Friday, 9 December 2016

Books to be published early next year

We have three books lined up for publication in the opening months of 2017.

The first will be Joseph Rubas's fine collection of stories, simply titled Shades.
Joseph Rubas began writing in 2002 after reading Stephen King’s The Stand. His earliest efforts reflected his deep love of that novel; he tried again and again to write a rip-off, but finally gave up around 2006 and resigned himself to writing original fiction. His first short story was published in May 2010 on the now defunct Horror Bound Online website. His second story was published in September 2010 in a Pushcart Prize nominated literary magazine for new and beginning writers called The Storyteller. Since then, his work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection, the now out of print Pocketful of Fear, was released by a small publisher in 2012. His second collection, After Midnight, appeared in 2014. His short fiction has appeared in: Nameless Digest; The Horror Zine; Eschatology Journal; Thuglit; Manor House; All Due Respect, and others. He has self-published three longer works: The Rocking Dead: Seasons 1-3 (a parody of the AMC series The Walking Dead); The Rocking Dead: Season 4; The Shapeshifter; and Dracula 1912, the latter a novel.
In addition to writing, he has also edited two anthologies: A Thorn of Death (2012) and The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories (2016).
He currently resides in Albany, New York.

The second will be a collection written by Carl Barker: Parlour Tricks. No cover available to show yet, but it will be the work of award-winning artist Jim Pitts. Further details on this in the near future.

The third will be a collection from Mike Chinn: Radix Omnium Malum & Other Incursions. 
Mike Chinn lives in Birmingham, UK, with his wife Caroline and their tribe of guinea pigs. In 2012 he took early retirement so he can spend more time writing (and not housework). Over the years he has published over sixty short stories, as well as editing three volumes of THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF PULP HEROES, and SWORDS AGAINST THE MILLENNIUM, also for The Alchemy Press. His own contribution to the Pulp Adventure genre, THE PALADIN MANDATES garnered two nominations for the British Fantasy Award in 1999. A second Damian Paladin book, WALKERS IN SHADOW, is to be published by Pro Se Productions; as is a Western: REVENGE IS A COLD PISTOL. In 2015, his Sherlock Holmes steampunk mash-up, VALLIS TIMORIS (Fringeworks), sent the famous detective to the Moon.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Chameleon Man & Other Terrors now available in paperback

The trade paperback version of The Chameleon Man & Other Terrors by David Williamson is now available from both and

trade paperback: £8.99 $11.99

This collection includes four tales that originally appeared in the Pan Books of Horror.

Contents are:
The Procedure
The Scryer
No Room at the Flat
The Sandman
The Too Good Samaritan
The Not So Good Samaritan
The Chameleon Man
The Switch
Rest in Pieces
Ashes to Ashes
Blind Date
Herbert Manning's Psychic Circus
The Boy
Ten Weeks
Din-Dins for Binky
A Reflection of the Times
And the Dead Shall Speak
Boys will be Boys
A Night to Remember
A Problem Shared

David Williamson has been writing horror stories for many years, and was first published in the prestigious Pan Book of Horror series, where he had a tale in number 28. This was followed by a further three stories in Pan number 30 which, sadly, turned out to be the last of that great series. It was not until he was contacted by Johnny Mains, a walking encyclopaedia in the field of Pan Horror and its authors, that his passion for writing horror was once more re-kindled, and Johnny introduced him to Charles Black, the editor of The Black Book of Horror. Since then, David has been a regular contributor to the wonderful Black Books series,  alongside many other well known authors both from the Pan era and more recent times. He has also appeared in several other anthologies from publishers such as Hersham Horror, Gray Friar Press and Hazardous Press.
He lives in West Sussex near the sea.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Chameleon Man & Other Terrors by David Williamson

The next book to be published by Parallel Universe Publications will be by Pan Books of Horror veteran, David Williamson - The Chameleon Man & Other Terrors. This book will see the first publication since they appeared in the legendary Pan series of The Sandman, The Too Good Samaritan, The Not So Good Samaritan, and No Room at the Flat. Also included are stories that previously appeared in the Black Books of Horror, Demons and Devilry, Alt-Zombie, Horror Uncut, and Horrific History.
Stories include:
The Procedure 
The Scryer
No Room at the Flat
The Sandman
The Too Good Samaritan
The Not So Good Samaritan
The Chameleon Man
The Switch
Rest in Pieces
Ashes to Ashes
Blind Date
Herbert Manning's Psychic Circus
The Boy
Ten Weeks
Din-Dins for Binky
A Reflection of the Times
And the Dead Shall Speak
Boys Will Be Boys
A Night to Remember
A Problem Shared

The Chameleon Man & Other Terrors will be published as a trade paperback and an e-book.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

David Ludford's A Place of Skulls and Other Tales enthusiastically reviewed on The Vault of Evil

Kevin Demant of The Vault of Evil has started an enthusiastic review of David Ludford's collection A Place of Skulls and Other Tales.

