Pulp Fiction for a Digital World

An indie approach to modern publishing

A good publisher should be a community. We look to the independent music publishers like Hydra Head, Sub Pop, and Church Records every bit as much as we look to the likes of Hawk & Cleaver and Grindhouse Press for inspiration. We believe that the true strength of a publisher is in raising the profiles of all its authors, of helping each other to reach readers, and to stay as energetically focused on our art as possible. As such we will only ever put out work that pushes us forward, inspires us, and that we believe we can get behind.

The hollow stone mission

Our tagline is ‘Pulp Fiction for a digital world’. We believe that genre fiction is a mirror to the world, and serves as both a warning about the paths we take, and a guiding light to the world we’d like to become. Our aim is to tell stories that move the needle, even if it’s only in one person. If you can change one person, you can change the world.

We are also huge believers in the power of community. One artist can achieve a great deal on their own, but together a group of artists with common interests can bend the world to meet them, and do so without compromise. We want to build a community of creatives who can help to build each other to be better creatives, and to reach more readers.

Our primary fiction interest is in Horror and Science Fiction, but like the greats of those two genres, we’re always looking to blur the boundaries. We will also aim to publish a range of non-fiction titles that fit our ethos.

Our Reader Promise

Our promise to readers is simple – we’ll always try to ensure that everything we publish meets your high standards. Well written, professionally published, and will look cracking on a bookshelf, whether that’s digital or physical. You might not like every single thing we put out, but that’s okay. If you don’t like the next one, you’re bound to like the one after.

We cherish our readers, and see you as every bit a part of the Hollow Stone community as our authors. That’s why, if you join our community, you’ll get exclusive access to our books, behind-the-scenes access to our publishing empire, and bonus content not available anywhere else. In fact, why not join today and get three exclusive short stories by our founder, bestselling British horror author Paul Stephenson?

Our Promise to Authors

Our key mission is to tell great stories, but we also aim to provide a gold standard service to all our authors. We do not believe that signing with a publisher should mean you lose the majority of your publishing rights, nor that you should be charged huge sums for the privilege of publication. We also do not believe that the job of marketing your book should sit entirely with the author. It is our aim for each relationship to be a true partnership.

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Fair royalties

Our rates reflect the partnership between the author and the publisher. We will invest in your book if we believe in it.

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Print and digital

We are primarily a digital imprint, and will develop a strategy to maximise your digital revenues, but we also work with Ingram Spark to publish your work in print.

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Fee Free

Every book we pick up is done so at our own risk. We will cover the cost of our own in-house editing, cover design, and other services.

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Full author services

As a Hollow Stone author, we will work with you to develop your brand, marketing strategy, and how to best maximise your potential.

Join the Hollow Stone Community

Join the Hollow Stone Community to be the first to hear about everything that we do here at Hollow Stone, and in return we’ll send you a collection of short stories by author Paul Stephenson.