Black Bed Sheet Books
"Fine publishers of quality Horror, Science Fiction, & Fantasy. Fiction and non." We specialize in Horror & Urban Fantasy and related genres, both in print and ebook.
Black Bed Sheet Books/Diverse Media
Acquisitions: c/o Acquisitions Department. Estab. October 2008. Publishes hardcover and trade paperback originals and reprints, and ebooks. Publishes 18-30 print titles per year, 20-40 ebook-only titles. Receives 40% of books from first-time authors; 80% from unagented writers. Pays average of 15% royalty on wholesale price for print books, 18%-50% on ebooks. Does not yet offer advance. Publishes book up to one year after acceptance, with an average of 6-8 months. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Publishes fiction and nonfiction of all types, but specializes in horror fiction.
Past titles: Forest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead(edited by J. Travis Grundon, contributors include Del Howison, Joe Moe, and Mr. Ackerman himself), Blood Orchard by S.D. Hintz, The Butcher Bride by Vince Churchill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies by Kevin Mellor, The Last Church by Lee Pletzers. "In October 2008, I set into motion what it takes to establish a bona-fide publishing company out of my garage and two other offices inside my home, and became a celebrated innovator in today's book industry known throughout the world for what we do." --Nicholas Grabowsky, Owner/Founder/Editor-in-chief
Established in 2008.
"In October 2008, I set into motion what it takes to establish a bona-fide publishing company out of my garage. I submerged a great many years of my life into not only the art of writing as a profession, fiction as well as non, but into the entire process of taking something creative from typed manuscripts to computer documents to something scribbled on grocery store paper bags or napkins, packaging them into a bookstore-quality products and presenting them to the world.....my own works, as well as works of others, since 2002 under the name of Diverse Media. I decided that the time had come to take my publishing pursuits to the next level and to establish Black Bed Sheet Books as a credible, reputable, and successful publishing venture."
Meet the Business Owner:
Nicholas Grabowsky's novels of horror/fantasy, both as himself, as Nicholas Randers, and as Marsena Shane, have generated worldwide acclaim for over three decades and praised by many of today's most popular horror gurus in the literary world. He began his career in traditional publishing houses with brisk sellers in mass market paperback horror, and the last ten years have seen him hailed by many as a mentor and advocate to the smaller presses, which has become to him a personal passion.
His body of work includes the award-winning The Everborn, The Rag Man, Pray Serpent's Prey, Halloween IV (and its special edition), Diverse Tales, Reads & Reviews, Red Wet Dirt, The Wicked Haze, Sweet Dreams Lady Moon, June Park, Tale of the Makeshift Faire, numerous anthologies and magazine articles, a Nancy Reagan biography, with projects extending to screenplays, poetry, songs, film, and a wide variety of short fiction and nonfiction since the 1980's.
Quotes about Grabowsky:
"My Dear Nicholas: You seem to me---in a way that's entirely admirable----a man out of time. You're writing horror epics when the audience has become increasingly numbed by cinematic hokum and stale ideas. I salute you: your ambition, your dedication, your achievements, your blissfully complex imagination...." ----Clive Barker (bestselling author & director, Hellraiser, etc.)
"Grabowsky succeeds in making the whole world creepy...." ----Heidi Martinuzzi, E! Entertainment Television
"Grabowsky's writing is at times touching and emotional, however, his real talent is his ability to infuse his writing with a sense of dread and loathing that I have not experienced since H.P. Lovecraft..." ----Tahoe Daily Tribune
"Grabowsky has imagination to spare.....!" ---Sacramento Bee
"Impressive storytelling....." ----Wes Craven (Dir., A Nightmare on Elm Street)
“…..soon we’ll all be hearing about this Grabowsky guy….” ---Joe Dante (Dir, Gremlins, The Howling)
“Keep ‘em coming, Nicholas….” ----Stephen King
“All hail Grabowsky!” ---Horrorweb.com
“Grabowsky melds horror and Sci-fi with such expertise that I am left speechless.” ---Gorezone Magazine
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VideosThe Making of Black Bed Sheet Studios
This short film is a chronicle of one independent book publisher's journey to transcend the obstacles threatening to shatter his family and business by acting on his vision to make them both work together though the power of garage renovation.Black Bed Sheet Studios Quick Tour and Update Fall 2015
This is a follow-up to our video The Making of Black Bed Sheet Studios where we take you on a quick tour of the garage apartment/offices of Black Bed Sheet Books, world-renown publishers of independent horror, science fiction & fantasy fiction since 2008!
