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
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
DCP logo design by Jason Beam of
Website design by Christian