Have you written a paranormal novel?
Are you in need of a publishing house for your book?
Below you’ll find 18 top publishers of paranormal fiction.
Are you an author of paranormal romance? Changeling Press works in short stories, novellas, and collections of many different genres. They publish their titles in digital format to have a greater global reach in today’s day and age of technology, but also produce books in print. Based out of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Changeling Press is published paranormal titles like “Dragon in Training” by Emily Carrington, “Angel Falls” by Stephanie Burke, “Midnight Sons” by Emily Carrington, and “Drop Dead Sexy” by Kiernan Kelly.
They are currently accepting submissions for paranormal fiction via email, ideally between the length of 12k to 30k words for standalone works. Be sure to include a short cover letter, your complete manuscript, and a brief promotional plan on how you’re going to market your book. You should hear back with their decision within two weeks. For more information, you can review their submission guidelines. For general inquiries, you can also contact the team at Changeling Press through their website’s online contact form.
Based out of Tallahassee, Florida, DSP Publications is a small independent publishing boutique that produces books in the genres of fantasy, horror, science fiction, paranormal, and all things speculative. Some of their paranormal titles include “Night Kiss” by E.T. Malinowski, “Blood Red Roulette” by Jana Denardo, “Countermind” by Adrian Randall, and “Rogue in the Making” by TJ Nichols.
They are currently accepting queries through their website’s online contact form. You’re asked to include your contact information, a brief synopsis of your book, its genre, and approximate word count. If interested in your project, a member of their editorial team will reach out to you to request your full manuscript for consideration. You’re strongly encouraged to browse through their existing catalogue of books to ensure your project will be a good fit with the publisher.
Arkham House Publishers is an independent pressed located in Sauk City, Wisconsin. They specialize in publishing dark speculative fiction, inclusive of paranormal fiction. They’ve produced titles like “Blooded on Arachne” by Michael Bishop, “The Wind From a Burning Woman” by Greg Bear, and “Dragonfly” by Frederic S. Durbin.
They are currently accepting submission via regular mail only, sent to their main office. They ask that you include a synopsis of your manuscript and a query letter. If they’re interested in your project, they will contact you promptly to arrange for the delivery of your full manuscript. For general inquiries or more information, you can contact the team via email or through their website’s online contact form.
Established in 2006, By Light Unseen Media is an independent publishing house based out of Winchendon, Massachusetts. They specialize in the publication of paranormal fiction, with specific focus on vampire folklore, media, and culture. Some of their titles include “The Longer the Fall” by Inanna Arthen, “Krymsin Nocturnes” by Joseph Armstead, and “All Places That Are Not Heaven” by Anne Fraser.
They are currently accepting query letters via regular mail or email. If interested in your project, you will be contacted promptly to arrange for the delivery of your full manuscript. By Light Unseen is currently looking for full-length novels between 75k to 150k words in length, and are primarily interested in stories of dramatic fiction with realistic tone. For more information, please review their submission guidelines.
Dark Hall Press is an independent boutique publisher that mostly publishes works of horror and science fiction, along with fiction with paranormal elements. Since they’re a small press, they publish only a handful of new titles every year. They’re capable of producing titles in print, ebook, and audiobook formats to give their readers a wide range of storytelling options. Some of their titles include “Exoskeleton: A Novel” by Shane Stadler, “Night’s Harbor” by W.J. Renehan, and “The Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir” by Shaun McGinnis and Rod Garcia.
They are currently accepting query letters about manuscript submissions through their website’s online contact form. Be sure to include a brief synopsis of your book, an approximate word count, it’s genre, and any relative writing experience (if applicable). If interested in your project, a member of their editorial team will reach out to you shortly to request your full manuscript for consideration.
Founded in 1985, Dark Regions Press is an independent publisher that has published works by authors like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Bentley Little, and more. Based out of Portland, Oregon, Dark Regions Press specializes in producing works of speculative fiction, inclusive of horror, fantasy, science fiction, and the paranormal. Some of their latest releases include “Bird Box (Special Edition)” by Josh Malerman, “The House of Nodens” by Sam Gafford, and “The Boke of Divill” by Reggie Oliver.
They are currently closed to general submissions, but is hosting a writing contest where all entrants are entered to win a $2000 prize. The deadline for this contest is January 31st, 2019. For more information, click here. For general submissions, you’re strongly encouraged to sign up for Dark Regions Press’ e-newsletter to be alerted when they will reopen. For general inquiries, you can contact the team through their website’s online contact form.
Rainfall Books is a small independent press based out of Wiltshire, UK. They specialize in all things paranormal and dark, having published works like “The Night Eternal” by Steve Lines and John B. Ford, “Infernal Love” by Paul Edwards, and “Black Mirrors” by Paul Edwards.
They are currently accepting submissions for short stories for their chapbook collections, and are not currently interested in novels or novellas. If you’re interested in submitting a paranormal short story, you can send your work via email. For more information, please review Rainfall Books’ submission guidelines.
Bloomsbury Spark is a division of Bloomsbury Publishing that’s dedicated to producing works for teens, young adults, and new adult readers. They have an impressive collection of romance, contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and thrillers. They’re produced titles like “Branded” by Eric Smith, and “City of Shadows” by Pippa DaCosta. This full-service publishing house is currently accepting manuscripts between 25k to 60k in length via email –no agent necessary! For more information, check out their submission guidelines.
