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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.

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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.

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

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

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.

The State of the Art The State of the Art (1989)
Iain M. Banks
With his novel, Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks defined The Culture, a functioning utopia and a fully- realized society based on individual freedom, technological sophistication and seriously cool robots. The State of the Art, set on Earth of 1977, is the story of a man in love with life itself, an investigation into the nature of good and evil, a quest for reason in the face of the irrational. It adds to Culture lore by contrasting it to a familiar world using the remarkable wit and keen ear for dialogue that is a Banks trademark. This novella is one of 8 stories appearing in a book of the same name published by Orbit in the UK in 1991.

The Anubis Gates The Anubis Gates (1989)
Tim Powers
Re-typset and reprinted 6 years after the paperback, The Anubis Gates, may become one of the modern classics. It won Tim Powers the Philip K. Dick Award for best novel to appear in paperback. This editon claims to restore "a passage of text missing from the paperback" which, rumour has it, is a paragraph somewhere.

We are introduced to a motley crew of characters including an ancient Egyptian sorcerer, a body-witching werewolf who kills his victims to keep his identity a secret, a girl disguised as a boy who hunts her lover's killer, a brainwashed Lord Byron who has been programmed to kill King George, a sinister modern-day millionaire who travels back to early 1800s England, and Professor Brendan Doyle, an innocent, who agrees to give a lecture on Samuel Taylor Coleridge. They set the stage for a cabal of black magicians who plot a ritual through the ages to open the gates into the next world. Plans are disrupted in the early 1800s by a series of strange events. Meanwhile, back in our day, our millionaire is creating a way to move through time and a literary expert is whisked back to the 1800s. Now, things get really complicated...

Book of the Dead Book of the Dead (1989)
edited by John M. Skipp & Craig Spector
This original anthology of 16 stories is set in the world of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and has a foreword by Romero. For the few who haven't seen the film: the dead are returning to life and they want to eat those who have not yet died. Why and how are left to the viewers' imagination. And, as the dust jacket says, "readers are warned -- this is not for the young or the squeamish." Some have said that this is a horror fiction's equivalent of Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions series of anthologies. It contains the following stories:
Foreword by George A. Romero
Introduction: On Going Too Far by John M. Skipp & Craig Spector
Blossom by Chan McConnell
Mess Hall by Richard Laymon
It Helps If You Sing by Ramsey Campbell
Home Delivery by Stephen King
Wet Work by Philip Nutman
A Sad Last Love at the Diner of the Damned by Edward Bryant
Bodies and Heads by Steve Rasnic Tem
Choices by Glen Vasey
The Good Parts by Les Daniels
Less Than Zombie by Douglas E. Winter
Like Pavlov's Dogs by Steven R. Boyett
Saxophone by Nicholas Royle
On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks by Joe R. Lansdale
Dead Giveaway by Brian Hodge
Jerry's Kids Meet Wormboy by David J. Schow
Eat Me by Robert R. McCammon

By Bizarre Hands By Bizarre Hands (1989)
Joe R. Lansdale
This was the first collection of Lansdale stories, all but two are reprints and several have been revised for this book. It includes the Stoker Award-winning "Night They Missed The Horror Show." Lewis Shiner does the book's introduction. It collects the following stories:
Fish Night
The Pit
Duck Hunt
By Bizarre Hands
The Steel Valentine
I Tell You It's Love
Letter from the South, Two Moons West of Nacogdoches
Boys Will Be Boys
The Fat Man and the Elephant
Hell Through a Windshield
Down by the Sea Near the Great Big Rock
Trains Not Taken
Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back
The Windstorm Passes
Night They Missed the Horror Show
On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks

Trade Secrets Trade Secrets: A Modern Melodrama (1990)
Ray Garton
Best known for his vampire novels, especially Live Girls, Ray Garton has given us a novel of psychological horror with elements that could be X-rated. Gerard Brady is a quiet, tidy man who minds his own business. Finding a beautiful sopping wet woman huddled in his garage triggers events which spin his neat existence out of control. He is drawn into the mayhem in order to save her from a monsterous conspiracy and he discovers secrets he may be better off not knowing.

