My name is Nathan J.D.L. Rowark, and I am the editor-in-chief of Horrified Press, a small indie press. Our press is only a few years old, but it has quickly grown
I returned to writing after a 20-year absence and had to work hard to regain my skills and push myself back into the ranks of ‘Published Author’. It was tough and I was astounded at the lack of industry support for experienced authors like myself. Online I found very few literary groups that could offer me the help I needed and small specialty presses seemed to open one year and close the next.
From author to publisher
After years of dedication and struggle, I decided to devote myself to smoothing the path to publication for emerging authors. I wanted to create something lasting and self-sustaining – a place for writers to submit their work, where artists could contribute cover art, and editors could work within the horror genre. It would be a place where everyone could explore and share their visions.
The result was Horrified Press. The idea was to create an anthology that allowed first-time authors to submit content alongside publishing pros. This format would provide support to those authors who needed it and encourage writers unfamiliar with horror to jump on board. My dream was to create a book that would put the bite back into horror! There would be no teenagers and sparkly vamps here, just good old fashioned gore, chills and unending terror.
Horrified Press and Anthologies
The response from writers was so good that we ended up publishing two anthologies: Tales of the Undead – Hell Whore and Tales of the Undead – Suffer Eternal.
We created our first books to shock and to innovate. They did both and I am now pleased to say we have 2,000+ authors who regularly submit content, 10 editors who mentor new writers, seven specialty imprints (Rogue Planet Press – science-fiction, Thirteen O’Clock Press – dark tales, Sinister Saints Press – YA horror, Barbwire Butterfly Books – fantasy, sword & sorcery… to name a few), and over 60 books published!
Trial, error, and success
In the early days, the choice for our print-on-demand supplier was very much a trial and error process. We wanted quality and affordability for our fan base. We also wanted reliable global delivery as well as quick and friendly customer service to handle any problems that emerged. And finally, we didn’t want much did we? Lulu.com proved to be best in the areas we felt were important to grow our business and to represent our authors properly. The Lulu platform and its ability to reach other markets has been a major part of our small (now not so small) press and its success. Keep up the great work Lulu.com! You’re inspiring many people and helping them create a smart, more entertained (and scared) world.
It’s been a wild ride and I feel that it is just beginning for us. We’ve now published Bram Stoker award winners, and have inspired and nurtured new authors who have gone on to win accolades (P & E-Readers Award winners – anthology category 2014, 2015). Beyond representing new and known voices, Horrified Press serves a great calling. We are carrying the torch for the genre itself, for those who love creating horror, and those who love to read our terrifying tales.
Author site: www.horrifiedpress.wordpress.com
You’ll be frightfully welcome!