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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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