Mark V. Ziesing

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Mark V. Ziesing is a small press publisher and bookseller. Active as a bookseller from 1972 to present, Ziesing was active in publishing from the mid-1980s into the late 1990s. 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, he published two books by Gene Wolfe under the Ziesing Brothers imprint. 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.

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