Speculative fiction with a dark or thrilling twist. 

A playground of gifted and often twisted creatures creatures stalk the shadows and roam the pages of our tales. Our first book was a story written from the perspective of a vampire assassin as he deals with manipulation, betrayal, and the duality of being a killer with a healer’s heart. That was the foothold Crimson Melodies established in the publishing world, and from there we’ve dedicated ourselves to crafting books with imperfect heroes, rich worlds that operate in shades of grey, and core struggles that both entertain and enchant our readers.

Who is Crimson Melodies Publishing?

In 2009, editor J.R. Wesley and author Peter Dawes teamed up to create a home for the Vampire Flynn Series. They established Crimson Melodies Publishing to produce both digital and print versions Dark as the Grave, which became the first of many stories housed under the company name. Now, there are five books in the Vampire Flynn Series, a second series established with the first book Deathspell, and the beginnings of a romantic suspense line of stories starting with Follow Him Home. 2018 will herald five new releases – three novels and two novellas – and next year we expect to do even more.

Peter Dawes is a USA Today Bestselling Author and has been a fiction creator for nearly two decades. Prior to establishing Crimson Melodies, they worked in comics as a writer for a independent publisher and also produced their own comic (currently out of print). J.R. Wesley’s educational background is in Information Systems and Technology with a minor in Business. After graduating, J.R. – aka Jesi – worked as a freelance web designer in addition to offering technical and copy edits for clients. Jesi has always been a voracious reader with an eye for detail. In 2008, technical edits gave way to editing fiction. She currently operates Crimson Melodies Publishing with Peter Dawes and independently runs Writing On Point.

Both Peter and Jesi believe that being a creative should be a viable career. They formed Crimson Melodies with that goal in mind, and it shows. After a dozen books, even more short-stories, and a partnership that has spanned a decade, their little company is bursting at the seams, ready for the next stage and whatever life throws at them.

Where You Can Find Us

It’s our privilege to showcase our wares at local conventions. We’ve exhibited at Philadelphia Comic Con, Otakon, Zenkaicon, J1 con, and many others. By partnering with local artisans, we bring our books and a selection of handcrafted goods that fit with our dark-fantasy/supernatural focus.

Digitally, our books are published world-wide and are available on most major ebook retail platforms. If you don’t see us on your favorite store, contact us and we’ll work on making that happen.

 Giving Back to Local Writers

We routinely partner with the Philadelphia Free Writer’s AssociationPhilly Loves Romance, and the National Novel Writing Month organization

  • Providing free content such as editing workshops and literary speaking events throughout the year
  • Working alongside our local NaNoWriMo leaders to arrange writing seminars for particpants
  • Sponsoring writers’ social events at least twice a year

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