US Small Press. Mark V Ziesing was the direct successor to Ziesing Brothers, which booksellers Michael Ziesing (1946- ) and his brother Mark V Ziesing (1953- ) had founded in Willimantic, Connecticut, initially to publish poetry, but which then produced two books by Gene Wolfe: The Castle of the Otter (coll 1982) and The Wolfe Archipelago (coll 1983). After this Michael became inactive, and the firm became Mark V Ziesing. Further books by Wolfe followed, plus titles by A A Attanasio, Iain M Banks, Neal Barrett Jr, James P Blaylock, Pat Cadigan, Thomas M Disch, Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, Michael Moorcock, Kim Newman with Eugene Byrne, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, John Shirley, Brian Stableford, Bruce Sterling, Howard Waldrop, Michael Whelan (an art poster book), Connie Willis and others. From 1989 the firm operated from California.
Because of its inventive publishing programme, and because most editions were well designed, Mark V Ziesing seemed to have as good a chance as any small press of surviving the difficult 1990s; regrettably, though, it ceased operation in 1998. [JC/DRL]
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