Are you an author who has penned a horror story?
Do you now want to publish your book?
One of the following 21 top horror publishers accepting submissions might just be the right publishing house for you and your manuscript.
1. Arkham House
In 1939, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei established their very own publishing house to preserve the gripping horror fictions of their beloved friend, H.P Lovecraft. Their venture was a massive success and 79 years down the line, this Wisconsin based company still manages to retain their position as a true connoisseur of macabre, mystery and horror fiction. Lovecraft’s ‘Outsider’ and John D. Harvey’s ‘The Cleansing’ are two among the hundreds of best-selling books from Arkham House. This platform specializes in pulp, weird, mystery and horror fiction. So if you have a couple of your best works to share, you can always drop your manuscripts here.
P.S- Arkham House only accepts manuscripts that are sent via post.
If you’re looking to get your horror novel published by a prestigious US based publication- Light Unseen Media can be your go-to option. Based in Pepperell, Massachusetts, this publishing house was formed in 2006 by author Inanna Arthen. Arthen created this platform to disseminate vampire fiction that doesn’t just transcend the common stereotypes but also explores the diversity of imagination and demonstrates the infinite creative potential of the horror motif. Their books have diverse themes ranging from horror to mystery; vampire fictions to stories involving the human psyche. While the company has published hundreds of books, Un-Dead TV by Brad Middleton and Blood on the Bayou by David Burton are two top-rated novellas from their collection. Light Unseen Media is currently accepting submissions, and you can always get in touch with them here.
Stuck in a boring desk job, publisher Jason Sizemore was disgruntled with the way he was living his life. He wanted to create something exciting that wouldn’t just satisfy him but would also leave a lasting impression on the world. And that is exactly how Apex Publications came to be. What began as a humble venture by an independent publisher, soon turned out to be a busy press with more than forty printed titles by best-selling authors. Formed in 2004, this Kentucky based publishing house is famous for their horror, science and mystery novels. Over the time, they’ve also had the chance to publish popular works like Brian Keene’s ‘Return to the Lost Level’ and Damien Walters’ ‘Cry your way home’. Apex Book Company is currently accepting short horror fictions here .
Gehenna and Hinnom is a Michigan based publishing house that was formed by author C.P Dunphey in 2015. What started as a passion project of Mr.Dunphey, soon evolved as one of the most promising horror publications in the US. The platform has a keen eye for gothic fiction, anthologies, supernatural novellas and short stories. Their published copies is widely revered among readers of horror fiction and within just three years they’ve managed to collaborate with award winning writers Ed Ahern (author of Cornucopia) and Shaun Avery (author of Slobber). The platform is currently accepting submissions. So if you, ace in grotesque, morbid and macabre novels, send in your submissions here.
Do you like to think that your horror novels have added edge because of their bizarre twists and macabre content? If your answer is yes, Eraserhead Press is just the right platform for you. Launched almost 18 years back, this publishing house has developed a global cult base for its paranormal fiction, post-apocalyptic horror novellas, and bizzaro thrillers. Publisher Rose O’ Keefe set up this publishing house in Oregon, and over the last two decades his company has published more than four hundred titles by leading authors like Piers Anthony, Molly Tanzer and Jeremy Robert Johnson. Eraserhead Press is currently welcoming submissions for horror fiction with a hint of absurdity and emotion. So if you’re confident about your work, send in your manuscript right away. You can find more details about their submission guidelines here.
Black BedSheet Books was established by Nicholas Grabowsky back in 2008. Based in Norwalk, Grabowsky created this platform to support budding authors who still didn’t have a solid footing in the publishing industry. His independent venture soon grabbed some attention, and within the next few years the company had already published hundred books under horror, mystery and science fiction. Grabowsky’s efforts truly paid off and right now, award winning titles like Anthology of the living dead (by Forest J Ackerman) Blood Orchard (by SD Hintz) are credited to his name. Black BedSheet Books is currently welcoming submissions in horror and science fiction. In order to initiate the process you’ll have to mail them with a query here. If they’re interested, they’ll definitely get back to you.
