Excluded & Defunct Publishers

Excluded

The publishers listed below have been excluded from the main list of genre small press publishers, for the reasons cited parenthetically.

  • 1000Vultures(self-publishing)
  • 1320 Publishing (self-publishing, apparently)
  • 23 House (primarily non-horror)
  • 1320 Publishing (self-publishing, apparently)
  • Absolute Tyrant (primarily non-horror)
  • Alexandrian Archives (primarily non-horror)
  • Altus Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Amber Quill Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Ambler House Publishing (self-publishing, apparently)
  • American Fantasy Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Annihilation Press (dormant; only comics published since 2009)
  • Anomalous Books (dormant; no website posts since 2014)
  • Apocalyptic Press (vanity? no website)
  • Antimatter Press (self-publishing)
  • Aqueous Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Armored Publishing (vanity, apparently)
  • Arcane Wisdom (and Infernal House and Morning Star imprints) (dormant and/or no longer publishing fiction)
  • Ash-Tree Press (dormant)
  • Asylett Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Atlatl Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Auteur Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Barking Rain Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Bearded Scribe Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Benbella Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Bibliofear (self-publishing)
  • Black Curtain Press (dormant)
  • Black Dog & Leventhal (primarily non-horror)
  • Black Heron Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Black Rose Books (primarily non-horror; also vanity)
  • Black Water Books (self-publishing, apparently)
  • Blackwyrm Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Blind Eye Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Blu Phi’er Publishing (primarily non-horror; also apparently a vanity press)
  • Blue Fairy Books (self-publishing, apparently)
  • Brighid’s Fire Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Broken Keys Publishing (self-publishing)
  • Cadaverine Publications Press (self-publishing? no website)
  • Carnal Morgue Press  (self-publishing)
  • Comma Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Cornerstone Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Coscom Entertainment (dormant; no posts on their website since April 2011)
  • CWG Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Dailey Swan Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Dark Coast Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Dark Fantasy Press (dormant, with no titles since 2015, and possibly self-publishing, with 3 of 4 titles by single author)
  • Dark Monster Publications (self-publishing)
  • Dead Letter Press (dormant)
  • Dedalus Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Defining Moments (self-publisher?)
  • Deimosweb Publishing  (self-publishing)
  • Dennis McMillan Publications (primarily non-horror)
  • Dog Horn Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Drollerie Press (primarily non-horror)
  • EchoWords (self-publishing)
  • Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Emerald Book Company (vanity press)
  • Ephemera Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Eternal Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Evil Eye Books
  • Fairwood Press (primarily non-horror, but see Darkwood Press)
  • Fantastic Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Feral House (primarily non-horror)</li
  • Flying Fox Publishers (one-shot publisher, apparently)
  • Footsteps Press (no longer dormant, but no longer a horror publisher)
  • Golden Gryphon (primarily non-horror and also now dormant)
  • Gorillas With Scissors Press (self-publishing)
  • Gothic Press (primarily publishes academic journals)
  • Gryphonwood Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Haunted Computer Books (dormant)
  • Hellfire Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • HW Press (dormant)
  • Imajin Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Immanion Press (primarily fantasy)
  • Immersion Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Insidious Publications (on indefinite hiatus)
  • Invocations Press (primarily non-horror)
  • King Shot Press (primarily non-horror)</li
  • Kurodahan Press (primarily non-horror)
  • L&J Publishing (self-publishing)
  • L&L Dreamspell (primarily non-horror)
  • Lachesis Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Late Nite Books (self-publishing)
  • Layman Books (self-publishing)
  • Lore (solely a periodical publisher)
  • Megazanthus Press (dormant)
  • Merry Blacksmith Press (primarily non-horror)
  • MonkeyBrain Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Montag Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Mundania Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Mutation Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Necessary Evil Press (dormant; no posts on their website since April 2011)
  • Necropolitan Press (dormant; no titles released since 2009)
  • New Pulp Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Newcon Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Night After Night Publications (self-publishing)
  • No Boundaries Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Nonstop Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Nosetouch Press (self-publishing?)
  • NP Press (self-publishing?)
  • Obverse Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Otherworld Publications (primarily non-horror)
  • Outskirts Press (self-publishing)
  • Overlook Connection Press (dormant)
  • Paper Road Press (primarily non-horror)</li
  • Pelekinesis (primarily non-horror)</li
  • Penumbra Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Perseid Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Pigasus Press (magazine publishers only)
  • Printer’s Blood (self-publishing?)
  • Pumpjack Press  (self-publishing)
  • Ragnarok Publications (primarily non-horror)
  • Rainstorm Press (dormant)
  • Ramble House (primarily non-horror, but their Dancing Tuatara imprint is on the Active Publisher list)
  • Raven Warren Studios (primarily non-horror)</li
  • Razorline Press (self-publishing)
  • Reliquary Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Rune Wright (primarily non-horror)
  • Sabledrake Enterprises (primarily non-horror)
  • Salt Publishing (primarily non-horror)</li
  • Salvo Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Sam’s Dot Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Samhain Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Sapphire Publications (vanity press)
  • SeraphimInk (self-publishing — yeah, it’s Clive, but it’s still self-publishing)
  • Seven Realms Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Silver Leaf Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Silverthought Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Siren’s Call Publications (dormant)
  • Skull Salad Press (self-publishing)
  • Soft Skull Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Something Wicked Books (dormant)
  • Small Beer Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Snowbooks (primarily non-horror)
  • Stonegarden Publishing (primarily non-horror and apparently vanity)
  • Strange Chemistry (YA science fiction and fantasy, primarily)
  • Strange Violin Editions (primarily non-horror)
  • Sundial Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Swimming Kangaroo Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Tachyon Publications (primarily non-horror)
  • Three Hands Press (primarily non-horror fiction; primarily occult non-fiction)
  • Twilight Times Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Two Gruesome Publishing (self-publishing)
  • Underwood Books (non-horror)
  • Whiskey Creek Press (primarily non-horror)
  • White Cat Publications (primarily non-horror)
  • Wicked Library (podcast broadcaster; had an IndieGoGo campaign for an anthology, but seems to have never been published)
  • Wild Child Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Withersin Books (primarily non-horror)
  • Woodland Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Wyrm Publishing (primarily non-horror)
  • Yard Dog Press (primarily non-horror)
  • Zittaw Press (journal publisher only; no books)

