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:



PUP Author Eric Ian Steele at Frightfest Talking About His Vampire Film Boy #5

 

Parallel Universe Publications author and horror/sci-fi filmmaker Eric Ian Steele being interviewed at Frightfest about his vampire movie Boy #5.



Saturday, 11 September 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 - Update

For the past month I have been steadily working my way through the submissions for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3

So far I have three definite acceptances and a handful of possibilities. The fate of the latter depends upon what comes in between now and the deadline of the 31st October. 

One thing I should emphasise: Please take into account the kind of fantasy anthology this is. Specifically, that it is about swords and sorcery. Unfortunately, some writers have not taken this into consideration and have sent me contemporary fantasy tales which, though they may be good stories in themselves, do not fit into this particular sub genre and will be rejected.

Anyway, things are looking good for the next volume in our series which we intend to publish before the end of November. 

All acceptances and rejections will be sent out by email within the first couple of days after the deadline.

Friday, 3 September 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 to be reviewed on Big Hits Radio UK this Sunday

 

Trevor Kennedy will be reading out his review of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 this Sunday on his midday show (12 noon till 2 p.m.) on Big Hits Radio UK. This review was first published in the current issue of Phantasmagoria magazine #19. 


 

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

New Group Set Up on Facebook: Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Public Group


A group open to anyone to see and participate in has been set up on Facebook: Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy.

Although this group has been created to promote our anthology series, please feel free to post about any other swords and sorcery books, magazines and writers. Discussions about anything to do with swords and sorcery as a sub genre is welcome. 

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Public Group

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Friday, 27 August 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy



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

Volume 1 is still available:

 

 

The contents of Volume One are:

THE MIRROR OF TORJAN SUL - Steve Lines

THE HORROR FROM THE STARS - Steve Dilks

TROLLS ARE DIFFERENT - Susan Murrie Macdonald

CHAIN OF COMMAND - Geoff Hart

DISRUPTION OF DESTINY - Gerri Leen

THE CITY OF SILENCE - Eric Ian Steele

RED - Chadwick Ginther

THE RECONSTRUCTED GOD - Adrian Cole

The cover and all the interior artwork is by Jim Pitts. 
 
amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

 

And, in a few months, Volume 3 will be published: 



 

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Open submission period for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 3 till October 31st

 

 

Submissions for Swords & Sorceries Volume 3 opened on the 1st August and will close on the 31st October 2021

Payment is £25 per story regardless of length, plus a contributor's copy. The book will be published as a paperback and ebook. If a hardcover version is published we will pay an additional £25. Contributors can also buy extra copies of the book through us at cost price. 

Please send your submissions as attachments (doc or docx) to:

paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk

You can send in more than one submission, but we will not accept more than one story per writer.

Although we prefer original stories we are prepared to consider reprints. Just inform us where and when it was previously published. 

You can send in simultaneous submissions, but please let us know at once if your story is accepted elsewhere.

There is no limit on the size of submissions.  

All rejections and acceptances will be sent out by email at the end of the first week in November. Please don't enquire about your submission before then.

Your story should be sent as an attachment, headed:

 "Submission - Swords & Sorceries 3"

And good luck!

To get a better idea of the kind of stories we are likely to publish in this anthology check out volumes 1 & 2:

  

The contents of Volume One are:

THE MIRROR OF TORJAN SUL - Steve Lines

THE HORROR FROM THE STARS - Steve Dilks

TROLLS ARE DIFFERENT - Susan Murrie Macdonald

CHAIN OF COMMAND - Geoff Hart

DISRUPTION OF DESTINY - Gerri Leen

THE CITY OF SILENCE - Eric Ian Steele

RED - Chadwick Ginther

THE RECONSTRUCTED GOD - Adrian Cole

The cover and all the interior artwork is by Jim Pitts. 
 
amazon.co.uk

amazon.com


 
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

Other than for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy we are officially closed for submissions at the moment.

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Great review of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 in the latest issue of Phantasmagoria

The latest issue of Phantasmagoria magazine contains a detailed review of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 by Trevor Kennedy, which ends:

"The book is brought to life all the more by some of the usual high standard of memorable cover and interior artworks by the popular dark fantasy artist Jim Pitts. All in all, Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 is recommended to both the hardcore high fantasy S&S fans and relative newcomers to this particular field like myself. I look forward to volume 3, which is apparently on its way very soon."
 

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Andrew Jennings: video advert for Into the Dark - and Congratulations on a new story in Weirdbook!

Andrew Jennings has a brand new story in the next issue of Weirdbook magazine edited by Douglas Draa: Right For You Now.

Coinciding with that is a short video ad for his vampire/serial killer novel Into the Dark.  



 


 

Monday, 16 August 2021

A Montage of PUP covers

I created a montage of current PUP covers, plus two to be published later this year. Please feel free to share. 


 

Saturday, 14 August 2021

A glimpse inside The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts





 

After Nightfall & Other Weird Tales by David A. Riley, Illustrated by Jim Pitts

 


After Nightfall & Other Weird Tales by David A. Riley, illustrated by Jim Pitts contains the following stories:
Three Eyed Jack
The Fragile Mask on his Face
Terror on the Moors
The Shade of Apollyon
Writer's Cramp
Fish Eye
Boat Trip
Prickly
After Nightfall

Here are just a couple of the over 20 illustrations, most of which are full page.


The paperback version and kindle are available through amazon, the paperback can be ordered direct from us:
 
The hardcover version of this book is available direct from Parallel Universe Publications. The price of £20 includes postage and packing to anywhere in the world. 
To order the hardcover version direct from us use this link.