A Short, Sharp Shock A Short, Sharp Shock (1990)
Kim Stanley Robinson
A man finds himself washed up on a strange shore with no memory of his past. He encounters both friend and foe, while discovering a path to deeper humanity and the real meaning of home. Like some of Philip K. Dick's work, this novella leaves the reader with a sense that all is not as it seems. But I don't know that I'd go as far as the dust jacket and say: "Incorporating erotic symbolism fraught with quasi- Freudian overtones and social contrivances invested with Jungian implications, Robinson has created a modern mythological playground."

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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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.

Still Dead Still Dead (1992)
edited by John M. Skipp & Craig Spector
With the success of Book of the Dead 3 years earlier, the editors did another original anthology of 19 stories set in the world of George Romero's Living Dead movies. This time it features a foreword by Tom Savini. The book was released about the same time as that of the Bantam mass-market paperback edition. It contains the following stories:
Prologue: Long Before the Fall
The Old Man and the Dead • Mort Castle
Part One: Where Were You When the Lights Went Out
Don't/Walk • Chan McConnell
Necrophile • Nancy A. Collins
Rise Up and Walk • K. W. Jeter
One Step at a Time • Glen Vasey
The Ones You Love • John M. Skipp & Craig Spector
Part Two: Coping With the Dead
This Year's Class Picture • Dan Simmons
Night of the Living Dead Bingo Women • Simon McCaffery
Abed • Elizabeth Massie
Come One, Come All • Gahan Wilson
The Prince of Nox • Kathe Koja
Beer Run • Gregory Nicoll
Prayer • Douglas Morningstar & Maxwell Hart
Calcutta, Lord of Nerves • Poppy Z. Brite
Part Three: End Games
I Walk Alone • Roberta Lannes
Undiscovered Countries • J. S. Russell
Moon Towers • Brooks Carruthers
Passion Play • Nancy Holder
Bright Lights, Big Zombie • Douglas E. Winter

Globalhead Globalhead (1992)
Bruce Sterling
This collection contains mostly reprinted stories; one is original to the book. It collects the following stories:
Our Neural Chernobyl
Storming the Cosmos [with Rudy Rucker]
The Compassionate, the Digital
Jim and Irene
The Sword of Damocles
The Gulf Wars
The Shores of Bohemia
The Moral Bullet [with John Kessel]
The Unthinkable
We See Things Differently
Hollywood Kremlin
Are You for 86?
Dori Bangs

Alarms Alarms (1993)
Richard Laymon
Two sisters are the focus of this suspense thriller. One is Penelope Conway, with stunning good looks that often lead her into disasters. She'd rather be taken seriously as a writer but men can't see past her beauty. Now she's the victim of a string of obscene phone calls. Her sister Melanie is a violinist, a pale and fragile beauty. She's haunted by odd visions of death. One day at a concert with Bodie, her boyfriend, she collapses to the floor and utters a strange and beguiling premonition. Now Bodie finds himself drawn into a mystery that is both peculiar and exotic.

The Golden The Golden (1993)
Lucius Shepard
Based upon designs by the artist Piranesi, Lucius Shepard devised Castle Banat -- a building of immense size, mystical shape and labyrinthian complexity that it even has its own weather. Room after room is laden with horrors almost unimaginable. It is home to the Family, a series of vampire clans. Perhaps their most powerful rite is the Golden. This is the sacrifice of a victim bred to have with the sweetest and most powerful blood known. Set in the 1860s, the book follows a French vampire, Beheim, who is tasked with the job to search the castle and find out who murdered and devoured the Golden. The novel reminds me of a gothic mystery set in Gormenghast crossed with the elegance of 1930s Hollywood. For bibliophiles, the original title of the novel was to have been The Lost Season.

Dirty Work Dirty Work (1993)
Pat Cadigan
A mixture of science fiction and fantasy stories, this collection is introduced by Storm Constantine. Each story features a Cadigan introduction. The contents collect together her work not appearing elsewhere plus one original story, "Lost Girls," which appears here first. It collects the following stories:
Dirty Work
Second Comings-Reasonable Rates
The Sorceress in Spite Of Herself
50 Ways To Improve Your Orgasm
Mother's Milk
True Faces
New Life For Old
The Coming of the Doll
The Pond
The Boys in the Rain
In The Dark
Johnny Come Home
Naming Names
A Deal With God
Dispatches from the Revolution
No Prisoners
Home by the Sea
Lost Girls

Mefisto in Onyx Mefisto in Onyx (1994)
Harlan Ellison
Not the usual book format, this novella is produced by turning the pages sideways. The book tells the story of a telepath who is asked by the woman he loves, a District Attorney, to invade the mind of a mass murderer to determine if the man is truly innocent, as his lawyers claim. Unbeknowst to them, the serial killer is able to teleport from his cell and swap minds with whomever he come into contact. Harlan Ellison was instrumental in designing the book. Originally published in OMNI, this version is about 500 words longer than the one in OMNI and slightly rewritten.

