About us

About Dark Alley Press

Dark Alley Press is an imprint of Vagabondage Press, LLC., dedicated to providing intelligent, imaginative, and thrilling horror and dark fiction in both print and digital formats with a focus on:

  • Dark fiction (including lit fic)
  • Gothic fiction
  • Supernatural/paranormal fiction
  • Horror
  • Steampunk
  • Black Comedy
  • Dark Fantasy

It is headed by VBP LLC Senior Managing Editor, N. Apythia Morges (nmorges@vagabondagepress.com).

Our titles range from a stark look at the darker side of life to steampunk adventures to supernatural tales to psychological thrillers that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Our authors tackle everything from child abuse and drug addiction to hauntings, possessions and slow slips into sanity, both real and imagined.

We are not about feel-good stories (though some of our characters do survive the night, and of course, some do not). We are about shining a stark light on the shadows of life, exploring those dimly lit corridors, and unearthing those long-buried secrets. We are about examining the human existence and the human psyche in its raw, delicate and dangerous state. We don’t shy away from controversy, nor do we believe good will always triumph over evil or that someone will always be around to save the day.

Sometimes all we have is ourselves.

And the books that keep us turning the page.

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Vagabondage Press,LLC. was established in Spring 2008 in order to publish fiction and non-fiction that examines life in all its lovely ambiguity, grittiness, glory and despair.

In June 2008, we launched The Battered Suitcase, a literary and art journal. In January 2013, we introduced two imprints: Battered Suitcase Press for literary and mainstream fiction and Vagabondage Romance for romance and erotica. In September 2013, we launched the Dark Alley Press imprint for horror, paranormal, Gothic, steampunk, and dark fiction.

We look for unique characters, anti-heroines, new ways of looking at universal concepts and old ways of looking at the new and frightening. We are interested in publishing writing that examines what makes us human — the details that turn a day into a memory, a person into someone unforgettable, and moments that veer between the ordinary and the fantastic.

We’re particularly interested in the question of what it means to be human, the exploration of relationships as a means for transformation and the complexity of the human psyche. Rich characterization, vulnerability, shifts in consciousness, alternate reality, music, wit, restlessness, sensuality and the exploration of personality are what we gravitate toward.

We hold the unique and simple belief that good writing transcends genre. We dislike the tendency in mainstream publishing to categorize and pigeonhole authors. Vagabondage Press has a commitment to providing an alternative to literary ghettos.

Vagabondage Press is a proud member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.