We’re Devil’s Party Press. We began in 2017 as a way to publish the writing of a small writing group we managed and hosted in our home. We soon realized we wanted to publish more authors, and more genres. To that end…

…we’re also Out of This World Press, where we publish sci-fi and speculative (and even a little fantasy is on the horizon) like the riveting and unusual new book HIBERNACULUM by Anthony Doyle.

We’re also Hawkshaw Press, where we publish hardboiled and cozy mysteries, like the amazing hardboiled novel, LET’S SAY JACK KENNEDY KILLED THE GIRL.. and Stan Charnofsky’s CHARLOTTE SMART series.

We’re huge horror fans, and for this reason we launched Gravelight Press. Having trouble staying awake at night? Gravelight Press can help! Start your horror journey with one of our award-winning HALLOWEEN PARTY anthologies, featured at the horror event, Horrorgasm, and available on Kindle and in Paperback! Watch for our new classic horror series: great old stories with new art and informative introductions!

And now we’ve really gone and done it! Through an amazing cooperation between us and some authors we love, we’re launching a poetry imprint. Old Scratch Press (OSP) is starting from scratch, and going to see what a group of people who love poetry and short form writing can do to bring it to the world. You can follow OSP from scratch, and watch as we develop our sense of self as a place to publish poetry (not an easy thing to do) and appreciate poetry. You can also follow and have a front row seat to the “science experiment” of a shared mission as it unfolds. It’s not the 1960s anymore, can a collective make it work?

I guess they say that most small businesses don’t make it past year one. And then, the ones that hang on, sometimes they hit a tipping point, and they begin to grow.

Over the years since we began, we (Dianne and Dave) have given our blood, sweet, tears, and quite substantial editing and design hours to our authors over and over again. Yes, we always need another week on that project. But we were so excited about it! We cannot wait to see the book in print, and to read it again, and again! And we love giving authors a chance to reach someone with their words. All we all want, all authors, are readers. And as we grow, we’re finding a way to give more opportunities. Some as editors/curators of collections, and some as artist/illustrators. We love late bloomers! We’re (fairly) late bloomers! And if you want to find out about the kind of late bloomers folks like us hang out with, you can see them here. It’s true, they’re my favorite people.

Follow us for great writing, free stuff, interviews with authors, and publishing opportunities too, and we have an account for all submissions through Duotrope. If there’s nothing available currently, check back. We’re dancing as fast as we can.

How’s about you? You look like you could use to put down your phone and pick up a book. Have I got a book for you!


Holidays can be tough.

Don’t you want to tell your story?

Workshops are forming now for 2023.

New Opportunities for You! Devil’s Party Press Newsletter [Nov. 2022]

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If you are local to Atlanta, don’t miss this fall’s Atlanta Writer’s Conference, November 4-5 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, 4736 Best Road, in Atlanta. Dianne is so excited to be among the invited guests, and she’ll be on hand to talk with writers about their works, provide feedback, and more!


If you are local to Atlanta, don’t miss this fall’s Atlanta Writer’s Conference, November 4-5 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, 4736 Best Road, in Atlanta. Dianne is so excited to be among the invited guests, and she’ll be on hand to talk with writers about their works, provide feedback, and more!


Are you scared yet? Why not try this?


It’s Veteran’s Day in the US of A, and there are lots of things you can do to thank a veteran, like picking up the tab at Starbucks, or saying, “Thank you for your service,” or many other things.

One thing you can do is to read a man’s book. That’s right; there is nothing you can do that will make a writer happier than reading something he, or she, wrote.

William Crandell, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War, happens to be a really talented writer in addition to being a veteran. He won the best short story nationally in 2019, in addition to his win in the state of Delaware.

Bill is releasing his first novel, one in a series of four starring hardboiled detective Jack Griffin, and he has already gotten a stellar review for it from Midwest Reviews.

Am I using a post about Veteran’s Day to hawk a man’s book? I am. It is no small thing to have served in a combat zone. 

And, therefore, why not? What better gift could you give Bill than to read his book? He served; we should care, and while we have limited time and what-have-you, this is one way people who like writers and creative writing can also add in appreciation for veterans. 

And, aside from that, this is really a very well-written book. It’s gonna grab you and transport you. And it’s fun; it has all that Humphrey-Bogart-patter you love in a good noir mystery.

So, you know, get a copy. Or give a copy. Today.

Thanks for your service Bill.



July 29, 2019 – Dianne Pearce, publisher of Devil’s Party Press of Milton, DE, recently attended the 2019 National Federation of Press Women’s (NFPW) 2019 Professional Communication Contest, which took place on Saturday, June 29, in Baton Rouge, LA. Pearce was in attendance to accept the award for Best Original Short Story Collection for Equinox, published by Devil’s Party Press in 2018. Equinox is a 168-page softcover collection of short fiction based loosely on the theme of the vernal equinox.

Dianne Pearce (right) accepting the National Press Women’s Association Award for best short story collection (for Equinox) with NFPW President Mariann Wolf-Astrauskas in Baton Rouge, LA

Prior to the NFPW award, Pearce’s Equinox took first place in the state competition earlier in the year, which is overseen by the Delaware Press Association (DPA). Pearce received the state award for Equinox (along with several other awards) at the DPA’s Contest Awards Banquet, held May 2, 2019, in Wilmington. By placing first at the state level, Equinox advanced to the national competition overseen by the NFPW, where the book competed against other top submissions from across the country.

The 2019 NFPW Communication Awards Ceremony was held at Baton Rouge’s Hotel Hilton. Several hundred journalists, authors, and other communicators were also in attendance. Founded in 1937, the NFPW is a US-based organization of consisting of professional women and men pursuing careers in the field of communications including electronic, broadcast and print journalism, publishing, marketing, design, and advertising.

“At a time in which journalistic freedom is under attack, organizations like the Delaware Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women are needed now more than ever,” Pearce said. “It is an honor to have had Equinox recognized by both of these important groups.”


Devil’s Party Press (DPP), an independent publishing house located in Milton, DE, was formed in 2017 by Dianne Pearce. DPP works exclusively with authors over forty years of age. To date, DPP has published six short story collections and five original full-length novels. Equinox is available at Amazon, the Devil’s Party Press online store, and at select bookstores.

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