COFFIN HOP PRESS is a small press located in Calgary, Alberta
The Coffin Hop online author event was created in 2011 by then-indie horror author Axel Howerton and quickly grew from a small online gathering of 10-15 like minded indie horror authors, to sometimes hundreds of authors, artists and fiends.
COFFIN HOP PRESS, named after the event, was initially founded to facilitate the publishing of DEATH BY DRIVE-IN, a charity anthology benefiting LITWORLD.ORG, a worldwide children’s literacy charity, and featuring some of the regular contributors to the online event. The book features more than twenty Coffin Hop regulars delivering bite-sized tales of Drive-In movie madness and Pop Culture thrills.
After the publishing of DEATH BY DRIVE-IN, Coffin Hop Press branched out into eBook lines, with Axel Howerton’s Manlove & Kickerdick Tricks (a series derived from his Ellis Award-nominated detective novel, HOT SINATRA) and various other now out-of-print titles.
In 2015, CHP brought together a bevy of wild western outlaws and uppity greenhorns for TALL TALES OF THE WEIRD WEST, an anthology of weird western tales featuring stories by Scott S. Phillips, Jackson Lowry (aka Robert E. Vardeman), C. Courtney Joyner, and the mysterious El Cuchillo.
Also in 2015, CHP released the very Canadian crime collection, AB NEGATIVE. Featuring fourteen Alberta-based crime writers and their best Alberta-based crime stories, which ran the gamut from Sherlockian pastiche (Kevin Thornton’s The Mystery of the Missing Heir) to hardboiled detectives (Randy McCharles’ Murder on the Mall; Al Onia’s The Coelecanth Samba) and from Elmore Leonard-style criminal hijinx (Jayne Barnard’s Sudden Death) to S.G. Wong’s Arthur Ellis Award-nominated alternate history whodunit (Movable Type: Best Short Story Finalist 2015)
After re-releasing Axel Howerton’s Manlove & Kickerdick stories, along with a few new HOT SINATRA related tales in 2016’s UNO MOSS, CHP had planned a collection of Science Fiction Noir stories for the same year. When that project fell apart, Coffin Hop Press underwent a minor restructuring, and re-emerged with a new mandate, and a new long-ranging slate of projects. New Crime. New Weird. New Pulp. That’s our motto.
2017 sees the release of Robert Bose’s FISHING WITH THE DEVIL: and other fiendish tales, a tremendous debut collection of fantastic stories with genre roots and a hellfire kick. CHP has also announced its ongoing line of dark crime novellas, NOIRVELLAS, beginning with Axel Howerton’s CON MORTE and followed by MANCHESTER VICE by Jack Strange. 2017 will also see the release of IT’S A WEIRD WINTER WONDERLAND featuring stories from a wide-range of incredible talents, including Steve Brewer, Scott S. Phillips, Will “The Thrill” Viharo, David James Keaton, and Jessica McHugh.