Wednesday, 21 September 2016

FantasyCon by the Sea

Most of the packing for FantasyCon by the Sea has been done, especially the parcels of books that are now in the car.
Parallel Universe has a dealers table at the convention in the Victoria Room. We also have a book launch arranged for Saturday between 11 and 12 noon in the Harbourlights Restaurant where, not only will there be wine, fruit juice and nibbles available, courtesy of PUP, but some of our writers and artists will be ready to sign their books: Adrian Cole (Tough Guys), Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso (Haunted Grave), Paul Lewis and Steve Lockley (The Winter Hunt and Other Stories), Jim Pitts (frontispiece for Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb and the cover for Tough Guys).
PUP also has two adverts in the convention programme, a full page for PUP in general and a half page advertising our book launch.
We look forward to meeting old friends and new.



Monday, 12 September 2016

Black Static advert

The latest advert for Parallel Universe Publications appeared this month in the current issue of Black Static (issue 54). This will soon be followed by two adverts in FantasyCon by the Sea's official programme, a half page advert for our Book Launch on Saturday the 24th (11 pm) and a full page advert for PUP in general.



Sunday, 11 September 2016

Our next anthology

Parallel Universe Publications will be announcing details of our next anthology, together with writers' guidelines, in the near future.

Our last anthology was Kitchen Sink Gothic, which was published last August and featured 17 writers:


Coined in the 1950s, Kitchen Sink described British films, plays and novels frequently set in the North of England, which showed working class life in a gritty, no-nonsense, “warts and all” style, sometimes referred to as social realism. It became popular after the playwright John Osborne wrote Look Back In Anger, simultaneously helping to create the Angry Young Men movement. Films included Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Entertainer, A Taste of Honey, The L-Shaped Room and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. TV dramas included Coronation Street and East Enders. In recent years TV dramas that could rightly be described as kitchen sink gothic include Being Human, with its cast of working class vampires, werewolves and ghosts, and the zombie drama In the Flesh, with its northern working class, down to earth setting. In this anthology you will find stories that cover a wide range of Kitchen Sink Gothic, from the darkly humorous to the weirdly strange and occasionally horrific.

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Kitchen Sink Gothic includes:

1964 by Franklin Marsh
Derek Edge and the Sun-Spots by Andrew Darlington
Daddy Giggles by Stephen Bacon
Black Sheep by Gary Fry
Jamal Comes Home by Benedict J. Jones
Waiting by Kate Farrell
Lilly Finds a Place to Stay by Charles Black
The Mutant's Cry by David A. Sutton
The Sanitation Solution by Walter Gascoigne
Up and Out of Here by Mark Patrick Lynch
Late Shift by Adrian Cole
The Great Estate by Shaun Avery
Nine Tenths by Jay Eales
Envelopes by Craig Herbertson
Tunnel Vision by Tim Major
Life is Prescious M. J. Wesolowski
Canvey Island Baby by David Turnbull

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Last batch of books for FantasyCon by the Sea arrived today

Arriving in good time, the last batch of books for FantasyCon by the Sea were delivered today.
Adverts all booked and paid for, book launch organised, and the dealer's table booked and paid for too. Now all we need to is get there for Thursday the 22nd.
Looking forward to meeting some of our authors who'll be at FantasyCon, including Adrian Cole, Paul Lewis, Steve Lockley, and Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso, as well as my old friend, the artist Jim Pitts, who did the cover for Adrian Cole's Tough Guys and a splendid frontispiece for Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb.

Friday, 2 September 2016

A Place of Skulls and other tales by David Ludford

The next book from Parallel Universe Publications will be a collection of twelve short stories from David Ludford, A Place of Skulls and other tales, all of which were previously published in Schlock! magazine.
More details soon.

Second ad placed in FantasyCon Programme

Parallel Universe Publications have now placed a second ad in the FantasyCon by the Sea programme, this time advertising our important book launch on the Saturday.
We already have a full-page ad.


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Poster for FantasyCon by the Sea

This is a copy of the poster we'll be using to advertise our books at FantasyCon by the Sea in September.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Dedicated facebook page for Book Launch at FantasyCon by the Sea

Parallel Universe Publications now has a dedicated facebook page for its book launch on the 24th September at FantasyCon by the Sea. Check it out here.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Fantasycon (23-25 September, 2016 - Scarborough) - We'll be there!

