Black Beacon Books is an independent publisher founded in Australia in 2013 and now based in Brittany. We publish imaginative and thought-provoking fiction that falls into the genres of mystery, suspense, and psychological horror.
Why the name? There are many tropes and symbols used in fiction of a dark and mysterious nature. Amongst them, we have keys, mirrors, telescopes, treasure chests, secret passages, graveyards, skulls, churches, castles, caves, telescopes, clocks, the moon, oil lamps and candles, and, of course, beacons and lighthouses. The beacon or lighthouse conjures a setting of darkness, for in daylight they are rendered almost useless. In this darkness, they have a role to play, a crucial role, and that is to either warn away or beckon nearer. That is also the role of Black Beacon Books, to thrust the reader into mystery and darkness whilst providing a distant and guiding light, one that can be seen atop cliffs rising up from a troubled sea or on the peaks of wild mountains. We want stories that both warn you of impending danger and draw you into the worlds they create.
If you want to buy a gripping read, visit our shop.
If you are a writer, please refer to and carefully read our submission guidelines.
Do you need examples? Here are just a handful of the editor's favourite short stories:
The Brazilian Cat by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
Dip in the Pool by Roald Dahl
The Venus Fly Trap by Ruth Rendell
The Erymanthian Boar by Agatha Christie
The Master Builder by Christopher Fowler
Belvedere's Bride by Jane Gregory
The Hourglass by Leigh Blackmore
The Snail Watcher by Patricia Highsmith
The Nest by C. S. McMullen
Her Collection of Intimacy by Paul Haines
Lot's Wife by Charles Birkin
Listening by Joan Aiken
Rest in Peace by Norman P. Kaufman
Choice of Weapon by C. B. Gifford
Mr D. and Death by Henry Slesar
The Lord of the Dynamos by H. G. Wells
The Girl Who Loved Graveyards by P. D. James
Exit Lines by Reginald Hill
Or you could read his collection, Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales.