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COFFIN HOP PRESS is a small press located in Calgary, Alberta

The Coffin Hop online author event was created in 2011 by our own Publisher/Editor, Axel Howerton and has grown from a small online gathering of 10-15 like minded indie horror authors, to sometimes hundreds of authors, artists and fiends. Every year, during the last week of October and leading up to All Hallow’s Eve, each participant hosts their own activities, contests and giveaways, while feeding back into a centralized list that allows readers and fans hundreds of opportunities to win prizes, engage with authors, find new fiction, and have one hell of a time getting in the Halloween spirit.  Come back to our main page at every October 24-31 to join in on the fun.

Coffin Hop Press, named after the event, was initially founded to facilitate the publishing of COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN, a charity anthology benefiting LITWORLD.ORG, a worldwide children’s literacy charity. The book features more than 20 Coffin Hop regulars delivering the goods in bite-sized tales of Drive-In movie madness and Pop Culture thrills.  You can check out more on the book HERE, including where to buy it. And remember, all proceeds go to LITWORLD.ORG to support child literacy the world over.

After the publishing of COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN, Coffin Hop Press has branched out into eBook lines, with Axel Howerton’s Manlove & Kickerdick Tricks (a series derived from his Ellis Award-nominated detective novel, HOT SINATRA) These are short stories featuring the gay sex-performers turned hired thugs, Jurgen Kierkedoek and Artie Menlowe, also known as Manlove & Kickerdick, as they navigate the ins and outs of L.A. crime and their own complicated, yet hilarious, relationship.

Coming in 2015 from Coffin Hop Press is the anthology THE HORSE ALWAYS GETS IT FIRST: WEIRD WESTERNS AND TALL TALES featuring the likes of Jackson Lowry, C. Courtney Joyner, Scott S. Phillips and more! As well as AB NEGATIVE, an Alberta Noir anthology featuring the best crime writers from our home province of Alberta, Canada.  Also keep an eye out for more MANLOVE & KICKERDICK TRICKS and other short fiction, and the alternate history/sci-fi post-apocalypse epic Axel Howerton’s THE KEY TO STEAM AND SALVATION, part of Robert E. Vardeman and Nathan Long’s EMPIRES OF STEAM & RUST series.

Coffin Hop Press is not open for unsolicited submissions, but feel free to contact us at if you believe you may be a good fit for one of our projects, or if you have questions regarding the annual Coffin Hop Event.


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