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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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P. O. Box 76
Shingletown, CA 96088
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Phone & Fax: (530) 474-1580

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To a Chimp Held Captive For Purposes of Research (1986)
Michael Bishop and J.K. Potter
A "broadside" (in the traditional sense) is a large sheet of paper used to warn or to inform people about a single topic. Often, it was posted in public areas to be read by those passing and to be read aloud for those unable to read. Michael Bishop wrote this prose poem on animal rights theme and J. K. Potter did the border or frame. In today's terms most folks would call it a poster, mailed in a round mailing tube.

The Silver Pillow The Silver Pillow (1987)
Thomas M. Disch
This short (48 pages) book consists of an original horror novelette termed a "bizarre meta-horrific tale of witchcraft." Elsewhere some wag suggested that it was too slight, apparently, even for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction where much of Disch's short material has appeared.

The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter (1988)
Lucius Shepard
"The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter" is built around an independent, separate sequence of events from the acclaimed Shepard short story "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule" which was nominated for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Nebula Awards. This novella begins and ends with the paralyzed dragon who constitutes the setting for each story. Catherine, the heroine, determines her own fate. No knights in shining armour come to her rescue from the drooling horde of mental defects who imprison her. She has no suitor to aid her, no loyal family servant does her dirty work. And, in the end, nobody slays the dragon. As the dust jacket proclaims, "this is a story of betrayal and vengeance, lust and violence. Yet it is also a tale trust and forgiveness, love and tenderness. A story about predestiny and adventure..." Lucius Shepard's novels include Green Eyes and Life During Wartime. He won the John W. Campbell Award in 1984 as the Best New Writer.

The Dark-Haired Girl The Dark-Haired Girl (1988)
Philip K. Dick
According to fairly reliable gossip, Philip K. Dick assembled this book himself but it remained unsold and unpublished until this edition. It is a mixture of essays, poems, letters and some autobiography. It collects the following material:
The Dark-Haired Girl
The Android and the Human
The Evolution of a Vital Love
letters from It, Sept 1973
Man, Android, and Machine
letter from It, July 1981
Goodbye, Vincent

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.

Mark V. Ziesing

The Last Coin The Last Coin (1988)
James P. Blaylock
Andrew Vanbergen loves coffee. He prides himself on his ability to make excuses, no matter how preposterous. With his wife Rose, he's struggling to start a B & B. One day, a chap named Jules Pennyman arrives to rent one of their rooms. Pennyman is something of a rogue and adventurer. He has a scheme to control the magic contained in 30 ancient silver coins and he's trying to gather them together. But the coins have a terrible history. The last time they were together, they were paid to Judas for the betrayal of Christ. Andrew and his buddy Pickett become caught up in the struggle to prevent Pennyman from getting the last coin. It turns out that Rose's cantankerous Aunt Naomi is the guardian of the coin. Supporting them is a normal Blaylock assemblage of helpers: possums, spoon-bearing pigs and Uncle Arthur, who, we discover, has a connection to the coins that stetches way back into history.

I found the book dust jacket quote to echo my thoughts on Blaylock, "...his generously ambiguous perspective on reality. Determinism? Darwinism? Biblical Fundamentalism? Quantum Mechanical Uncertainty? New Age Mysticism? Well... Blaylock has constructed his own idiosyncratic system of guy-wires and pulleys which are no less a match for the vast inexplicability of the physical universe than any of the more widely-held notions."

Them Bones Them Bones (1989)
Howard Waldrop
Done simultaneously with A Dozen Tough Jobs, this novel is a reprint of an Ace Science Fiction Special (3rd Series) title. Four divergent alternate histories form the core of this novel. One closely resembles our own and another where the southwestern Amerindian mound-builders still exist. The third is from a near future where man has ravaged the planet in a flurry of radiation, germ warfare and chemical pollution. The three come together to tell the tale of a military expedition travelling to the past to alter the future. Expecting Louisiana in the mid-1930s, they ended up in a world where Aztecs sacrifice humans to their gods on the banks of the Mississippi and Arabs explored America by steamboat. Christianity and the Roman Empire never existed. The complex threads come together, converging in a poignant story that transcends all timelines' differences.

A Dozen Tough Jobs A Dozen Tough Jobs (1989)
Howard Waldrop
Suppose the ancient world of meddling gods who interfere in human affairs is reset in northern Mississippi, circa 1926. It is still a world of classic good-ol'-boys, of Southern belles, of children of ex-slaves picking cotton and "bowin' and scrapin'," and of chain gangs and rumrunners. Rump parties rule the populace and the KKK flourishes. Now add into that mix the Graeco- Roman legend of The Twelve Labors of Hercules. Waldrop takes aim at the corruption and arbitrary injustice of that place and time. It is a marvelous story told with much humour and sadness, much joy and despair.

Copyright © 1999 by Rodger Turner

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