Monday, 24 July 2017

Jim Pitts and his two British Fantasy Awards

Not many people win a British Fantasy Award, given out each year at Fantasycon. Fewer still win twice. Jim Pitts is one of those few, winning the award for Best Artist in 1992 and 1993.

Although these were designed by fellow artist, Dave Carson, the original British Fantasy Award was a statuette designed by Jim. 

It wasn't only in the world of fantasy that Jim artistic merit was recognised. Years earlier he won the Ken McIntyre Award at the annual British Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon) held in Chester in 1972.



Coming later this year: Man Versus Ghost: Supernatural Stories from 1760-1899 edited by Johnny Mains


An early mock-up of the cover for an anthology of ghost stories due later this year from Parallel Universe: Man Versus Ghost: Supernatural Stories 1760-1899, selected by award-winning editor  Johnny Mains.

This will be published as a limited edition hardcover. More details soon.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Pre-Order Offer on The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts


The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts - pre-order price: £35.00 plus postage and packing. All pre-orders will include 4 high-quality, personally signed A4 black and white prints of Jim Pitts' artwork, which will be unavailable elsewhere. Pre-orders are any made up to and including the 1st September, 2017, when the book will be published.

Copies can either be pre-ordered using the PayPal button above or by cheque, payable to Riley Books, 130 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, BB5 3DR, UK. 

The book is limited to 250 numbered copies, every one of which will be signed by Jim Pitts.

After FantasyCon the price will rise to £40 plus postage and packing.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Dedicated Facebook Page for The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

We now have a dedicated page on Facebook for The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts, where uptodate information about this great book will be regularly posted.

Please take a look at it. Better still "like" it too. 


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Proof copies received for The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

The proof copies of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts have arrived. Even though I knew the size of the book beforehand I was still surprised to see just how big the book is in reality! Here are a few photos of it.



Sunday, 16 July 2017

Nightscape by Eric Ian Steele is the next book from Parallel Universe Publications

The next book to be published by PUP will be a collection of short stories called Nightscape from Eric Ian Steele.





Eric Ian Steele is a novelist and screenwriter from Manchester, England. He is the writer of the horror novel The Autumn Man, as well as the thriller feature film The Student (2017) and the action/sci-fi feature film Clone Hunter (2010). He won the prestigious Writers on the Storm screenwriting contest in 2012 and has had short films produced across the USA. He has also written for hire on a children’s sci-fi animated TV series. His short stories range from science-fiction to horror and fantasy and can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines including Terror Tales alongside fiction by Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman, The Lovecraft E-Zine, Horror Without Victims, the superhero fiction anthology POW!erful Tales, and the zombie poetry collection Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes!  

Unlike earlier PUP books, Nightscape will initially be published in hardcover, price £19.99 and will be available for order within the next few weeks. It includes eleven tales:

Charlie - first published in Terror Tales #4, edityed by John B. Ford and Paul Kane
The Musical Box - first published in Chaos Theory: Tales Askew #13, edited by A. A. Roberts
The Groaner in the Glen - first published in The Lovecraft eZine #29, edited by Mike Davis
City of the Damned - first published in In Bad Dreams II
Black Annis - first published in The Willows #1, edited by Ben Thomas
After the Fall - first published in Chaos Theory: Tales Askew #3, edited by A. A. Roberts
Moths - first published in Scifantastic
Cycle - first published in Terminal Earth
A Dahlia Among the Roses, Ars Armortia, and Indian Summer are original to this collection.






Friday, 14 July 2017

Jim Pitts artwork for next major project from Parallel Universe Publications

Jim Pitts has finished his first piece of artwork for our next major illustrated project, which is due to be published by Parallel Universe Publications next year.


Monday, 10 July 2017

Next big project for Parallel Universe Publications already started

While waiting for a printed proof copy of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts I have already started work on the next major project for Parallel Universe Publications, which will be published as a limited edition hardback next year. The book will be the same overall size as the art book, and will be a collaboration between Jim Pitts and myself, a mixture of stories, articles and illustrations. I'll add that the stories will not be mine but by a very important writer in the field of weird literature. More details soon.

Friday, 7 July 2017

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts - update


After a few final tweaks, The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts is now at the proofing stage. Within the next week we expect to have a proof copy of this book in our hands, prior to publication. At 214 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches in size, this hardcover book contains hundreds of black and white and full-colour illustrations covering all the years since 1972 when Jim's art first appeared in fanzines like Shadow and Balthus right up to the present day, with illustrations for Brian Lumley's Earth, Air, Fire & Water, Four Tales of Elemental Mythos Horror! published by Fedogan & Bremer. 

As well as illustrations, the book also contains articles by Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, David A. Sutton, Peter Coleborn, Jon M. Harvey, Nick Caffrey, Stephen Jones and David A. Riley. 

Published as a limited, numbered edition of 250, each copy will be signed by Jim Pitts. 

Although the book will be launched at Fantasycon in Peterborough on October 1st, we will be posting details of how you can order this book before then. Any pre-orders will entitle the purchaser to four high-quality, personally signed prints by Jim Pitts.  The price of the book for pre-orders and at Fantasycon will be £35, rising to £40 afterwards.


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