Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales of Terror

I can now reveal that a collection of my stories will be launched at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton next year. Titled The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales of Terror, the book will include most of my stories that were professionally published prior to 2000, including the title story, which originally appeared in The Eleventh Pan Book of Horror and was reprinted earlier this year in The Century's Best Horror Fiction, edited by John Pelan for Cemetery Dance.

More information soon.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Print copies of His Own Mad Demons now available

Paperback copies of my collection from Hazardous Press, His Own Mad Demons, are now available via Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.  In the US it's $9.99 (with free shipping available) and £6.23 in the UK.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

His Own Mad Demons available on kindle

Copies of my collection of four long stories and a novelette, His Own Mad Demons, published by Hazardous Press are now available as kindle ebooks via Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Print versions should be available shortly.

Product Description

David A. Riley’s first professionally published story was in the 11th Pan Book of Horror in 1970. Since then, he has been published in numerous anthologies from ROC Books, DAW Books, Robinson Books, Corgi Books, Doubleday, Playboy Paperbacks, and Sphere. Two recent notable anthologies in which he has appeared are The Century’s Best Horror Fiction, from Cemetery Dance, and Otto Penzler’s Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, from Vintage Books.

In 1995, David and his wife Linden edited and published Beyond, a fantasy/SF magazine. His stories have been published in magazines such as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Dark Discoveries, Fear, Fantasy Tales, Whispers and World of Horror.

His Own Mad Demons contains his stories "Lock-In", "The Worst of All Possible Places", "The Fragile Mask on His Face", "Their Own Mad Demons", and "The True Spirit".

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The Ninth Black Book of Horror - Vault of Evil review

There's a fascinating, in-depth review of the stories in The Ninth Black Book of Horror on the Vault of Evil website by the incomparable Demonik.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Parallel Universe Publications Reborn

It's seventeen years since our company, Parallel Universe Publications, published the last issue of Beyond. It's lain dormant since then.

Now it has been revived.

We will be bringing out our first publication - a hardbacked book - within the next few weeks. Already we have a second book in mind, though more about both publications later, save to say that the second book, a collection of short stories, is by one of the masters of the genre whose collection has not seen print for over a decade and can only be bought for three figure sums on the second hand collector's market.

The aim of our revived imprint will be to bring out a series of top quality books over the next few years. Along with hardback limited editions, we will also bring out easily affordable softcover editions for the reader's market.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

His Own Mad Demons

This is the cover for my forthcoming collection from Hazardous Press. His Own Mad Demons will include:

The Worst of All Possible Places
Lock In
Their Own Mad Demons
The Fragile Mask on his Face
The True Spirit

These were previously published in Houses on the Borderland edited by David A. Sutton for the BFS, The Black Book of Horror and the Fifth Black Book of Horror edited by Charles Black, Dark Discoveries #15 edited by James Beach, and Back from the Dead edited by Johnny Mains.

His Own Mad Demons will be published on the 26th October and be available as a Kindle ebook and as a printed book from Amazon and other online booksellers. Further details later.

His Own Mad Demons

Things are moving along with my collection of long stories from Hazardous Press, His Own Mad Demons.

I today received an email with three different front covers to consider. One, I thought, stood out from the rest, even though it was the only one in monochrome, but it has just the right element of grotesque menace that appeals to me for the cover, so I'll be emailing back later today, suggesting that this should be it. I'll post a copy of it when things have been decided.

No idea yet when the book will be published but I suspect this will be sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Monday, 8 October 2012

His Own Mad Demons, Dark Tales from David A. Riley

There have been some further developments on my collection of stories from Hazardous Press. The proposed title will be His Own Mad Demons, Dark Tales from David A. Riley. It will now not only be an ebook, a print version will be available too.

The collection will include four long stories and a novelette:

The Fragile Mask on his Face
The Worst of All Possible Places
Lock In
Their Own Mad Demons
The True Spirit

Saturday, 6 October 2012

An Exciting New Project

A big new project unexpectedly presented itself this week, which has involved a quick learning curve on an aspect of writing which I haven't touched on for nearly twenty years and has changed in all aspects since I last delved in it. More later, but it is something I find extremely exciting to have a go at. Fingers crossed that everything works out, as I have had a very tight schedule forced on me.

