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Hex Publishers is an independent publishing house proudly specializing in genre fiction: horror, science fiction, crime, dark fantasy, comics, and any other form that explores the imagination. Founded by writers, Hex values both the author and the reader, with an emphasis on quality, diversity, and voices often overlooked by the mainstream.

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2015

Hex Publishers Lines Up Award-winning and Bestselling Authors For First Anthology

– Nightmares Unhinged set for September release. Review copies available –

(Erie, Colorado) – Just in time for Halloween, Hex Publishers a new Erie (Denver)-based publishing house, will release its first anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, on Sept. 8, 2015. The 280-page book will retail in print for $12.99. The e-book will cost $4.99. Review copies are now available.

Nightmares Unhinged features 20 tales of dark and twisted fiction written by a roster of award-winning and bestselling authors that reads like a who's who of speculative fiction. Contributors include:

  • Bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones;
  • Hugo Award winner Jason Heller (Goosebumps);
  • Colorado Book Award winner Warren Hammond;
  • New York Times bestseller Keith Ferrell;
  • Bram Stoker Award winner Steve Rasnic Tem;
  • Nebula Award winner Edward Bryant;
  • Bestselling author Felix Gomez Vampire Series, Mario Acevedo
  • Bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles, Jeanne C. Stein;
  • New York Times bestseller Steve Alten, author of MEG, wrote the book’s foreword; and
  • USA Best Book Award winner, Joshua Viola (author of Celldweller's Blackstar and the multiple award-winning debut novel, The Bane of Yoto) is editing the book.

But it’s not just the authors who are notable. The Hex publishing team includes highly regarded and award-winning writers, game developers and designers. Their influence is felt throughout the project, which includes original artwork accompanying each story, a 140-second animated trailer and award-winning cover art.

The Hex team includes founder and owner, Joshua Viola, an author and art director whose video game work has been featured by Disney Interactive, Capcom and Konami. Hex designer Aaron Lovett has contributed to video games, books, comics and the music industry and has been published by Dark Horse. The cover art he created for Nightmares Unhinged was singled out for inclusion in Spectrum 22, a best-selling, annual printed collection of the best in contemporary fantastic art worldwide.

And, Hex animator Michael McKibben has developed video games for Sony, Nickelodean, Comedy Central and Universal Studios. The animated trailer he worked on for Nightmares Unhinged features original music by Otto Cate (FiXT Music), a renowned composer whose work has been featured in television programs, films and video games such as VH1 News, "So You Think You Can Dance" (Australia), "PreDestination" (trailer), Robot Chicken and MAG (Sony Playstation).

It is, admits Hex founder Joshua Viola, an impressive lineup for a new publishing house. "Obviously, we're incredibly pleased with the team we've assembled for both Hex and our first anthology," he said. "Nightmares Unhinged is loaded with big names, from both the literary and art worlds. But more importantly, the quality of the stories and artwork is topnotch. We're truly excited to release Nightmares Unhinged to the public this fall."

Nightmares Unhinged is dedicated to Bram Stoker Award-winning author Melanie Tem, who was scheduled to contribute a story to the anthology. Sadly, she passed away following a long battle with cancer before doing so. To honor her memory, a percentage of books sales will be donated to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance.

To drive early sales of Nightmares Unhinged, Hex will offer enhanced e-files along with the paperback edition to those pre-ordering directly through the Hex website, which can be found online at The e-book files will include ePub, mobi and PDF files, so customers can access it on any number of devices. Hex will also be co-developing (with Killbot Entertainment) a Nightmares Unhinged PlayStation 4 Dynamic Theme, available this fall in the PlayStation Store.


Note to media: Review copies may be requested through Hex Publishers at email

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