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Ink Stains: A Dark Fiction Literary Journal is the pet project of Vagabondage Press owner and Pushcart Prize nominee, N. Apythia Morges. Morges also oversees the VBP imprint, Dark Alley Press.

Ink Stains: A Dark Fiction Literary Journal debuted as a paying quarterly journal in April 2016 and switched to a yearly anthology in October 2019. After a COVID-19 induced hiatus, Ink Stains is resuming publication in October 2022. It is published under Dark Alley Press, an imprint of Vagabondage Press.

All submissions are accepted through Submittable. Literary agents are not required for submission. Unsolicited submissions sent directly to our staff through email will not be read. Submissions require a synopsis and author bio or they will be declined without being read.


N. Apythia Morges serves as editor Ink Stains: A Dark Fiction Literary Journal. Guest editors have included Dark Alley Press authors such as Tamela J. Ritter, Kristi Pettersen Schoonover, and Stacey Longo.

Morges has been working in the publishing world since 2000. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State and a master’s degree in publishing from Pace University. She also has a certificate in international communications from Manchester University, Manchester, England.

Also a writer, she’s had several short stories and novellas published under a variety of pen names and is a Pushcart Prize nominee.

She can be reached at

Book Review Requests

Book reviewers may request a digital copy of any edition of Ink Stains by contacting N. Apythia Morges at Please include a link to your newspaper, publication, or blog with your request.

Interview Requests

Interview requests should be directed to Ink Stains Editor, N. Apythia Morges at

About Dark Alley Press

Dark Alley Press is an imprint of Vagabondage Press, LLC. under the direction of Senior Managing Editor, N. Apythia Morges, dedicated to providing intelligent, imaginative, and thrilling horror and dark fiction in both print and digital formats.

About Vagabondage Press

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

Mailing address:
Vagabondage Press LLC
PO Box 3563
Apollo Beach, FL 33572