This week I heard the disappointing news that Dark Fuse Press was no more.
This is the latest small press publisher to be forced to close down (Samhain Publishing closed in 2016), but there are still many small presses still producing and publishing fantastic work.
What these publishers might lack in resources when compared to the big publishers, they make up for with passion. Having been published in the small press since my first novella back in 2009 I know how hard the publishers, editors, designers, artists – and authors – of these presses work to share their love for horror with readers.
In the end, it’s the small press that keeps the horror genre’s heart beating. But they need the support of readers, reviewers and all horror aficionados to survive.
So if you can, BUY their books, SHARE their good work on social media and most of all, if you loved a book that came out through the small press LEAVE A REVIEW.
Let’s keep that heart beating!
Here’s a list (in alphabetical order) of just a few of the current small press publishers. If I’ve missed any I apologise, but please feel free to let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
Black Beacon Books
Blood Bound Books
Cemetery Dance Publications
Crystal Lake Publishing
Dark Arts Books
Dark Moon Books
Dark Regions Press
Grey Matter Press
Grinning Skull Press
Lycan Valley Publications
Night Shade Books
Omnium Gatherum Books
Oscillate Wildly Press
Raw Dog Screaming Press
Sinister Grin Press
Stitched Smile Publications
Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia.
Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications).
He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013.
He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association.
Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters.
* Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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