Jim Pitts is an award-winning fantasy/horror artist, whose works have appeared on book covers and in magazines since the 1970s. The winner of two Britsih Fantasy Awards for best artist, he was also awarded Science Fiction's Ken McIntyre Award. In 2017 Parallel Universe Publications published The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts. Since then Jim has never been more prolific, with more book covers and interior illustrations both in Britain and the USA.
Marc Damian Lawler was born in Liverpool, but grew up in Bracknell, Berkshire. He now lives on the Wirral. He has a B. A. (Hons.) in English Literature; but would gladly exchange it for a weekend pub crawl with Edgar Allan Poe.
Works: Co-compiler of the R. Chetwynd-Hayes Bibliography, Gaslight, Ghosts, and Ghouls: A Centenary Celebration, PS Publishing, 2019
Editor: Preparing For a Nightmare, Amazon KDP, 2019 (Author: ‘Grave Drawings’, ‘John and Julia’, ‘A Hard Day's Fright’)
Editor: Before You Blow Out the Candle, Amazon KDP, 2020 (Author: ‘The Resurrection of R. Chetwynd-Hayes’, ‘Lucy Walker's Last Climb’)
Editor: Christmas Under the Covers, Amazon KDP, 2021 (Author: ‘Holly’, ‘Christmas Certificate X’, ‘Jimmy's TV Talk-In’)
Editor: Grave Encounters: Taphophile Tales and Poems, Amazon KDP, 2022 (Author: ‘Heart Burial’, ‘Bleak Encounter’, ‘Sweets Secrets’; co-author with Trevor Kennedy: ‘Raiders of the Lost Porn Stash’; co-author with Charles Dickens: ‘Ph'up’)
Greetings! :) This is a little story about Allison Weir (Alli, please), a quirky southpaw from Wolverhampton who endeavours to write, rest and play.
Alli enjoys all aspects of writing and even when she isn’t scribing, she’s formulating and concocting her next environment of characters.
So far, she’s contributed to all anthologies in the Gruesome Grotesque series, submitted to Short Sharp Shocks! Series with 'Blood Bears and Dolls' and she continues to provide material and edit for Phantasmagoria Magazine, aside from busying herself with personal projects.
In 2019 she released her first full length thriller Oveds of Ohncara, a fantasy tale depicting a battle for survival where a lost colony of spiders (The Oveds) find themselves at the mercy of two depraved humanoids.
Her favourite genre to write for is a mish mash of fantasy horror and in what other time she can salvage, she dedicates her energy and devotion to acting, tutoring and travelling.
In 2017 Parallel Universe Publications published The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts in two soft-cover volumes. This new HARDBACK edition covers the recent years of Jim's amazing art from 2017 to 2021.
*This edition comes with FREE Jim Pitt's artworks!
The GHOSTS of St. James' Cemetery. A SUPERNATURAL stampede of DEAD Beatles fans. A PARANORMAL photograph for sale. The NIGHT Cabinet will keep you safe. A HELL of a friendly bus load of passengers. A school reunion DOOMED to fail. A church that holds the power to LIFE AFTER DEATH. The history of a CURSED house. An early morning jogger jogs his last jog. A NASTY uncle and his even NASTIER niece. A MURDER victim attends his killer's trial. A BLACK-HEARTED rower who steals away women. Something ancient and EVIL under Bodmin Moor. A CREEPY caravan holiday at Christmas.
NEW authors and CLASSIC authors explore the graveyards of the body and the haunting / echoing passages of the mind.
Grave Drawings by Marc Damian Lawler
In a Disused Graveyard by Robert Frost
John and Julia by Marc Damian Lawler
Raiders of the Lost Porn Stash by Trevor Kennedy and Marc Damian Lawler
Written in the Churchyard at Middleton in Sussex by Charlotte Smith
Burying Huck's Cat by Mark Twain
Living is Dying by Guy de Maupassant
The White Stone by Jim Moon
Heart Burial by Marc Damian Lawler
In the Cemetery by Thomas Hardy
Ph'up by Charles Dickens and What the Dickens?!