by Reyna Young
Monster fanatics Ron and Sam are obsessed over urban legends, one in particular the town legend of Mr. Torture. Joined by their friend Michelle, they decide to sneak into Mr. Torture's castle that resides at the end of town to do a little research on him. Soon enough, they find themselves being chased by the legendary Mr. Torture himself.....
by Rick Dallison
A deadly virus spares only those of fairest skin, but humanity's fate rests in the hands of one black man.
by David Greske
Harlow is a town built on secrets, but the biggest secret isn't locked in a closet, or buried in the yard. It's the glass and steel structure standing on Asylum Hill. Behind those walls the genes of a young boy and terrifying beast are spliced together. What should've been a triumph of science has turned to a hellish creation.
Life in the Floating City
by AR Neal
Life in the Floating City uses the songs of musician/producerThomas Dolby’s 2011 studio album Map of the Floating City as a framework for the story of Anderson Brown, husband, friend, and attorney, who lives on the Floating City, a place that serves as a pit stop on the edge of the Sombrero Galaxy for interstellar explorers, transport ships, and leisure travelers....
The Feral Flu
by Tony Belmonte
The Feral Flu, as it is dubbed, spreads like wildfire throughout the world. The flu first hits like any other strong one, with fevers and chills. But within 48 hours, seventy-five percent of the victims become “wild,” working in packs and attacking survivors with vicious rage. The CDC's cure even backfires, reanimating ferals from the dead. The only people immune are humans with red hair.....
Mister Fishback's Monster
by Steve Sabatka
Steve sits in class, half-listening to a boring lecture about Moby Dick, and staring out the window – as a Tyrannosaurus Rex prowls the football field. Sometimes, Steve imagines things. Dinosaurs. B–movie monsters....After a storm hits the Oregon Coast, Steve’s biology teacher, Mister Fishback, finds a huge heap of tentacle, fin, fur – and one awful, staring eye – dead on Ono Beach....
by Thaxson Patterson II
What would the U.S. government do if they actually caught the Devil? Where would they keep him? What would they do with him? If they used him, what would the cost be? In an abandoned nuclear submarine buried beneath the Greenland ice shelf, the National Security Agency’s new Information Assurance Technical Director, Ray Peterson, is revealed the greatest secret the U.S. government has ever kept.
by M Calhoun
Annette's pregnant, and the father went off to serve in the US Army. He died. Desperate, she wants to marry him anyway so her child bares his name. She finds a church that will do that kind of thing, but will those NOCTURNAL VOWS send her sanity and very soul to hell? Destroy her friends? Create a demon child? OF COURSE!
by Reyna Young
Twins Todd and Claudia are being forced to move to Hanover Falls, the town where their parents grew up. As they get to know the kids in school and the neighbors around them, things start to get a little too weird for them. Hanover Falls is no ordinary town though, they soon learn that not only do vampires and werewolves exist but so does a family secret..
by James H. Longmore
Zoology Professor Jane Lucas has a lifelong phobia of Scolopendra gigantea, the Giant Centipede, despite being the world’s leading authority on it. Following the savage deaths of two young lovers who broke into the hotel for its natural underground spa, and the discovery of centipede remains almost three times its natural size, the professor teams up with four of her students to investigate.
Asylum of the Ancient Ones
by H.P. Lovecraft Lunatic Asylum
Not long ago, some extremely devoted H.P. Lovecraft fans called themselves the H.P. Lovecraft Lunatic Asylum, and soon some became many. Eventually they crafted a unique anthology from poets, authors, and artists. Editor/contributor Dawn M. Matthews wove them into one cohesive story that takes place in an asylum. The tales are told by the patients. You WILL fear the Ancient Ones….
by Patrick James Ryan
From the bestselling author of "The Night It Got Out!" Welcome to BLOOD VERSE, not your average collection of tales and verses of terror. Within these pages you’ll find how a serial killer uses an unusual method to stalk victims in South Chicago. A unique couple addresses infertility on a grand scale. Armageddon strikes twice in a small Iowa town at the hands of nature and a madman, and more!
