Saturday, 18 November 2017

One week today we'll be at Sledge-Lit in Derby


One week today David Riley and Jim Pitts will be manning the stand for Parallel Universe Publications at Sledge-Lit in Derby.

All of PUP's books will be available, plus signed prints of Jim Pitts artwork.

Below is a copy of the ad we have booked in the event programme.


2018 - projects so far

We just have four projects scheduled so far for 2018.

One is a commemorative illustrated book to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the tragic death at forty-three of the great horror/fantasy writer William Hope Hodgson, killed in the First World War.

Another is a collection by one of the great short story writers of the early twentieth century, Barry Pain, none of which has been reprinted before, edited and introduced by award-winning anthologist Johnny Mains.

We also have a further collection of stories by Jessica Palmer, whose Other Visions of Heaven and Hell Parallel Universe published in 2016. This collection is to be called Fractious Fairy Tales.

Below is a copy of the cover.




The remaining project will be announced towards the end of December and will be published on the 1st January.

Friday, 17 November 2017

2017 - our new books this year

2017 has been a good year for Parallel Universe Publications, with five new collections of short stories, our first collection of poems, and our first art book. Many thanks to the authors and artists who have helped to make 2017 as good as it has been for us: Joseph Rubas, Mike Chinn, Benjamin Blake, Eric Ian Steele, Carl Barker, Erik Hofstatter, Jim Pitts, Luke Spooner.

Latest addition to the Parallel Universe bookshelf: The Crabian Heart by Erik Hofstatter


Just received today, the latest addition to the Parallel Universe bookshelf, Erik Hofstatter's The Crabian Heart.
The Crabian Heart - hardcover

Another amazing review for Erik Hofstatter's The Crabian Heart - The Grim Reader Reviews



In Grim Reader Reviews:

"The Crabian Heart is yet another great read from Erik Hofstatter, continuing his fine form from after last years excellent novella, Rare Breeds. Hofstatter tugs at the heart-strings in a quite unusual way with this tale of love that features an organic couple of characters in mother, Irena and son, Ales-both refugees living an unstable life, drifting helplessly from one place to the next..."

To read the full review follow this link

kindle:
amazon.co.uk £2.74
amazon.com $3.61

hardback:
amazon.co.uk £16.00
amazon.com $22.00

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Parallel Universe Publications Group created on facebook

We have now created a group for Parallel Universe Publications on facebook. This is on top of pages devoted to Parallel Universe Publications, The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts and Kitchen Sink Gothic.

Please note that Mike Chinn and Jessica Palmer have also created pages for their PUP books, Radix Omnium Malum & Other Incursions and Other Visions of Heaven and Hell.


As The Crabian Heart by Erik Hofstatter comes out in hardback, another great review on Hellnotes

Hot and fast on the recent review in Starburst, yet another glowing review appears on hellnotes for Erik Hofstatter's coming-of-age horror story, The Crabian Heart, coinciding with its publication in hardback.

"I like this little collection a lot. Definitely a case of bigger not always being better. Hofstatter could have watered this down with more words, but that would have taken the impact out of the stories. I also like how he slips a lot of important messages into his work. For example “people are scared of what they don’t know…or understand,” says Enola, as she and Ales walk along the beach. Zsofia tells him that life is a gamble and his mother points out that the powers that be make the rules that govern us and we have to go where they tell us to. Ultimately, the decisions of what we do are ours, but I’d like to suggest that you try a copy of The Crabian Heart.   That forward is going to be the icing on the cake!"  Read the full review on hellnotes

Brian James Lewis, hellnotes

kindle:
amazon.co.uk £2.74
amazon.com $3.61

hardback:
amazon.co.uk £16.00
amazon.com $22.00


Monday, 13 November 2017

The Crabian Heart by Erik Hofstatter now available as an ebook



The Crabian Heart by Erik Hofstatter is now available as an ebook, several days before the hardcover version is published.

amazon.co.uk £2.74
amazon.com $3.61

"By the end of its 100 pages you will find yourself both haunted and moved by Hofstatter’s evocative writing." Starburst

The Crabian Heart: A Synopsis

Irena and her thirteen-year-old son Aleš are refugees living in a lonely seaside town of Dover, England. Aleš has never seen an ocean, let alone one that glows purple when he’s nearby. On a local beach, he befriends the ostensible Mother of Crabs, an amputee with rigid demeanour and unequivocal warnings. Soon, purple crustaceans crawl behind his every step and women with pincers threaten to recondition his sensitive heart.

