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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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Savage Season Savage Season (1990)
Joe R. Lansdale
Joe R. Lansdale is known for his work in the genres of horror and Westerns, this novel has both those elements but it is best characterized as a terror-suspense novel. It is the story of a hunt for buried treasure told in a style that is fittingly described by the dust jacket as one "that recalls both the skills of Minnesota Fats and the plain-talking charm of Stephen King. With delightfully nasty dialogue and hard-hitting action, Savage Season is more than just a spectacular shoot-'em-up, pedal-to-the-metal adventure. This is a book that takes both the high and low roads, and delivers the goods." Despite the hype, it does just that.

Cold in July Cold in July (1990)
Joe R. Lansdale
Released simultaneously with Savage Season, this reprint novel tells the story of Richard Dane who killed a man in self-defense. He's trying to put it behind him and get on with raising his family and running his business. But the dead man's father Ben Russel, an ex-con, is out for vengeance and isn't about to let him. It soon becomes obvious that both men are being misled and manipulated resulting in an awkward alliance to discover the truth. Help appears in the form of Richard Dane's unexpectedly tough, capable wife and by Ben Russel's old pal Jim Bob (a Texas-style private detective). Then things get kinda strange. The dust jacket says "events soon draw them into a living nightmare of paranoia and psychopathic sex, violence, and corruption." This is only slightly far-fetched.

Cold Blood Cold Blood (1991)
edited by Richard T. Chizmar
Richard T. Chizmar, publisher of CD Publications, put together this anthology of 25 original more traditional horror stories without the gore and splatter present in so many anthologies of its time. It includes a play version of Joe R. Lansdale's "By Bizarre Hands." It collects the following stories:
Introduction by Douglas E. Winter
Home Repairs by F. Paul Wilson
The Best Part by Chet Williamson
Yea, Though I Drive by Ronald Kelly
By Bizarre Hands by Joe R. Lansdale
Jody and Annie on TV by John Shirley
Bumblebee by Bentley Little
Cancer Causes Rats by Brian Hodge
Ashes to Ashes by Barry Hoffman
Love Letters by Thomas F. Monteleone
The Creek, It Done Riz by Ardath Mayhar
Trigger Happy by Rex Miller
The Drifter by Roman A. Ranieri
Swap Meat by James Kisner
The Oldest Human Trick by J. N. Williamson
Faith and Henry Gustafson by Paul F. Olson
How It Was with the Kraits by Nancy A. Collins
Babe's Laughter by William F. Nolan
Hotel Hell by Rick Hautala
Dark Whispers by Ed Gorman
Saving Grace by Richard Laymon
The Phantom of the Freeway by William Relling, Jr.
Lynch Law by Andrew Vachss
Bleed Red, Bleed White by David B. Silva
The Count of Eleven by Ramsey Campbell
Colorado Gothic by Tom Elliott

Slow Dancing Through Time Slow Dancing Through Time (1990)
Gardner R. Dozois
This collection of stories, the first co-production with Ursus, are written in collaboration with other writers. It collects the following stories:
Touring by Gardner R. Dozois, Jack M. Dann & Michael Swanwick
The Gods of Mars by Gardner R. Dozois, Jack M. Dann & Michael Swanwick
Slow Dancing With Jesus by Gardner R. Dozois & Jack M. Dann
It Doesn't Get Any Better by Michael Swanwick
Executive Clemency by Gardner R. Dozois & Jack C. Haldeman, II
Afternoon at Schrafft's by Gardner R. Dozois, Jack M. Dann & Michael Swanwick
A Change in the Weather by Gardner R. Dozois & Jack M. Dann
Time Bride by Gardner R. Dozois & Jack M. Dann
Guilford Gafia Revisited by Jack C. Haldeman, II
Snow Job by Gardner R. Dozois & Michael Swanwick
Send No Money by Susan Casper & Gardner R. Dozois
Playing the Game by Gardner R. Dozois & Jack M. Dann
New Kid on the Block by Susan Casper
The Stray by Susan Casper & Gardner R. Dozois
The Clowns by Gardner R. Dozois, Jack M. Dann & Susan Casper
Golden Apples of the Sun by Gardner R. Dozois, Jack M. Dann & Michael Swanwick
Running Wild by Jack M. Dann
Down Among the Dead Men by Gardner R. Dozois & Jack M. Dann

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

Night of the Cooters: More Neat Stories Night of the Cooters: More Neat Stories (1991)
Howard Waldrop
The book, a collection of reprinted stories, was done as a co-production with Ursus, an imprint of Arnie Fenner, the designer of many Ziesing books. It collects the following stories:
Night of the Cooters
French Scenes
The Passing of the Western
The Adventure of the Grinder's Whistle
Thirty Minutes Over Broadway!
The Annotated Jetboy
Hoover's Men
Do Ya, Do Ya, Wanna Dance?
Wild, Wild Horses
Fin de Cyclé

The Hereafter Gang The Hereafter Gang (1991)
Neal Barrett, Jr.
I love Neil Barrett, Jr.'s writing. I found Aldair series from DAW in the early 80s remarkable, his mysteries delightful and this book the most fun I've had in quite some time. I only wish his writing were more popular. I guess readers don't know what to make of him. In reading his book, they can't figure out where he's leading them next and it's exasperating. Here, Barrett tells the tale of Doug Hoover with whom Cindy Nance shares two great secrets of life. One he likes a lot. The other which has to do with growing up and working, has no appeal. After series of bad marriages and wasted jobs, Doug looks to nostalgia as his golden path. He meets Sue Jean, his all-time carhop queen, and things get quite quirky. We meet an assortment of odd characters like crime lords and proctologists, dog-fighting aviators and trout-fishing Huns.

Lot Lizards Lot Lizards (1991)
Ray Garton
A lot lizard can best be described as a hooker who frequents the truck stops that dot the highways and who services the long-distance truckers. Bill Ketter learned a valuable lesson late one night when he invited one of them into the cab of his truck. He wanted this brief encounter to ease the pain of an empty life, to help him forget a broken marriage. She not only drained his troubles but also took his humanity. He wasn't pleased. This isn't one of those Transylvanian vampire sagas nor is it one of those knife-edged, rock-n-roll, gritty urban, rain-soaked streets, oh-so-cool vampires-as-lovers kind of stories, rather it follows normal everyday folks who suddenly find themselves in a life-or-death struggle.

Wetbones Wetbones (1992)
John Shirley
The best description for this novel comes from the dust jacket: "Could H.P. Lovecraft have collaborated with William Burroughs? Could Tom Wolfe and Clark Ashton Smith "do lunch" and agree to work together? How about Elmore Leonard and Clive Barker? Would they be sympatico co-authors? Moot speculations..." An intriguing idea to blend the classic eldritch, ancient evil with the hard-edged decaying urban setting, Shirley has taken on two tough horror factions and makes it work. It may not change the face of horror, but Wetbones deserves a larger audience despite its focus on drugs that put holes in the human spirit. Suppose addiction can cause sadism, psycho-killers, Hollywod moguls -- how will it all end?

The Holy Terror The Holy Terror (1992)
Wayne Allen Sallee
A first novel for this author and an first publication, this book reads like a police procedural mystery but with a horror angle. It is about a man who can drain the energy out of people. But he also can as heal them too. He takes on the mantle of God in the worst parts of urban Chicago. I haven't seen any other books by Sallee although he has published a bunch of shorter items in various anthologies and other periodicals.

Copyright © 1999 by Rodger Turner

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