Thursday, July 17, 2014

4 Horror and Dark Fiction Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts

Updated 4/11/21

Horror is an immensely popular genre. (Zombies! Vampires! Werewolves!)

Perhaps, for that reason there are relatively few publishers accepting unagented manuscripts. (Many horror publishers say they are "swamped.")

The publishers I have listed below accept a variety of formats: short stories, poems, and novels. I have not included digital only publishers, or publishers not currently open for submissions. Nor have I included publishers that offer to "crowdfund" books.

Please read all submission guidelines carefully.

Note: You can find a list of over a hundred publishers accepting manuscripts from authors (no agent needed) here:  Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts
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Silver Shamrock publishes hard-hitting horror novels and novellas. They are interested in unique takes on classic horror tropes: demons, witches, vampires, etc. No YA, gore, or torture. Length: 30,000 to 60,000 words for novellas, 70,000 - 120,000 for novels. Provides royalties, "rigorous" editing and covers. 

Submissions: They request your synopsis and full manuscript, along with your writing CV. All of their contracts ask for paperback, hard cover, audio, and ebook rights. Film rights remain with the author. Please read full submission guidelines here.


Elder Signs Press is looking for Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction Thrillers, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, and Supernatural Thrillers.

Submissions: Send a synopsis of up to three pages. This should include information about your characters, major plot points, and how the book ends. Also send the first three chapters; a cover letter with your real name, the name you wish to publish under (if different), contact information (address, email), word (not page) count, publication history, and any specific knowledge/experience you have relating to the material. Electronic submissions only. Responds in 1-3 months to queries. Responds in 3-6 months to proposals. Read full guidelines here.




Rainfall Books is a British publisher of fantasy, horror and science fiction, specializing in modern
works inspired by the writing of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith.

Submissions: Rainfall has published 150 chapbooks over the past three or four years and have many more waiting in the wings. They are always looking for submissions for chapbooks in the form of poetry and short stories. They are happy to publish reprints. Please read guidelines here.


Tartarus is a small British independent press founded in 1990. They specialize in collectible hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction. They also publish paperbacks and ebooks. Tartarus has been the recipient of four World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 received a "Stoker" from the Horror Writers Association.

Submissions: Tartarus is looking for short story collections and novels of between 75,000 and 120,000 words. They would like to receive literary strange/supernatural fiction. They are not interested in high fantasy, violent horror or young adult fiction. They do not publish teen, children's or young adult fiction. Electronic submissions should be sent to rosalieparker@btinternet.com as a Word or rtf attachment. Please send a synopsis or first two or three chapters/stories when first getting in contact. Additionally, they are now accepting single short story submissions for Strange Tales V. Please read full guidelines here.

2 comments:

  1. Are they any publications for horror short stories that one can submit to?

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  2. You will find a lot of magazines that publish horror short stories here: http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2015/02/speculative-fiction-magazines-accepting.html

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