Ginger Nuts of Horror
Fans of the horror genre have been justifiably saddened by the disappearance of several small horror presses over the last couple of years. However, if you’re a horror fan or writer looking for a loving home for your next masterpiece then have a close look at Black Rose Writing. I have been aware of them for a while, but they recently caught my eye big-time after I read John Hunt’s superb supernatural horror novel “The Tracker”, and after a brief correspondence with Black Rose Writing founder Reagan Rothe, he sent me “The Fear” by Rae Louise to check out. What a recommendation! Raegan was spot on with a classy and clever haunted house novel set in the British suburbs. Backtracking, I returned to John Hunt and his debut “Doll House” (and on this occasion this reviewer paid for this one!) which kept me biting my nails until 99% on my Kindle. Short reviews of all three books are below my introduction.
Black Rose Writing will publish over 200 novels this year, not bad going, with between 10-20 in the horror genre. I read three of their horror novels in less than two weeks and have been mightily impressed, so although they publish in multiple genres they clearly have a great eye for identifying quality horror talent. I wonder why they haven’t got more of a reputation within the genre? Most likely their horror titles are swamped within their huge output. Neither do I see their titles reviewed much within the wider horror genre. If you’re an author and have a book without a home, send it to these guys to have a look, you never know, they might be interested.
Reagan Rothe, an author himself, told me he took his personal experience of working with many different publishing houses when he set up Black Rose Publishing in 2009. Since then the business has continued to grow yearly since then with healthy 60% (physical) to 40% (e-book) book sales. Reagan believes part of their success comes from the fact that they publish in genres that are of interest to all their staff. I would suggest that whoever their resident horror ‘expert’ is really knows their stuff, as the three reviews below will testify to. ‘The Tracker’ is brand new and the other two published in the last year or so.
The Tracker by John Hunt