Sunday, 30 December 2018

Two great reviews on the British Fantasy Society website.

This weekend two great reviews were published on the British Fantasy Society website for books I am directly involved with, one as the author, the other as co-editor.

Matthew Johns reviewed my Lovecraftian horror novel The Return, ending with:
"Riley’s tales of the weird and evil are always fantastically well written – truly gripping yarns that keep the reader engaged and enthralled throughout.  At times gruesome, filled with superb detail, witty dialogue and believable characters, The Return is a classic work of horror that deserves a place on your bookshelf." 

Click here for the full review.  

Dave Brzeski wrote a very detailed, excellent review of Kitchen Sink Gothic, edited by me and my wife Linden, with the closing summary:
"...on the whole this is a solid collection of stories with no absolute duds."

"...this is Kitchen Sink Gothic—like Kitchen Sink Drama, only scarier. What’s not to like? No haunted mansions here; no bloodsucking counts. No, the horror here is targeted just where it tends to be in real life, at ordinary people who don’t have enough money to protect themselves—indeed some of the horrors in these stories are quite mundane in origin, but certainly no less terrifying for that."

For Mr Brzeski's full review click here

Saturday, 22 December 2018

The Vault of Evil Advent Calendar - Day 22 and it's Boat Trip

My Lovecraftian horror story Boat Trip, first published in The Third Spectral Book of Horror, edited by Joseph Rubas, is today's offering, beautifully illustrated by Chrissie Demant.

Vault of Evil Advent Calendar 2018

Thursday, 6 December 2018

The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales of Terror reviewed in Belfast's Phantasmagoria Magazine

A brilliant review coming soon in Phantasmagoria Magazine by Trevor Kennedy.

A collection of rather dark horror tales from David A. Riley spanning almost fifty years with each tale originally appearing in now considered genre classic publications such as the Pan Book of Horror series, Fantasy Tales, FEAR Magazine, World of Horror and many more.
I absolutely adored this book! The type of old school (trust me, that is a compliment) horror I grew up reading and still crave for to this day, the influences to Lovecraft and perhaps the likes of M. R. James and Poe (and maybe even Tales From The Crypt), are apparent but certainly not overdone. Riley’s own grim style shines throughout always, compelling and descriptive, though once again never over doing the descriptiveness. The haunting images his words created in my mind’s eye were vivid and lasting.
A couple of my favourite stories would have to be ‘Terror on the Moors’, a creepy, tense and atmospheric witchcraft-related yarn, and ‘Winter on Aubarch 6’, at first a mild science fiction tale that gradually evolves into full-blown, deeply disturbing body horror.
I don’t personally know what the sales figures are for this book, but I am certainly of the opinion that it should be read by as many people as possible, especially those with even a passing interest in horror or the short story form - of which Riley is one of the masters!
Hugely entertaining and great fun, I urge you to go out and purchase you own copy to experience for yourself the dark joys that lie within.
The Lurkers in the Abyss and Other Tales of Terror is available from Shadow Publishing and Amazon.
Trevor Kennedy. and

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Goblin Mire available for free kindle downloads from 26 - 30th November

Cover art: Joe Young
 My fantasy novel, Goblin Mire, will be available free on kindle from the 26th till the 30th November.
All I ask is that if you download this novel you give consideration to giving it a honest review on amazon afterwards, however brief.
Hope you enjoy it, though.

Kindle: free free
Cover art: Joe Young

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Romero's Children is in the current issue of the Russian horrorzine Darker

I am very pleased that my story Romero's Children has been reprinted in the Russian horrorzine Darker.

David A. Riley, “Romero's Children”, 2010 ©
Сегодня вечером сенатор Харди провел операцию против использования широко распространенного препарата, замедляющего старение, известного как «ОМ» («Опытный Мафусаил»). В ходе этой операции были затронуты продажи на черных рынках.
«Сегодня никто не знает, какими будут долгосрочные результаты от его применения. Быть может, он и замедляет старение, но лишь кратковременно, и пройдут годы, возможно, даже десятилетия, прежде чем мы сможем утверждать, что его использование безопасно и не имеет побочных эффектов, о которых в настоящее время ничего не известно. Люди принимают этот препарат в надежде на долгую здоровую жизнь, но они не знают, не возникнет ли других последствий»...

Friday, 26 October 2018

Listen to After Nightfall being read on The Gallery of Curiosities

You can now listen to one of my earliest short stories, After Nightfall, being read on The Gallery of Curiosities by Vic Mullin. Just tap on the link above.

This story first appeared in David A. Sutton's fanzine Weird Window, and was reprinted the following year in Sphere Books' The Year's Best Horror Stories, edited by Richard Davis.

It was last reprinted in Otto Penzler's Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (Vintage Books) in 2011.

