SUBMISSIONS

The floodgates are opening! You may submit from 10/31/2016 - 4/20/2017. If you’ve read our publications then you have an idea of what we’re looking for—and if you haven’t, we strongly suggest you do so here before submitting.

We are primarily looking for the following genres:

Dark Fantasy and Science Fiction Horror

These are novels that take place in worlds other than our own, be they futuristic or fantastic, teeming with strange technology, weird landscapes, and dark magic. Not looking for supernatural romance, space opera, or traditional heroic fantasy. We are interested in stand-alone novels; if a sequel emerges naturally that’s great, but please do not submit work intended to be the first of an ongoing series.

Literary Horror

These are novels that unfold in realistic settings and inspire suspense, dread, and horror. This can include anything from contemporary noir with a twisted sensibility to modern supernatural fiction to psychological horror. If you decide to dive into the familiar world of vampires, werewolves, zombies and mad scientists make sure it’s unusual and fresh, something that we can really sink our teeth into. Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 is a great model for this.

Dark Erotica

These novels explore dark or transgressive sexuality from a realistic or fantastical perspective. There are no boundaries for submissions in terms of explicit content. However, the traditional succubus, horny ghosts, and satanic rituals should be avoided unless the content is unorthodox. We are not looking for commercial horror romance or traditional romance thrillers.

Extreme Horror

These novels deal with horrors of the flesh, earthly and otherwise. Savagery, shock and awe, nauseating barbarity, and - most of all - originality. Nothing is taboo, but remember, there's more to proper execution than simply dropping bodies. We want our gore to come with compelling characters and a subversive story. Think of works by Ed Lee, Wrath James White, Kris Triana, Richard Laymon, Bentley Little, John Skipp, Clive Barker, and be sure to study our own D.O.A. II anthology.

Experimental Horror

We’re interested in bizarro, dark satire, black comedy, and all manner of unclassifiable genre projects. We heard a little-known fact that A Nightmare on Elm Street was originally conceived as a black comedy, so that’s along the lines of what we enjoy. If you think it’s too out there for most publishers, check with us.


Submissions should be sent to submissions@bloodboundbooks.net with the following subject:

Genre: Title - Last name

Ex. Extreme Horror: BODY ART- Triana


Be sure to include the following in the email:

- Story synopsis - no more than 500 words, like a back-of-the-book description. (And please don’t tell us the ending!)

- Indicate the genre in which your story fits best--also put it in the subject.

- Word count should be no less than 25,000 and no more than 100,000 words (query for other lengths).

- Attach the FULL manuscript as .doc or .docx files to Times New Roman, 12 pt font, and double spaced.

- You may send two submissions if you wish, but no more due to time constraints.

- Please indicate if it’s a simultaneous submission.


Our contracts are tailored to each project, and depending on word count and marketability, distribution may include all or some combination of paperback, hardcover, audio, and digital editions. Advances start at $250 and will be increased depending on the author and marketability of the manuscript. We anticipate the average to be $600, but we can always negotiate for higher based on your background. So even if you’re an established author with an unpublished manuscript seeking over $600, send us an email. We want to hear from you!