Parallel Universe Publications will not only be holding a book launch at Fantasycon but will have a table in the Dealers Room where all our books will be available at a special one-time-only Fantasycon price of £8.00 each. Fantasycon will be held at the Grand Hotel, Scarborough between the 23rd and 25th September this year.

Books to be launched will be Adrian Cole's Tough Guys, Paul Lewis and Steve Lockley's The Winter Hunt, A Saucerful of Secrets by Andrew Darlington, Andrew Jennings' Into the Dark, and Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso's Haunted Grave. It will also be your first opportunity to buy Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb.

 

 


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Haunted Grave by Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso now published

Haunted Grave and Other Stories: Eight Tales of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction from the African Continent has now been published by Parallel Universe Publications.

Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso is an MA graduate of Creative Writing, Swansea University Wales. His short stories, poems and non-fiction have appeared in a couple of journals, anthologies and magazines such as Emanation: Foray into Forever, Africa Roar Anthology, Open Road Review, Criterion Journal, ANA Review, Ground's Ear Anthology, Future Lovecraft, African Eyeball, Miracle e-zine, Episteme Journal, Texts on SAVVY Journal. He has been shortlisted in IdeasTap Inspires: Writers' Centre Norwich Writing competition, Ghana Poetry Prize, and Quickfox Poetry Competition.

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Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso

Inside front cover advert for Parallel Universe Publications in Fear magazine

There's a great full page ad for Parallel Universe Publications on the inside front cover of the new Fear magazine.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Just published by PUP: Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

During his lifetime Irvin S. Cobb was one of the most celebrated writers in American literature, though nowadays he is almost forgotten, apart perhaps from his Lovecraft connection. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb was born in Paducah, Kentucky on the 23rd June, 1876. His father, unable to cope with the death of his own father, succumbed to alcoholism when Cobb was only sixteen. As a result, Cobb’s education came to an end and he started work, first on the Paducah Daily News, then the Louisville Evening Post. By 1904 Cobb’s career in journalism was doing so well that he moved to New York, where he would go on to spend the rest of his life, starting work at the Evening Sun, though it wasn’t long before an assignment to cover the Russian-Japanese peace conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire so impressed Joseph Pulitzer that he offered Cobb a job at the New York World, where he became the highest-paid staff reporter in the United States. In 1911 Cobb moved to the Saturday Evening Post. Three years later he was asked to cover the Great War. Amongst the many stories he wrote while there were the exploits of the Harlem Hellfighters, a unit of black American soldiers who had gone on to earn distinction for their courage and discipline, which Cobb celebrated in his book The Glory of the Coming. Besides his prolific work as a journalist, Cobb’s fame largely came from his humorous stories, which were published in the leading magazines of his day, and collected in numerous books during his lifetime. But, though he was best known as a humourist, he did have a darker side, exemplified by the tales collected in this volume. Two of the most famous succeeded in catching the attention of H. P. Lovecraft. It is claimed that Fishhead influenced Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth. And there is certainly no doubt that Lovecraft was favourably impressed with this tale. In his groundbreaking essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature, Lovecraft wrote: “Fishhead, an early achievement, is banefully effective in its portrayal of unnatural affinities between a hybrid idiot and the strange fish of an isolated lake…” The Unbroken Chain gave Lovecraft the key idea behind The Rats in the Walls, though in all other respects the two tales are totally different. Besides writing and journalism, Cobb’s career extended to Hollywood, where legendary director, John Ford, made two films based on his books: Judge Priest (1934) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953). Other films included Peck’s Bad Boy (1921), starring Jackie Coogan, and The Woman Accused (1933), with a young Cary Grant. Cobb also did a stint at acting himself, appearing in ten movies altogether, including Pepper, Everybody’s Old Man (1936), Steamboat Round the Bend (1935) and Hawaii Calls (1938). It’s a sign of the prominence he had achieved that in 1935 he was invited to host the 7th Academy Awards. Other than the tales that inspired Lovecraft, Cobb also wrote some brilliantly dark stories that culminate in a kind of sadistic irony. They are some of the finest conte cruel ever written. Amongst the best of these is the final story in this collection: Faith, Hope, and Charity, whose protagonists, as is often the case in Cobb’s stories, struggle against fates that are not only pre-ordained but are horrendously appropriate! It must be added his hapless victims are far from blameless. What fates await them under Cobb’s pen have most definitely been brought upon them by themselves! Through most of the tales there is a wry sense of humour, so wry, in fact, that it never detracts from the impact at the end; indeed, it often adds to and embellishes it! I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did and share with me the conviction that it is high time they were revived.

