review policy

Happy Goat Horror covers any and all content that falls under the general banner of “horror”. Whatever the sub-genre, so long as it fits somewhere in the broad horror category, we’re happy to consider it for review. If you’re unsure of which goat to send a review request to because your sub-genre isn’t listed in any of their profiles on the “about the goats” page, just address your email to Goat Leader.

We welcome requests from all authors/presses (from self-published to indie to mainstream), and invite anyone of any background, ethnicity, gender identity, and orientation to reach out to us. We are social goats and Happy Goat Horror is a safe space for all who visit. You are welcome here.

When requesting a book review, please state:

  • what type of book you are submitting (novel, short story collection, anthology, etc.)
  • the approximate length of the book (word count or page count will suffice)
  • the sub-genre/s of horror that your work falls under
  • if there is a release date that you’d like us to keep in mind (books already released are also fine)


If your work makes the review list, please understand that we can not guarantee a positive review, only an honest one.

We do not accept payment for reviews, however, we do require a copy of the book in order to review it. Digital copies are ideal (PDF, epub). Please do not gift us Kindle copies – this is a lovely gesture but we are made up of multiple reviewers and I need to be able to share the file with whichever goat snaps up your book.

We will also post shorter reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and we’ll share your work on Instagram and Facebook (if you prefer that we don’t cross-post, please let us know in your initial email).

Our typical review timeframe is currently 4-6 months. The TBR pile has grown in mass… so much so that I’m pretty sure we’re only one huge thunder and lightning storm away from it gaining consciousness. If you’re requesting a review for an ARC, please let us know the release date and we will do our best to post a review as close to it as we can.