As quirky as they sound, Curiosity Press is a US based publishing house that works with new age authors who are looking to publish their horror novels for the first time. They’ve been in business for the last 7 years and while they publish works covering diverse genres, Curiosity Press primarily specializes in paranormal fiction, psychological thrillers and your regular horror novels teeming with supernatural elements and spine chilling twists. The ‘Actuator Anthology’ and ‘A taste of honey and death’ by Sharon Byless are some of their top rated horror/mystery novels. The company is currently open for submissions. Find out more details about the process here.
8. Dzanc Books
Fans of supernatural, thriller and gothic novels, Dzanc Books is small publishing house in Canada that first came to inception in 2006. While they work with a slew of different genres, some of their bestselling books fall under horror and gothic fiction. Top rated horror and mystery novels from the company include Darkansas by Jaret Middleton and The Lost Country by William Gray. The platform is currently open for submissions. So if you think your novel is bold and innovative enough to make the cut, check out their submission guidelines here.
9. Talos Press
If writing novels on zombies, apocalypse and paranormal activities is your forte; Talos Press can surely help you. This small, independent New York based publishing house was formed almost 5 years back. Although they haven’t published too many titles, their science fiction, horror and fantasy novels have been well received among readers. Goldblind Trilogy by Anna Stephens and Sleep over by H.G Wells are two leading horror novels from their platform. The platform is currently welcoming submissions on horror, fantasy and science fiction. Send your proposal with your CV, a short synopsis and a sample chapter of your book. If they’re interested, they’ll surely get back to you. Find more information about the submission guidelines here.
Are you looking to publish your bold, gripping horror novel that’ll keep your readers at the edge of their seats? If your answer is yes, Noosphere Publishing House is an excellent option. Established in 2013, this Ontario based literary press is dedicated to publish unique and compelling stories pertaining to the genres of fantasy, mystery, horror and science fiction. Although they haven’t been in business for long, they’ve still managed to establish a solid reader base with a strong network of bestselling authors like Kiri Callaghan (author of Alys) and Jennifer Joseph (author of Speeding in Reverse). Noosphere Publishing House doesn’t have any specific submission guidelines, but right now, they are only accepting submissions from Canadian authors. In case you’re looking to submit your first horror manuscript, contact them here.
11. Severed Press
Established in 2008, Severed Press is an independent publishing house based in Australia. Although they’ve had humble beginnings, over the next few years, this platform earned an excellent reputation for their high quality content and commitment to both newcomers and reputed authors. Severed Press has a keen eye for talent and their list of authors include leading names like Tim Curran, David Achord and Jake Bible. While the platform specializes in horror fiction, you can also send in your sci-fi novellas here. In order to submit your work, you’ll have to write a short 200 word synopsis (elucidating the key points of your novel), attach your manuscript with the mail and finally send it to the official email address of the company. Check out this page for more details about their submission guidelines.
12. Polis Books
Polis Books is a New York based independent publishing house that specializes in horror, urban fantasy, supernatural, and science fiction. The company was established in 2013 to give new authors a chance and within just five years they’ve managed to create a niche audience of their own. ‘The Blue Kingfisher by Erica Wright’ and ‘Black Diamond Fall’ by Joseph Olshan; are two widely acclaimed gothic titles from the platform. Polis Books is currently accepting submissions in suspense, horror, fantasy and a slew of other related genre. Find out more details about their submission policies here.
World Weaver Press was established in 2011 with the collaborative efforts of Eileen Wiedbrauk and Elizabeth Wagner. The duo created this independent publishing house to give new authors a chance, and going by their popularity, they’ve definitely met their goal. Based in Albuquerque, Mexico, this platform publishes speculative fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy and science fiction. ‘Corvidae’ by Rhonda Parrish and ‘Cursed’ by Susan Sullivan are two bestselling titles from the company. World Weaver Press is currently accepting submissions on paranormal romance and science fiction. You can find more details about the submission guidelines here.