Sangre: The Color of Dying
by Carlos Colon
Introducing Nicky Negrón, a Bronx-born, Puerto Rican salesman who has suffered enough tragedy for multiple lifetimes. When he rises from the dead, he becomes a night predator that feeds on human blood as well. Sangre: The Color of Dying features rough language, jaw-dropping sex, and abhorrent acts of violence, but its real emphasis is on the human being living inside the undead night stalker.
More Evil Houses
by Erik Shuttleworth
Let your fascination run wild into the dark places where childish nightmares rule. Open the door to your escape and enter another’s house tonight.
For tonight you discover the terrible secrets in the stranger’s house down the street. Maybe a horrible evil is hidden in the attic, leaching from the eyes of innocent dolls..... "Mr. Shuttleworth carries you head-first into a stunning sequel!"
From Paradise to Hell
by Tom Sawyer
From motorcycle zombies to enigmatic vampires, bloodthirsty beasts, vengeful specters, “skinwalkers,” hauntings, killer Walking Dolls to ghost stories straight from the author's past, let author Tom Sawyer take you on an exciting and perilous road trip/exploration of the darker shadows of the otherwise “Pleasant Peninsula” of the Great Lakes: Michigan!
The Creature of Stowe Cabin
by Reyna Young
When their parents settle into their summer vacation cabins deep into the woodlands, three restless young teens happen upon an eerie and exciting mystery when they encounter a strange colossal beast and embark on secret yet daring night adventures...
by Sue Dent
Because of her cancer, Anna Chadwick wouldn't live long enough to carry her twin infants to term. Yet she wanted nothing more than for them to have a chance at living. Learning one would be stillborn didn't lessen her desire. It would take a miracle....so she prayed for one.
Darque & Obscure
by Nick Kisella
The stunning sequel to Nick Kisella's acclaimed dark fantasy masterpiece MORNINGSTARS! Brothers Darque and Obscure are finally free from the threat of their demonic father, B’lial. As Louis Darque struggles to move on with his life, Obscure learns more about himself, battling demons of his own.....
The Demon of Despair
by Bart Brevik
In the dead of night, a lonely sojourner happens upon the small town of Despair, Arizona, where a local urban legend manifests itself into a living nightmare.
The author is donating all of his proceeds from Demon of Despair to the cancer treatment fund of a dear friend of his in Reno, NV.
by Nicholas Grabowsky
All Dayton Monday wanted was to make a difference in this world. But the world isn’t what it used to be. Global nuclear war has already begun. The world is in chaos. The water supply of major amusement parks has been tainted with LSD by terrorists. But Dayton’s neighbor promises that if he joins his male biker fraternity, the Brotherhood of the Black Heroes, he can help make the world better....
by Fred Wiehe
13 Dark Tales for Halloween, Christmas, and All Occasions The holidays have never before been more spine-tingling or more fun for Tweens, Teens, and Adults alike than in this anthology of 13 supernatural tales. All of the stories were originally written and then read on the radio by author Fred Wiehe.....
by Jessica Lynne Gardner
Still living at home with his narcotic-addicted mother, Cole Carney longs to find a way out and begin his career as a school teacher. After a strange incident, the mysterious Father Stanton gives him a job at his old elementary school, but he soon finds that more than just the decor has changed....
The Eyes of the Jackal
by Nick Kisella
Sequel to BEASTS & THE WALKING DEAD! Led by Divine Visions in a quest for dominance, the Jackal took command of the dead and built a powerful army of followers. The desolate landscape bares his bloody mark, and the only thing barring his path, his conquest, is the fortified town of Somersby and its resident protector, Victor ‘The Lion’ Lyonie....
by Nik Kerry
From the nationally award winning playwright, 2013 VSA Playwright Competition, The Kennedy Center, Washington DC. When Raven’s world comes crashing down around her and her thoughts turn to suicide, this is exactly what she does. As she swings the last swing of her life, she jumps off, sprouts wings, and flies away to another world where she finds teenagers her age who accept her into their world..
by Charles Day
Jessica won’t stay dead. And when she comes for you, it’s already too late…. When old friends Al and Benny hit the town for their usual alcohol-fueled binge, things go wrong when Al insists on driving home. All the while, young Jessica is cycling along their dangerous route home. When the three collide, Jessica is left for dead and the men hide the evidence....
