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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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The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires (1996)
Brian Stableford
I first encountered Brian Stableford's work in the Grainger (aka Hooded Swan) ) series of science fiction novels done by DAW in the early 70s. In the recent past, he has done more fantasy and horror that anything else. This original novel is rather offbeat in comparison to his usual work. It follows the adventures of a time-traveling professor and includes appearances by Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde and a bunch more of the late Victorian mainstays so familiar to most readers.

Silicon Embrace Silicon Embrace (1996)
John Shirley
Aliens have been watching us for a long time. But now they are finally ready to go public with the help of the US government. But they need the right spin. Faraday, an experienced ad man is hired. Because civilization in 2017 has changed -- there is the Famine, the new American Civil War, the sparring fundamentalist groups, the survivalist warlords, etc. Add to the mix a alien splinter group to whom a kid named Anatole becomes oddly important and an alternative-media guy named Quinn and his band of peculiar companions. A secret Nevada military base will serve as one meeting point for those from officialdom, anarchy, and general bewilderment while an East Coast prison is another. And then there's a manic, frowsy tramp called the Street Sweeper... About the only adjective that seems inapplicable to John Shirley's work is tame.

Slippage Slippage (1997)
Harlan Ellison
This mix of 25 items are all previously uncollected. One story is by Donald E. Westlake, along with an essay and teleplay written by Harlan Ellison. This editon includes 4 items which do not appear in the Houghton Mifflin edition which is titled Slippage: Previously Uncollected, Precariously Poised Stories. It collects the following items:
Introduction: The Fault in My Lines
The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore
Anywhere But Here, with Anybody But You
Crazy as a Soup Sandwich
Darkness Upon the Face of the Deep
The Pale Silver Dollar of the Moon Pays Its Way and Makes Change [version 1]
The Pale Silver Dollar of the Moon Pays Its Way and Makes Change [version 2]
The Lingering Scent of Woodsmoke
The Museum on Cyclops Avenue
Go Toward the Light
Mefisto in Onyx
Where I Shall Dwell in the Next World
Chatting with Anubis
The Few, the Proud
The Deadly "Nackles" Affair
Nackles [as by Curt Clark] by Donald E. Westlake
Nackles [teleplay]
Sensible City
The Dragon on the Bookshelf [written with Robert Silverberg]
Jane Doe #112
The Dreams a Nightmare Dreams
Pulling Hard Time
Scartaris, June 28th
She's a Young Thing and Cannot Leave Her Mother
Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral

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

Back in the USSA Back in the USSA (1997)
Kim Newman & Eugene Byrne
After a 1917 revolution, the US became a socialist super-power opposed to the other one, Czarist Russia. Not really a novel, this episodic adventure spans the years between 1912 and 1989 (all but one of the stories were published originally in the British magazine Interzone) We meet a mixture of real and fictional characters. Trying to figure out the story context is half the fun. In the book you'll run across Norman Bates, Harlan Ellison, Jake and Elwood Blues, Randall Flagg, Harry Truman and Isaac Asimov. A familiarity with "Apocalypse Now" will add to the flavour of "Teddy Bears' Picnic" while "Abdication Street" tips its hat to the UK TV series, "Coronation Street." It collects the following stories:
In the Air (1989)
Ten Days That Shook the World (1912-1917)
Tom Joad (1937)
Teddy Bears' Picnic (1965-1969)
Citizen Ed (1945-1984)
Abdication Street (1972)
On the Road (1998)

Black Butterflies Black Butterflies: A Flock on the Dark Side (1998)
John Shirley
Split in two parts, Black Butterflies contains 8 stories set in "This World" (aka reality) and 8 stories set in "That World" (the surreal, the supernatural), 2 of which are original to the collection. Apparently John Shirley wanted the trade paperback format rather that hard cover in order to be affordable by his fans. Story highlights include "Barbara," a story about a woman carjacked by two punks who shows them the true meaning of the word sociopath. Then there is "How Deep the Taste of Love," an exploration of sexual fantasies by a recent widower with someone he picks up in a bar. It collects the following stories:
This World
War and Peace
You Hear What Buddy and Ray Did?
Answering Machine
The Rubber Smile
The Footlite
What Would You Do For Love
That World
Delia and The Dinner Party
The Exquisitely Bleeding Heads Of Doktur
Palmer Vreedeez
Flaming Telepaths
How Deep the Taste of Love
Black Hole Sun, Won't You Come

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