We are Ireland's only small press dedicated to literature of the fantastic. Named for the now subterranean waterway that flows through the bustling neighbourhood of Rathmines, Dublin's Swan River Press was founded in October 2003 by author and editor Brian J. Showers. Since its inception, the press has specialised in literature of the Gothic, strange, and supernatural. We publish contemporary writers from around the world with an emphasis on Ireland's past and present contributions to the genre.

In Spring 2013 we launched our flagship journal The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature. This twice-yearly publication is a much-needed venue in which to explore and celebrate Irish genre literature in all its guises.

All of our publications, both inside and out, are attractively designed with an aim towards enhancing the reading experience. Our hardbound editions feature dustjackets, printed boards, sewn binding, head and tail bands, and are lithographically printed on high-quality stock. Our paperbacks, unless otherwise stated, are print on demand. Our chapbooks and booklets are assembled and sewn by hand unless otherwise noted.

We also occasionally run the Dublin Ghost Story Festival, an intimate gathering for those with a passion for spectral tales.

You can read a bit more about Swan River over on Wikipedia.


"While small publishers often produce beautiful books, few can match those from Swan River Press."

- Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"Swan River Press - cutting edge of New Gothic."

- Joyce Carol Oates

"It [is] often down to small, independent, specialist presses to keep the candle of horror fiction flickering . . . In Dublin, the extraordinary Swan River Press, run by the indefatigable Brian J. Showers, has published new writers and revived old ones, often with a distinctively Irish focus."

- Darryl Jones, Irish Times

"I commend Swan River Press for continuing to bring to light lesser known Irish writers and the lesser known works of famous Irish writers."

- Tony Canavan, Books Ireland

"Each [book] is produced in an edition of 400 copies with full colour dust jackets, and they are among the most attractive volumes to come to me for review, the care that has gone into their making and design is self-evident. Publisher Brian J. Showers has served his authors magnificently."

- Peter Tennant, Black Static

"Swan River Press has emerged as one of the most inspiring new presses over the past decade. Not only are the books beautifully presented and professionally produced, but they aspire consistently to high literary quality and originality, ranging from current writers of supernatural/weird fiction to rare of forgotten works by departed authors."

- Peter Bell, Ghosts & Scholars


Submission guidelines for The Green Book can be found here. Further queries: brian@swanriverpress.ie
Please note that The Green Book does not publish contemporary fiction.

Submissions for book publication are by invitation only. We unfortunately don't have the resources to accept unsolicited submissions.

We highly recommend that you familiarise yourself with our titles and what we publish before sending queries, as well as our blog series "Thoughts on Small Press".


If you have questions or trade queries, please contact Brian J. Showers at brian@swanriverpress.ie

You can download our current catalogue here.

If you would like advance information on our forthcoming titles and events, please join our mailing list.

Or join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for news and updates; The Green Book can also be found on Facebook, as can the Dublin Ghost Story Festival.

Our occasional blog can be found here.


The Swan River Press needs your help! By making a contribution, Patrons provide the Swan River Press with vital support and encouragement. This contribution goes directly towards covering our day-to-day costs and also helps us plan for the press's future. Find out more about how to become a Patron.


On our Trade and Press Resources page, you'll be able to download our catalogue, advance information sheets, and high resolution cover images. If you have a question about any of our titles, please drop us a line.


If you are a reviewer or juror for an awards body, and would like a book for review, please contact Brian J. Showers at brian@swanriverpress.ie. It would also be helpful if you let us know the publication for which you write or award that you represent.


We have a small number of replacement dust jackets available in limited quantities. They are €20.00 for one, €5.00 per additional jacket in the same order, inclusive of postage and packaging. Please send all enquiries to brian@swanriverpress.ie

Current stock includes replacement jackets for: Bending to Earth, Curfew, Eyes of Terror, The Dark Return of Time, Death Makes Strangers of Us All, The Fatal Move, The Far Tower, Eyes of Terror, A Flutter of Wings, Green Tea, The House on the Borderland, Insect Literature, Old Hoggen, Selected Poems of A.E., The Silver Voices, The Unfortunate Fursey, The Return of Fursey, and Uncertainties 3.


Dublin is the fourth UNESCO City of Literature, one of 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature worldwide. Since 2017, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature has provided Swan River Press with valuable support, not only for our publishing programme, but also for the Dublin Ghost Story Festival.

You can read more about Dublin UNESCO City of Literature's programming here.


Swan River Press does not sell or share our customers' personal data with third parties. As part of the sales process, we collect and retain the following information locally, as provided through PayPal.com (unless otherwise arranged): name, postal address, and email address. This data is used expressly to fill orders and for our mailing list.

Our mailing list, which is very important to us, is operated through www.mailchimp.com. If you wish to stop receiving our newsletter, please unsubscribe using the link provided in each newsletter e-mail.

If you have concerns, would like to discuss our policy, or enquire about any personal data we may hold, please contact Brian J. Showers at brian@swanriverpress.ie

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