Bleak Encounter by Marc Damian Lawler
A Salute to Theo Gunn by Trevor Kennedy
Written in Stone by Lemuel Caleb Gonzalez
Sweet Secrets by Marc Damian Lawler
The Past by Percy Bysshe Shelley
A Hard Day's Fright by Marc Damian Lawler
Christmas is the spookiest time of the year. Dickens knew it; M. R. James knew it; and these authors know it, too:
Marc Damian Lawler, Allison Weir, Brad C. Hodson, Jim Moon, D. T. Langdale, Hume Nisbet, Matt Cowan, David Little, Trevor Kennedy, Russell Holbrook, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, A. P. Sessler
"The last story sent a chill of kinship through my bones." - Shirley Jackson
Oveds of Ohncara follows the struggles of young arachnid, Tarah-Entula Oved who is trying her best to fit into a devastated community and a disjointed family. She must quickly learn the ropes of survival in human territory and across the districts of Ohncara, a dark and troubled region. Just when the inquisitive creature thinks she is winning with newfound knowledge, compelling skills and blossoming friendships, the weird Wallingtons decide to move into the vicinity. And it is more than havoc they are wreaking … It is a fantasy-must for the curiously imaginative - those who relish obscure adventure, drama and multiple twists!
Adrian Baldwin is Phantasmagoria's cover designer. (He's been designing all our magazine covers since Issue 8.) As well as creating our fantastic Phantasmagoria logo he also designs all the book covers for TK Pulp and Demain Publishing.
Adrian is a Mancunian now living and working in Wales. Back in the Nineties, he wrote for various TV shows/personalities: Smith & Jones, Clive Anderson, Brian Conley, Paul McKenna, Hale & Pace, Rory Bremner (and a few others). Wooo, get him.
BARNACLE BRAT (a dark comedy for grown-ups), his first novel won Indie Novel of the Year 2016 award. Adrian Baldwin has also written several dark comedy short stories, some of which he has published himself, whilst others have appeared in anthologies published by a variety of indie publishers, including TK Pulp and Demain Publishing.
A modern-day Billy Liar meets Donnie Darko (quirky, surreal and darkly funny) Losing your grip on reality is a real bummer. Just ask Leon Blank. Not that he'd know. Seems those losing their marbles are always the last to find out.
Until recently, Leon would have argued that a tendency to become easily sidetracked on a regular basis wasn't that odd. And what's so unusual about hearing a voice inside your head? Doesn't everyone? Isn't that just thinking? But his recent visions aren't so freely dismissed; especially the angry-looking clown who's following him around with a baseball bat.
Time to act, Leon decides: perhaps keeping a log will shed light on the mystery. Then again, could 'seeing-things' just be sexual frustration? It's been a while! If only he had a girlfriend to take his mind off stuff. Prepare to enter the normally hidden world of delusions, paranoia, and ... ahem ... 'unusual interests': Voyeurism; Feederism; Shoes - that kind of thing.
Death can be a real downer. Just ask Stanley McCloud. The ancient and inveterate gambler has just found out he hasn't long to live. Refusing to believe his prognosis, though, Stan places a massive bet that he will reach his next birthday. Surely, his run of bad luck can't last!
Unfortunately for Stan the independent bookie he uses grows nervous as the big day approaches and decides to bump him off with one of her many fun, but ever-so-slightly fatal, high-odds proposition bets - aka Maggy's Specials.
Will Stanley McCloud make it, ruining Maggy McCulloch in the process; or will the heartless bookie have her evil way, 'accidentally' kill him, and save her business? Perhaps Stan's womanising, alcoholic old pal Dougie can be of some help? Yeah, right! Good luck with that. Oh, and there's a whole secondary storyline about The Head Honcho, a serial killer who leaves his victims' torsos in one place, and their heads in another. Yikes!