Erik Hofstatter is a dark fiction writer and a member of the Horror Writers Association. Born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic, he roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, studying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry. His work appeared in various magazines and podcasts around the world such as Morpheus Tales, Crystal Lake Publishing, The Literary Hatchet, Sanitarium Magazine, Wicked Library, Tales to Terrify and Manor House Show. Other works include The Pariahs, Amaranthine and Other Stories, Katerina, Moribund Tales and Rare Breeds.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Pre-publication review of Erik Hofstatter's The Crabian Heart in Starburst


Erik Hofstatter's The Crabian Heart will be published within the next week, but already it has received a great review online in Starburst magazine by Jon Towlson.

"...the emotional tug that The Crabian Heart exerts on the reader is palpable. The Crabian Heart is also a coming-of-age tale, one that resonates with the pangs of unrequited love. And as such, it concludes, like all great coming-of-age stories, with a very difficult and painful realisation for the love-struck main character. By the end of its 100 pages you will find yourself both haunted and moved by Hofstatter’s evocative writing."



Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts - signed editions by Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, Peter Coleborn, Jon M. Harvey, David A. Riley, Jim Pitts


There are a limited number of editions signed by most of the contributors to the book at Fantasycon left: Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, Peter Coleborn, Jon M. Harvey, David A. Riley, and of course Jim himself. If you would like one, you'll need to order one soon before these run out.



Monday, 6 November 2017

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Online version of The Lancashire Telegraph article on Jim Pitts and The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

There's now an online version of The Lancashire Telegraph's article on Jim Pitts and The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts, with an extended photo gallery. Click onto this link here.


Friday, 3 November 2017

The Crabian Heart by Erik Hofstatter


The next book out from Parallel Universe Publications will be The Crabian Heart by Erik Hofstatter. This is the first draft of the proposed cover.

Lancashire Telegraph article about The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

The Lancashire Telegraph published a half-page story about The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts in today's edition.



Original photograph taken by Tim Bradley


Thursday, 2 November 2017

New ebooks from Parallel Universe Publications

Ebook versions of three previously published books from PUP should be available to order via amazon, etc., within the next few days.

These are:

Standing on the Threshold of Madness - a collection of weird poems by Benjamin Blake

amazon.co.uk £2.76
amazon.com $3.65

Nightscape - a collection of stories by Eric Ian Steele

amazon.co.uk £2.76
amazon.com $3.65

Parlour Tricks - a collection of stories by Carl Barker

amazon.co.uk £2.76
amazon.com $3.61





Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Crabian Heart by Erik Hofstatter

The next book to be published by Parallel Universe Publications will be The Crabian Heart by Erik Hofstatter. No cover design yet, but it is hoped to bring this book out in hardcoiver initially either December this year or in January 2018.

Further details soon.



Erik Hofstatter is a dark fiction writer and a member of the Horror Writers Association. Born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic, he roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, studying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry. His work appeared in various magazines and podcasts around the world such as Morpheus Tales, Crystal Lake Publishing, The Literary HatchetSanitarium Magazine, Wicked Library, Tales to Terrify and Manor House Show. Other works include The Pariahs, Amaranthine and Other Stories, Katerina, Moribund Tales and Rare Breeds.




Monday, 30 October 2017

First review of Nightscape on amazon.com

Eric Ian Steele's Nightscape got an excellent first review on amazon.com by David W. Thompson:

"Eric Ian Steele’s “Nightscape” is a horror anthology well worth your attention. The tales run the gamut from pure conventional horror (City of the Dead) to flirting with science fiction (After the Fall). One, The Musical Box, had a welcome Hitchcock vibe, and Vincent Price absolutely must return to us for a part in “Charlie!” This one starts the reader off with a bang, and leads to an unusual surprise ending.
“Black Annis,” a tale of an ancient witch seeking revenge for the injustices heaped upon her is a personal favorite, but “Indian Summer” is my pick of the litter and is alone worth the price of admission. Mr. Steele does an excellent job with character development and world building, not an easy task for a short story, and his descriptive prose sets the mood for the terror to come!
Many other macabre accounts fill these pages, and if this is your passion, Mr. Steele will not fail to delight."

Next big project: Centenary Book on William Hope Hodgson

The next big project for Parallel Universe Publications will be a centenary volume commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of William Hope Hodgson in April 1918 in the First World War. The book will be 11.5 x 8.5 inches in size, and be a mixture of artricles, stories and artwork, put together by Jim Pitts, Nick Caffrey and David A. Riley. 