The book includes a frontispiece drawn by Jim Pitts and an Introduction by Linden Riley.

Contents are:

Fishhead
The Escape of Mr. Trimm
The Gallowsmith
Mr. Lobel's Apoplexy
The Unbroken Chain
The Second Coming of the First Husband
Masterpiece
January Thaw
Cabbages and Kings
We Can't All Be Thoroughbreds
Queer Creek
Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker
Balm of Gilead
Faith, Hope, and Charity


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Monday, 25 July 2016

Parallel Universe places ad in Black Static, Fear magazine and the FantasyCon Programme

Advert in the horrorzine
Parallel Universe Publications has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise its profile. The first of these was in the horrorzine for Adrian Cole's Tough Guys.

We have now arranged for an ad to go in the inaugural issue of the revived magazine Fear, edited by John Gilbert. This will be followed by a half-page ad in Black Static (issue #54). 
Advert in Fear magazine
Advert in Black Static

As well as a book launch at FantasyCon we are also placing a full-page, full-colour ad in the convention programme.


Friday, 8 July 2016

Into the Dark - free kindle download Sunday the 10th July

For one day only the kindle version of Andrew Jennings' horror novel Into the Dark will be free.

All we would ask is that if you do download it to write a honest review afterwards, however brief.

In the meantime, enjoy!


Our copies of Tough Guys have arrived

Our copies of Tough Guys by Adrian Cole arrived by courier yesterday, including extra copies ordered for the launch at Fantasycon in Scarborough later this year. Really pleased with the brilliant Jim Pitts wraparound cover. The book includes an in-depth introduction by David A. Sutton.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Haunted Grave and Other Stories by Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso

Coming soon from Parallel Universe Publications is a collection of horror, fantasy and science fiction stories set in Africa by Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso, Haunted Grave and Other Stories.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Reviewers welcome



If you are a book reviewer, either on your own blog or on a website or in a magazine, and would like to take a look at any of our books, please contact us on paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk

Just quote which book(s) you are interested in and say whether you would prefer an e-version, pdf or print copy.


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Andrew Jennings' Into the Dark is PUP's 19th book

Andrew Jennings' horror crime noir novel Into the Dark is Parallel Universe's nineteenth book. It is now available in papereback - and an ebook version will be available shortly.
"There's a serial killer at loose in London. Janice, who has a chronic fear of the dark, stumbles into a relationship with the man who may secretly be the murderer. Neither know that in the North of England, in a place previously owned by his dead mother, activities are taking place that may unleash a horror that could spell the end of civilisation in Britain - an ancient evil that would make the activities of any serial killer look like child's play by comparison. Could a psychotic killer be the only man capable of ending this?"

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Draft advert for Tough Guys - Cirsova Magazine

Cirsova Magazine in the States is publishing a story by Adrian Cole and have offered him some free advertising space, which he has decided he would like to use for Tough Guys.
Below is our first draft:

Monday, 20 June 2016

Mobi Copies of Tough Guys available for reviewers

If any reviewers would like a free mobi copy of Adrian Cole's Tough Guys, which is now available as a paperback and ebook, simply send an email to paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Tough Guys by Adrian Cole now available as both paperback and ebook

Adrian Cole's Tough Guys is now available as both a trade paperback and an ebook on amazon.

Trade Paperback:
Amazon.co.uk £8.99
Amazon.com $11.99

Ebook:
Amazon.co.uk £2.99
Amazon.com $4.30

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Tough Guys by Adrian Cole now available from Amazon

Cover artwork: Jim Pitts
Paperback copies of Adrian Cole's collection Tough Guys are now available from Amazon. An ebook version will be available shortly.

