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Speculative LGBTQ+ fiction with a dark or thrilling twist. 

Casual Disaster Press is the 2020 rebrand for Crimson Melodies Publishing. Our owners and authors are the same, but we outgrew the original name of our little micro-press. All our stories are still here, but with a new stamp. Don’t be surprised if you see some of them re-released as 2020 continues, with updates to our authors’ expanding backlists and announcements about projects that are in the pipeline.

Who is Casual Disaster Press?

In 2009, editor J.R. Wesley and author Connor Peterson teamed up to create a home for the Vampire Flynn Series and established Crimson Melodies Publishing. Now in 2020, they’ve moved past the Flynn series (they are currently rewriting it for 2021 release!) and have added two other author brands to their collective. Expect more details announcements in the coming months.

Connor Peterson 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 Casual Disaster Press with Connor Peterson and independently runs Writing On Point.

Both Connor and Jesi believe that being a creative should be a viable career. They formed Casual Disaster Press 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 Philly 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 participants
  • Sponsoring writers’ social events at least twice a year

Want to connect with us? Casual Disaster Press is on Twitter and Facebook and this link will take you to our direct contact page.