The staff at Grey Matter Press (GMP) consists of a group of seasoned professionals from the advertising, publishing, marketing, creative design and social media industries. We know business. And we understand what defines integrity and professionalism. And we prove that to our readers and our authors in the attention to detail we place in our products.
We’re committed to building bridges between readers, authors, editors and creatives. As a group of marketing, publishing and communications professionals, we’re of the belief that an open-door policy is the most effective tool in building a great team. And only a great team can deliver the quality product genre fiction readers deserve.
We do the vast majority of our work in-house, including manuscript acquisitions, content and developmental editing, product design and creative execution, and managing an extensive array of marketing initiatives.
We partner with some of the most talented freelance illustrators, photographers and designers. If you work in one of these areas and are interested in project-based opportunities at GMP, please contact us and share your work.
Anthony is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor committed to finding, developing and nurturing only the best talent writing in horror, SciFi, speculative and other genres of dark fiction. He leads the editorial team at Grey Matter Press where it is his hope that authors and readers alike will come to realize the company’s products are exceptional examples of the best work being published in the world of genre fiction.
With almost two decades of working to promote and support some of the largest brands in the world in the fields of publishing, communications, advertising, graphic design, promotions and interactive marketing, Rivera has finally come to the realization to jump off the corporate bandwagon and do what really matters.
In 2012, he realized his long-time dream when he opened the doors of Chicago-based independent publisher Grey Matter Press (GMP). The company now produces a catalog of award-nominated and critically acclaimed works of dark fiction. In 2013, Grey Matter Press released its first volume which was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award. In 2014, a second GMP title was also nominated for the Stoker Award. In the years since the company released its first book, its titles have been praised by horror and entertainment media and have been recognized by international awards organizations. FANGORIA Magazine has said: “Grey Matter Press has managed to establish itself as one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence.”
Tony’s early attraction to the dark and fantastic led him first into the world of marketing. During a career that saw him navigating the fields of news reporting, copywriting, copyediting, publishing, promotions, design and advertising, he ultimately remained focused on what was truly important — creativity and the words and imagery that drive it.
Lawson spent more than a decade wasting her editing and proofreading skills on a career in accounting. She has now traded those dreaded numbers for the words she has always cherished, much to the chagrin of co-workers who are daily admonished for the grammatical and contextual errors she finds in their memos.
Having left her world of numbers for several years to be a stay-at-home mom, Lawson joined Grey Matter Press for an opportunity she just could not ignore — the ability to combine her love of books with her fondness for all things dark and horrible. Lawson’s interest in horror began while watching episodes of “The Twilight Zone” at what was probably an inappropriately young age. When she could finally hold a book in her hands she moved onto reading the works of authors that included Shirley Jackson, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, John Saul and Stephen King. Her favorite horror novel of all time is The Talisman, co-written by Straub and King.
Lawson prefers her horror to include elements of the supernatural as she has quite a fondness for ghosts, monsters and a few demons or two. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, photography and visiting the zoo (which we fondly refer to as ‘The Animal Prison’).
She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband where he suffers from a debilitating case of automatonophobia.