Matthias Grünewald

The loss of Gary Fry's consistently rewarding Gray Friar Press earlier this year was a terrible blow, but by God are PUP doing more than their bit to fill the void! Since this time last year the Riley's have launched collections from Kate Farrell, Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso, Adrian Cole, Andrew Darlington, Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis, Richard Stains, Johnny Mains. Most, if not all, have been raved over elsewhere on this supremely popular forum by our resident non-critic (no names, no pack-drill, it was me, etc.), but, happily, several have attracted favourable proper reviews in places like Fear magazine too. And now this, the debut from David Ludford, is off to a most promising start.

A Place Of Skulls: Can a nightmare be inherited across several generations? The people of a certain Eastern European country have long memories where the despised Prince Berezovsky is concerned. The mad monarch, whose role model was evidently Vlad Tepes, will neither be forgotten or forgiven for his excessive cruelty, which is very bad news for his descendant, Janis. The young man suffers the persecution of an ancient witch who may not believe that the sins of the father's father's father's father should be laid upon the children but she'll perform a duty by her people regardless. Welcome, Janis, to the place of skulls!

A sprightly opener, liked it well enough, but little did it prepare me for this next, the very wonderful story of Mr. Skinnybones

Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down: Skinnybones, the last of an ancient race, is weary of his solitude and wonders if he dare risk abducting a woman-human to provide him with children. To do so would require his leaving Donnithorpe woods and entering the town which has not been safe for his kind since the Dark Ages. Decisions, decisions .... the ghoul murders, robs and gnaws on a stranger while he thinks it over.

On taking the plunge, Skinnybones' first port of call is The Fox Inn where he inadvertently chats up Sally Robertson, barmaid-cum-prostitute, and makes an enemy of George Jones, who has recently taken to stalking her. When the pub shuts, a humiliated Jones jumps Skinnybones in the dark, battering him with a baseball bat until certain the cowled freak with the weird teeth won't be getting in anyone's way from now on. Jones disposes of the corpse in his tip of a back garden. The makeshift grave attracts crows, scores of crows, making a racket fit to raise the dead ....

Meanwhile Sally and her formidable big sister Kate decide it's time to put George in his place once and for all ....

Almost Human: As the name suggests, a Humeleon is a half human, half chameleon, the result of covert biological experiments at Larksoken laboratories thirty years ago. When a whistle-blower leaked the story to the press, it brought down a government. But what happened to the children spawned in the lab?

Old timers Chester and Tyler are patrons of Marlon's Cafe. The highlight of their day is when the very lovely young Janine Garvey stops by for a coffee and chat before continuing on her morning jog. Today on removing her track-suit top she briefly exposed something Tyler wishes he'd not seen. A patch of tell-tale reptilian skin on her arm. Unfortunately, Marlon, nosey parker that he is, also caught a glimpse. He's read all about these humeleon scum in the Daily Sentinel who only print the truth and are never further than a phone-call away. Ace reporter Dan Challis agrees that this is too good an opportunity for his quality rag to miss.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso interviewed on 100 African Writers of SFF

Author of Haunted Grave and Other Stories, Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso was interviewed on 100 African Writers of SFF

The following is a brief extract from the interview:

How does he view African SFF?
“In African life, where I come from, there is not a strict line that divides fantasy from realistic, these two words are meshed.
“What African writers might bring to SFF? For me, I don’t want any African writer to feel to be under any pressure that he needed to bring anything new to SFF apart from the story that matters to him, which he alone can tell.
“It is precisely this feeling of wanting to bring something unique and special that trapped African literature, stopping it from growing for a long time. African writers, in order to fulfil this need, ended up in writing stories that must have a social function to perform, say to fight colonialism, imperialism, and corruption or to educate. Most African literature ended up in becoming an anthropological-valued literature. For me, each individual should create without thinking of any constraint placed on him to invent in a particular theme or expectation from any community. It is after the birth of each story can we then be justif[ied] to begin to construct a canon to explain what is new the story has offered.”

