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Mark V. Ziesing

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Mark V. Ziesing is an American small press publisher and bookseller, founded by Mark Ziesing (born 1953).[1][2] Active as a bookseller, from 1972 to present; Ziesing was in publishing, from the mid-1980s into 1998. The Ziesing publishing imprint specialized in science fiction, horror, and other forms of speculative fiction. Originally based in Willimantic, Connecticut and in partnership with his brother Michael (born 1946), he published two books by Gene Wolfe under the name Ziesing Brothers.[2]

He later published books by Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Howard Waldrop, Bruce Sterling, Joe R. Lansdale, and Lucius Shepard, among others. In 1989 he returned to his home state, to Shingletown, California, where he and his wife Cindy continue to operate a catalog-based book selling business under the name Ziesing Books.


Unless specified, all editions are hardcover and first publications. For most there was also a signed, numbered, limited edition in a slipcase, and for a very few there was an "ultra-limited" version: The Night of the Cooters ultra-limited came with a martin base statue to hold the book, and the Mefisto in Onyx ultra-limited included an actual cage for the book.


  • A Handbook of American Prayer, a novella by Lucius Shepard, was originally scheduled for publication by Ziesing circa 1998, but was never published. A novel version appeared in 2004 from Four Walls Eight Windows.
  • Alien Graffiti, a collection of selected nonfiction by Michael Bishop was originally scheduled for publication by Ziesing circa 1986/87. A nonfiction collection by Bishop from PS Publishing appeared in 2005 entitled A Reverie for Mister Ray.


  1. ^ Reginald, R.; Burgess, Mary Wickizer; Mallett, Daryl Furumi (1992). Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, 1975-1991: A Bibliography of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Fiction Books and Nonfiction Monographs. Gale Research. p. 1097. ISBN 978-0-8103-1825-0.
  2. ^ a b Clute, John; Grant, John (1999-03-15). The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. Macmillan. p. 878. ISBN 978-0-312-19869-5.
  3. ^ Heritage Rare Books and Manuscripts Auction Final Session # 683. Heritage Capital Corporation. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-59967-259-5.
  4. ^ Green, Paul (2016-03-10). Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns: Supernatural and Science Fiction Elements in Novels, Pulps, Comics, Films, Television and Games, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 265. ISBN 978-1-4766-6257-2.

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