Have you written a book belonging to the subgenre of speculative fiction known as weird fiction?
Is your plan to publish your book?
Below you’ll find 17 top weird fiction publishers.
Tartarus Press is an independent UK-based publishing company that was established in 1990 with the express goal of discovering and publishing works of the supernatural, the strange, and horrific fiction. Their latest titles include books like “The Ballet of Dr. Caligari and Madder Mysteries” by Reggie Oliver, “The Clockworm and Other Strange Stories” by Karen Heuler, and “Copsford” by Walter J.C. Murray.
The team at Tartarus Press is currently accepting submissions for weird fiction short story collections and novels via email. Be sure to review their submission guidelines before sending anything in for consideration.
Based out of Lakewood, Colorado, Centipede Press is a small independent publisher that specializes in producing works of weird fiction. Some of their most recent publications include books like “The Doll Who Ate His Mother” by Ramsey Campbell, “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” by Gary K. Wolf, and “Houses Under the Sea” by Caitlín R. Kiernan.
While they are not actively seeking new submissions at this time, you’re more than welcome to submit a query letter via email to see if Centipede Press’ editorial team is interested in your project.
3. Word Horde
Founded in 2012 by Ross E. Lockhart in Petaluma, California, Word Horde is a small independent publishing company that produces works often too fringe for mainstream audiences. Some of their titles include “A Hawk in the Woods” by Carrie Laben, “Corpsepaint” by David Peak, and “An Augmented Fourth” by Tony McMillen. Word Horde publishes titles in both traditional print and eBook formats to help their authors reach readers across all types of reading platforms.
Word Horde is not actively seeking submissions at this time, but you’re more than welcome to submit a query letter via email addressed to the company’s editor-in-chief.
Established in 2013, Dunhams Manor Press is an independent publishing company that specializes in weird fiction and horror. A few of their upcoming releases include titles like “The Stay-Awake Men” by Matthew M. Bartlett, “A Volume of Sleep” by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, and “Passage to the Dreamtime” by Anya Martin.
The editorial team at Dunhams Manor Press are currently open for weird fiction short story submissions via email, but are closed for general submissions at this time. For more information, you can review their submission guidelines.
Acheron Books is an independent publishing house that aims to produce high-quality works of speculative fiction by Italian authors in the English language, primarily in eBook format. Some of their latest titles include “Nightbird” by Lucia Patrizi, “The Builders” by Daniel Polanksky, and “Demon Hunter Severian” by Giovanni Anastasi.
They are currently open to accepting book proposals for speculative fiction (anything in the realm of science fiction, fantasy, horror) and their subgenres (urban fantasy, steampunk). They ask that you include a short synopsis of your book, and strongly encourage you to feature an Italian setting. Submissions can be sent through their website’s online submissions form.
Dark House Press is an independent publishing company that specializes in a wide range of speculative fiction, including subject matter that would be otherwise too weird for mainstream audiences. Whether it’s magical realism, neo-noir fiction, fantasy, science fiction, or horror, Dark House Press aims to publish books that are truly unique and captivating. Some of their titles include “Scratch” by Steve Himmer, “Paper Tigers” by Damien Angelica Walters, and “Vile Men” by Rebecca Jones-Howe.
Due to a high volume of submissions, they are currently closed to submissions at this time. You’re strongly encouraged to check back at a later date, however. For general inquiries, you can contact the team at Dark House Press via email.
Originally founded in 1975 by Greg Stafford as a game development company, Chaosium Inc. has since expanded to become an independent publisher of weird fiction in both traditional print and eBook formats. Some of their titles include books like “Eldritch Evolutions” by New York Times bestselling author Lois Gresh, “Cassilda’s Song” edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., and “King of Sartar” by Greg Stafford.
The team at Chaosium Inc. is currently considering submissions for weird fiction anthologies and short stories. You can find more information about their requirements by reading their submission guidelines. All submissions and queries can be sent via email. Be sure to include a short 100-word description of your book, a cover letter that includes your publication history (if applicable), and a chapter outline and the first three chapters of your manuscript for consideration.
8. Ulthar Press
Based out of Warren, Rhode Island, Ulthar Press is an independent publishing company dedicated to publishing works of weird literature. Their latest titles include “Anonyma” by Farah Rose Smith, “The Masque of the Red Death and Others by Poe” illustrated by Jason Eckhardt, and “The Mighty Warriors” edited by Robert M. Price.
They currently have several open calls for weird fiction anthology submissions. You can find more information about these open calls through their submission guidelines. If you believe your project would be a good fit with Ulthar Press, you can send your manuscript for consideration via email.
Undertow Publications is an award-winning Canadian publishing house that was founded in 2009 with the express aim to discover and produce projects of weird fiction and horror. Some of their latest titles include “The Moon Will Look Strange” by Lynda E. Rucker, “Nothing Is Everything” by Simon Strantzas, and “All the Fabulous Beasts” by Priya Sharma.
Due to the high volume of submissions that they’ve received, Undertow Publications is currently closed to submission this time. You’re strongly encouraged to check back at a later date to see when this status will change. In the meantime, you can review their submission guidelines to prepare. Please note that Undertow Publications only considers collections of short stories, typically under 50k words. For general inquiries, you can contact the team at Undertow Publications through their website’s online contact form.
