Sunday, 9 May 2021

Some reviewers' comments about Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 1

Here are some of the amazon reviewers' comments about Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 1:

"This is an entertaining anthology of new sword and sorcery with a diverse range of unique tales...All in all, an entertaining and fresh new anthology of sword and sorcery! Jim Pitts's cover is really distinctive; moreover, his interior illustrations are delightfully eerie, otherworldly, and evoke that "old school" charm" Jason Ray Carney

"What an enjoyable book. Quality sword and sorcery stories and amazing art by Jim Pitts..." Lonelycitydays

"... A varied collection of stories. Not to be overlooked. And be sure to keep an eye out for Volume Two out next year with more art by Jim Pitts." Richard Fisher

"A fine and delightfully various collection of sword & sorcery tales, deserving of any fan's attention. Nicely edited too - no typos to derail the action." Edgerat

"Excellent collection good to see S&S still going strong!" Archie

The contents of Volume 1 are:

INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley

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. 

Volume 2 will be published soon.

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Parallel Universe Publications

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2: Table of Contents

 

We are pleased to announce that the table of contents for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of
Heroic Fantasy Volume 2
has now been finalised. 

Introduction by David A. Riley

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 inside the book are by Jim Pitts. 

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 will be published within the next few months and will be 270 pages long, compared to 222 pages in Volume 1.

Copies of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 1 are still available:

  

 

The contents of Volume 1 are:

INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley

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

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Parallel Universe Publications

Monday, 3 May 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2

We have now sent out all our responses, both acceptances and rejections, to the massive number of submissions sent in for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2, and can announce that the total number of stories to be included in volume 2 and the total number of pages have risen: from 8 tales in volume 1 to 10, and from 219 pages to 270. 

The full TOC will be announced as soon as all the contracts have been returned by the writers.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Friday is the last day for submissions to Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2

There's now just one day left for submissions to Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2, which ends at midnight GMT on the 30th April. 

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 additional copies of the book through us at cost price. 

Please send your submissions to:

paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk

Please keep formatting as simple as possible, but we are not fussy. Just don't make it unnecessarily fancy or complicated. We just want an easy to print-off copy we can read.

There is no limit on the size of submissions.

Please send your story as an attachment, headed "Submission - Swords & Sorceries 2"

And good luck!

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

  

 

The contents of Volume One are:

INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley

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

Parallel Universe Publications

 

Saturday, 24 April 2021

In-depth review of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 1 on The Silver Key Blogsite

There is an excellent in-depth review of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 1 on The Silver Key Blogsite, which ends with: "I am looking forward to volume 2, and hope that vol 1 sells well enough to encourage further volumes in the series - and helps spur the steady trickle of new sword-and-sorcery/heroic fantasy that we're currently seeing."

To read the full review just click on this link

 


Friday, 23 April 2021

One week left for submissions to Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2

There's now just one week left for submissions to Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2, which ends at midnight GMT on the 30th April. 

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 additional copies of the book through us at cost price. 

Please send your submissions to:

paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk

Please keep formatting as simple as possible, but we are not fussy. Just don't make it unnecessarily fancy or complicated. We just want an easy to print-off copy we can read.

There is no limit on the size of submissions.

Any stories accepted will be reformatted anyway for publication.

Please send your story as an attachment, headed "Submission - Swords & Sorceries 2"

We intend to send out the results of all submissions before the end of the first week in May and will announce the TOC soon after. It is intended to publish the anthology either late May or early June. 

And good luck!

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

  

 

The contents of Volume One are:

INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley

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

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Parallel Universe Publications

Saturday, 17 April 2021

A Glimpse at a few pages from The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

Just a few of the pages from The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts, which will be published in hardcover later this year. 




 

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.

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

TO PRE-ORDER A COPY PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO OUR PRE-ORDER PAGE.


Sunday, 11 April 2021

Change of cover for Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2

We are considering a change to the cover for the second volume of our Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy anthology. The artist is still Jim Pitts. 

Meanwhile we are still reading submissions for the second volume. The submissions period ends on the 30th April, after which the full TOC will hopefully be announced towards the end of the first week in May. 