In the early years of the twentieth century Hodgson lived in Blackburn, Lancashire where both Jim and Nick now live and only three miles from where David lives. During his time in Blackburn Hodgson ran a body-building gym and had a newsworthy encounter with Houdini at the town's Palace Theatre. It was also where he wrote his first published stories: The Terror of the Water-Tank and The Goddess of Death, which were inspired by the water-tank on Revidge Road in Blackburn and by a statue of Flora in the town's Corporation Park. The book will include photos of the places associated to Hodgson's years spent in Blackburn. More details later. 

One of the pieces of artwork by Jim Pitts that will be included in the book

Friday, 27 October 2017

Sledge-Lit Derby 25th November - we'll be there!


Parallel Universe Publications will have a stand at Sledge-Lit in Derby on the 25th November, where all of our books will be available, plus signed prints of artwork by Jim Pitts.

For the first time we will also be able to accept credit/debit card payments.

Below is a copy of the advert we have booked for the event programme book. 


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Only two months of shopping left before Christmas

There are only two months left to do your shopping for Christmas presents. Which is why, if you know someone who loves great fantasy/horror artwork, you couldn't do better than take a look at The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts.

212 pages of some of the greatest fantasy/horror art of the past forty years. It's a numbered, limited edition of only 250 copies, all of which are signed by the artist. Cost: £35.00 plus postage and packing. Order soon and, while stocks last, you could have a copy that was also signed by these contributors: Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, Jon M. Harvey (of Spectre Press), Peter Coleborn (of Alchemy Press), and David A. Riley (of Parallel Universe Publications).







The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

Friday, 20 October 2017

Received from the printers today: Carl Barker's Parlour Tricks in paperback

We now have ample supplies of Carl Barker's collection, Parlour Tricks, in paperback, received from the printers today.
 
Hardcover:
amazon.co.uk £20.00
amazon.com $26.00

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


Cover art: Luke Spooner


Parlour Tricks - trade paperback

Parlour Tricks - hardcover

Carl Barker's Parlour Tricks on amazon

Cover art: Luke Spooner

Both the hardcover and paperback versions of Carl Barker's Parlour Tricks are available on amazon:

Hardcover:
amazon.co.uk £20.00
amazon.com $26.00

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

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Three great titles from PUP for Halloween

Parallel Universe Publications has three great titles for anyone who wants to pep up Halloween with some vintage ghost stories and weird tales:
Things That Go Bump in the Night; Classic Weird; and Classic Weird 2.







Check out their contents:
Things That Go Bump in the Night:

The Ghoul Sir Hugh Clifford
The House of the Nightmare Edward Lucas White
The Voice in the Night William Hope Hodgson
The Thing from Outside George Allan England
For the Blood is the Life F. Marion Crawford
The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains Frederick Marryat
The Room in the Tower E. F. Benson
His Unconquered Enemy W. C. Morrow
The Late Mrs. Fowke Amyas Northcote
Xélucha M. P. Shiel
A Narrow Escape Lord Dunsany
Thurnley Abbey Perceval Landon
The Black Stone Robert E, Howard
Werewolf of the Sahara G. G. Pendarves
The Devil of the Marsh Henry Brereton Marriott Watson
Fishhead Irvin S. Cobb
The Black Statue Huan Mee
The Pool of the Stone God Abraham Merritt
The Sea-Witch Nictzin Dyalhis
The Lady’s Maid’s Bell Edith Wharton


Classic Weird:

The Monster-Maker by W. C. Morrow  
The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson  
The Interval by Vincent O'Sullivan
The Doll's Ghost by F. Marion Crawford
The Dead Smile by F. Marion Crawford  
The Ghost-Ship by Richard Middleton  
The New Catacomb by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  
The Lost Stradivarius by John Meade Falkner  
The House of the Dead Hand by Edith Wharton  
A Wicked Voice by Vernon Lee  
Phantas by Oliver Onions

ClassicWeird 2

J. Sheridan Le Fanu (An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street)
E. F. Benson (The Judgement Books
Vernon Lee (Oke of Okehurst)
Vincent O'Sullivan (When I was Dead)
Edith Wharton (The Eyes)
W. C. Morrow (A Story Told by the Sea)
Irvin S. Cobb (The Unbroken Chain)
Edith Nesbit (From the Dead)
Robert Murray Gilchrist (Witch In-Grain)
Amyas Northcote (The Downs)
J. H. Riddell (The Uninhabited House)

Buy Classic Weird and Classic Weird 2 and we will send you a copy of Things That Go Bump in the Night free.


Things That Go Bump In The Night

Classic Weird

Classic Weird 2