Today, I want to speak about Dark Chapter Press, an exciting new publishing press based in the North of England (Alnwick, near Newcastle – to be exact).
Dark Chapter Press, as a company, is about discovering new talent. A few months ago, Rob McEwan approached me and offered me a position as an Editor for the press, a huge achievement and a proud moment for me. I’ve worked closely with Rob on several projects in the past and his work ethic is second to none. His passion for all things horror is something I’ve seen in very few people, which is very welcome to see, so saying yes was a no-brainer.
Last year, Dark Chapter Press ushered in a Flash Fiction competition on their website. The premise is simple – they post an image and you write a flash piece based on it to the tune of 500-1000 words. I was the fortunate winner of their inaugural competition one year ago with my flash fiction debut, ‘Pieces’. Since then, Dark Chapter Press have announced a monthly winner and discovered several talented authors in the process, including Alice Blackstone, Douglas Dluzen, Erica Chin, and David Basnett.
For full details of the competition, how to enter and the prizes on offer, click here. As an author – someone who has benefited from this competition – I highly recommend getting involved. You can also sign up to their newsletter for updates and release news.
In other news, I’m seeing Dark Chapter Press develop. Their debut anthology, Kill For A Copy, is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Waterstones. This book includes a foreword from horror legend, Shaun Hutson, one of my biggest writing inspirations. My short story, Bon Appetit, features in this anthology – this was definitely a career moment for me. Nonetheless, having a debut anthology with a foreword from such a influential horror icon is only a sign, a symbol of things to come, one that sends a clear message: Go big or go home!
In a few months, my first anthology for Dark Chapter Press, Kids, will be released. As I watch this evolve, and the authors strive to and pride themselves on submitting the best stories possible, it makes me realise that working for such a company is going to be an absolute pleasure. Kids is the first of many proposed ideas…and the reception has been phenomenal, to such an extent we have now turned Kids into a double anthology. It also includes stories from Michael Bray, Chantal Noordeloos, Mark Parker and…a secret addition yet to be announced, one we’re very excited about. With such an array of talent and stories, Kids is looking to be a suitable follow up to Kill For A Copy.
So, Dark Chapter Press is here. I bet my bottom dollar (or pound) that in one year, Dark Chapter Press will be the name on everyone’s terrified, trembling lips. Watch this space…