Hex Publishers, a new Denver, Co.-based independent publisher “founded by award-winning author Josh Viola and longtime bookseller Dean Wyant,” has announced its first anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, due for publication in September 2015. According to the publisher’s announcement, “Nightmares Unhinged will feature eighteen tales of dark and twisted fiction written by a roster of award-winning and bestselling authors,” including “Mario Acevedo, bestselling author of the “Felix Gomez” vampire series; Nebula Award winner Edward Bryant; New York Times bestseller Keith Ferrell; Jeanne C. Stein, bestselling author of “The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles,” and Bram Stoker Award winner Steve Rasnic Tem. New York Times bestseller Steve Alten will write the book’s foreword.”
According to Hex, the house was founded when, “frustrated with the many changes taking place in the publishing industry, not to mention the lack of control writers often experience when handing off their stories, the two [founders] set out to create a publishing house …’ by writers, for writers’ … As a result, Hex writers receive extensive editing services, advances, above-average pay rates, and may see their stories enhanced with artwork, animated games and music.” Several other themed anthologies, novels, and other projects are in the pipeline from Hex. The company is also “offering enhanced e-files along with the paperback edition” for those pre-ordering Nightmares Unhinged through its website.