Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

Great progress has been made with The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts: Rolling Back the Years..., the most ambitious project yet undertaken by Parallel Universe Publications. The book will be approximately 220 pages in length and contain hundreds of black and white and colour illustrations, going back to the very earliest days of Jim's career as a fantasy artist in the 1970s  when he became a mainstay for such legendary fanazines as Shadow, Balthus and the British Fantasy Society's Dark Horizons, right up to today, with books such as Brian Lumley's lavish hard cover from Fedogan & Bremer, Earth, Air, Fire & Water, Spectre Press publications like Cthulhu, The Hyborian Gazette and books from Alchemy Press, Shadow Publishing and PUP.
Above is a rough copy of the cover, though that is still very much a work in progress.
The book is scheduled to be published in August/September as a numbered and signed limited edition hard cover, eight and a half inches by eleven. Details of how to pre-order this book (and the offers being made for any who take up this opportunity) will be given shortly. Copies of the book will also be available at FantasyCon, where Jim will be on hand to personally inscribe any books bought. As this is a signed limited edition copies will only be available though the Parallel Universe website or at FantasyCon.
The book includes articles by Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, David A. Sutton, Adrian Cole, Peter Coleborn, Jon M. Harvey, David A. Riley, and Nick Caffrey.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

"I urge all devotees of weird poetry to pick it up." S. T. Joshi re Benjamin Blake's Standing on the Threshold of Madness

Some nice comments about Benjamin Blake's poetry collection, Standing on the Threshold of Madness on S. T. Joshi's blog:
"I urge all devotees of weird poetry to pick it up." 
And the promise of a review in Spectral Realms 7.
http://stjoshi.org/news.html

Great review of The Winter Hunt and Other Stories in the latest issue of Fear

 Very pleased to see a great review of The Winter Hunt and Other Stories by Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis in the latest issue of Fear, which arrived in the post this morning.

"There are fifteen stories in all - a collection well worth the cover price."

To see the full review take a look at this month's Fear, itself well worth the cover price, with articles on Rodney Matthews, Adam Nevill, Samantha Lee, and Sam Stone.








Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Hard cover version of Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

Parallel Universe Publications is pleased to announce that we have now published a hard cover version of Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb, which is available direct frrom us for £20.00, including postage and packing to the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

paralleluniversepublications@gmx.co.uk




Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017

Enthusiastic review of Shades: Tales of Supernatural Horror by Joseph Rubas on hellnotes

There's a great review for Joseph Rubas's collection Shades: Tales of Supernatural Horror on the hellnotes website (Journalstone):
"This an excellent book by an author who surprised me in a positive way. Joseph Rubas’ writing reads like that of an older, more seasoned professional even though he is pretty young guy. It feels a little like he is channeling the writers of the old horror pulps in the 22 stories that make up Shades. Think of a young Richard Matheson and early episodes of The Twilight Zone and you’ll have the vibe. Good stuff!"
To read the full review go to:
http://hellnotes.com/shades-book-review/

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Benjamin Blake's Standing on the Threshold of Madness is now available as a trade paperback

We are pleased to announce that Benjamin Blake's acclaimed collection of poems, Standing on the Threshold of Madness, is now available as a trade paperback.

Respected Lovecraftian scholar S. T. Joshi had this to say about Benjamin Blake's collection:

"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." S. T. Joshi.

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
amazon.co.uk  £9.99 
amazon.com  $12.99

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Mike Chinn's Radix Omnium Malum given a great review on the Vault of Evil

There's a fascinating, in-depth review of Mike Chinn's collection Radix Omnium Malum on the Vault of Evil website, which concludes:
"Just as we hit the ground running with the Triffid-esque pulp thrills of the title story, so, fittingly, we end on a note of crushing hopelessness in the face of otherworldly malice. That Mr. Chinn isn't a great one for happy endings obviously goes in his favour, but ROM isn't misery porn and there's plenty warped fun to be had from all but the bleakest pieces (The Owl That Calls and, especially Only The Lonely are contemporary Tales From The Crypt). If you're out for a striking, richly varied collection of weird and horrible tales, you could, and have, done a whole lot worse. Treat yourself!"
Click on this link to read the rest of the review.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Artbook of the fantastic illustrations of Jim Pitts scheduled for September this year

Very thrilled that the most ambitious book to be published by Parallel Universe Publications so far is moving along nicely. Due this September, it will be a lavish limited edition hardback about the fantasy artist Jim Pitts, with hundreds of his illustrations, both black and white and colour, stretching back to his early days in the 1970s with David Sutton's fanzine Shadow right up to the present day, with contributions by David Sutton, Brian Lumley, Adrian Cole, and Steve Jones, and sections on his work for magazines like Fantasy Tales, Kadath, Whispers, World of Horror, and more.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Mike Chinn's Radix Omnium Malum now available on kindle

For those who prefer their books in an e-book format, Mike Chinn's brilliant collection of tales, Radix Omnium Malum and Other Incursions is now available on kindle.

amazon.co.uk £2.99
amazon.com $3.66

Thursday, 9 March 2017

S. T. Joshi on Benjamin Blake's Standing on the Threshold of Madness

Respected Lovecraftian scholar S. T. Joshi had this to say about Benjamin Blake's forthcoming collection of poems from Parallel Universe Publications, Standing on the Threshold of Madness:
"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." S. T. Joshi.