Covers of the books and magazines in which this story was previously published:

Cover of Weird Window (artwork by David A. Riley)

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Romero's Children to be published in Russian webzine Darker.

I am pleased to reveal that my story, Romero's Children, will be translated and published in the next issue of the Russian webzine, Darker.

Romero's Children will be in their zombie issue - link to advert.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Great review for Moloch's Children on BFS website

There was a great review for my horror novel, Moloch's Children, on the BFS website by Ian Hunter.

"This is my kind of book, only 213 pages long with a prologue and epilogue and 36 chapters in between, evidence of how fast-paced a novel “Moloch’s Children” is; in a tale that reminded me of the works of Dennis Wheatley, Ramsay Campbell and Richard Matheson; although it’s not as “quiet” as these last two writers. In his short fiction, Riley has never been one to s

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Comics and books on Ebay

I have put a few horror comics on ebay.

I also have three books on ebay:

Promotional price of 99p for Kindle version of Fractious Fairy Tales by Jessica Palmer

As a promotion Parallel Universe Publications have reduced the price of downloading the kindle version of Jessica Palmer's Fractious Fairty Tales to 99p ($1.26 in the States).
The paperback version is, of course, still available, and an absolute steal at: £9.99 $12.99

What one reviewer thought of Fractious Fairy Tales:

"Terry Pratchett was renowned for taking familiar tales and converting them into comforting metaphors in the Discworld. That is not the way of Jessica Palmer.
Rather, she takes the crumbling skeletons of childhood fairy stories and fleshes them with satirical icons from the modern world to create a universe that is not Grimm but GRIM.
An author with many genres to her credit, from teen fantasy, through textbooks and cultural analysis. But this collection has more in common with her early horror work, twisted with a warped sense of humour that befits the daughter of a clown.
As with her other recent collection, "Other Visions of Heaven and Hell", you should leave your preconceptions on the coffee table. You will not, and could not, have anticipated this. But you will enjoy it, mostly!"

Also take a look at Jessica Palmer's Other Visions of Heaven and Hell.

Jessica Palmer has had 28 books published, both fiction and nonfiction. Her novels – horror, fantasy and science fiction – were released by Pocket Books in the United States and Scholastic in the United Kingdom. She has written two textbooks about Native American history, which were published by McFarland, and an encyclopedia of natural history released by Harper Collins’ label Element Books and later by Thorson in the UK.

Jessica has also written ten science-and-technology manuals on the topics of explosives and radiation. These were distributed globally. It was this work that brought her to Great Britain in 1988.

The daughter of a professional clown, Jessica refers to her switch to writing fiction as an exercise in damage limitation. She taught classes and conducted workshops on creative writing and publishing at North Shropshire College in Whitchurch, Stanmore College and the Islington Arts Factory in London.

As a journalist, Jessica won awards in New Mexico and Texas for writing features, public service and breaking news – the most recent in 2013. Jessica has also written satirical columns for newspapers, including “A Slice of Life” and “How to Make Love to your Personal Computer.”

Her two loves are writing and animals. She started a nonprofit in Kansas for wildlife rescue and has held a wildlife rehabilitation permit since 2002.

Other Visions of Heaven and Hell are a series of sometimes inter-related stories about our ideas of Heaven and Hell, sometimes hilarious - sometimes horrific - but always entertaining.

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ebook: £2.99     $4.30

Monday, 6 August 2018


These are the images on the first signed prints. Each print is on high quality A4 paper, signed by the artist and sealed inside a plastic envelope.

Colour prints are £7.00 each plus p&p
Black & white prints £5.00 each plus p&p

To order please email, listing which prints you would like, plus your address. You will then be emailed a Paypal invoice.

Postage and packing is the total cost however many prints are ordered.

Postage and packing within the UK: £2.00
Postage and packing to Europe: £3.65
Postage and packing the rest of the world: £4.45

Jim Pitts is an award-winning artist (two-times winner of the prestigious British Fantasy Award, plus Science Fiction's Ken McIntyre Award), whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and books, both professional and small press.

Jim Pitts holding his two British Fantasy Awards

Jim Pitts holding a copy of his book, The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts

Now you have the opportunity to own individually signed prints of some of Jim's best work, in black and white and in full-colour.

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts - price reduction to £25.00 plus p&p

Parallel Universe Publications has reduced the price of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts from £30.00 to £25.00 per copy plus postage.

Our charges now, including shipping costs, are:
£28.90 for UK orders
£34.75 for European orders
£39.75 for airmail postage to the rest of the world
£34.80 for surface mail postage to the rest of the world (which can take up to 45 days)

This is a numbered, limited edition of 250 copies, each of which is signed by the artist.