14. Angry Robot
Angry Robot is a UK based global platform, driven to publish compelling novels in science fiction, horror, fantasy, supernatural fiction and every other genre that comes in between. This publishing house was launched in 2009, and over the next eight years they’ve published novels in both physical and ebook formats. While the press itself has won the Best Independent Press award in 2016; its published authors- Lauren Beukes and Ramez Naam, have also been awarded for their novels’ Zoo City’ and ‘Apex’. The platform is currently accepting submissions in ‘genre’ fiction. Find more details about their submission guidelines here.
15. Tartarus Press
Are you looking to get your works published by an award winning publishing house? In that case, Tartarus Press is definitely your best option. Founded in 1990, this British press publishes hardback and paperback editions of strange, supernatural and horror fiction. This company has published best selling gothic novels like Robert Aikman’s ‘Sub Rosa’ and Arthur Machen’s ‘The 1890s Notebook’. They’ve also been lauded by The Guardian and Telegraph for their incredibly satisfying supernatural tales. As of now, Tartarus Press is accepting submissions for short fiction and novels (between 75,000 to 1,20,000 words). You can find more information about their submission guidelines, here.
16. Quirk Books
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Quirk Books is a small American press that works with the authors of horror, mystery and thriller novels. The company publishes only 25 books a year, and some of their popular titles include ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ by Seth Graham Smith and ‘The Last Policeman’ by Ben Winters. The platform is currently open for submissions and you can always contact them with your ideas. Here’s a quick scoop on their submission guidelines.
World Castle is a multi genre publishing house that has works with many different genres. While their primary focus remains on horror, gothic, post-apocalyptic fiction and mystery novellas; you can also send your works on other genres (if any). This Florida based company was formed by Karen Fuller as an attempt to support budding authors; and at this point, her venture seems to be absolutely successful. Some of the bestselling gothic titles from World Castle Publishers are ‘Trisomy XXi’ by G.A Minton and ‘The Monster Inkies’ by Erik Shein. The platform is currently accepting short fiction (within 14,999 words), novellas (within 39,999 words) and novels (with over 100,000 words). You can email your submissions here.
In 2015, childhood friends Daniel Marc Chant and Justin Park formed The Sinister Horror Company to give new authors the opportunity to try something bold and different. Their efforts soon took shape, and within just three years, this UK based company ended up publishing hundreds of titles in modern gothic, macabre, weird and bizzaro fiction. Their books will cripple your soul with their bold, unsettling and morbid content. J.R Park’s ‘Terror Byte’ and Vincent Hunt’s ‘Devil Kickers’ are some of the bestselling novels from the publication. You can directly send your manuscript to Sinister Horror Company, since they’re accepting unsolicited entries. Your novel has to be within 5k words with a 11 font size in Calibri. For more details about the submission guidelines, visit this page.
Flame Tree Publishing is one of the biggest publishers of horror and sci-fi novels in the UK. After all, can you ever go wrong with publishing house that has license arrangements with Tate and the Royal Academy of Arts? Headquartered in London, this company was founded in 1992, and the rest as we all know, is history. While Flame Tree Publishing specializes on a several different genres, horror fiction and gothic novella is their forte. ‘Chilling Short Ghost Stories’ and ‘Time Travel short stories’; are two of their best selling horror novels. In 2018, they also came up with a completely new trade imprint for their horror, gothic and sci fi novels. Flame Tree Publishing is currently accepting submissions. You can email your submission along with a short synopsis of your work, your CV and your full contact details. For more information about submissions, visit this page.
While they don’t have too many titles credited to their name, Cactus Moon Publications is slowly carving out their very own niche in the horror publication industry. Based in Arizona, the company publishes horror fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, thrillers and every other genre that’ll shake you to the core. ‘Epistle of the Damned’ by M. Lee Mendelson, is one of their highest selling horror novels. Right now, the company is looking for compelling horror manuscripts. So if you think your novel can make the cut, drop in your submission here.
21. Dagda Publishing
Dagda Publishing is a small UK based publishing house that was established in 2013. The company is headquartered at Nottingham and it works with both new and established authors specializing in literary fiction of any genre. While they’ve published quite a few gothic titles; Eric Nolan’s post-apocalyptic novel ‘The Dogs Don’t Bark in Brooklyn Anymore’ is one of their bestselling novels. The platform is currently welcoming submissions, and you can find more details about the format here.
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