You have reached the official website for Scarlet Galleon Publications. We are a privately-owned small press publishing company, offering the very best in horror, suspense, and mystery. Our publications to date are detailed below. Readers will see that we have had the honored pleasure of working with some of the best, most well-loved authors in the industry today, as well as some talented emerging authors. Our most recent signing was with novelist, Dallas Mullican, author of the acclaimed, very highly-reviewed, Marlowe Gentry thriller series. In addition to the books in his suspense series, we are also planning to publish a complex, multi-layered stand-alone novel of his, The Music of Midnight, as well as an epic fantasy series, its first installment titled, Blood for the Dancer. Please visit Dallas's author page by clicking on his name in the menu above.
We hope you will take time to explore our newly-updated site. In our Bowsprit section, our blog page, you will find a recent interview editor and Scarlet Galleon Publications founder, Mark Parker, conducted with first-ever collaborative duo, father and son, Richard and Billy Chizmar, whose chilling story, "Widow's Point", is featured in the first volume of this year's Fearful Fathoms: Tales of Aquatic Terror. The double interview was conducted in celebration of the author's landmark collaboration. Readers will no doubt recognize many of Richard's titles (not the least of which was his most recent collaboration with Stephen King, Gwendy's Button Box, and will be introduced to Billy, whose work has been featured in several of Scarlet Galleon Publications' projects (Fearful Fathoms, Dead Harvest), as well as his forthcoming essay featured in Reading Stephen King (Cemetery Dance Publications, 2017).
OUR CURRENT PUBLICATIONS
For full details of our current publications, please read the synopses below. Most recently, we have published three books in new author Dallas Mullican's psychological suspense thriller series featuring Alabama homicide detective Marlowe Gentry. Trust us when we say, the South has never been this cold...dead cold! Whether Marlowe and his team are taking on real-life monsters such as The Seraphim Killer (A Coin for Charon) or The Heretic (The Dark Half), or a most unlikely foe in his latest thriller, October's Children, that is part mystery, part psychological suspense, and part police procedural, readers will be both chilled and riveted, until the final page is turned! If you need further proof, just check out Dallas's countless five-star reviews on Amazon, left by readers who have each loved his work, and wait patiently for each new installments...with at least three more books planned in the series! To purchase any of the author's books, just click on the book cover images and you will be redirected to the order pages for each book. HAPPY READING!!
OCTOBER'S CHILDREN - A Marlowe Gentry Thriller, Dallas Mullican, September 2018
Homicide detective Marlowe Gentry is back...because killing's always in season!
Three six-year-old girls vanish from a playground in Red Weed, Alabama, and they aren’t the first. Two others have disappeared over the last five years, all in October. Marlowe Gentry and his team believe the abductions are part of a ritual, the kidnapper acting out some event from their past. Clothes and toys taken suggest the children are still alive and being held captive…for now. As they delve deeper into the case, Marlowe finds a town where everyone hides personal demons…and secrets. To uncover the truth, he and his team must peel back layers of deception, veiled agendas, and horrible realities. The clock is ticking. The girls don’t have much time left…if it isn’t already too late.
THE DARK AGE - A Marlowe Gentry Thriller, Dallas Mullican, December 2017
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
A girl's abduction...
A father's torment...
The Heretic knows they lied. Now, he will make them confess.
The first murder, a small town pastor burned at the stake, seems personal...an act of rage committed on impulse. But when a second victim is found brutally tortured to death, Detective Marlowe Gentry realizes he’s dealing with a serial killer who is drawing inspiration from the Inquisition. The killer’s methods grow more gruesome with each victim. He’s escalating, racing toward an endgame, but how far will The Heretic go to punish those who've betrayed him? Can Gentry stop him before the ultimate trial has been exacted? Only time will tell. But, unfortunately, time is running out . . .
A COIN FOR CHARON - A Marlowe Gentry Thriller, Dallas Mullican, October 2017
Gabriel isn't murdering anyone. He's saving them.
The media has dubbed him the Seraphim Killer. He believes the gods have charged him to release The Chosen—those for whom life has become an unbearable torment. Gabriel feels their suffering: his hands burn; his skull thunders; his stomach clenches. Once they are free, he places gold coins over their eyes, to pay Charon for passage into Paradise.