The Order of the Blood
by Nicole Vlachos
Once, vampires of the Order of the Blood were revered and respected, but a change in political tides and waves of genocide forced them into hiding. Now, split into two factions with very different means to the end of regaining their freedoms, the brothers of the Order face a resurgence of public fear and hatred. A newly turned vampire, Ian, finds himself torn between sides....
by Jason Gehlert
From the haunting story of an alienated young boy yearning to be understood to the brutal bloodbath invoked by a satanic excuse for a small town preacher to the creepiest birthing center you've ever imagined, Jason Gehlert's debut release will astound, horrify and delight you – sometimes all at once.
For retired Dominic County Sheriff Jack Yuma, the terrifying incidents of the local chophouse ended years ago on that one dreadful night where so many lost their lives and bestowed upon the chophouse its infamy. But something has been reborn in an unholy womb....
Strange Fruit: A Ghost Story
by Rey Otis
Freak. That's what folks are calling Lyric Freeman after a horrific crash kills her best friend and nearly claims Lyric. Her injuries result in the ability to hear the dying speak, and soon she finds she must help deceased slaves find freedom. Not so bad, right? Wrong...
by Sage Sinclair
Touching the soul has been said to be impossible. Is it energy from the body or an unseen spirit that is made up of its hosts life experiences? When an individual dies the soul detaches itself from the body to enter into a pristine realm of being. The asylum is full of old souls that are yearning to break free. A few are good and one is evil.
In the Absence of Sun
by Nicole Vlachos
Vampires are being abducted and murdered in the city of London. A fragmented coven is forced together to try and uncover the truth, but wounds that not even time has been able to heal drive them deeper into danger. Faced with complete destruction, they must find a way to overcome grievances and loss, if they are to survive....
Red Simon: Vampire Punk
by B.L. Morgan
What would happen if an abused, ignored, angry teenage boy was given the power to make all of his tormentors pay for what they did to him?
Red Simon: Vampire Punk answers that question with buckets of blood.
by Bart Brevik
What would you do if your family was targeted for destruction by a violent Satanic cult? That’s the position that Jim DiMario finds himself in – but has he found out too late? Jim feels the comfortable predictability of his day-to-day routine begin to unravel when he investigates a series of bizarre animal mutilations that have recently occurred in his normally quiet, upscale community....
When Night Darkens the Streets
HORNS and John Grover — and together they fill the pages with prose frightening enough to summon the blistering attention of the baleful beings who swarm the night world should this book be used for purposes other than pure entertainment. Each story is accompanied with an illustration created by the talented hand of Gary A. Gabbard.
It Happened on Negro Mountain
by Jeff Carroll
Matthew is a drug dealer being forced out of his empire in Baltimore, Maryland. Rather than submitting to the pressures of the younger dealers, he decides to destroy his empire and leave his neighborhood turf with his baby mother and seven year old daughter Destiny, leaving behind a gang war to take up residence in Negro Mountain, located along the Mason-Dixon line, where bad things happen....
by L.A. Nantz
Mia’s tempest is a long look at what could go wrong if our world couldn't fight back against the forces of nature and apocalypse.
by Ruschelle Dillon
An American visiting Japan is endangered by the worst earthquake in the island nation‟s history. While fighting to get out of the devastated country, he is bitten on his penis by an ant that has been zombified by a rare fungus...
The Sly Lake Gang
by Nicholas White
The Sly Lake Gang is the story of four estranged friends brought together through circumstance to face down a merciless killer -a monster connected to a strange incident from their childhood....
by Alan Draven
Nick rapidly realizes that the city of Montreal isn’t so different from his spooky hometown of Bitternest as a string of bizarre, gruesome murders are shocking the city. After bumping into an old high school buddy named Lance, Nick is invited to a gated community that Lance and his wife designed. It’s a postcard-perfect spot, but there is definitely something odd about the place....
