Please read submission guidelines carefully. Failure to follow the guidelines will result in an automatic rejection without the editor reading the manuscript. Manuscripts submitted when we are closed to submissions will be automatically deleted with no response and your email address may be blocked to future submissions.


Horror, extreme horror, transgressive fiction, sleaze, and general weirdness with a dark theme. As our name suggests, we are seeking grindhouse fiction. If you are unsure whether your book is right for Grindhouse Press please take some time to familiarize yourself with our catalog. We’re looking for stories similar to the writings of Bret Easton Ellis, Dennis Cooper, Bruce Wagner, Matthew Stokoe, Bentley Little, and Jack Ketchum. We’re also seeking books influenced by the directors John Waters, Frank Henenlotter, and David Lynch. We want stories along the same vein as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Last House on the Left, Pumpkinhead, Basket Case, Nekromantik, I Spit On Your Grave, The Greasy Strangler, The Invitation, Blood Car, Rabies, Antichrist, The Human Centipede (1, 2, & 3), Knock Knock, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Funny Games, Lost River, Borgman, Beyond the Black Rainbow, Maps to the Stars, and Cooties. 

We do not put a limit on content.

We will consider previously published works but please include the book’s history.

We are NOT interested in historical horror, fantasy, noir, collections, science fiction, poetry, young adult, short stories, series, art books, or experimental fiction. They will be deleted without response.


Your submission should be 30,000+ words. The ideal range is between 30-60,000 words. We do not have a maximum limit but please keep it under 100,000 words.

Please send a brief synopsis (150 words or less) with your manuscript as a Word attachment, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point, to our submissions email, at grindhousepress (at) The subject line should read: “Submission-Title of Novel by Author”. Please advise us if the manuscript is a simultaneous submission.

We’re a very small publisher and hope to publish 2-3 books a year. In other words, the likelihood of your book being accepted is very slim. We will try to respond within 3 months. Due to the high volume of submissions we may not be able to respond to all of them. If you do not hear from us within 3 months your manuscript has been rejected. If you do receive a rejection it will be a standard form. We will not critique your manuscript.

Thanks for thinking of Grindhouse Press!

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