Defunct

This list of defunct publishers is not claimed to be complete, but it does list, so far as I’m aware, the horror publishers who’ve ceased operating over the last couple of decades. The list will continue to be updated over time, and some of the publishers listed above as “dormant” will eventually be moved to this list.

  • 3F Publications
  • 4th Floor Publications
  • Acid Grave Press
  • Active Bladder
  • Afterbirth Books
  • Aklo Press
  • Alchemy Press
  • Alpenhouse Apparitions
  • Alter Ego Books
  • Alter Press
  • Angelic Knight Press
  • Atomic Fez Publishing
  • Axolotl
  • Babbage Press
  • Bandersnatch Books
  • Bare Bones Press
  • Batwing Press
  • Baysgarth Publications
  • BBR Books
  • Bereshith Publishing and ShadowLands Press
  • Big Engine
  • Bizarre Books
  • BJM Press
  • Black Death Books (and Blasphemous Books, Skullvines Press, Tokusatsu Press)
  • BlackSails Press
  • Blackwyrm
  • Blade Red Press
  • Bleak House
  • Blindside Publishing
  • Bloodletting Press
  • Bloody Pulp Books
  • Borgo
  • Brimstone Press
  • Broken Umbrella Press
  • Bucket O’ Guts Press
  • Burning Effigy
  • Caliban
  • Carcosa House
  • Cargo Cult Press
  • Carnifex Press
  • Catalyst Press
  • Chris Drumm
  • Circle Myth Press
  • Cohort Press
  • Cosmos Books
  • Creeping Hemlock (and Print Is Dead)
  • Crimson Altar
  • Crossroads Press
  • Crowswing Books
  • Cruentus Libri Press
  • Cyber-Psychos AOD
  • Dark Continents Publishing
  • Dark Hart Press
  • Dark Harvest
  • Dark Highway Press
  • Dark Minds Press
  • Dark Muse Publishing
  • Dark Prints Press
  • Dark Raptor Press
  • Dark Scribe Press
  • Dark Silo Press
  • Dark Wisdom Press
  • DarkFuse Publications (and Altar 13)
  • Darkhouse Publishing
  • Darkwood Press
  • Darkside
  • DarkTales Publications
  • Day Off Publications
  • Deadline Press
  • Dearborn Press
  • Delirium Books (and Corrosion Press and Darkside Digital)
  • Dempsey
  • Design Image Group
  • DHG Press
  • Die, Monster, Die! Books
  • Doorways Publications
  • Doppelganger
  • Dreadful Cafe
  • Dreamhaven
  • E-Volve Books
  • Egerton Press
  • Elastic Press
  • Eldritch Press
  • Endeavor Press
  • Enigmatic Press
  • Ex Occidente Press (and Passport Levant)
  • Fear Front Publishing
  • Flesh & Blood Press
  • Freak Press
  • Full Moon Press
  • G&G Books
  • Gallows Press
  • Generation Next Publications
  • Ghost Story Press (and Durtro Press)
  • Ghostwriter Publications
  • Gray Friar Press
  • Graveside Books
  • Gryphon Publications
  • Hadesgate Publications
  • Harrow Press
  • Harvest Shadows Publications
  • Haunted Library
  • Haunted Pelican Press
  • Hazardous Press
  • Hellbound Books
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • Hill House Publishers
  • Hive Press
  • Hobgoblin Press
  • Hooded Friar Press
  • Horror Society
  • House of Dominion
  • Humdrumming Books
  • IFD Publishing
  • Integra Press
  • Jack O’ Lantern Press
  • Jwindz
  • Karoshi Books
  • Kerosina
  • LegumeMan Books
  • Leucrota Press
  • Library of the Living Dead Press
  • Lone Wolf Publications
  • Lovecraft Press
  • Magus Press
  • Marietta Publishing
  • Medium Rare Books
  • Meisha Merlin Publishing
  • Mezzotints
  • MHB Press (and Hard Gore Press)