Kill Your Idols
by S.C. Hayden
In an America where militias, doomsday cults and self proclaimed Prophets are as commonplace as gas stations and fast food restaurants, The American Idol Company is born. Operating under the belief that scandal and controversy will increase sales, the company founders manage to insult everyone from the Pope to the Ayatollah, inspire a generation, and come dangerously close to starting World War 3.
by J.L. Fullerton
The Institution is a supernatural micro novel about two paranormal investigators who end up with much much more than they bargained for. With added short thrillers "Trivial Happenings" and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," discover for yourself the dark chills which lurk within THE INSTITUTION!
Because the Night
by Nicole Vlachos
Tristan went looking for trouble and ended up with more than she bargained for. A night on the town goes awry when a local Dallas girl runs afoul of a vacationing coven of vampires, who have come up with a novel way to ensure a blood link to join them all together.
Shadows in the Dark
by Tom Sawyer
A year after the events in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, unrelated but similar diabolical occurrences took place in the Great Lakes area of a young United States. Evil has booked passage aboard the Great American as it sets sail for Chicago....
by Tom Sawyer
The Great Lakes have always been filled with beauty, awe and mystery. Now they offer up waves of frightening tales of suspense and terror. From Flying Dutchman-like Mariners to an unspeakable evil transported back to Chicago from its Egyptian Tomb, to a ship’s log revealing it was more than just a storm which killed its crew, to vengeful ghosts and big fish tales....
by Reyna Young
It's wild, it's sad, it's thoughtful, it's insightful, honest, bold, uplifting, depressing, and we'll say wild again. There are many reasons why everyone in horror is talking about Miss Misery, and this is one of them! Great coffin table reading, with therapy!
by Steven L. Shrewsbury
When former black ops agent Dack Shannon investigates an autistic child who sketches women the day before they are murdered, he’s drawn into another incident of a Goth artist possibly sporting vaginal dentata.
The Beasts and the Walking Dead
by Nick Kisella
Victor Lyonie, the Lion, watched his wife and daughter die, then had to kill them himself just to make sure they stayed that way. All he wanted to do was go home, but instead, he found himself infected like no other human being had ever been before. He wasn't a zombie, but he wasn't himself anymore either. From the celebrated author of MORNINGSTARS!
Aleric: Monster Hunter
by Fred Wiehe
Aleric Toma Bimbai is a two-hundred-year-old Rom, Gypsy, and a legend among his people. He hunts monsters for bounty, a gun for hire, with secrets as dark as midnight in a graveyard. He is a hero and rogue rolled into one, with preternatural powers of his own, only slightly better than the supernatural creatures he hunts. His exploits border on the mythical and the legendary.
by Franchisca Weatherman
When a werewolf pack hits a small southern town, the local Sheriff realizes this is one case he can not solve alone. He calls in the F.B.I. to help him take down the killers that are taking the lives of the local teens. When the wolves abandon the town for the streets of New Orleans during Mardi-Gras celebrations, the hunters become the hunted in an all-out war where no one may survive....
Rusty Nails, Broken Glass
by S.C. Hayden
"Creatively speaking this book is marvelous; it is rich and refreshing and decadent. Written wryly and masterfully, Mr. Hayden's twenty one short literary journeys will take you through the gamut: horror, laughter, sarcasm, and of course happy and sad."-Lurid Lit" Hayden nails it again with this darkly delightful collection filled with unforgettable characters and their askew outlooks!" G.L. Giles
Bumps in the Road
by Black Bed Sheet Books
Join our storytellers as they share the morbid, woeful, and disturbing outcomes of an otherwise normal commute, as we watch each of these unfortunate souls fall victim to their own little bumps in the road.
Read Us or Die
by Black Bed Sheet Books
The first official publisher’s anthology featuring the exemplary talents of the authors of BLACK BED SHEET BOOKS! "Black Bed Sheet is not only a publisher of fantastically creative horror books but knows the meaning of heart and integrity....
Blessings from the Darkness
by Black Bed Sheet Books
Black Bed Sheet Books is proud to present an anthology of over 30 diverse authors with tales and poems to inspire, thrill and terrify! Blessings from the Darkness is an eclectic collection of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, heartfelt prose, and everything in between, by a talented and diverse group of writers and published authors in dedication of, and in support of, our dearest friend: Yvonne Mason..
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