Pulphouse Publishing

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Based in Eugene, Oregon, this Small Press was founded by its publisher Dean Wesley Smith in 1988, in association with Kristine Kathryn Rusch and others, and specialized in sf, fantasy and horror. It began with Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine in a limited edition. By 1990 it had become quite active in book publishing also, and in 1991, with 20 employees, the company seemed on the verge of becoming a full-scale publishing house; by mid-1992, however, most of these employees had been laid off. Along with its subsidiary Axolotl Press, Pulphouse published mostly limited editions. These include: a most unusual line of small paperbacks each containing a single short story (mostly reprints of award-winners and classics), a series that fell into abeyance in mid-1992; a series of novellas in book form; and the Author's Choice Monthly numbered series of single-author collections beginning with George Alec Effinger's The Old Funny Stuff (coll 1989), 29 of which had appeared when the sequence ceased in late 1992; a thirtieth, «My Cold Mad Father» by S P Somtow, was announced but never published. Most of the above are sf or fantasy, but in mid-1991 Pulphouse announced a projected Mystery Scene imprint also. The publishing house ceased operation in 1996. [PN/DRL]

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