Left to right: David A. Riley - Jim Pitts

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

Phone: 07375388592 

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Parallel Universe Publications was originally created by David and Linden Riley in 1995 to produce a science fiction/fantasy magazine called Beyond. This ran for three issues and published stories by John Brunner, Karl Edward Wagner, Keith Brooke, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Laws, and Simon Clarke, as well as regular features from Stephen Gallagher and Kim Newman. Now, years on, we have revived the imprint to start a new line in books, the first of which was Craig Herbertson's The Heaven Maker & Other Gruesome Tales in 2012.
In 2015 Parallel Universe published 12 books: 2 novels, 7 short story collections and 3 anthologies. In 2016 we published 11 books: 1 novel, 9 short story collections and 1 anthology. Since then we have gone on to publish 47 books in total, including an artbook and a book of poetry. Our current projects include a second artbook (The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts) and a series of anthologies of swords and sorcery stories, which has so far been our most successful project yet, with a third volume due to be released in November 2021.

Cover: Martin McKenna


Issue 1 was published in April/May 1995. It featured the following stories:
Gremlin by Karl Edward Wagner
Yesterday I Flew With the Birds by Stephen Laws
Yesterday by Alex Stuart
The Road to Utopia Plain by Rick Kennett
The Stages of the God by Ramsey Campbell
Lute-Player by David V. Barrett

It also included an interview with Troma Films' Lloyd Kaufman and an article by Keith Brooke on How SF Lost the Space Race.  Regular features were by Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman, David Sutton, and Paul H. Birch.

The cover was by Martin McKenna, who did some of the interior illustrations, along with Tony Hough, Bob Covington, and Dave Carson.

Cover: David Hardy


Issue 2 was published in June/July 1995. It featured the following stories:
A Touch of Earth by Colin P. Davies
The Shadow Navigator by Adrian Cole
The Syncretic Priest's Confession by Charles M. Saplak
Conversation Pieces by Mary Soon Lee
The Last Worshipper of Proteus by Brian Stableford
A Token of Our Esteem by Lyn McConchie
Two Tomorrow by Steven Paulsen
A Misleading Case in Future Law by John Brunner

It also included an interview by Steve Holland of David Gemmell, plus How I Stole the Sampo by Ian Watson. Again there were regular features by Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman, David Sutton, and Paul H. Birch.

The cover was by David A. Hardy. Interior art was by Tony Hough, Bob Covington, Dave Carson, and Russ Nicholson.

Cover: Les Edwards


Issue 3 was published in Sept/Oct 1995. It featured the following stories:
Late Night at the Rusty Tiara by Larry Tritten
La Serenissima by David Sutton
Hearts Lost in a Vacuum by Simon Clark
Gwargens by Ian Redfern
Beside the Sea by Keith Brooke
The Last Hesperid by Marise Morland
The House of Quetzal Plumes by Stuart Palmer
Research Project by Shannah Jay

It also included an interview of Roger Zelazny by Ken Rand , plus the usual features by Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman, David Sutton, and Paul H. Birch.

The cover was by Les Edwards, with back cover art by Boris Vallejo. Interior art was by Russell Morgan, SMS, Sydney Jordan, Al Davidson, and Alwyn Talbot.

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