SEARCH AND PRESS ENTER

Authors. We’re open.

We offer publication exclusively to the Amazon network, access to a professional editor, to professional-standard cover-art design, and to a growing community of authors. We’re not a vanity press – you won’t pay for our services. As with any publisher, we take a cut of the royalty. You don’t need to be agented to submit.


You are in charge of the marketing and promotion. The process of publication, promotion and marketing requires an understanding of and experience with technology and social media. We ask that you consider if this is for you prior to submitting your work to darkstroke.


We’re looking for excellent writing in the fiction and non-fiction areas of crime, thriller, dystopian, sci-fi, horror, mystery and psychological. If you believe that your story fits at least one of these areas, and you’re interested in submitting to us, read on.


We ask for four documents which would support your submission. These are:

  1. Three chapters from your full story. Commonly these would be your first three chapters, but they don’t have to be.
  2. Your story’s synopsis. Note that this should be a run-through of what happens, rather than what might appear on the back of a paperback. That’s a blurb.
  3. An indication of your use, as an author, of social media. It’s important for us to know that authors are active and engaging with their audience, online.
  4. We recommend that you offer a covering email that summarises your submission and introduces you and your work in brief.

Some key pointers:

  • Submissions should be presented as .doc, .pdf or .pages documents.
  • Manuscripts should have been completed – we won’t consider unfinished works.
  • Stories should be no more than around 120,000 words, no less than 38,000 words.

We’ll confirm receipt within a couple of days, and endeavour to offer initial thoughts within a week, either inviting you to submit the remainder of your story to us, or offering you reasons why we won’t publish.


Submissions, and initial enquiries, should be emailed to: rabbithole@darkstroke.com

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December 1st

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Discover London’s dark side in a new collection of short stories written by award-winning and international bestselling authors!

Let us take you from Golders Green, in a tale of redemption, to Hope’s End, the final stop on a rambling Tube ride.

Then head to Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel where you learn of an unforeseen murder – and not only one, as women fall prey to the most brutal crimes!

Onwards, we head to the shores of the River Thames, where a young girl fears a sea monster and always carries a knife. Then you visit a pub where the owner is losing the plot.

A Tube ride with an unexpected twist leads to a vision from the past. Then we introduce you to a ghost who stalks her friends. Lastly, discover the splendour of Westminster Palace, but is it a safe place for a woman with her sights on the English throne?

Dark London Volume One: nine gripping short stories that leave you gasping for breath as London’s dark side is revealed!

Authors featured:

Miriam Drori
Jess Popplewell
Ted Bun
Anne-Marie Ormsby
Kate Braithwaite
Donna Cuttress
Sue Barnard
Sam Hall
Cathie Dunn

With a foreword by Alice Castle, author of the bestselling London Murder Mysteries series.

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December 2nd

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London’s ancient lanes hide a dark world…

Discover London’s dark side in a new collection of short stories written by award-winning and international bestselling authors!

Enter the London docklands at your peril, then head straight for the N8 bus, where we learn of a gruesome discovery.Meet Beth, the female private investigator who clinches a case she can’t refuse; followed by a tale of murder from the 1950s that was – officially – never solved…
We take you to higher realms in a search for a missing woman, before a morning spent mudlarking reveals a mysterious link to the past.
London’s dystopian side is uncovered in an explosive tale; and then you return to Whitechapel where you meet not just one, but two unsavoury gentlemen.

Lastly, arrive in perfect time at a grand illusion, with disastrous consequences.

Dark London Volume Two: nine intriguing short stories that leave you reeling!

Our authors are:

Angela Wren
Chris Dommett
Alice Castle
Richard Savin
Alan Taylor
Marie Gault
Tom Halford
Denise Bloom
Harper Channing

With a foreword by Mark Patton, historian and author of historical fiction.

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December 3rd

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A missing body. Two new deaths. A man in search of the truth.

1980

Revere Beach, Massachusetts

Detective Eddie Devlin is about to be relieved of his duty by the Revere Police Department.

A year ago, he shot the killer of a woman in the marsh, but the man’s body disappeared from the crime scene. Eddie soon became a suspect, then a person of interest, and finally a casualty of the ongoing investigation.

Shortly after he is let go, two bodies are found in the same place, and suspicions about Eddie’s guilt resurface. Determined to clear his name, the new civilian Devlin conducts his own investigation with the help of his bartender friend, Dana, and his almost girlfriend, Gwen.

The sordid beachfront, the murky marsh, and the rain-soaked season all help to set the stage for this gritty and unsettling mystery, where Devlin battles his relentless demons on the way to uncovering a deeper conspiracy.

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December 4th

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Frightful visions. An unknown manipulator. A force from beyond reason.

Brandon Chapman arrives home to a horrific scene. His wife, Stephanie, is exhibiting behaviour that he can only describe as that of someone possessed – yet he doesn’t even believe in the supernatural. He soon realises that it was nothing other than a frightful, haunting vision.

After discovering a dark secret about Stephanie, Brandon meets a strange figure with knowledge about his own life that no one could possibly know. As his visions become more frequent and terrifying, he begins to question his sanity.

Brandon must either side with this figure or his wife before his daughter comes to harm.

Alice Hamilton, a shy and quiet university student, meets handsome Niel Curtis whilst on a night out with friends. They very quickly fall for one another, but their happiness is short-lived when Niel ends up in a coma after a traffic accident.

Alice fears he may never wake up again and, unaware of the consequences, strikes a deal with a strange voice. When Niel awakes, his behaviour changes drastically, and Alice – like Brandon – becomes subject to nightmarish, violent visions.

Are Brandon and Alice caught in a never-ending nightmare?

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