About Us

MAGIC HOUR PRESS was founded with one goal in mind — to publish the greatest, fictional literature revolving around the film industry and Southern California in the modern age.

In filmmaking, ‘Magic Hour’ — also known as ‘Golden Hour’ by some — is the period just before, during, and after sunset where the light is soft, warm, and ideal for filmmaking. Cinematographers and directors love this light for filming scenes of significant importance, where the seemingly ordinary becomes extraordinary, and everyday activities become altogether more timeless and magical. ‘Magic Hour’ is literally where the magic happens, and as the cinematographer is a maestro of light, we as publishers, editors, and writers seek to infuse this magical, timeless experience into our words and stories.

At Magic Hour Press, we aim to work with the most ambitious and prolific Southern California writers of our time to create books that aren’t just incredible works of fiction, but pieces of art as well. Once we find a great piece of literature we believe in, we work with our writers to refine their stories to make sure it is the truest and purest expression of themselves, then we pair it with one of our in-house or freelance editors that is personally passionate about the piece. Once the work is in its highest possible form, we search our incredible data base of award-winning artists and painters to pair the right artist with the story, creating incredible pieces standalone cover art that perfectly represent the story and content inside. When the piece is finally ready to publish, we know we are introducing the world to stories and books that we are proud of.

Some Authors and Books we LOVE (What we consider to be GREAT LA fiction):

Cal R. Barnes (True Grandeur), James M. Cain (Mildred Pierce), John Fante (Ask the Dust, Wait Until Spring Bandini!, The Road to Los Angeles, Dreams from Bunker Hill), Peter Farrelly (The Comedy Writer), F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Last Tycoon), Gavin Lambert (The Slide Area), Alison Lurie (The Nowhere City), John O’Hara (Hope of Heaven), Budd Schulberg (What Makes Sammy Run?, The Disenchanted), Harold Robbins (The Dream Merchants, The Carpetbaggers).

Some Authors and Books we Like (What we consider to be GOOD LA fiction):

Edgar Rice Burroughs (The Girl From Hollywood), Joan Didion (Play it as it Lays), Brett Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero), F. Scott Fitzgerald (The pat Hobby Stories), MacDonald Harris (Screenplay), Gavin Lambert (Inside Daisy Clover, The Goodbye People), Norman Mailer (The Deer Park), Darcy O’Brien (A Way of Life, Like Any Other), Nathaniel West (The Day of the Locust)

Some Authors we consider to have GREAT Hollywood Memoirs:

Joe Eszterhas (Hollywood Animal) — That’s it. We’ll read more memoirs eventually, but we specialize in fiction.

 

We welcome queries, especially by Southern California writers! Please read our SUBMISSIONS PAGE thoroughly for details on how to tell us about your work.

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