Black Leather Required Black Leather Required (1994)
David J. Schow
David J. Schow is perhaps best known as an editor and critic. His fiction isn't for the faint of heart. Those who don't mind sex and gore will find this collection of stories interesting reading. The author mentions that the original book title was going to be Headshots. Introduced by John Farris, this collection is a mixture of new and reprint material, it collects the following stories:
The Shaft
A Week in the Unlife
Scoop Makes a Swirly
Kamikaze Butterflies
Beggar's Banquet, with Summer Sausage
Pitt Night at the Lewistone Boneyard
Jerry's Kids Meet Wormboy
Life Partner
Last Call for the Sons of Shock
Where the Heart Was
Sand Sculpture
Bad Guy Hats

Sports & Music Sports & Music (1994)
Lucius Shepard
Done as a 50 page stapled paperback, the two reprint stories form the content of what is labeled Ziesing Chapbook #1. One story, "Sports in America", originally appeared as a novella in Playboy, July 1991, is revised and expanded. The short story, "A Little Night Music" appeared in Omni, March 1992, was also revised and expanded for this edition.

Insomnia Insomnia (1994)
Stephen King
Little bald guys in white lab coats running around with scissors? People with auras coloured with the state of their health? Where does Stephen King come up with this stuff? Stephen King takes a simple premise, a senior with insomnia, and turns it into a heartwarming story. Ralph Roberts suffers following the death of his wife and, along his new friend Lois, witnesses some pretty weird events in his neighbourhood. His simple life has changed to one of confusion and danger, unreality and mayhem. And he may just become one of the victims unless he can solve the puzzle.

The Earth Strikes Back The Earth Strikes Back (1994)
edited by Richard T. Chizmar
Richard T. Chizmar, editor of Cemetery Dance, put together this anthology of original stories on the theme of ecological horror and disaster. It was produced in a trade paper format with wraparound ends -- like a dust jacket (with end papers) but the paper is thicker. It contains the following stories:
My Copsa Micas by Dan Simmons
Harvest by Norman Partridge
Toxic Wastrels by Poppy Z. Brite
The Forest is Crying by Charles de Lint
I Remember Me by Thomas Tessier
Ground Water by James Kisner
Cages by Ed Gorman
Where It's Safe by John Shirley
Expiration Date by William Relling Jr.
The Dreaded Hobblobs by Gary A. Braunbeek
Cancer Alley by Nancy A. Collins
Binary by Roman A. Ranieri
Tyrophex-Fourteen by Ronald Kelly
Torrent by Mark Rainey
Toxic Shock by Rick Hautala
Please Stand By by Thomas F. Monteleone
Double-Edged Sword by Barry Hoffman
The Fur Coat by Richard Laymon
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Genesis II by Hugh B. Cave

Remake Remake (1995)
Connie Willis
Wide margins and sizable type make this novella feel more like a novel. It is the story of a future Hollywood filled with decadent editors censoring alcohol and tobacco from digitized versions of old movies. They use computer graphics to remake the films with different famous actors and changed endings. Actors rarely work and it is hard for somebody to break into the business. And all Alis wants is to dance in the movies. But she knows if you want something badly enough, you can get it, in the movies.

Lunching With the Anti-Christ Lunching With the Anti-Christ (1995)
Michael Moorcock
A reprint collection of connected stories, they span the years 1925 to 2015 and are set in such diverse locales as London, rural England, North Africa and Southeast Asia. It follows the exploits of several families and their political impact. Many of the stories first appeared in a number of obscure UK publications. It collects the following stories:
A Winter Admiral
Wheel of Fortune
Dead Singers
Lunching with the Antichrist
The Opium General
The Cairene Purse
Crossing into Cambodia

Walking Wolf Walking Wolf (1995)
Nancy A. Collins
Sub-titled A Weird Western, this novel is about a native American who happens to be a werewolf. The werewolf encounters a cowboy who turns out to be a vampire. Despite differences, they become companions to adventure throughout the west. An interesting idea from the author of Sunglasses After Dark and the writer for Swamp Thing, it has its odd moments and its gory moments.

