Saturday 22 August 2020

After Nightfall and Other Weird Tales by David A. Riley, illustrated by Jim Pitts

Early version of the cover with artwork by Jim Pitts - still subject to change
Due out later this year is After Nightfall and Other Weird Tales by David A. Riley, which will be a hardback packed full of black and white illustrations by award-winning artist Jim Pitts. In fact there are 20 illustrations accompanying these tales.
The stories will include:
Three Eyed Jack
The Fragile Mask on his Face
Terror on the Moors
The Shade of Apollyon
Writer's Cramp
Fish Eye
Boat Trip
After Nightfall

More details soon. 

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Facebook Group formed

We have formed a new closed group for the anthology Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy where developments of this anthology will be announced and all further details.

If anyone would like an invite to join please message Parallel Universe Publications

Poetry collection by Benjamin Blake: Standing on the Threshold of Madness

Parallel Universe Publications has only published one collection of poetry to date, Benjamin Blake's Standing on the Threshold of Madness.

Respected Lovecraftian scholar S. T. Joshi had this to say about it:
 "I was most impressed with Standing on the Threshold of Madness. These dark, brooding vignettes do far more than send a shudder up one's spine (although they do that again and again, with elegance and panache). Benjamin Blake has found a way to infuse into his horrific lyrics a keen sensitivity to human emotions, an understanding of the fragility of life, and a bleak portrayal of the evanescence of all existence. This is a volume that aficionados of weird poetry will want to read over and over."

Other comments about Benjamin Blake and his poetry:

“Benjamin Blake relishes funereal lyricism with a spice of surrealism.” - Ramsey Campbell 

"Language and imagery rule in this collection of dark visions. Blake has a distinctive voice, rich in surrealism, and he uses it to considerable effect." - Bruce Boston, SFPA Grandmaster Poet 
“A plethora of dark and haunting poems that could be likened to a bone chilling symphony overall! Mood enhancing language that will curdle the blood, and excellent, original imagery!” - Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award winning poet.
Benjamin Blake was born in the July of 1985, and grew up in the small town of Eltham, New Zealand. He is the author of the poetry and prose collections A Prayer for Late October, Southpaw Nights, and Reciting Shakespeare with the Dead. His debut novel, The Devil's Children, was published in October of 2016. Find more of his work at
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Sunday 9 August 2020

Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy

Artwork: Jim Pitts
Parallel Universe Publications will be starting a new series of anthologies in the coming months called Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy. It is hoped we will be able to publish this either annually or half-yearly depending upon how well it sells.

We will be announcing further details shortly.