Falstaff Books is a digital and print publishing company based in Charlotte, NC dedicated to bringing to life the best in fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and dramatic literature. We love bringing amazing stories to light and giving incredible writers a voice. The battered, ignored, rejected “misfit toys” of fiction are all welcome at Falstaff Books, where we understand that every scar is a story and only with different voices can harmony be created.
Founded in January 2016 by three experienced professionals in the publishing field, self-publisher and small press author John G. Hartness, editor and anthologist Jaym Gates, and author and editor Jay Requard, Falstaff quickly became known for its activism and support of writers, readers, and the greater creative community publishing three anthologies, including the WeAreNotThis – Carolina Writers for Equality, and a number of wide-ranging genre novels in its first year.
We are writers, editors, publicists, windmill-tilters, agitators, bloggers, rabble-rousers, protestors, drunkards, rapscallions, rogues, knight-errants, and raconteurs. We are the ones your Creative Writing professor warned you about.
Publisher – John Hartness
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. Awarded the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman for NC Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Business Manager and Acquiring Editor -Jay Requard
Jay Requard is an Epic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery author, editor, beer enthusiast, martial artist, and cat lover. His interests outside of publishing and defenestration include macrame and melodic death metal. Only one of the items in this bio was a lie.
Acquiring Editor – Jaym Gates
Jaym Gates spent her early time in publishing wrangling kittens as the Publicity Director for SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America). A certified specialist in thirteen forms of unarmed combat, she can kill you with two fingers. Any two.
Marketing Director – Kat Hato
Kat Hato is a master of the Twittererverse, crafter of the press releases, herder of cats, and probably the least ridiculous member of the team. That’s why we let her deal with the press. The last time we let Hartness do it, he took over a South American country and named himself dictator.