Post by David A. Riley on Jan 25, 2019 0:04:16 GMT
We have decided, with the agreement of their authors, to stop publishing two of our books due to lack of sales. Both books will cease to be available from the end of February, when they will officially be Out of Print. If you wish to buy them before they become scarce items, you have five weeks in order to do so.
The books are:
Written by "Richard Staines" (in reality Mark Samuels) this is a series of hilariously non-PC comic horror stories featuring the "notorious" manager Vince Grinstead and the most violent, psychopathic footballers in the history of English soccer!
Written by Johnny Mains, these stories were originally published by Obverse Books as With Deepest Sympathy. Johnny's other collection from us, A Little Light Screaming will remain in print.
This collection contains Reconvened The Judge’s House With Deepest Sympathy Gun Money Jesus Wept The Bag Lady Falling in Love with a Dead Boy Losing the Plot Bloody Conventions The Spoon The Trapper Life through a Lens The Family Business Small Town Life Stour Bridge Final Draft The Duel.
Post by David A. Riley on Apr 12, 2019 11:40:48 GMT
Back to some genuine Parallel Universe Publications news.
We will be issuing a two-volume large-sized softcover set of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts later this year, available either from us direct or through amazon and other online outlets, priced £15 each. The second volume includes some additional brand-new illustrations.
Post by David A. Riley on May 13, 2019 23:59:01 GMT
The two-volume soft cover versions of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts are now available from amazon. The second volume has a handful of full-colour and black&white illustrations not in the hardback edition.
Post by David A. Riley on Jul 18, 2019 9:35:32 GMT
I am pleased to announce that Johnny Mains' A Distasteful Horror Story is now available in paperback, priced £11.99.
"A darkly humorous, satirical look at the tight-knit world of horror writers - and their fans. Contains no scenes of violence against actual books, only their authors”
Johnny Mains has been prominent in the horror genre ever since his 2010 debut anthology, Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories, which won the British Fantasy Award in 2011 for best anthology. Mains has been at the forefront of the UK’s new wave of horror, editing Best British Horror (Salt Publishing and NewCon Press), Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians (edited with Robin Ince), and The Screaming Book of Horror.Mains has also written several collections of his own stories: With Deepest Sympathy (2010), Frightfully Cosy and Mild Stories for Nervous Types (2012) and A Little Light Screaming (2015).Mains has also written the introduction to Stephen King’s 30th anniversary edition of Thinner, and has discovered ‘lost’ works of fiction by Algernon Blackwood, Edith Nesbit and Daphne Du Maurier.
"Johnny Mains is the Herbert van Thal of our age" - The Independent
"Mains' knowledge of fantastical fiction is enormous" - Robin Ince
"Mains is the Minister For Horror" - Charlie Higson"
Post by David A. Riley on Sept 18, 2020 14:20:43 GMT
Things have been a bit quiet at Parallel Universe Publications for the past year since we published Johnny Mains' novel A Distasteful Horror Story, but in October and November this year we are making up by publishing three brand new books, two in hardcover and one in paperback.
The paperback is what is intended to be the first of a series of regular anthologies devoted to tales of swords and sorcery. The idea originally came when I was speaking to Kevin Demant at the funeral of Charles Black early last year. Charles, I heard, had always wanted to publish a series of swords and sorcery books alongside his famous Black Books, but unfortunately his worsening health made this impractical. Which is why I have dedicated Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy to him. I cannot name all the stories that are going to be in the first volume yet as the deadline for submissions isn't till the end of the month, but I can confirm that it will be published in October, with a number of illustrations by Jim Pitts, who is also responsible for its cover. More information on its contents will be given at the start of October. Swords & Sorceries will be available either direct from PUP or through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. In the meantime, this is its cover:
I can give much more information on the hardcover books which will be published in November, starting with Craig Herbertson's second collection of tales from PUP, Christmas in the Workhouse & Other Gruesome Tales, which comes with a number of spot illustrations by the Vault's own Chrissie Demant, orginally created for the annual Advent Calendar. Indeed, one of her finest illustrations will also appear on the cover. The book is available for pre-order at the discounted price of £18, including p&p within the UK. All pre-ordered copies will be signed by the author. Just follow this link for further details on how to do this.
The second hardcover book is After Nightfall & Other Weird Tales by David A. Riley, illustrated throughout with over 20 drawings by Jim Pitts, who also painted the cover art. The stories include Three Eyed Jack; The Fragile Mask on his Face; Terror on the Moors; The Shade of Apollyon; Writer's Cramp; Fish Eye; Boat Trip; Prickly; and After Nightfall.
Like Christmas in the Workhouse this too is available for pre-order at a discount. All copies pre-ordered will be signed by the author and artist. Please just click on this link to find out how to order it.
And here are a couple of Jim's illustrations from the book:
We have now set up buttons so that every book published by PUP can be ordered directly from us. One is for hardcover books and the other is for paperbacks.
We were just awed by the "Home Counties" cover yesterday and today we have these three beauties. How much beauty can one take in such a short period of time? I'm officially overdosed.
I love Mr. Riley's story in last year's Vault Calendar. It's not in this latest collection, but that doesn't make the book any less desirable. And did you say Lady Chrissie illustrating Mr. Herbertson's stories? Just too good to be true. Now I just need my next paycheck...