Detective Marlowe Gentry has spent the past two years on edge. The last serial killer he hunted murdered his wife before his eyes, and left his young daughter a mute shell. Whenever the girl looks at him, her dead eyes push him farther into a downward spiral of pain and regret. The Seraphim Killer is his opportunity for revenge, a chance to forgive himself—or die trying.
Is Gabriel a messenger of God?
Is Marlowe on a mission of redemption...or revenge?
The truth is hiding somewhere in the night.
FEARFUL FATHOMS - Volume II (Lakes & Other Bodies), Assorted Authors, Edited by Mark Parker, September 2017
HOW DEEP DOES YOUR FEAR GO?
Volume II of this new double-anthology features a wickedly dark story ("A Night at the Lake with the Weird Girl") from Ray Garton, a short, thought-provoking tale ("Out of Her Depth") by Graham Masterton, and many other eerie offerings set on lakes and other bodies of water. Each story is accompanied by a wonderful illustration by artist, Luke Spooner. In order of appearance, the stories include:
"Dry" by Brady Golden
"Undertow" by Ronald Malfi
"Deep Waters" by Michael Bray
"The Lake Bed" by E.G. Smith
"The Terror of Lodgepole Lake" by C.L. Hernandez
"Chums" by Doug Murano
"Damn Wrinklies" by Hunter Shea
"Crude Lake" by Darryl Foster
"Lake of Death" by David Bernstein
"Rise of Finfolkaheem" by JC Braswell
"A Proper Son" by Joshua Rex
"The Eater" by Jeremy Robinson
"Thick Ice" by Kane Gilmour
"Rusalka" by Brian Moreland
"The Bull Hole" by Kristopher Rufty
"Revenant" by Jeffrey Kosh
"Out of Her Depths" by Graham Masterton
"Stannard Rock" by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
"Lake Effect" by Mark Parker
"A Night at the Lake with the Weird Girl" by Ray Garton
FEARFUL FATHOMS - Volume 1 (Seas & Oceans), Assorted Authors, Edited by Mark Parker, August 2017
HOW DEEP DOES YOUR FEAR GO?
Volume I of this new double-anthology features a long-unpublished story ("Seascape") from Jack Ketchum, a landmark collaboration ("Widow's Point") from father-and-son writing duo, Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar, and many other eerie tales, accompanied by illustrations by artist Luke Spooner. In order of appearance, stories include:
"Widow's Point" by Richard Chizmar & Billy Chizmar
"The Gray Man" by Mark Parker
"Fear Sun" by Laird Barron
"Carnacki: The Lusitania" by William Meikle
"Floodland" by Cameron Pierce
"Sirens" by Dallas Mullican
"Draugar" by Bryan Clark
"Old Bogey" by Lori R. Lopez
"The Lighthouse" by Annie Neugebauer
"Port of Call" by W.D. Gagliani
"Beneath the Surface" by Stuart Keane
"Once Tolled the Lutine Bell" by Jack Rollins
"She Beckons" by D.G.
"Cape Hadel" by Brad P. Christy
"Seastruck" by John Everson
"Alone on the Waves" by Eric S. Brown
"Band of Souls" by CM Saunders
"A Thousand Thick and Terrible Things" by David Mickolas
"Maelstrom" by Doug Rinaldi
"Hallowed Point" by Andrew Bell
"Wanderer" by Shane Lindemoen
"Canned Crab" by Nick Nafpliotis
"On Ullins Bank" by John Linwood Grant
"The Way We Are Lifted" by Aric Sundquist
"Surviving the River Styx" by Paul Michael Anderson
"The Water Elemental" by A.P. Sessler
"The Paper Shield" by James Lowder
"Seascape" by Jack Ketchum
"Corbett's Cage" by Shawn P. Madison
"Jonah Inside the Whale: A Meditation" by Jason Sechrest
DARKNESS WHISPERS - A Novella, Richard Chizmar & Brian James Freeman, December 2016
This chilling offering from these two beloved authors will introduce you to the town of Windbrook, a sleepy little town nestled deep in the secluded Skullkin Valley of western Pennsylvania. All is well in Windbrook, just like always. Nothing changes here, nothing is different. Except...except today something is different. An old man with piercing gray eyes will arrive in town this morning. This man isn't human. Not even close. And he isn't coming alone. Death travels with him.
Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December , and Brian James Freeman, acclaimed author of The Painted Darkness, have combined forces to create an old-fashioned tale of horror, full of good and evil, with a breathtaking ending that will leave you wondering when this particular old man might be coming for you...
DARK HALLOWS II: Tales from the Witching Hour, Assorted Authors, Edited by Mark Parker, October, 2016
With Dark Hallows: 10 Halloween Haunts, readers were taken to the heart of the dark holiday. But with DARK HALLOWS II: Tales from the Witching Hour, they are taken one step further...to the early-morning realm of the 'Witching Hour,' where black magic is said to be at its most potent, and the threshold between the living and the dead grows frightfully tenuous. Lovers of Halloween and 'dark' fiction, will relish in this collection of 13 chilling tales, including all-new works from Richard Chizmar, Lisa Morton, Sean Patrick Traver, Annie Neugebauer, Ronald Malfi, Brian Moreland, James Chambers, Stuart Keane, Joshua Rex, JC Braswell, M.L. Roos, A.P Sessler, and J.D. Horn, bestselling author of the 'Witching Savannah' series.
DARK HALLOWS: 10 Halloween Haunts, Assorted Authors, Edited by Mark Parker, October, 2015
A wonderfully chilling collection of creepy tales that will have readers up late into the night...but only if they leave the lights on! This new offering from Scarlet Galleon Publications and editor Mark Parker, includes stories from industry luminaries and new voices alike: Brian James Freeman, Al Sarrantonio, Robert Morrish, Norman Partridge, Ronald Malfi, Aaron Dries, Adam Cesare, Mark Parker, and Lisa Morton. And features a never-before-published tale from Cemetery Dance founder and publisher, Richard Chizmar. Each story is beautifully accompanied by original artwork from Aaron Dries, making this a must-have for book lovers and collectors everywhere. It’s one frightful ride readers won’t want to miss. Exploring the chilling haunts of Dark Hallows, is to take a journey into the very heart of Halloween, where readers are reconnected with the best, and hopefully worst, the 'dark holiday' has to offer.
Dead Harvest: A Collection of Dark Tales, Assorted Authors, Edited by Mark Parker, October 2014
Each year, as summer fades to memory, and the sky begins to grow dark, and the leaves change color and fall, the faint, fetid scent of death—of slowly rotting things—begins to drift in, hanging on the chill air like a ghostly pall, making us wonder what this year's harvest will produce. Well...the harvest is here. And it's dead. DEAD HARVEST: A Collection of Dark Tales , contains 50 stories and nearly 700 pages of horror that will cause readers to experience fear, depravity, love, and loss. And a kind of chill that will linger. This is a crop like no other, and includes stories from: Richard Chizmar, Tim Lebbon, Jeff Strand, Ronald Malfi, Greg F. Gifune, James A. Moore, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Tim Waggoner, David Bernstein, Richard Thomas, Jon Michael Kelley, Brian Kirk, Chad P. Brown, Lori R. Lopez, Stuart Keane, Tim Jeffreys, Ahimsa Kerp, C.M. Saunders, Martin Reaves, M.L. Roos, Gregory L. Norris, Angeline Trevena, Jeremy Peterson, Christine Sutton, Gregor Cole, Lori Safranek, Jaime Johnesee, Bear Weiter, Kyle Yadlosky, Aaron Gudmunson, Sara Brooke, C.L. Hernandez, Patrick Lacey, John Grover, Todd Keisling, Jason Andrew, Dana Wright, Andrew Bell, E.G. Smith, Amy Grech, Mark Patrick Lynch, Wayland Smith, Jonathan Templar, Marie Robinson, Michael McGlade, Jordan Phelps, Nick Nafpliotis, Matthew Pedersen, Bryan Clark—and introducing Billy Chizmar. Enter the harvest and get lost . . .
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