In a Celebration of #horror, I’m offering my Celebration readers (and anyone else who stops by to have a nose about) the dirt on Dark Chapter Press. If you read horror, write horror, or just like your reading material to be on the dark side, read on – – or else!
Today, I’m posting an interview I did with this ‘new-but-going-places’ horror publisher. Please read all about them, and if I’ve missed something, feel free to ask in the comments section below. 🙂
Read All About Dark Chapter Press
Publisher Interview Questions
1) Describe Dark Chapter Press in fifty words or less.
Dark Chapter Press is a small horror press with big ideas. We work hard to produce fantastic horror books with some amazing storytellers. We are a professional organisation, offering an honest, upfront approach and an accessibility you just can’t get from larger publishers.
2) What can you offer the fledgling horror author now? What do you plan on offering in the near future?
Several authors recently enjoyed their first publication in our anthology Kill For A Copy where best-selling author provided an introduction for us. Imagine that – your first acceptance by a publisher and Shaun Hutson announces you to the world.
The support we offer our authors is second to none. We grant authors exposure on our website even for titles self-published or published by others, displayed on a tailored author page with all the social media links in place to connect new fans and authors together beyond the confines of the Dark Chapter Press site.
Our flash fiction competitions are a really popular and quick way for authors to get involved. Through those competitions we have met a number of new, exciting authors who are developing work for publication with us in future. We’re building up the word count and the skills and hopefully these are writers who will wow you with full-length horror novels in the near future.
We are developing blog content on key areas for writers at all stages of their career, from those starting out, to those who are published but who want help to stand out from their peers. We’re really excited about this as we build up our stable of writers, we want to help them maintain professionalism (and not suffer the many pitfalls of social media backlashes and petty squabbles we’ve seen among authors and publishers), while also being part of this caring, supportive, creative family. I think we’re well on the way to achieving that, and fledgling authors will always benefit from our constructive, friendly approach.
3) What do you love about the horror genre?
For me it’s the variety in interpretations of horror. Like humour it can be a very personal thing. What frightens one person may amuse another. What makes one person laugh may shock someone else.
The writer’s imagination is like a unique prism and horror as a genre is kind of like a light you could shine through each of these prisms – what is displayed through the other side, what the end product is, will always be different, defined by each person’s perspective, their life, fears, memories and so on.
You can take this genre anywhere. It’s limitless. Some of the stories I’ve read in the first year here at Dark Chapter Press really bring that to the fore. Kill For A Copy really celebrates and distills that variety, I think.
4) Does horror have a strong commercial position in publishing right now?
I believe that the rise in independent and small publishing presses focusing on horror at the moment are really working hard to cater to those who love the genre. There is still a lot of love for the genre, but it often gets overlooked or treated as silly, without the capacity for really strong storytelling.
The larger presses seem content to stick with the same names and produce their blockbusting bestsellers and hey, that’s business and that, obviously, is where the greatest commercial impact is made per release. But just as with movies, where you can tire of the big-budget summer popcorn fests and seek something with a bit more variety, or a different edge, the book market has its own cults and corners… cool places and people you have to look a little harder to find, but when you find them, your taste changes and your purchasing habits will change.
5) What do you have lined up to be published 2015?
We are close to signing an unforgettably creepy novella, but we can’t say too much about it at the minute.
We have a great flash fiction collection on the way in the next month (Flashes Of Darkness) and the fantastic (and much anticipated) anthology Kids which promises to be one of the most memorable horror anthologies out there. The response from the writers on that one was really something to behold – we’re actually releasing a second volume next year – the stories are all there.
Also in development are two more anthologies, one of horror stories based in Scotland (Bloody Heather) and a collection of medical horror stories (Under The Knife).
6) What hurdles do you anticipate moving from newbie to established publisher status?
Pace is a big problem, in some ways. It can be a frustratingly slow process going from submission call to release day – and of course that’s just the beginning. Striking the balance between encouraging the exposure of the current offering, and creating new titles is something of a battle at times.
That being said, it’s also a no-brainer. We could accept absolutely anything, give only cursory editing and support as certainly we could release a book a month. That’s not an exaggeration, it could be done. But the quality would be atrocious and the reputation earned from that would ensure we never did make the transition to established publisher status.
With a focus on quality content, strong relationships with our authors and supporters, we’ll develop a long-lasting reputation for all the right reasons.
Until then? We’re quite happy to be the hard working new guys.
7) What is Dark Chapter Press most excited about?
We have so much that we’re looking forward to. Obviously it’s great to get new books out there, but behind the scenes the Flash Fiction Competition always creates a buzz. We get to read all these great, snappy stories and try to spot who is going to make it big in the future. We’re glad to have brought that competition back and this year we’re upping the stakes. The winners each month will be brought in on a secret book project for release next summer. What better prize could we offer up, than the chance to have a publishing deal out in front of you?
Do click along to submissions, to read more about the competitions, or just to get your copy of their horror anthology, if you write or read horror. And don’t forget to ask anything I might have missed. This is your opportunity to pick the publisher’s brains. 🙂
Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa’s Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you’re grateful for that week. It can be about writing or family or school or general life. This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)
What else am I Celebrating?
- Living through the puppy nightmare, knowing she’s being taken care of and will soon by rehomed (I hope they have body armour and LOTS of time!!).
2. Feeling lucky that I was born in the UK and I’m not a refugee. My heart goes out to anyone fleeing for their lives.
3. I have completed the ghostwriting project on time. Hurrah! Now I need to focus on my stuff for a few weeks.
4. 13 days till we go to Bali for the first time. 🙂
5. I’ll be giving away my horror boxed set RIGHT HERE 18th September as part of the Horror Weekend over at Facebook. Stop by and enter to win! Those of you who are signed up to my newsletter will receive all the info in the mail 17th September. 🙂
Have a great weekend everyone!