  • Midnight House (and Darkside Books)
  • Midnight Library
  • Mirage Press
  • MirrorDanse
  • Miskatonic River Press
  • Montilla Publications
  • Morrigan Books
  • Mortbury Press
  • Mystique
  • Mythos Books
  • NECON ebooks
  • Necronomicon Press
  • Nocturne Press
  • Northern Frights Publishing
  • Novello Publishers (and Squid Salad Press)
  • Nyx Publications
  • Obsidian Press
  • Omnium Media (as an imprint; parent Omnium Gatherum continues publishing)
  • Panic Press
  • Pendragon Press
  • PenMan Press
  • Perplexed Puffin Press
  • Pill Hill Press
  • Prime Books
  • Prufrock Press
  • Pumpkin Books
  • Ravenous Shadows
  • Razorblade Press
  • Redrum Horror
  • Revenant Books
  • Roadkill Press
  • Rocket Ride Books
  • Science Fiction Trails
  • Scream/Press
  • Shadow Publishing
  • Shadowfall Publications
  • Shock Totem Publications
  • Shroud Press
  • Shroud Publishing
  • Sideshow Press
  • Silver Lake Publishing
  • Silver Scarab
  • Simian Publishing
  • Sinister Press
  • Snuff Books
  • Solitude Publications
  • Sonar4 Publications
  • Space & Time Publishing
  • Spectre Library
  • Squane’s Press
  • Starmont House
  • Strange Co.
  • Strange House Books
  • Strange Publications
  • Strange, Weird, and Wonderful Publishing
  • Stumar Press
  • Stygian Publications
  • Succubus Press
  • Swallowdown Press
  • TAL Publications
  • Tanjen Ltd.
  • Tattered Pages Press
  • Terminal Fright Press
  • Thomas Loring & Co.
  • Transylvania Press
  • Triad
  • Tricorner Publishing
  • Triskaideka Books
  • Twilight Publishing
  • Twisted Publishing
  • Two Backed Books
  • Uncanny Books
  • Undaunted Press
  • Unnameable Press
  • Utter Tower Books
  • Vox13 Publishing
  • W. Paul Ganley, Publisher
  • War of the Words Press
  • Whispers Press
  • White Noise Press
  • Wild Roses Productions
  • Wormhole Press
  • Ziesing

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5 thoughts on “Excluded & Defunct Publishers”

  1. As fate would have it, I just recently saw on Facebook that AFP was still active, and was planning on moving you off the Defunct list. Apologies for assuming that AFP was no more, but with only four titles published in sixteen years (if my count is correct), I think my misinterpretation is perhaps understandable…

  2. Necro Publications is back from the grave! Dave Barnett’s announcement of closure came at the nadir of his personal and professional life.
    Since then his abilities in publishing and formatting gave him a great edge in producing eBooks, along with Edward Lee’s willingness to give him digital publishing rights for his back catalog. So far in 2012, Dave has 4 paper books published and plenty of digital content on the market.

  3. Thanks for the note Jim. I had noticed that Necro was publishing again, but because there was no announcement on the Necro website to the effect of “we’re back!”, I wasn’t sure if Dave was just clearing out a backlog of titles before shutting down, or if he was truly back to publishing. I’d been meaning to email him and ask, so your comment is timely. I’ll gladly remove Necro from the Defunct list and add them back to the Active Publishers list.

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