Adrian’s latest collection, Tough Guys, contains three previously unpublished novellas and a short. Based on the title theme, these four works are completely different in subject matter and tone. There is, of course, A Nick Nightmare story herein, ‘Wait for the Ricochet’, in which the gumshoe is entrusted to convey a message about “The Malleus Tenebrarum”, a book that names the properties and powers of dark and light, to the Mechanic, one Oil-Gun Eddy... His adversary is the sinister Lucien de Sangreville, plus assorted non-human denizens of the murky lower levels, and his sidekick the sword-wielding business-woman Ariadne Carnadine. In contrast, in ‘If You Don’t Eat Your Meat’ the reader enters a post-apocalyptic world where the very unsavoury Ryan relates his story of rival families and cannibalism. It is gruesome and unflinching horror. In ‘A Smell of Burning’ a hospital patient finds he is having out-of-the-body experiences. On his astral journeys he visits a man recalling his abused childhood and this leads to a shocking revelation... Finally, ‘Not If You Want to Live’ explores the fate of Razorjack, who is a Redeemer, a dead man used by a shady organisation to bring back others from death. An intriguing and engrossing story of love between Razorjack (aka Jack Krane) and mobster’s moll Rebecca Fellini, with science fictional and satanic elements.

We'll have stocks of our own at Parallel Universe shortly. We'll also be launching this book at Fantasycon in September, when Adrian Cole will be present.

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Proof Copy of Tough Guys by Adrian Cole

The proof copy for Adrian Cole's Tough Guys arrived today - and it looks great. Jim Pitts' wraparound cover artwork looks really good. The book also boasts an in-depth introduction by David A. Sutton.
The book is set to be launch at FantasyCon at Scarborough in September.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Into the Dark by Andrew Jennings

A new novel, Into the Dark by Andrew Jennings will be published shortly by Parallel Universe Publications.
Into the Dark is a crime noir horror story about a serial killer and an evil menace from Europe's darkest past.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Kitchen Sink Gothic - 10 months down the line

It's now ten months since the most ambitious project from Parallel Universe, Kitchen Sink Gothic, was published. The anthology contained the following stories:
1964 by Franklin Marsh
Derek Edge and the Sun-Spots by Andrew Darlington
Daddy Giggles by Stephen Bacon
Black Sheep by Gary Fry
Jamal Comes Home by Benedict J. Jones
Waiting by Kate Farrell
Lilly Finds a Place to Stay by Charles Black
The Mutant's Cry by David A. Sutton
The Sanitation Solution by Walter Gascoigne
Up and Out of Here by Mark Patrick Lynch
Late Shift by Adrian Cole
The Great Estate by Shaun Avery
Nine Tenths by Jay Eales
Envelopes by Craig Herbertson
Tunnel Vision by Tim Major
Life is Prescious M. J. Wesolowski
Canvey Island Baby by David Turnbull

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ebook:
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We are still considering a second volume of stories. In the meantime...

Here are some of the reviews Kitchen Sink Gothic has received so far:

Stuart Conover gave Kitchen Sink Gothic a great review on the Hellnotes website.

"In Kitchen Sink Gothic, David and Linden Riley have put together a dark and gritty horror- and humor-filled anthology which was an absolute blast to read. In its pages there are 17 stories with a Gothic tint to them which focus primarily on the working class. It is a twisted mix of tales that if you were to read the descriptions one by one wouldn’t seem to fit together and yet the Riley’s have proven they know exactly which story works with the next.
While not every story is a gem, there isn’t a single failure in this book that makes me feel any of my time was wasted. As long as you’re in the mood for the strange and insane, that is.
An interesting line up with some names you’ll probably recognize if you read a lot of horror and speculative fiction as well as some that you won’t. The table of contents includes:
“Daddy Giggles” by Stephen Bacon, “1964” by Franklin Marsh, “Derek and the Sun-Spots” by Andrew Darlington, “Black Sheep” by Gary Fry, “Jamal Comes Home” by Benedict J. Jones, “Waiting” by Kate Farrell, “Lilly Finds a Place to Stay” by Charles Black, “The Mutant’s Cry” by David A. Sutton, “The Sanitation Solution” by Walter Gascoigne, “Up and Out of Here” by Mark Patrick Lynch, “Late Shift” by Adrian Cole, “The Great Estate” by Shaun Avery, “Nine Tenths” by Jay Eales, “Envelopes” by Craig Herbertson, “Tunnel Vision” by Tim Major, “Life is Precious” by M. J. Wesolowski, and closes out with “Canvey Island Baby” by David Turnbull.
The more interesting reads for me included “Lilly Finds a New Place to Stay” which revolves around Lilly….finding a new place to stay. Only, things aren’t ever quite that simple now are they? Next up is “The Sanitation Solution” where one man’s bitter war with his ex makes for quite the disgusting read. Finally, in “Envelopes” we’re given a different look into the world of the occult."

