Ink Stains

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A Dark Fiction Anthology

Gritty fiction takes on the literary journal

Ink Stains Anthology is back!

Following a hiatus caused by the pandemic, publishing of the popular anthology will resume with our new edition to be release in October 2022!

Submissions for future edition will be open from February 1 through April 30 annually.

Who says genre work can’t also be literary? We give you Ink Stains Anthology –  a literary journal filled with dark tales of fiction from Dark Alley Press, under the direction of Senior Managing Editor N. Apythia Morges.

The first edition of Ink Stains Anthology hit shelves June 2016, with our last pre-pandemic issue released in October 2019. Publication resumes in October 2022.

Praise for Ink Stains

“Wow! This anthology of Dark Fiction really packs a punch! Ten strong stories without a dud in the bunch. This is my first brush with Dark Alley Press and I sure hope it won’t be the last because they are bringing some serious talent to the table.” — Brian James Lewis,


Click on each cover for more information. Ink Stains is available in print and digital formats online and in bookstores. 

Latest edition

Ink Stains Anthology, Vol. 13 cover  

Previous editions

Ink Stains Anthology, Vol. 12 cover              


The annual submissions window is February 1 through April 30 of each year via  Submittable.

We are looking for short stories that are 3,000-15,0000 words for all works that fit under the Dark Alley Press banner, including those in the following categories:

  • Dark fiction (including lit fic)
  • Gothic fiction
  • Supernatural/paranormal fiction
  • Horror
  • Black comedy
  • Dark fantasy

Note: We are not looking for traditional mystery/thriller/crime/sci-fi stories.

Authors of acquired pieces for Ink Stains Anthology will receive a flat fee payment of $5 for stories 4,999 words and under, $10 for stories 5,000-$10,000 words, and $15 for 10,000-15,000 words. Payment is made upon publication. Exclusive worldwide English print and digital rights for one year are required. Previously published work will not be accepted if it is still available for purchase or is accessible online.

Please submit your work through Submittable. Be sure to include a synopsis, word count, and a short bio. Submissions without a synopsis and word count will be rejected without being read.