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A History of Independent Excellence

Grey Matter Press has been publishing exceptional dark psychological fiction for nearly a decade. Established in 2012 with a focus on producing only the highest quality volumes, work from our Chicago-based independent press has been embraced by readers and lauded by critics worldwide.

Numerous Grey Matter Press full-length titles—as well as short fiction contributed to our anthologies and single-author collections—have been honored for their literary excellence by distinguished international professional organizations, including some of the most influential publishing thought leaders in our industry: the Bram Stoker Award and Aurealis Award juries. Our books have been recognized by—and our authors and editors featured in—an array of global entertainment media outlets that include Rue Morgue, Fangoria, Booked, This is Horror, Ink Heist and more.

Now, almost ten years later, we remain committed to publishing extraordinary volumes of outstanding fiction that highlight the limitless imagination of authors creating their own histories in the suspense/thriller, crime/noir, dark fantasy, literary fiction, modern horror, and speculative genres.


Genres Published

Suspense, Thrillers, Crime, Noir, Dark Fantasy, Literary, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, and Speculative


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Anthony Rivera, Publisher

Our founder and publisher is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor committed to discovering, developing and nurturing the finest talent writing in the thriller, crime, fantasy, psychological, horror, and speculative genres that are published by Grey Matter Press.

Having spent the majority of his professional career in consumer product marketing supporting an array of global brands, he established the press in 2012 and has leveraged his extensive communications and branding expertise to build a publishing house that has become one of the most respected independent fiction presses in the industry.


"Grey Matter Press has managed to establish itself as one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence. "

- FANGORIA Magazine


"The dark, all-encompassing theme seems to be the trademark of Grey Matter Press. When asked for a referral I often state without hesitation to the very press that has enchanted my reading attention."

- Dave Gammon, HORROR NEWS


"I would read any [Grey Matter Press book] without question based on the merit of past releases."



"Grey Matter Press has been notably consistent in the top-shelf quality of the books they publish. If you're not reading them, I urge you to unf*** that."

- Shane D. Keene, INK HEIST