Hello! Here’s a few small press publishers for you to explore. Some horror, some bizarro, some literary, stick your face in their sites and see which you prefer. I also advise searching websites Duotrope, Dark Markets, The Horror Tree and The Erotica Readers and Writers Association, if you like that sort of thing. Some of those below do poetry too. The list isn’t exhaustive, there are plenty more out there.
Raw Dog Screaming (RDSPress) – “fiction that foams at the mouth.”
Burning Bulb Publishing – all kinds of oddities.
The Strange Edge – absurdist, bizarro, weird horror and other oddities. Currently a website but branching out as a magazine
Kraken Press – horror and general darkness
Forbidden Fiction – paying erotica website
Shock Totem Magazine – horror
Eraserhead Press – strictly Bizarro
Starcherone Books – “independent innovative fiction”
Belladonna Publishing – “preferred genres are dark fantasy, urban fantasy, gothic, steampunk and fairytales.” They also do comics/graphic novels.
Weird Year – erm…weird stuff
Strange House Books – horror, horror porn and everything gross in between
LegumeMan Books – absurdist and strange
Coffee House Press – “non-profit literary publisher”
The Dalkey Archive – literary
Dzanc Books – literary
Jaded Ibis Productions – literary and ‘narrative arts’
Les Figues – literary and ‘narrative arts’
Spuyten Dyvil – literary
A question that has plagued my little mind for some time, here are some answers. Woo hoo!
Important post on the unfair banning of various indie books, erotica and otherwise. If you self publish you should probably have a peek as you never know how it might affect you. Go here to read.
RDS Press are publishers on the fringes of society. They have to be fed in special cages so they don’t go for your hand or attack you with grammer. Their website describes them thusly:
“Raw Dog Screaming Press is dedicated to putting into print the highest quality literature from the fringe. If it’s dark, deviant, off-kilter and thought provoking we will sniff it out.”
So if you write weird things they might be the ones for you. Unless it’s just pages and pages of potential murder victims’s names. Well, maybe that too. I don’t know, ask them…
Having read a post this morning about an editor at Undead Press not only proofing a writer’s story badly but adding significant bits that weren’t there before, I was reminded of a time when I had problems.
I’ve been very fortunate to find a home for much of my erotica focused stories on ForbiddenFiction.com as they’ve been very helpful and professional, ensuring the writers get as much rights to money as possible, but I haven’t always had that experience.
When you’re new and you’ve just had a short story accepted its easy to sign a contract and just be happy. However, as I was advised by ForbiddenFiction, always make sure the editor’s full legal name and address are on the contract, and check what kind of publishing rights you’re agreeing to. Also a contract for an ‘indefinate period of time’ is not helpful and nor is having all your emails ignored when you try to speak to somebody. The length of time for the contract should have an actual number of months/years, and there should also be an intended publishing date.
I was once young and naive like a spring lamb, but after being shown the boiling pot I realised I could no longer say I was ‘only a writer and didn’t have to think about these things.’ Its boring and confusing, but very important.
Good luck my little pepperoni slices, may fortune and new socks reign upon your ankles.