Twelve House Books Is Open For Novels, Novellas, and Collections – 2024 Update


Payment: 50% Royalties Paid To The Author
Theme: Novels, Novellas, and collections that contain: Ghost Stories, Quirk, Narrative Poems, the Sublime, the Numinous, and stories about American Suburbia or set in Los Angeles

Twelve House Books is an independent publisher of Literary Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry with a distinct focus on the dark and unruly; magic and the sublime. Publishing from an idyllic yet peculiar suburban neighborhood such as those celebrated by so many storytellers, Twelve House Books champions literature of the odd, weird, uncanny, majestic, and holy.


Year-round call for manuscripts of at least 30K words! Your chances are much better with story collections, poetry collections, and narrative poems than with novels, though novellas to 50K are considered.

Launched in 2018 beneath the aegis of legacy publishing enterprise Darc Colours (est. 1986), Twelve House Books has most recently published the story collections CHILDREN & THEIR CAGES by Evan James Sheldon, THE COFFIN WITH THE ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD MYSELF by Stefani Christova, and BETWEEN THE WALLS OF OPPOSING HOUSES by David Kart.



Thinking About Publishing With Twelve House Books?
* Professional Typesetting, Layout, And Cover Design
* The Work Is Produced In Paperback And A Hardcover With A Dust Jacket
* Line Edits By An Editor With Decades Of Experience
* Super-Quick Publishing Turnaround
* Media Promotions & A Sell Sheet Upon Author’s Request
* 50% Royalties Paid To The Author
* Promotional/Sales Plan Not Required Of Author For Acceptance Of A Work
* No Upfront Or Hidden Fees Or Costs To The Author


*Authors Outside The U.S. Will Need To Receive Royalties From A Third-Party Associate Who Has A U.S. Address Or Forfeit Royalties Altogether.
*First Serial Rights And Worldwide Rights Are Requested For Any Work To Be Published. Reprint Rights Are Requested If The Work Has Been Previously Published. Subsidiary Rights And All Other Rights Remain With The Author.


Send to editor Scáth Beorh a proposal with a short synopsis and your entire book manuscript in .docx


Use the subject line: TWELVE HOUSE BOOKS Inquiry
[email protected]


Twelve House Books waits with bated breath to see the works of the few-and-far-between writers of the strange and spiritually unruly who prove themselves masters of turn-of-phrase and evocation of the bizarre.
Characters or situations in stories can be realistic, gritty, or dark–but wrongdoing and/or perversion can’t be promoted or encouraged. Transgressive Fiction will not be considered. The use of expletives will also seriously narrow your chances of acceptance.



“What bizarre things does not one find in a great city when one knows how to walk about and how to look! Life swarms with innocent monsters. Oh Lord my God, Thou Creator, Thou Master, Thou who hast made law and liberty, Thou the Sovereign who dost allow, Thou the Judge who dost pardon, Thou who art full of Motives and of Causes, Thou who hast (it may be) placed within my soul the love of horror in order to turn my ear to Thee, like the cure which follows the knife; Oh Lord, have pity, have pity upon the mad men and women that we are! Oh Creator, is it possible that monsters should exist in the eyes of Him alone who knoweth why they exist, how they have made themselves, and how they would have made themselves, and could not?”

~ Charles Baudelaire

Via: Twelve House Books.

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