Saturday, 17 April 2021

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

amazon.com

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

 

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts


More illustrations arrived today for The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts
. These are part of a commission from Centipede Press for A'rak by the late Michael Shea, part of his 'Nifft the Lean' series.

A sequel to The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts, The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts will be published in hardcover later this year, packed with brand new black and white and full-colour illustrations.

All pre-ordered copies will be signed by Jim Pitts and 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 click on the following link to our Pre Order page: Pre Orders

Just some of the colour illustrations so far:




 



Monday, 15 March 2021

Updated cover for The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts


Here is a slightly updated cover for The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

Work on the book is progressing well, with some absolutely amazing artwork and some great sections of new illustrations for M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson, Clark Ashton Smith, Adrian Cole's Elak: King of Atlantis, The Fantastic Fiction of Hans Bok, Robert E. Howard, and Phantasmagoria magazine. Others are in the process of being included - details soon. 

The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts will be a fitting sequel to the first volume, published in hardcover and packed with brand new 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 click on the following link to our Pre Order page: Pre Orders

From Five Years Ago to Today

Facebook prompted this memory from five years ago, when Parallel Universe Publications had brought out a total of 16 books. This number had doubled since then, with two more to be published later this year: The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts and Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2


 
PUP bookshelf March 2021

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

After Nightfall & Other Weird Tales reviewed on Hellnotes by Mario Guslandi

 

There is now a great review for After Nightfall & Other Weird Tales on the Hellnotes site by regular reviewer Mario Guslandi.

"A prolific and well respected British horror writer, David A Riley repurposes a bunch of his short stories in a new collection where each tale is graced by dark (and sometimes outright disquieting) illustrations by artist Jim Pitts, which produce further shivers along the reader’s spine..."

To read the full review click on this link

Monday, 1 March 2021

The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts


The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts is developing well, with great sections of new illustrations for M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson, Clark Ashton Smith, Adrian Cole's Elak: King of Atlantis, The Fantastic Fiction of Hans Bok, Robert E. Howard, and Phantasmagoria magazine. Others are in the process of being included - details soon. 

The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts will be a fitting sequel to the first volume, published in hardcover and packed with brand new 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 click on the following link to our Pre Order page: Pre Orders

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Pre-Order copies of The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts


 

To be published later this year by Parallel Universe Publications: The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts.

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 below and select the region to which your order will be posted.  

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

Price including postage & packing

Monday, 22 February 2021

The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts



The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts is developing well, with great sections of new illustrations for M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson, Clark Ashton Smith, Adrian Cole's Elak: King of Atlantis, The Fantastic Fiction of Hans Bok, Robert E. Howard, and Phantasmagoria magazine. Others are in the process of being included - details soon. 

The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts will be a fitting sequel to the first volume, published in hardcover and packed with brand new 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 click on the following link to our Pre Order page: Pre Orders

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Copies of paperback version of After Nightfall & Other Weird Tales


We received the paperback copies of After Nightfall & Other Weird Tales from the printer today. Here is a glimpse of some of the inside pages:

 







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The paperback is £11.99, the kindle £2.99. 

The paperback is available through most online retailers and direct from PUP.

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

DIRECT FROM PUP

Just like the hardcover version published recently, the book 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