 


Monday, 5 April 2021

Submissions: Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2

We have had quite a few submissions so far, but surprisingly many just aren't swords and sorcery, but are either science fiction or just straight fantasy. 

It really would be useful for those concerned to spend a little time in looking up just what swords and sorcery is, maybe by reading some first. I must admit when I submit a story somewhere I always try to make certain the story I am sending is appropriate for the market.  

Please note: We will not be sending out any responses till after the close of the submissions period at the end of this month. 

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

  

 

The contents of Volume One are:

INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley

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

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Parallel Universe Publications

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 - opens for submissions from tomorrow till the 30th April


I can announce that volume 2 already has 4 stories accepted. These were tales that could not be fitted in volume 1. To compensate, though, it has been decided to make the second volume even longer than the first, so we are looking for at least another eight stories to include this time. 
Stories already accepted are:

THE ESSENCE OF DUST by Mike Chinn

HIGHJACKING THE LORD OF LIGHT by Tais Teng

OUT IN THE WILDLANDS by Martin Owton

IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST by Edward Ahern

 
 
New submissions for Swords & Sorceries Volume 2 open on the 1st April and will close on the 30th of that month.



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 additional copies of the book through us at cost price. 

Please send your submissions to:

paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk

Please keep formatting as simple as possible, but we are not fussy. Just don't make it unnecessarily fancy or complicated. We just want an easy to print-off copy we can read.

There is no limit on the size of submissions.

Any stories accepted will be reformatted by us anyway for publication.

Please send your story as an attachment, headed "Submission - Swords & Sorceries 2"

And good luck!

 

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

  

 

The contents of Volume One are:

INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley

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

Parallel Universe Publications

 

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 - opens for submissions from the 1st of April till the 30th April


I can announce that volume 2 already has 4 stories accepted. These were tales that could not be fitted in volume 1. To compensate, though, it has been decided to make the second volume even longer than the first, so we are looking for at least another eight stories to include this time. 
Stories already accepted are:

THE ESSENCE OF DUST by Mike Chinn

HIGHJACKING THE LORD OF LIGHT by Tais Teng

OUT IN THE WILDLANDS by Martin Owton

IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST by Edward Ahern

 
 
New submissions for Swords & Sorceries Volume 2 open on the 1st April and will close on the 30th of that month.



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 additional copies of the book through us at cost price. 

Please send your submissions to:

paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk

Please keep formatting as simple as possible, but we are not fussy. Just don't make it unnecessarily fancy or complicated. We just want an easy to print-off copy we can read.

There is no limit on the size of submissions.

Any stories accepted will be reformatted by us anyway for publication.

Please send your story as an attachment, headed "Submission - Swords & Sorceries 2"

And good luck!

 

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

  

 

The contents of Volume One are:

INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley

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

Parallel Universe Publications

 

Friday, 26 March 2021

Oh no, one of our 5-star reviews has disappeared!

  

It looks as though one of our 5-star reviews has been deleted on Amazon. We need more reviews of this book, however brief, to make it more prominent. So, if you liked this anthology, (we're not going to ask you if you didn't!) please give a thought to posting about it on Amazon.

The contents of Volume One are:

INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley

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

Parallel Universe Publications

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

RIP Steve Lines

We are saddened to learn today of the passing of Steve Lines whose fabulous story The Mirror of Torjan Sul opened volume one of Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy

Although we still don't have the official details of what caused his death we understand he had been suffering from Covid related problems for some time and was being treated for pneumonia with antibiotics before being admitted once more into hospital. 

 

Monday, 22 March 2021

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 opens for submissions from the 1st till the 30th April this year


Submissions for Swords & Sorceries Volume 2 open on the 1st April and will close on the 30th of that month.



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 additional copies of the book through us at cost price. 

Please send your submissions to:

paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk

Please keep formatting as simple as possible, but we are not fussy. Just don't make it unnecessarily fancy or complicated. We just want an easy to print-off copy we can read.

There is no limit on the size of submissions.

Any stories accepted will be reformatted by us anyway for publication.

Please send your story as an attachment, headed "Submission - Swords & Sorceries 2"

And good luck!

 

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

  

 

The contents of Volume One are:

INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley

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

Parallel Universe Publications