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Another Half-Page Ad for PUP In Black Static

The latest issue of Black Static arrived in the post today (issue 55), with another half-page ad for Parallel Universe Publications.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Another great review for Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso's Haunted Grave and Other Stories

Congratulations to Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso on yet another great review for his short story collection, Haunted Grave and Other Stories..
Terror Tree

Haunted Grave and Other Stories by Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso
Published 1st August 2016 by Parallel Universe Publications
101 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

8 short stories each completely different, the only common theme was the African setting. I have not read anything by this author nor have I read a story set in Africa, I didn’t know what to expect but I pleasantly surprised. Each story left you wanting to read more, making it a quick read.
Eaters of Flesh is about a young man’s missing mom. Written in his POV, you find him trying to find the truth about why his mom was getting ill and then just disappeared. With a note left from his mom and his dad’s weird behaviour, was is due to her religious belief or was it something else. It is not till the end of this story do you find out what actually happened.
The Last Man Standing: Nigeria is battling ADAIDS, an advanced form of AIDS. To speed up the research, the government start moving their money from non-essential items like TV, Radio and what they deemed non-essential foodstuff. This does not hit home to the protagonist until he can’t buy a can a Sprite. Opening up his place he tries to set up a safe haven for survivors and it works pretty well until one of his trips he finds a lonely young girl. This story shows the true horror of death and the fear of dying.
Exorcism: The narrator of this story is the other half of Ifeanyi. Reading this you can’t tell who is good or evil as Ifeanyi likes to get on the wrong side of people and the narrator tries his best to put it right. A good twist at the end when a priest pays a visit.
Haunted Grave: A story about an urban legend. Sitting in an old cemetery Chidi tells them the story of Ekene. Like all urban legends was it true or not but the story never goes away. Beware of people with nails as teeth.
To Love is Strange: A moving story of a clan that the females are cursed. They can have sex but not with the man they love. Juliet enjoys sleeping around to satisfy her itch but what feelings does she hide. Her twin sister Ginika is in love with Ebuka. Written in Ginika POV, the story is about the battle of her conscious and what risks she is willing to take to get what she wants.
A Cursed City: When children go missing they are reported to the Elders. The one witness is Nkeshi, the local drunk, she saw a bird like monster with the body of a man take a child. Due to her status, they did not take her serious, but then more children go missing, each eye witness the same thing. This is a story about revenge and the loss of a civilisation.
The Game of Aids: Another story about the Aids virus, Maria is the latest victim of the Aids virus. Caught from her husband this is story about how he caught the virus.
The Green Race: The one sci-fi story, Professor Oliver Brown is giving a lecture about his time on Mars and his views on the alien life form he met.
What I enjoyed about this book is that not all horror are monsters, what happens in the modern world is just as horrific. The stories leave you thinking about the vulnerability of the human race, Aids, revenge and racism all play a part. These stories are well written with a mixture of African culture and horror makes them a good quick read. Looking on his Amazon page, this author has other stories published which I will definitely read.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb gets glowing review on Hellnotes

Veteran reviewer Mario Guslandi gave Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb a glowing review on the Hellnotes website, which is owned by JournalStone, publishers of Dark Discoveries magazine.
Describing our publication as "an elegant trade paperback", Mario Guslandi ends his review with: "For those readers who love tasty, dark fiction, Fishhead is not only an unexpected surprise, but a veritable feast to savor page after page. Warmly recommended."

trade paperback:  £8.99  $11.99

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Interview on The Gal in the Blue Mask

I have an in-depth interview on The Gal in the Blue Mask Blog.

About Parallel Universe Publications I said:
"In 1995, having been made redundant by British Aerospace, I invested my redundancy pay in setting up a professional science fiction/fantasy magazine called Beyond.  I had always been interested in publishing and this seemed a golden opportunity.  I managed to arrange newsstand space for it through a major distributor and had stories and articles in the magazine by the likes of Karl Edward WagnerJohn BrunnerStephen GallagherKim NewmanStephen LawsRamsey Campbell, etc., but, unfortunately, I was persuaded, unwisely, to publish far too many copies of the magazine by the distributor and, after returns came in, the magazine folded after three issues, leaving me with a sizeable debt.  This probably had more to do with me losing interesting in writing too for the next ten years or so, till John Pelan helped to revive my interest once more.  Curiously, my interest in publishing has also returned and for the last two years, with my wife, Linden, I have revived Parallel Universe Publications, which published Beyond magazine, and have been able to publish more than twenty books."


