
The Bag Lady
Falling in Love with a Dead Boy
Losing the Plot
Bloody Conventions
The Spoon
The Trapper
Life through a Lens
The Family Business
Small Town Life
Stour Bridge
Final Draft
The Duel.

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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Titles to cease publication

We will shortly be pulling publication of a couple of our older books that have low sales. We'll give everyone a month's notice if they want to buy copies before they are out of print.