Inscribed within this black volume are the secrets of forgotten aeons, tales long untold and the mysteries of things unseen by human eyes. Terror, wonder and revelation await all who gaze upon its dark pages. Open it if you dare...

Coming in fall 2009....

Dark Wisdom Anthology

The Anthology of
Dark Wisdom

The Best of Dark Fiction 

Featuring horrifying and fantastical tales from the eponymous magazine, previously unpublished works, and award-winning short stories, this anthology of macabre fiction explores the unseen folds of urban life. From the monstrous to the psychological, these tales fearlessly venture into the hidden world of the supernatural, where strange creatures stalk the night and eldritch investigators search for the unknown.

Featuring dark fiction by: Peter Straub, Alan Dean Foster, Tom Piccirilli, John Pelan, Richard A. Lupoff, John Shirley, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Wendy Leeds, Lee Clark Zumpe, Gerard Houarner, Chirstopher Welch, Sam W. Anderson, C.J. Henderson, Paul Melniczek, Richard Wright, Deanna Hoak, Christopher T. Leland, Bruce Boston, Lee Ballentine, Sherry Decker, Gene O’Neill, James Argendeli, Patricia Lee Macomber, David Niall Wilson, Christian Klaver, Tim Curran, Neddal Ayad, and Rachel Gray.

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Effective April 2008, Dark Wisdom magazine is being reorganized, and the quarterly print publication will be discontinued. Starting in 2009, Dark Wisdom will be released as an annual anthology. In addition, the Dark Wisdom website will be restructured, launching in late 2008 as an online magazine.

Dark Wisdom and the Elder Signs Press (ESP) book line have both grown over the past few years, and ESP has decided to focus its attention and efforts on the continued growth of its book lines.

As a result of this change, all subscribers will be refunded for any remainder left on their subscriptions. Dark Wisdom will not be transferring subscriptions to another publication or selling its subscription list since we do not feel this is the best solution for the customer.

As of April 6, 2008, all Dark Wisdom submissions have been released from consideration. Those who wish to keep stories under consideration for the online magazine and anthology may do so, but are also free to submit elsewhere simultaneously.

Those authors with accepted submissions are free to withdraw their works for submission elsewhere, or they may submit the stories elsewhere and leave them for consideration in the Dark Wisdom anthology series. All authors with accepted submissions for the magazine will be notified within six months of which volume of the anthology their story will be placed. Due to the vast number of submissions, some stories may have to be dropped. Authors who do not receive notification of placement in a Dark Wisdom anthology within six months will not be included in the anthology. We regret having to drop any stories and will do our best not do so.

Pay rates for the online magazine/anthology will remain the same. Updated submission guidelines will be posted on the website in the near future.

Subscribers can email and select a store credit, PayPal refund (please provide PayPal address), or check (please provide most current mailing address). ESP does not keep credit cards on file, so overseas customers without a PayPal account who do not wish to receive store credit, as well as those with lifetime subscriptions, can contact Deborah Jones directly ( ) to discuss refund options.

Subscribers will also be notified via direct mail, and will receive a form that can be filled out and returned to Elder Signs Press should they prefer this option to e-mail.

As we will have a great deal of subscription refunds to process, we do appreciate your patience as we get refunds out to subscribers as quickly as we can.

Thank you for your supporting Dark Wisdom over the years, and we look forward to your continued support of Dark Wisdom in its new format.

"Dark Wisdom is a feast of the macabre and fantastic, showcasing both top names and those on their way there."
- Ramsey Campbell

"[Dark Wisdom] magazine looks splendid - a boldly realized forum for visionary fiction."
- A. A. Attanasio

"DARK WISDOM is one of the sharpest looking and best edited products of the small press I've seen in years. All it took was one look at the thing for me to get hooked, and wriggling free would be downright painful."
- Stephen Mark Rainey

“...The editors are to be commended for the magazine’s content and its highly innovative, classy design and layout. If all editors published in this format, everyone’s home library would be a stand-out. Given the caliber of the work this newest issue contains, talented people from around the world must be fighting tooth and nail for a share of the page space in this beauty.”
- Expressions Magazine, December 2004



ISSUE #11 NOW AVAILABLE! Pick up your copy in the online store.

Featuring Alan Dean Foster,Jack Ketchum, John Shirley, Robert Dunbar,Douglas Smith,C.J. Henderson, Richard A. Lupoff, Edward Willett, Ann K. Schwader, Charles Richard Laing, Thomas Breunig

ISSUE #10 NEARLY SOLD OUT!!! Pick up your copy before the first FULL COLOR Dark Wisdom is gone forever!

Featuring William C. Dietz,Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Jay Caselberg, Michael McBride, Stephen Mark Rainey, Richard A. Lupoff, Gene O'Neill

ISSUE #9 NEARLY SOLD OUT! Click here to see the complete Table of Contents.


  • Fiction by Scott Nicholson , Jay Caselberg , Gord Rollo, Brett A. Savory, Simon Wood, Alfred Taylor, Marie Brennan, Darren Speegle, Ian Rogers, James S. Dorr, G. Durant Haire & Stephen Mark Rainey
  • An interview with A. A. Attanasio
  • "Writer at Large" by Richard A. Lupoff
  • Poetry by Wesley Lambert, Lee Clark Zumpe, Kevin L. Donihe, Eric Hermanson, and G.O. Clark
  • Strange Happenings, puzzles, contests, and more!



ISSUE #8 SOLD OUT! Click here to see the complete Table of Contents.


  • Fiction by John Shirley, Terry Bramlett, Tyree Campbell, James R. Cain, Paul Finch, Paul Melniczek, Greg Beatty, Gerard Houarner, David Niall Wilson and Patricia Lee Macomber
  • An interview with Joe R. Lansdale
  • "Writer at Large" by Richard A. Lupoff
  • Poetry by Lee Clark Zumpe, Ann K. Schwader, and Bruce Boston
  • Strange Happenings, puzzles, contests, and more!

ISSUE #7 SOLD OUT! Click here to see the complete Table of Contents.


  • Fiction by J. Michael Straczynski, Bruce Boston, Simon Wood, Patricia Lee Macomber, and David Niall Wilson
  • An interview with Douglas Clegg
  • "Writer at Large" by Richard A. Lupoff
  • Poetry by Darrell Schweitzer and Lee Clark Zumpe
  • Strange Happenings, puzzles, contests, and more!

ISSUE #6 COPIES STILL AVAILABLE!! Click here to see the complete Table of Contents.


  • Fiction by A.A. Attanasio, Gene O'Neill, and Sherry Decker
  • An interview with Ramsey Campbell
  • "Writer at Large" by Richard A. Lupoff
  • Poetry by C.J. Henderson and Lee Clark Zumpe
  • Strange Happenings, puzzles, contests, and more!




Call of Cthulhu Players: Issues #1 and #2 are still available, featuring articles and scenarios for Call of Cthulhu.  Visit the purchase page to order a copy or the Glimpses page to view the table of contents.

Fiction Back Issues Still Available! Visit the purchase page to order back issues of Book of Dark Wisdom, or the Glimpses page to view the table of contents.

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