GUEST DESIGNER HALLOWEEN PARTY ’23

Piece of art by Juan Kantu _1Kan2_ a white skull on a black background with the words the end is my beginning
The End is my beginning by #_1kan2_

The moment I saw Juan Cantu’s art I knew I had to own some. Luckily his work is still affordable (but for how long people!), and I was able to grab this beauty you see above.

Because I was also lucky enough to meet him in person, this kind, gentle, and amazingly talented man, I was also able to get to know him a bit, and keep in touch, and I was so thrilled when he said he’d design the new Halloween Party anthology for us. If you visit Juan’s Instagram (_1kan2_) you will see how macabre, funny, dark, and philosophical his work is. If you like to collect art, I suggest you buy yourself an original while you still can. And, it may interest you to know, Juan is also a veteran. He served his country, and that informs his art, and he works to bring art opportunities to veterans like himself.

We did an interview with Juan, and we’ll be posting that in our newsletter in the coming months. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

Halloween Party ’23 | Submissions glitch resolved


Apologies if you tried to submit to Duosuma and received a message indicating that the submissions quota was full.

Glitch is now fixed (has been tested) and is open ONLY until 11/30@ midnight, when it will close for good for this season.

Submit your work now, before it’s too late.

Good luck~

Why not you?

30 days remain

That means it’s not too late to get in on the next Gravelight anthology: HP ’23.

We work hard for our authors, and we’re selective, and we’d like to select you.

Every author you see listed here, in the Exhumed Anthology, was in a prior Devil’s Party Press anthology. We don’t forget our authors, and we put them first for all new opportunities. 

HP ’23 is curated by Jeffrey Keeten, and designed by Juan Cantu~ It’s going to be a gorgeous book!

Guest editor | Halloween Party ’23

by Jeffrey Keeten

Did you know that Jeffrey Keeten is one of the top reviewers on Goodreads? He became interested in DPP books a few years back, and has since partnered with us on many projects, including writing short stories for us, and introducing Halloween Party ’21.

For Halloween Party ’23 Jeffrey is acting as guest editor. He’s reviewing all the entries and picking those that will get published as well as curating the flow of the work within the book.

One thing that’s always captivated me about Jeffrey’s reviews is that they go well-beyond “I like it/I didn’t like it.” He often researches the author, and has read other works by the same writer, and will do a deep dive into the whole canon. Here’s a sample review from Keeten on The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

Take one look at the in-depth review and you can see why we’re incredibly grateful to have this gifted reviewer and editor and author on the HP team. Thanks Jeffrey! We can’t wait to see what you do with HP ’23.

Get Jeffrey to review your work. Submit to HP ’23 today!

Want to join the Horror Writers Association?

Turns out, if you were accepted into HP2021, you can!

You weren’t? Well, there’s still time to submit to HP ’23!

One of the global changes we made to our company last year was to make a commitment to pay all authors we put on paper. With that check, you qualify for the HWA. A few of our most recently included authors have already been admitted, on the strength of that single payment.

We hope, as our fledgling publishing endeavor grows, we will be able to pay more writers, and pay those writers more. We are committed in using this company to help you achieve your writing goals.

So excited to know some wonderful and life-long horror writers with many many publications are finally being granted membership in a group they so deserve to belong to!

Before She’s Gone Forever

by Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta is one of the best short story writers producing today. This particular story is incredibly moving, and Phil reading it only adds to it. Enjoy this story on a melancholy fall evening with a glass of wine, and someone you love.

~It took the entire morning, but police divers found Eun-ji’s body in the bay—exactly where I said it would be. I wasn’t entirely forthcoming with them, of course. I didn’t tell them about the pictures. I simply informed them that Eun-ji had talked about exploring the peaks of Geoje Island to find a good spot for cliff jumping. Fearless and heavily influenced by western culture, Eun-ji was what the Americans call an “adrenaline junkie.” Hence the reason she had volunteered for civilian military training in the city of Gimpo last month. That’s where we met. 

As a photographer for the Korea Herald, I had been assigned to shoot the weeklong boot camp. My mandatory two years in the Army had just ended six months prior, so I was still able to keep up with the grueling regimen these college students faced. Nothing extraordinary had occurred during the assignment—other than meeting Eun-ji. Day or night, my camera loved her more than any of the others~

Buy the book, why don’tcha?

What are you going to get Uncle Fred?

Everyone loves getting decorative soap; don’t they?

What about the basket of dried pasta from Home Goods? Yummy!

Doesn’t your brother need another BBQ apron?

COME ON PEOPLE!

Give them what they really want!

TO BE TOO SCARED TO SLEEP!

And save yourself some money too!

It’s the fabulous, one and only:

HEAP of HOLIDAY HORROR!

Get yours while we got ’em in stock!

HURRY! It’s HORROR!

And it would be horrible to miss out~

Happy holiday horror heap: cheap!

Everyone loves getting decorative soap; don’t they?

What about the basket of dried pasta from Home Goods? Yummy!

Doesn’t your brother need another BBQ apron?

COME ON PEOPLE!

Give them what they really want!

TO BE TOO SCARED TO SLEEP!

And save yourself some money too!

It’s the fabulous, one and only:

HEAP of HOLIDAY HORROR!

Get yours while we got ’em in stock!

HURRY! It’s HORROR!

And it would be horrible to miss out~

Rough stuff…

An early sketch of the HP ’21 cover. I especially liked the two-faced man and the devil in plaid. The candy container would have been filled with bones and other body parts. Death appears on the far right but is largely unseen here due to bad cropping on my part.
An early sketch of the HP ’21 cover with a young Holmes in lieu of the space cadet. This version provides a better view of the trick-or-treat goodies.
The completed cover (as discussed in depth in the 25 October Gravelight post, Natural selection) that ultimately just didn’t fit the bill.

The original concept cover art for HALLOWEEN PARTY ’21 came to me fairly quickly. I’d been doing variations on the theme of kids approaching a spooky porch on All Hallow’s Eve for a few years, so I felt this subject would work well. This led to a few sketches prior to producing the final art.

The space cadet was my first choice for the central character, mainly because I gravitate to illustrating retro sci-fi and horror images. Sherlock Holmes was an alternate consideration but it didn’t quite resonate with me. Di and I discussed the art as I began working it up. She wasn’t keen on the images left of the candy-dispensing ghoul, so those were replaced with an open coffin (largely unseen in the final due to the aspect ratio not being quite up to snuff).

Ultimately it was not to be, as previously discussed. But it was, nonetheless, a fun illustration to produce and a good exercise in acknowledging that not all that glitters is gold.

Although Halloween 2021 is over, we still encourage you to support Indy publishing by purchasing a copy of HP ’21 for yourself. You can find it (or special order it) at quality bookstores. Alternatively, and for more immediate gratification, simply click the link below to purchase from Amazon.

Hanging with the Moribunch

Mr. Moribund’s Theatre of Terror is a stage show in the style of (if you’re from the Philly area and the 1970s) Dr. Shock!

Mr. Moribund was kind enough to read and review Halloween Party ’21.

Gravelight Press (and our tiniest fan) showed up at their 10th live event on October 23 to be both terrified and amazed, and to provide Mr. Moribund with a signed copy!

Mr. Moribund always does giveaways at his show, raising money for the charity True Colors United. Next time, Halloween Party books will be on the giveaway menu!

Mr. Moribund is a great guy with a big heart, and he puts on onehellishova show!