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38 Publishers Open To Horror Novel Submissions (late summer 2017)


I know I’ve not been blogging much at all over the summer (apologies to my blogger buddies, too, for lack of response on my end), but I’ve been working quite hard on the horror novel, and I plan to have the first draft finished by mid-August just before school begins.  Anyway, I promised myself that I’d update the list of horror novel publishers open to (unagented) submissions by the end of July, so here it is for anyone who may be interested. I’ve added a number of publishers and removed a few more from the list I’d compiled in March. Most of the ones I’ve omitted here were currently closed for submissions, but one publisher was removed due to authors’ poor experiences with them. Remember to always do your research. Find out what other authors’ experiences have been with the publisher before you submit even a query letter to them. Also, as I’d indicated in the March entry, submission calls open and close often as to be expected.

By the way, I hope this list helps you during your publishing journey. At the very least, it should relieve a little of the research during your querying stage.


Belle Books/Bell Bridge (good general author info on rejections, what editors are looking for, etc.):

Black Bed Sheet Books (their website seems crowded with info., but they have an impressive amount of books out. I’ve no idea what their contracts are like though):

Blaze Publishing (YA and middle grade in any genre, even horror, as long as it holds a strong message):

Bloodshot Books (open submission call from Aug. 1-31st):

By Light Unseen Media (serious vampire fiction — “dramatic fiction with a realistic tone” — so no campy stuff, no Buffys, no Eric Northmans, no tropes):

Cactus Moon Publications (they don’t have many titles as of yet though):

Chaosium Fiction (fiction centered around Cthulhu mythos):

Cosmic Egg Books:

Curiosity Quills Press (paranormal, speculative, dark fantasy horror):

Cutting Block Books (via Farlolight Publications. They seem open to queries):

Dark Alley Press (via Vagabondage Press):

Dark Fey (via Fey Publishing):

Dark Hall Press:

Diversion Books (open to queries):


Elder Signs Press:

Flame Tree Press:

Franklin/Kerr Press:

Gollancz (London-based publisher of science fiction, fantasy & horror):

Grinning Skull Press:

JournalStone Publishing:

Kraken Press:

Lakewater Press (Australian pub. Many genres. See which editors are open for submissions & what they read beforehand on their sub page):

Lethe Press (primarily interested in LGBTQ speculative fiction but are willing to consider other genres):

Night Shade Books (via Skyhorse Pub. Excellent books from this publisher. The Contact page has a place where you can submit through an account, which seems a lot like Submittable. I’ve not fully tested this, however. Still, it wouldn’t hurt for you to give it a try):

Perpetuity Books (Gothic or psychological horror):

Polis Books:

Prospective Press (speculative, horror, paranormal):


Quirk Books (genre writing with an unique spin — For ex., they published Pride and Prejudice and Zombies):

Red Adept Publishing (open to U.S. authors only at this time):

Resurrection House (open primarily to science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, noir, and “the occasional bit of horror”):

Severed Press (apocalyptic, killer sea creatures, kaiju monster horror, military sci-fi horror):

Speaking Volumes (many genres, including horror):

Sunbury Press (many genres, incl. horror):

Tartarus Press (“literary strange/supernatural” adult fiction):

Tor Forge (very competitive):

Triplicity Publishing (LGBTQ press. Want LGBTQ main characters):

Villipede Publishers:

Voodoo Press (watch rights disclaimer):














(gifs courtesy of Vintage Horror gifs on Tumblr, art courtesy of American Bones Vintage)






7 thoughts on “38 Publishers Open To Horror Novel Submissions (late summer 2017)

  1. Wow, that’s quite a comprehensive list you’re sharing, I’m sure your fellow authors will appreciate the effort you put into this! I don’t have anything to add because I’m no writer but just wanted to say I loved the Eric Northman reference – he’s my campy horror fiction crush (lol)

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    • Haha. I never read any of Charlene Harris’ stuff, but I did dig True Blood when it was on (RIP, Nelsan Ellis/Lafayette, the number one character who kept me watching). If I had to pick a character “crush” from it, I’d have to go for Alcide. How lucky was that fairy waitress at any rate?

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      • As far as cheesy vampire fiction goes, the True Blood novels weren’t bad, definitely better written than that Twilight crap… The show really upped the cheese factor though, in the end it became a parody. Poor Lafayette 😦 And yeah, Manganiello is super hot, although he was a bit of a dick in the books. Sookie was one lucky fairy waitress indeed (and horribly miscast in my opinion)!

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      • Is that from the X-Men movies? I haven’t seen any of them, but I’ll take your word for it!
        I actually groaned when I saw her playing Sookie. Her mouth situation is so distracting :/ Based on the book descriptions I was picturing someone like Amanda Seyfried for the role: big blue eyes, gorgeous face, has that ethereal quality to her. Gotta say, they did nail Eric 😉

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      • Yeah, Rogue is a character from the X-Men, one of the few superhero characters that was remotely interesting to me (damaged, could absorb lifeforce and powers so she couldn’t hold a physical relationship, that sort of thing). Paquin just came off as a sad-eyed, whiney sort rather than someone kickass as she was meant to be.

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