Thursday, 9 December 2021

Eight years on . . .

It has been eight years since our last blog post . . . In that time we have embraced Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram. Social media has evolved and changed, and we haven’t felt the need to keep the blog up to date. From now, however, we will attempt to change this, not least because we have a book scheduled for publication early next year and we would like to discuss it, and the research undertaken. More of that in a later post . . . 

Approximately eight years of Tartarus Press publications

In the last eight years we have endeavoured to produce books to our usual high standard, publishing contemporary and classic writers in the supernatural, strange and weird genres. Printing has been undertaken by Antony Rowe and TJ Books, to whom we would like to express our heartfelt thanks. They have both done a fine job and we are very grateful for their expertise and professionalism.

To expand on from our last blog post (in 2014!), we would like to draw your attention to the printed boards and blocking in foil on some of the more recent Tartarus Press books.

The Quest for Corvo by A.J.A. Symons, 2018

Londonia by Kate A. Hardy, 2020

Other books have simply been blocked in foil on unprinted cloth, sometimes quite subtly:

A Wild Tumultory Library by Mark Valentine, 2019

At other times with more exuberance . . .

Copsford by Walter J.C. Murray, 2019

And we have also been reprinting books as paperbacks. Originally, we published our paperbacks traditionally in runs of 200-300 copies, but more recently we have been making them available through Amazon, using their print-on-demand technology. Partnering with Amazon is not ideal for us, but it means that customers outside the UK are able to have their books printed and dispatched locally, and much more quickly. It also allows us to keep some great books in print that might otherwise fall by the wayside.

A selection of Tartarus Press paperbacks

And we have been publishing ebooks. We know that many of our customers are most interested in lithographically printed traditional hardbacks with sewn sections on quality paper, but there are some who like the convenience of ebooks.

It has been a strange couple of years, and who knows what the next eight years will bring, but we will always do our utmost to publish interesting books in the formats that readers prefer. And, for the time being, we will do our best to maintain this blog . . . .

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