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Mark V. Ziesing Logo A number of years ago, the Ziesing Brothers operated a large bookstore in the college town of Willimantic, Connecticut. It stocked a wide range of titles but with a particular emphasis on SF, fantasy, horror, and the like. Mark Ziesing had built up a large local clientele along with a substantial mail order arm. They had tried their hand at some non-SF small press publishing when, one day, Mark decided to do Gene Wolfe's The Castle of the Otter. Its success led to a second book, The Wolfe Archipelago, which had double the print run of the first. These were the only two SF items done under the Ziesing Brothers imprint. Subsequent books have appeared with the Mark V. Ziesing Books logo. In 1989, Mark Ziesing and family moved from Willimantic back to his native state, California. The Book of the Dead was the final book published in Connecticut. Setting up a mail order business, as publisher and bookseller, became the principal focus.

Ziesing books can be purchased from a variety of sources. Mark supplies books to specialty book dealers around the world, his titles are available through online suppliers like and, of course, directly from him. Ziesing limited editions come only direct, many of which are sold out immediately.

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Ziesing Bibliography: 1982-1993 Ziesing Bibliography: 1982-1993
Mark and Cynthia Ziesing
Done as an Airtight-Seels Allied Production chapbook (they are the folks who also produced the James P. Blaylock bibliography), this 44 page, 250 copy bibliography also includes an introduction by Lucius Shepard, a digression by James P. Blaylock plus a history and an afterword by the Ziesings and a cover by Phil Parks. It covers all the titles through The Golden by Lucius Shepard.

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The Castle of the Otter The Castle of the Otter (1982)
Gene Wolfe
It is a collection of essays and commentary for the Book of the New Sun. Rumour has it that the title came from a report in Locus by Barry Malzberg that the final volume of the series was to be titled The Castle of the Otter rather than The Citadel of the Autarch. Gene Wolfe liked it enough to keep it and dedicate the book to Charles N. Brown of Locus and "Borry Molesborg." The book contents are part of the Tor Orb omnibus edition Castle of Days. It collects the following items:
The Feast of St. Catherine
Sun of Helioscope
Hands and Feet
Words Weird and Wonderful
Onomastics, The Study of Names
Cavalry in the Age of the Autarch
These Are the Jokes
The Rewards of Authorship
The Castle of the Otter
Beyond the Castle of the Otter

The Wolfe Archipelago The Wolfe Archipelago (1984)
Gene Wolfe
This collection of similarly-named stories is often used to settle discussions as to which is which. One of them, "The Death of Doctor Island" won a Nebula Award for Gene Wolfe. And just to add to the confusion, there is a fourth story that continues the Doctor Death idea. "Death of the Island Doctor" appears in the forward of the book. It collects the following stories:
The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories
The Death of Dr. Island
The Doctor of Death Island

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The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike (1984)
Philip K. Dick
While he was alive, Philip K. Dick wrote a number of unpublished mainstream novels including this one. Set in small town America in the 1950s, the story follows the rift between Leo Runcible, the local Jewish realtor, and Walt Dombrosia, a graphic designer who suffers from low self-esteem after he loses his job. Themes of greed, vengeance, bitterness, racism, rape, and alcoholism are the focus of this rather bleak novel.

Free Live Free Free Live Free (1984)
Gene Wolfe
A big, handsome fantasy novel, the text is as Gene Wolfe wrote it and wanted it to appear. The differences in content are substantial when compared to the Tor editions. Of particular note is the book's size; this is definitely a lap book. The novel follows four odd characters who live rent-free in a run-down Chicago boarding house. Each one of them can be thought of as a failure in some way. Yet each is very interesting character in their own way. They decide to find the missing owner of their house. The plot takes them into a mysterious high country. What it is and what it has to do with his disappearance will lead them to some wonderful and terrible events. If you've read the shorter version and liked it, this is a must-read.

Forthcoming Titles
Books slated for future release include:
A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore edited by Mark V. Ziesing which features weird and dark stories about books and book collectors. Contributors include Thomas Ligotti, Brian Stableford, A.A. Attanasio, Patrick O'Leary, and several others.
A Handbook of American Prayer by Lucius Shepard is planned once the author finally turns in his manuscript.

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Beastmarks Beastmarks (1985)
A.A. Attanasio
This is an original collection of science fiction and fantasy stories published around the time of Radix, a novel that equally fascinated and repelled customers to whom I sold it. The reaction reminded me of that for Delany's Dhalgren. Attanasio has gone on to write the series Radix Tetrad composed of Radix (1981), In Other Worlds (1984), Arc of the Dream (1986) and The Last Legends of Earth (1989). Another of his series, Arthor, is made up of Kingdom of the Grail (1992), The Dragon and the Unicorn (1994), Arthor (1995) and The Eagle and the Sword (1997). His single novels include Wyvern (1988), Hunting the Ghost Dancer (1991) and Solis (1994). Beastmarks collects the following stories:
Nuclear Tan
Over the Rainbow
The Last Dragon Master
Monkey Puzzle
Sherlock Holes and Basho
Matter Mutter Mother
The Answerer of Dreams

The Book of Ian Watson The Book of Ian Watson (1985)
Ian Watson
This mostly reprint collection of stories and essays (5 or so are original) by one of Britain's foremost writers covers a wide range of Watson's career until then. Highlights include "The Culling" which posits a future where humans are controlled by whales, "The President's Not for Turning" which pokes a humourous jab at government funding and "The Pharaoh and the Mademoiselle" which explores the horrors of fascism. It collects the following items:
The Flags of Africa
Shrines and Ratholes (Part I)
Imaginary Cricket
Roof Garden Under Saturn
Towards an Alien Linguistics
The False Braille Catalogue
The Love Song of Johnny Alienson
The Crudities of Science Fiction
The Big Buy
Who Can Believe in the Hero(ine)?
Showdown on Showdown
UFOs, Science, and the Inexplicable
Some Sufist Insights into the Nature of Inexplicable Events
Dome of Whispers
Down the Mine
A Cage for Death
Up the Pole
Shrines and Ratholes (Part II)
The President's Not for Turning
Hype Hype Hoorah!
The Real Winston
April in Paris
Some Cultural Notes and Pest Control
The Culling
The Pharaoh and the Mademoiselle

Copyright © 1999 by Rodger Turner

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