Dark Cloud Press

The founder and editor of Dark Cloud Press is Lee Allen Howard.


Dark Cloud Press seeks to publish fiction with moral values for the secular market. The name of the press comes from 2 Chronicles 6:1: "The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud."

The mission of Dark Cloud Press is to entertain readers by publishing meaningful high-quality trade paperback and Kindle fiction in the genres of horror, dark crime, and psychological thriller.


Dark Cloud Press cleaves to these values in fulfilling its mission:

  • To publish fiction, although dark, of moral meaning that stands in contrast to the rest of the market.
  • To pave a way in the publishing industry for work marginalized or ignored by mainstream publishing.
  • To publish and promote the work of talented new writers who are committed to the values of Dark Cloud Press.
  • To publish powerful stories that are both entertaining and thought-provoking. Manuscripts will be selected based on these values toward the fulfilling of Dark Cloud's mission.


I can't say Dark Cloud Press is "in business." I don't make any money. In fact, I've lost money on every publication so far.

DCP exists because I want to see a certain type of fiction published. Period.

When DCP offers rates less than professional, it's because I'm digging into my own pocket for not only writer payment but cover art contracting, production costs, and advertising. I pay writers what I can.

I'm in this for the love of stories.

DCP doesn't pay royalties because, over the past two decades in publishing, I've learned that no royalties are generated on niche anthologies of dark fiction. (There's an early peak in the sales cycle and then purchases taper off.) I'm always left with a deficit.

For these reasons, DCP asks that contributing writers do all they can to generate interest in its anthologies and get people to buy. You're DCP's marketing team. Use every connection you can: blogs, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads. Tell your friends and family. Send links.

It all comes down to whether you want to see your work in print for pay. If you like the terms (and appreciate DCP's personal financial commitment) and your writing is good, submit your best effort. Good luck!


Artwork on the entry page is by Mike Bohatch of Eyes of Chaos.

DCP logo design by Jason Beam of Jason Beam Studios.

Website design by Christian Armstrong.

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