Entry updated 20 December 2011. Tagged: Publisher.
US Small Press based in Los Angeles and specializing in sf/fantasy, generally known by its initials FPCI. One of the many semiprofessional publishing enterprises of William L Crawford, FPCI was one of the less notable companies to start issuing magazine sf in book form in the late 1940s and the 1950s. Its authors included L Sprague de Camp, L Ron Hubbard, Olaf Stapledon, John Taine and A E van Vogt, but only lesser works of theirs. Crawford also published the magazines Fantasy Book and later Spaceway and Witchcraft and Sorcery (formerly Coven 13) under the FPCI imprint, in addition to various occult titles and books by Emil Petaja and others.
The pre-World War Two incarnation of the company, then known just as Fantasy Publishers, had brought out the magazines Marvel Tales and Unusual Stories; and an associated company, Visionary Publishing Co, had published The Shadow over Innsmouth (1936) by H P Lovecraft. [MJE/PN]
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