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

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

Mark V. Ziesing

Something in My Eye (1996)
Michael Whelan
This was something a little different. It is a full-color art book of Michael Whelan's horrific art. Done in both trade paper and a hardcover, slipcased editon of 750, it contains 18 posters.

Journal Wired Journal Wired, Winter 1989

edited by Andy Watson & Mark V. Ziesing
In 1989, Mark Ziesing produced a perfect-bound (aka trade paperback) magazine called Journal Wired with Andy Watson, a typesetter and book designer, and others. It was designed to be quarterly, made up of original material, contained no advertising and had no subscriptions. There were only 3 issues. The price of the first issue was $10 (incl. S&H). It collects the following items:
Welcome to Journal Wired by Andy Watson & Mark V. Ziesing
The Beast: Screening the Monster that is Hollywood by John Shirley
Interview: Abbie Hoffman by GSM
Drugs and Live Sex — New York City, 1980 [from All the Visions] by Rudy Rucker
The Profit Motive by Andy Watson
Interview: Iain M. Banks by David S. Garnett
Over the Shoulder: Pictures in the Dark by J. B. Reynolds
Atlantis Rose by A. A. Attanasio
Waiting for the Barbarians by Lucius Shepard

Journal Wired #2 Journal Wired #2, Spring 1990
edited by Andy Watson & Mark V. Ziesing
Done again as a trade paperback, still priced at $10US, it collects the following items:
Over the Shoulder: Reality Management in the Gray Zone by J. B. Reynolds
Kidding Around by Lewis Shiner
T๊te-เ-T๊te: Lisa Tuttle vis เ vis Colin Greenland, A Cross-Interview by Lisa Tuttle & Colin Greenland
The Profit Motive by Andy Watson
Noodling by Jonathan Lethem
Operation Green Merchant Exposed! by Dave Hyde
Interview with Pat Cadigan by Andy Watson
Through the Wire by Michael A. Banks
Cockfight by Paul Di Filippo
Remedial Reading for the Generation of Swine by Lucius Shepard

Journal Wired #3 Journal Wired #3, Summer/Fall 1990
edited by Andy Watson & Mark V. Ziesing
Done again as a trade paperback, this time priced at $15US, it collects the following items:
Bride of Opening Gambit by Mark V. Ziesing
Letter to the Editor by Wanda
Stark Raving: George Bush and the Pineapple of Doom by Lucius Shepard
The Guide by Robert Frazier
Interview with Patrick McGrath by Kevin B. Parent
Spider by Patrick McGrath
Spandex by Paul Di Filippo
The Carve-Up by Colin Greenland
Rock and Roll: The 100 Best Singles—Seven Excerpts by Paul Williams
Better Homes & Women Reader of the Year by Mrs. Harris Megma
Chemical Age by David Blount
Interview with William S. Burroughs by Gregory Daurer
Using It and Losing It by Jonathan Lethem
Through the Wire by Michael A. Banks
The Subject Was Tupperware by Melinda Brindley
Interview with Stuart Hamm by Joe Silver
Over the Shoulder: Well Don't Just Sit There! by J. B. Reynolds
My Neighbor Bob by Jonathan Lethem
Sun Ra: A Profile and Interview by Linda Gruno
In by Damian Kilby
Interview with Thinking Plague by Andy Watson
The Launch Pad On My Kitchen Table by Allen M. Steele
Drinking Buddies by Wayne Allen Sallee
Deposition to the Inquisition by Dave Hyde
Interview with William Gibson by Gregory Daurer
Moloch by Paul Di Filippo

House Monkey 1 House Monkey 1, Fall 1991
edited by Robert Frazier
This slim 36 page item, done in 8.5x11 format, appeared only once (thus far). It collects the following items:
Stupidity & Music by Lucius Shepard
Wetbones Chronicle by John Shirley
Clackamas Phil by Denise Dumars
Open Letter by Ray Garton
The Holy Terror [excerpt] by Wayne Allen Sallee
Interview with Wayne Allen Sallee by Kathe Koja
Coming Attractions
Ziesing Books in Print

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