Winner of the 2015 Jason Sizemore Award for Outstanding Small-Press Publisher, Hydra Publications prides itself on an outstanding record of delivering the best in thriller, mystery, horror, fantasy, and science fiction to its readers.

Based just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, Hydra has a dynamic team who specialize in providing personalized and professional publishing to writers across the globe. Our family of accomplished authors includes New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers, Hugo Award Nominees, and an ever-growing number of up-and-coming talents.

Our dedicated readers have helped propel Hydra toward becoming a leader in speculative fiction while maintaining the personal connection that only a small press can provide. As a writer owned and operated press, we have a unique understanding of both sides of the publishing process. We are fiction fans above all, and we strive to bring that passion to each and every page.

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Tony Acree


Hydra Publications publisher, Tony Acree, is an award-winning publisher, novelist, and screenwriter. He lives near Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, twin daughters, two female dogs, two female cats, and says the way the goldfish looks at him, he’s sure she’s female, too.

Dark Harbor Pictures will be producing two streaming shows, one based on his Victor McCain thrillers, and the other on his Samantha Tyler thrillers. In addition, his screenplay, Songs of Bloody Harlan has been optioned for the silver screen by Jamezz Hampton and 1209 Productions. His publishing house, Hydra Publications, won the Jason Sizemore Award for best small press, and Publisher of the Year by the AOF Megafest and Conquering Disabilities w/Film International Film Festival.

His screenplay, The Hand of God, co-written by Sarah Gardiner, won Best Horror Screenplay at The LA Film Awards. 

His first solo screenplay, Songs of Bloody Harlan, took Best Long Format Screen Play at the Imadjinn Film Festival. 

Tony is currently the Creative Writer in Residence at the Oldham County Schools Art Center. 

Tony is also on the board of Louisville Literary Arts. 

Follow Tony on Facebook at, on Twitter @TonyAcree, or on his website, You can email him at


Lynn Tincher

Stardust Romance Associate Publisher

Lynn was born just outside of Louisville, Kentucky in the beautiful city of La Grange. One of her fondest memories of growing up was when a short story she wrote for an English class was read in front of the students at Oldham County High School. Since then, her love for writing blossomed. She studied Theater Arts at Eastern Kentucky University in hopes of becoming a Drama/English teacher.  Lynn had several articles published in local magazines and online, but the thought of writing a novel always stuck with her.

Inspired by Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, and Greg Isles, Lynn wrote Afterthoughts, the first book in the Mind Bending Series, a fictional psychological crime series that follows the life of a young Louisville Police detective named Paige Aldridge. Blackwyrm Fiction picked up Afterthoughts for publication in 2008. When she signed the contract, it landed Lynn the center page for a story in Leo Weekly. Since then, Lynn released Left in the Dark, and Buried Deep, Where There is Light, and the fifth book, Junna is set to release soon.

In 2013, the unbelievable happened. Afterthoughts was optioned for movie production by Kilted Pictures and Dancing Forward Productions in Los Angeles. It is currently in pre-production with plans to shoot in Louisville, Kentucky very soon. With Executive Producer credits, Lynn is working hard to draw on local talent and bring the movie’s production to her much loved city of Louisville.

​Between writing Afterthoughts and Left in the Dark, Lynn was diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome, a rare and fatal genetic heart disease. She is determined to help spread the word about Brugada Syndrome and hopes to help others who are dealing with it or other heart diseases. Lynn was the 2014 Red Cap Ambassador for the American Heart Association Heart Walk where she was the guest speaker at several events and a runway model for the Go Red for Women luncheon.

​Lynn is actively involved in the Louisville Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women, Greater Louisville Inc. The Louisville Film Society, the American Heart Association, and was a Champion Member of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce. She has appeared in Today’s Woman, the Louisville Courier-Journal, Leo Weekly, Wave 3 Listens, the RoundAbout and the Oldham Era. Email Lynn at


Callie Rowland

Hydra Publications Editor

Editor, Callie Rowland, is a Creative Writing BFA candidate at Spalding University, where she serves as co-founder and Fiction Editor of the literary magazine, The Opal. Her fiction has been published in several small journals, so she understands that all writing should be handled with patience, love, and–let’s face it–a fair amount of staring at the keyboard, willing the right words to magically appear. Email Callie at