In THE SNOWMAN AND THE SCARECROW - the closest the author will ever come to writing a 'family' story - young Joe's grandfather collapses as they're building their traditional Christmas snowman. (Always a festive downer when that happens.)
With Wilf in hospital, and as a way of coping, the boy searches for the now inexplicably missing 'Mr Wonky'; it's a small town, how far could he have gone?
Before long, Joe runs into an out-of-town drifter who promises to help ... but does the old vagrant have ulterior motives?
A distressing tale of kidnap, clownish trickery, and carnal depravity.
When upcoming indie crime author Rex Stevens is kidnapped after a book-signing event and forced to create an erotic romance novel by brother-sister couple and pair of cockadoodie coulrophiles, you just know this story will not end well. (“Seriously, you want me to write about clown sex?”) Definitely not for the squeamish or easily offended!
*Please note: this is a SHORT STORY (10-11k words) - not a novel.
A disturbing tale of immorality, obsession, and an amusement arcade claw-grab machine.
When coin-op machine junkie Zak spots a rare, limited-edition toy figure (that ‘speaks to him’ from inside his local amusement arcade’s new claw-grab machine) he becomes obsessed with winning her - even if it means putting his job, finances, and relationship with increasingly impatient girlfriend Steph in jeopardy.
Definitely not for the cautious, narrow-minded or easily offended!
*A SHORT STORY of 11-12k words.
A cautionary tale of Hookers, Truckers, and unsuspecting Suckers.
Daisy would rather survive on minimum wage (plus tips) at her waitressing job in the local diner - after all, it’s only until ‘the others’ arrive - but she will service truckers if she has to; when she’s short of cash and needs to eat. Normally she’s okay just bumping along, waiting out her time and drinking beer in her trailer - but when her TV dies and she can no longer watch her beloved soap operas, she decides it’s time to join the other ‘lot lizards’ and earn some extra dollars. Watch out, though, guys ... Daisy is not your typical call-girl.
Definitely not for the squeamish or easily offended!
*This SHORT STORY is 8-9k words.
It’s ‘Aliens’ vs Victorians vs ZombiesVictorian Londoners have been dumping raw sewage and toxic chemicals into the River Thames for decades but with the population now exceeding 2.5 million that’s a massive pile of feculence. What’s the problem, it will just wash out to sea eventually, won’t it?
Well, out there somewhere, in a deep oceanic trench, technically-advanced Subterraneans have grown increasingly incensed with this rising human pollution and now they’ve resolved to overthrow the land-dwellers and systematically wipe their kind from the face of the poisoned planet.
Someone should have warned them that humans have a tendency to fight back, even when they are out-gunned, deliberately infected and in danger of being ‘overthrown’.
First in a planned series of episodic novelettes and novellas
Indie writer Colin Hackett has written three Horror novellas so far - they're just not that good. Despite having self-published more books than he has reviews for, Colin is sure that one day he'll reach the top; after all, no-one had heard of Stephen King until he became famous!
Lack of fame is the least of Colin’s problems though; besides being extremely short-sighted, considerably overweight, an incurable hoarder and an unsociable loner, he also has an unstable personality, a terrible dark secret, and deep-rooted anger issues.
The neighbours next-door call him Creepy or Stinky and treat his garden as if they own the place. Scum, that’s what they are! Filthy trash! As soon as Colin makes his fortune, he’s moving far away from this horrible estate, that’s for certain. But first he’d sure like to put that little hellcat Leanne in her place. Deep down he knows the precocious little she-devil only flirts with him to mock him, she clearly hates his guts.
And the sad truth is that most of Colin's physical contact is usually paid for. That said, however, much of his lustful gratification ends up ‘free’ – after all, what good is cash to someone who will never get the chance to spend it?
*'Forty Seven' is book 74 in the popular SHORT SHARP SHOCK! series published by Demain Publishing