Established in 1997, Night Shade Books is an independent publishing company that is primarily known for publishing works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but has an ever-growing collection of weird fiction titles. Some of their upcoming projects include books like “Black Moon” by Seabury Quinn, “Sauce Wisdom” by Rudy Rucker, and “Kingdoms of the Cursed” by Greg Keyes.
While the team at Night Shade Books isn’t actively seeking new submissions at this time, you’re welcome to submit a query letter or book proposal via email. If you’re an author with literary representation, it’s highly recommended that you have your literary agent submit a query letter or proposal on your behalf. If interested in your project, a member of Night Shade Book’s editorial team will reach out to you promptly to discuss your book in greater detail.
11. Omnium Gatherum
Omnium Gatherum is an independent publishing company that publishes dark fantasy, horror, and weird fiction in both print and eBook formats to reach readers around the world. As the winner of the Bram Stoker Award, Omnium Gatherum has published titles like “The Dog Who Knew Too Much” by Stacy Danielle Stephens, “Everything Is Fine Now” by Steve Rasnic Tem, and the award-winning novel “Cold Cuts” by Robert Payne Cabeen.
The team at Omnium Gatherum isn’t actively seeking new submission at this time, but you’re welcome to reach out to them through their website’s online contact form to query about your project. Be sure to provide a bit of information about your project, such as its approximate word length, genre, provide a short synopsis, and information on your intended readership. If interested, a member of their editorial team will reach out to you promptly.
Raw Dog Screaming Press is an independent publishing company that prides itself on its ability to discover, publish, and distribute fringe literature that would otherwise fall to the wayside. Some of their latest releases of weird fiction include “Teeth of the Wolf” by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray, “In A Suspect Universe” by Albert Wendland, and “Garden of Eldritch Delights” by Lucy A. Snyder. Several of their books have even gone on to win Bram Stoker Awards like Christina Sng’s poetry collection, “A Collection of Nightmares.”
The team at Raw Dog Screaming Press is unfortunately closed to submissions at this time, but you’re strongly encouraged to check back at a later date. For general inquiries, you can contact the editorial team via email.
Based out of Burton, Michigan, Subterranean Press is an independent publishing company that was founded in 1995. They have worked with a multitude of talented and famous authors like Stephen King, Ann Lecki, and Kelley Armstrong. They strive to publish original works of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and weird fiction. Some of their latest titles include “Barren” by Peter V. Brett, “Death & Honey” by Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne and Chuck Wendig, and “The Kinsmen Universe” by Ilona Andrews.
They are currently closed to unsolicited manuscripts at this time. If you’re an author with literary representation, it’s highly recommended that you have your literary gent query the team at Subterranean Press on your behalf via email. It may also be a good idea for you to browse through their existing catalogue to make sure your project would be a good fit with the company before sending anything in for consideration.
Mythic Delirium Books is an independent micropress that publishes works of speculative fiction, which includes the specific category of weird fiction. Some of their latest releases include books like “The History of Soul 2065” by Barbara Krasnoff, “Snow White Learns Witchcraft” by Theodora Goss, and “Bone Swans: Stories” by C.S.E. Cooney.
While not actively seeking submissions at this time, you are more than welcome to send a query letter or book proposal to their editorial team via email. Be sure to include your contact information, a brief author bio, and a short synopsis to give them an idea of what your story is about. If interested, a member of their editorial team will reach out to you to request a full manuscript for consideration.
15. Lethe Press
Lethe Press is an independent publishing house that was founded in 2001 by author Steve Berman. Specializing in all things to do with speculative fiction, Lethe Press has published works like “The Kissing Booth and Other Stories” by A.C. Wise, “The Unintentional Time Traveler” by Everett Maroon, and “Shadow Man” by Melissa Scott.
While Lethe Press is currently closed to general submissions, they do have several open calls for short story anthologies. You can learn more about these calls for submissions here. For general inquiries or more information, you can also reach the team at Lethe Press through their website’s online contact form. You’re strongly encouraged to browse through their existing catalogue of titles to make sure your project will be a good fit with the company.
16. Fedogan & Bremer
Fedogan & Bremer is an independent publishing company that publishes weird fiction in eBook, print, audiobook, and hardcover formats. Specializing in works with heavy H.P. Lovecraft-ian vibes, Fedogan & Bremer has been in the publishing industry for over 30 years. Some of their titles include “Awaiting Strange Gods” by Darrell Schweitzer, “Before… 12:01… And After” by Richard Lupoff, and “Bottled in Blonde” by Hugh B. Cave.
They do not accept unsolicited manuscript submissions. If you’re interested in working with this publishing company, you’re strongly encouraged to have a literary agent submit a query letter or book proposal on your behalf. If interested in your project, a member of their editorial team should reach out to you promptly. In the meantime, it’s highly advisable that you browse through their existing catalogue of titles to make sure that your project will be a good fit.
Martian Migraine Press is an independent Canadian publishing company that specializes in publishing fringe stories, including the weird and unusual. Some of their most recent releases include titles like “Chthonic: Weird Tales of Inner Earth” edited by Scott R. Jones, “Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis,” a collection of poetry and stories by authors Gord Sellar, Kristi DeMesster, and Jayprakash Satyamurthy, and “Priestess” by Justine Geoffrey.
While their general submissions are currently closed, Martian Migraine Press is currently hosting two different open calls for short story anthologies. You can find more information about these weird fiction collections here. For more information or general inquiries, you can contact the team via email.
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K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.