Top Customer Reviews on Amazon.co.uk

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A worthwhile collection, if a little patchy in parts. But some gems; particularly "Derek Edge and the Sunspots" and Kate Farrell's "Waiting" - understated with a bitter twist in the tale.
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Really enjoyed this collection - the writing is of a high standard and some very unsettling stories. Definitely worth a read!
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Top Customer Reviews on Amazon.com

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There are 17 amazingly written stories that sometimes left me on the edge as I was reading. Some were weirder than others and some had those what-did-I-just- read moments. Each of them were unique in their own way and I loved every one of them. For me, the top 3 that I read over were, Lilly Finds a Place to Stay by Charles Black, Canvey Island Baby by David Turnbull and The Sanitation Solution by Walter Gascoigne.
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As always, I liked some of these stories a lot more than others, but there were none I didn't like at all. Some were rather mystifying to me, such as "Derek Edge and the Sunspots" "Up and Out of Here" and "Nine Tenths". "The Sanitation Solution" was ok but frankly didn't so it for me. My favorite of the lot was "Jamal Comes Home" with it's echoes of the Monkey's Paw at the conclusion. Also excellent were, in no particular order, "Black Sheep" "Lilly Finds A Place to Stay" (permanently) "Waiting" and "Envelopes" If you like horror and/or speculative short fiction, you can't go wrong here.
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I just read the anthology "Kitchen Sink Gothic" and yes, I was blown away. As a title interpretation, I can respectfully call this Working Class Gothic, as it is a strange and Gothic journey into the lives of the ordinary folk of our world, and not the social elite that populate much of literature's history. And it is here that Kitchen Sink Gothic's charms lie. As a grab-bag of different tales, some surprise with their deviousness, and others shock with their arrogance, but all of them, each and every story in this clever and tasty collection, is sure to entertain. Heck, I think I'll pick it up and read it a second time now. Yes, it is that good.
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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Tough Guys by Adrian Cole

Cover artwork: Jim Pitts

We can now reveal the wraparound cover artwork for Adrian Cole's collection of three novellas and one short story, Tough Guys, which will be  launched at Fantasycon in September this year.
The artwork is by award-winning artist Jim Pitts and the collection has an introduction by David A. Sutton.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Awaiting proof copy of Fishhead

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb is nearing publication. I am now waiting for the proof copy before printing begins.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Half-Remembered Nightmares - selected by Johnny Mains


Lined up for publication in the near future is a collection of stories chosen by award-winning anthologist Johnny Mains under the title Half-Remembered Nightmares. The stories chosen include:
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 
The Vampire Maid by Hume Nisbet 
The Wicked Voice by Vernon Lee 
The Striding Place by Gertrude Atherton 
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe 
The Screaming Skull by F. Marion Crawford 
The Outgoing of the Tide by John Buchan 
The Dualitists by Bram Stoker 
Man-size in Marble by Edith Nesbit 
The Vampire by Jan Neruda 
The Were-wolf by Clemence Housman 
A Warning to the Curious by M.R. James 
Afterward by Edith Wharton 
The Uncanny Bairn by Louisa Baldwin 
The Bath-chair by E.F. Benson 
The Middle Toe of the Right Foot by Ambrose Bierce 
On the Brighton Road by Richard Middleton 
The Shadows on the Wall by Mary E Wilkins-Freeman 
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James