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

England 'B': Ninety Minutes of Hell reviewed on The Vault of Evil

Franklin Marsh wrote a tongue-in-the-cheek yet perceptive review of Richard Staines' England 'B': Ninety Minutes of Hell on The Vault of Evil - and has kindly given us permission to reprint it here.



"Thanks to the insane generosity of the good Mr Riley on this young person's social media thingy (Facebook), I've managed to blag a copy - and, hurling a host of anthos, Goth compilation CDs and Shaun Hutson's The Skull to one side, hurtled through Mr Staines' first two soccer cautionary tales at high speed, being projected back in time to when attending a football match could be classed as an extreme sport (for fans and players alike), to when men weren't confused and women were glad of it, to when England still hadn't realised it was somewhere below the Third World in terms of significance, when a trilby was the height of sartorial elegance for one positioning themselves as a football manager and when Crystal Palace turned from The Glaziers into The Eagles (and released Hotel California to widespread acclaim and disgust in equal measure. The Sex Pistols had to happen.)

*SPOILERS*

No Such Thing as A Friendly was even better second time around, the psychotic Nigel-Green-In-Zulu Mad Mickey Clinch's all too soon demise had tears (of mirth) springing to my eyes.

A Game of Two Halves upped the ante with cartoon Russkies eclipsing Michael Moorcock's The Russian Intelligence and any spy film from the 1960s. The actual make up of the Soviet opposition was unprecedented and brilliant. Vince's match unfitness and desperate hip flask swigging was all too real.

Utter genius! You can almost smell the grease and burnt onions pre-match atmosphere, and am looking forward to fear...the fear of becoming lost in unfamiliar side streets...hearing a roar go up... is it us or is it them...? Or failing that, some Satanic Haunted House shenanigans.

The Ref's Decision Is Final - if the portrayal of Russians in the previous story was somewhat stereotypical, this is taken to the nth degree with Caledonians (although as an Englishman I found it very truthful) and perhaps proscribes sales of the book north of the border. But I don't think anyone will worry as The Smuggler's Arms is as good a den of iniquity as you could wish for, Class War is alive and well and once again Vince and his merry band of handy reprobates face a life and death struggle in pursuit of the not-so-beautiful game. However far from grass roots the Premier League, the Champions League and the obscene amounts of money now involved in football take us, Richard Staines can furnish a timely reminder of how it once was. And there's an axe-wielding psychopath and Moira Anderson.

Get Your Fritz Out For The Lads - There's only two ways this is going to go - women and Germany. Our rag, tag and bobtail hard-drinking, chain-smoking, skirt-chasing rogues have no sooner escaped death at the blade of a crazed Scotsman than their excessively air-conditioned coach has broken down in the grounds of a remote stately home in Northern England. If a blood-lusting pack of Doberman Pinschers aren't clue enough, the strangely Teutonic (not to mention vaguely feminine) Lord soon has the lads locked up in a cellar with unlimited Blue Nun and the real aristocrat, before releasing them to face a cloned team of Nazi Amazons. Will their nightmare never end? Not just yet. Arguably the greatest 70s signpost yet is the shoehorning in of the Bermuda Triangle. Some clues to the real identity of the man behind the Staines can be glimpsed via a (censored?) thesis on Catholicism and a disturbing familiarity with Leslie McManus' WWII melodrama Jackboot Girls.

Football's Dark Arts - America's on the receiving end this time. Glorious stuff, with Vince discovering that the wide-open spaces of Texas look just like a long episode of Rawhide (except in colour) and small town America can be a frightening place, but not as frightening as the Astral Plane where a most unique game of football takes place. Weird dreams, sinister monk-like apparitions and Jack Parsons namechecked. Huzzah!

They Think It's All Over - Sadly we come to the end of this odd but howlingly accurate glance at a different world. The transposition of homosexuality with vampirism skewers both targets (even though the dartboard keeps falling off the wall). Vince's puzzled assertion that gays didn't exist before 1967 apart from Oscar Wilde (who had the decency to get married and father a couple of kids) and the parody of the laborious Dracula AD 1972 anagram working out had me laughing out loud.

Nothing like this exists elsewhere. Thank goodness."

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Five-star review of Tough Guys by Adrian Cole on the Slaughtered Bird website

There is a truly brilliant 5-star review of Adrian Cole's collection Tough Guys on the Slaughtered Bird website by David Bubrow.

"If you’re familiar with Adrian Cole’s body of work, what I’m about to say about his collection of novellas TOUGH GUYS won’t come as a surprise. If you’re not familiar, then thank me, because I’m going to tell you about an amazing read. Simply put, TOUGH GUYS is the best old-school horror I’ve read in many, many years. In it, Cole reaches deep into your soul to elicit atavistic terrors, making the stories timeless, while mingling them with a feeling of adventure reminiscent of the finest works of Robert E Howard and Michael Moorcock."

To read the full review click on this link