Established in 2011, World Weaver Press is an independent publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. Based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, they’ve published titles like “Bite Somebody” by Sara Dobie Bauer, “Black Pearl Dreaming” by K. Bird Lincoln, and “Corvidae” edited by Rhonda Parrish. They are currently closed to general submissions, but you’re strongly encouraged to check back at a later date when this status may change. In the meantime, you can review their submission guidelines to prepare your work for consideration. For general inquiries or more information, you can contact the team at World Weaver Press through their website’s online contact form.
10. Jolly Fish Press
Jolly Fish Press is an independent publisher based out of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, that was founded in 2011. They publish a variety of genres in trade paperback and ebook formats, including paranormal and fantasy fiction. Some of their titles include “Fairy Godmothers, Inc.” by Jennifer Wardell, “Eleanor” by Johnny Worthen, and “Year of Lightning” by Ryan Dalton.
They are currently accepting submissions via email, and are particularly interested in middle grade and young adult fiction with strong voices, diverse characters, and unique stories. You’re asked to include a query letter that provides a short plot synopsis, a brief author bio, a small list of comparative titles, your contact information, as well as the first three chapters of your manuscript attached in a Word document. For more information, you can review their submission guidelines.
11. Grimbold Books
Based in Oxfordshire, UK, Grimbold Books is a newly founded independent publisher that specializes in science fiction, fantasy, and dark fiction. In 2017, they were awarded Best Independent Press by British Fantasy Awards. They produce titles in ebook format to help their authors reach readers on a global scale. Some of their books include “Blood Bank” by Zoë Markham, “The Children of the Shaman” by Jessica Rydill, and “Darkspire Reaches’ by C.N. Lesley. They are unfortunately closed to submissions at this time, but you’re strongly encouraged to check back at a later date to see when this status may change.
Established in 2012, Ink Smith Publishing is a small independent press based out of Lakehurst, New Jersey. They publish works of speculative fiction, inclusive of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the paranormal. Some of their titles include “The Hunter Grayleer” by Alex Billedeaux, “Journey to the Rift” by Cathi Shaw, and “The Devil’s Scribe” by Rod Baker.
They are currently accepting submissions via email between January 1st to July 30th, 2019, and will be closed for a reading period starting August 1st, 2019. All submissions should be between 30k to 50k words in length. You’re asked to include a query letter that provides your contact information, a brief author bio, your story’s genre and word count, a synopsis no longer than one page, your marketing plan, and the first three chapters in the body of your email. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines, as entries that do not adhere to their requirements will be automatically rejected.
13. Enigmatic Books
Enigmatic Books is an independent publisher that operates entirely online. They specialize in producing works of urban fantasy, and adore elements of the paranormal. They’re produced titles like “Rise,” “Ignite,” “Rage,” and “Blaze” by Sierra Cross, stories which involve vampires and a secret magical world hidden within our own. They are unfortunately not accepting submissions at this time, but you’re strongly encouraged to check back at a later date when this status may change. For general inquiries, you’re encouraged to reach out through their website’s online contact form.
14. Cosmic Egg
Cosmic Egg is a publisher of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and the paranormal. As an imprint of John Hunt Publishing, they’re produced a wide range of titles like “Bigfoot Singularity” by Mark Reeder and Ronald C. Meyer, “Blink of an Eye” by John H.K. Fisher, “The Chosen” by William Hatchett, and “The Malaise” by David Turton.
They are currently accepting manuscript submissions through their online submission form. Be sure to provide your contact information, a brief author bio, any previous titles you’ve published, and a brief description of your book. If interested in your project, a member of Cosmic Egg’s editorial team will reach out to you to request your full manuscript for consideration. For more information or general inquiries, you can also use their website’s online contact form.
Oftomes Publishing is a micro-publishing house based out of the UK. They’ve produced an impressive selection of fantasy and paranormal books, including “Secrest In Phoenix” by Gabriella Lepore, “The Awakened” by Sara Elizabeth Santana, and “Empress Unveiled” by Jenna Morland. They are currently accepting submissions via email. You’re asked to include the first five chapters of your book for consideration, along with a summary of your book. If interested in your project, a member of the Oftomes Publishing team will reach out to you promptly. For general inquiries or more information, you can use their website’s online contact form to reach out.
Margaret K. McElderry Books is a division of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. Established in 1972, this publishing press strives to produce works of literary fantasy, contemporary, and historical fiction for middle grade, young adult, and new adult audiences. They’ve famously produced works like The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, “An Enchantment of Ravens” by Margaret Rogerson, and “The Dark Is Rising” by Susan Cooper.
Simon & Schuster does not accept unsolicited materials. You’re strongly encouraged to submit through official literary representation. If you’re an author with a literary agent, you can have them submit a query letter or book proposal on your behalf.
17. Limbury Press
Based out of Bedfordshire, UK, Limbury Press is an independent publisher of paranormal fiction. Some of their titles include books like “The Ghost Club: A History” by Peter Underwood, and “Contagion: In the Shadow of the South Shields Poltergeist” by Darren W. Ritson and Michael J. Hallowell. While not actively seeking submissions at this time, you can still send a query through their website’s online contact form. If interested in your project, a member of their editorial team should reach out promptly to discuss how to proceed.
Elder signs Press is an independent publishing company that produces works of science fiction, dark fiction, fantasy, and horror. Some of their recent titles include “The Vampire Years” by Eric Del Carlo, “Inferno: Tales of Hell and Horror” by Angeline Hawkes, and “A Summer With the Dead” by Sherry Decker.
They are currently accepting submissions via email, and are interested in both novels and short stories. You should include a cover letter that details your contact information, your word count, and story’s genre. Novels should be roughly 80k and up, while short stories should be 5k or less. For more information, you can review Elder Signs Press’ submission guidelines.
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K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.