Eugie Foster (eugie) wrote,
Eugie Foster

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Shake-ups in the small press horror world

From The Write Hemisphere (6/27/2003):

The press release from 3F Publications and Catalyst Press regarding their merger into deMoNic Books:

Nicole Thomas (owner, 3FPublications), and Monica O'Rourke (owner, Catalyst Press) completed the merger of their respective publishing companies, under the new name of deMoNic Books, earlier this week. The new management have completely re-evaluated their publication schedules, as well as the titles each imprint has slated for publication. Several anthologies have already been cut from the line- up, which include the cancellations of: Spirits & Sleuths, Cockroach Suckers, Fresh Blood, Obscure Visions and Lingering Dementia.

With financial hardships extending from residential to commercial, a small press stands little chance of lasting a year. O'Rourke and Thomas hope to beat that by uniting their companies under the parent company of deMoNic Books. The focus is now on just novels and short story collections, with less emphasis on anthologies. It is hoped that the restructuring of both companies under deMoNic Books will result in a stronger business entity and be in a better and stronger position to serve the horror community.

Further updates on publication schedules will follow.

reudaly didn't you have something at Cockroach Suckers? It looks like that title's going the way of the dodo.

Dang but news like this makes me really worried about the state of the publishing industry. Monica is a members of one of my writers groups. She hasn't mentioned this merger yet, but grapevine sounds indicate it was pretty sudden. Hope DeMoNic Books works out. We need more quality, professionally-run publishers, not less.

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