The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What can we expect from you in the future?

David A. Riley:
I have spent most of the past twenty months working on publishing books under my Parallel Universe Publications imprint.  PUP has brought out twenty-one so far, with a twenty-second in the pipeline.  It's been a great pleasure to be able to get collections published for writers like Charles BlackCraig HerbertsonJohnny MaimsKate FarrellMark SamuelsSteve LockleyPaul LewisAndrew DarlingtonJessica PalmerAdrian ColeAndrew Jennings, and Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso, not to mention a collection of tales by the late Irvin S. Cobb.  We have also published an anthology of new stories, Kitchen Sink Gothic, and are looking to doing another anthology next year as soon as funds have been set aside to pay all the writers.  I intend to ease off a little over the next twelve months, though.  We have another three books to publish this year, which will make twenty-four in as many months.  2017 I want to get back to doing some writing of my own so we'll probably only publish a small handful of books.  At least that's the plan.  I have a couple of novels I want to complete and I would like to put together a fourth collection of my own stories.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A Place of Skulls by David Ludford

Received our delivery of David Ludford's brilliant collection of short stories, A Place of Skulls and other tales, from the courier today.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Fear magazine - Book review and full-page ad

In the latest issue of Fear magazine (#38, October 2016), Parallel Universe Publications has another full-page ad, plus an absolutely brilliant review of Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso's short story collection,  Haunted Grave and Other Stories.

"Mature, intelligent and seriously scary, let's be upfront about a collection of short stories that will, without doubt, launch its author into the big league... In just one anthology, and that from a small press outlet, Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso demonstrates that with perseverance and talent you can make a literary impact on all those who read your work. Congratulations to Parallel Universe for unleashing this author on the world, though I suspect, with respect, that he is destined for much bigger international audiences."

For the full review please get hold of a copy of Fear - it's a great magazine anyway, with some fascinating and insightful articles!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Great review of Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso's story "The Last Man Standing"

In a review of the anthology Future Lovecraft by Matthew J. Constantine, Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso's story The Last Man Standing was highlighted as the best in the book:

"And the best story in the book, though a story I think didn’t fit in the anthology, was ‘The Last Man Standing,’ by Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso.  I could have seen this in any of a dozen apocalyptic anthologies I’ve read, but I didn’t read Lovecraft in it at all.  Still, a darned fine story...

I can’t really recommend the book.  There’s just not enough good, or good enough to go out of your way to read.  But I would seek out Chukwunonso’s story.  He’s someone to keep your eye out for; a clear talent."

The Last Man Standing is included in Haunted Grave and Other Stories, 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.
Contents are:
Eaters of Flesh
The Last Man Standing
Haunted Grave
To Love is Strange
A Cursed City
The Game of Aids
The Green Race

trade paperback: £8.99 $11.99

ebook: £2.99 $4.30

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Our stand at FantasyCon by the Sea

All of our then published books were available on our stand at FantasyCon by the Sea, including copies of Beyond magazine, which was our very first publication back in 1995.

Parallel Universe Publication's Book Launch at FantasyCon by the Sea

Paul Lewis and Steve Lockley signing The Winter Hunt and Other Stories

Artist Jim Pitts with two of his recently published illustrations

Adrian Cole and Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso

Editor Steve Jones and artist Jim Pitts

Our full line-up

Friday, 7 October 2016

David Ludford's A Place of Skulls and other tales now available in paperback

David Ludford's short story collection, A Place of Skulls and other tales, is now available to order online.
Twelve tales of grisly horror, all of which were previously published in Schlock! magazine:
A Place of Skulls
Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down
Almost Human
Heretics, Neophytes and Nemesis
Killing Clowns
The Box
The Burning Tree. £8.99 $11.99

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

A Place of Skulls and other tales by David Ludford

We are pleased to announce that David Ludford's collection of stories A Place of Skulls and other tales will be available to order within the next few days, followed by an ebook version a few days later.
This book includes twelve stories that were originally published in Schlock! magazine:
A Place of Skulls
Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down
Almost Human
Heretics, Neophytes and Nemesis
Killing Clowns
The Box
The Burning Tree

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.

Order Direct  from us

trade paperback:   £8.99  $11.99

ebook:  £2.99  $3.05

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.