More within the next few weeks.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Horror: Under the Tombstone

Just learned that Dave Sutton has decided to merge all the stories from volumes 1 and 2 of New Writings in Horror& the Supernatural into one bumper edition, titled Horror: Under the Tombstone, published by Shadow Publishing.

I'll have two stories in this: The Farmhouse and A Bottle of Spirits.

The full list of contents will be:

Under the Tombstone by Ken Bulmer
The Inglorious Rise of the Catsmeat Man by Robin Smyth
The Farmhouse by David A. Riley
The People Down Below by Julia Birley
Phantasmagoria by W. T. Webb
Goat by David Campton
Prison by Bryn Fortey
The Winner by E. C. Tubb
The Time of Waiting by Richard Davis
The Hollow Where by Michael G. Coney
Mr. Nobody by R. W. Mackleworth
Charley's Chair by David Rome
Broadcast by Ramsey Campbell
A Bottle of Spirits by David A. Riley
Television Wife by W. T. Webb
The Darkness by Robert P. Holdstock
Grooley by James Wade
Shrewhampton North-East by Bryn Fortey
Demoniacal by David A. Sutton
Infra-Man by Roger Parkes
The Ghosts in the Garden by Rosemary Timperley
Marianne's Boy by Elizabeth Fancett
The Other House by Ramsey Campbell

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Ninth Black Book of Horror

The Ninth Black Book of Horror edited by Charles Black is now available from Amazon and will soon be available to purchase direct from the Mortbury Press website.

About the book:
“Horrible people, horrible places, horrible things and horrible fates all await you in The Ninth Black Book of Horror. The new anthology from Mortbury Press is truly horrible. Check in at a horror hospital, witness grisly acts, observe dreadful family reunions, meet a man who hates waste, the things that are not there, and find out what’s behind you in The Ninth Black Book of Horror.”

Sixteen stories by John Llewellyn Probert, Craig Herbertson, Simon Bestwick, Gary Fry, David Williamson, Anna Taborska, Sam Dawson, Paul Finch, Gary Power, Thana Niveau, Tom Johnstone, Marion Pitman, Kate Farrell, John Forth, Marc Lyth and David A. Riley.  Cover art is by Paul Mudie.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

New Online Collection of my Stories

Just received confirmation this morning that a collection of my stories will be published online by an American publisher. Title of the collection is yet to be confirmed, but the stories included are a novelette, The Worst of All Possible Places, originally published in Houses on the Borderland, Lock In and Their Own Mad Demons, which were originally published in the Black Books of Horror, The Fragile Mask on his Face, which appeared in Dark Discoveries, and The True Spirit, which was published in the award winning anthology Back from the Dead.

More information later.

The Screaming Book of Horror

Unfortunately the launch for The Screaming Book of Horror was scuppered at FantasyCon because the printers were unable to deliver it on time. Copies are available now, though, from this link. With a brand new story by the late John Brunner, not to mention the likes of Bernard Taylor, Reggie Oliver, Christopher Fowler, John Burke, and Man Booker nominee, Alison Moore, this is an important book which everyone interested in the horror genre should get.

Table of Contents
Christenings Can Be Dangerous – John Llewellyn Probert
Larva – John Brunner
The Swarm – Alison Littlewood
Natural Selection – Robin Ince
One of the Family – Bernard Taylor
Cut! – Anna Taborska
The Christmas Toys – Paul Finch
The Quixote Candidate – Rhys Hughes
Helping Mummy – Kate Farell
The City of Plenty – Alex Miles
The Iron Cross – Craig Herbertson
Sometimes You Think You Are Alone – Alison Moore
Bird Doll – Claire Massey
What Shall We Do About Barker? – Reginald Oliver
Old Grudge Ender – David A. Riley
Jack and Jill – Steve Rasnic Tem
The Blackshore Dreamer – John Burke
Imagination – Christopher Fowler
The Baby Trap – Janine Wood
The Tip Run – Johnny Mains
Dementia – Charlie Higson