Hundreds of book and periodical publishers' website and e-mail addresses. I recommend it highly.
Resource for librarians and also has a terrific amount of information about publishers.
Kate Derie's' magnificent site, has a whole section devoted to mystery publishers set the standard for so many years. I still miss it.
Most of the sites listed below are probably listed
on one of the three sites above, but just in case, here they
are individually. Short Fiction Publishers,
Electronic and Online Publishers
and Audio Book Publishers
are listed below.
Co-founded by former punk rocker Johnny Temple, bass player for NYC's Girls Against Boys and New Wet Kojak, Akashic Books is a defiantly-political press that' hit the ground running. aming its first releases were Cuban crime writer Jose Latour's Outcast and Norman Kelley's The Big Mango,
featuring P.I. Nina Halligan. They've since cornered the noir market with their seemingly endless series of city-bound Akashic Noir anthologies. If there isn't a Akashic noir anthology set in your hometown, you really are living in nowhere. Have you heard the news? There's good readin' tonight.
A. Knoll, Publishers
A small press established in 1990, and located in Santa Barbara,
California, that boasts of "specializing in books for intelligent
people who read for fun." They publish the Gil
Yates books by Alistair Boyle and the Bomber
Hanson series by David Champion.
Australian Pocket Press
French publisher of hardboiled and crime fiction.
They publish the Le Poulpe series, as well as some of the cream
of the French crop of hardboiled writers. For info, contact:
7 rue DeBelleyme
Tel: 01 42 54 52
Bruce Bortz's small Baltimore press whose claim to fame is "Books
that enlighten...By conscious choice, our writers have been,
are, and will continue to be 'in-the-trenches' journalists and
other professionals -- authorities who know and present their
stories and subjects better than anyone in the country....We
are proud to publish and market books of all types, crafted by
writers who know their subjects and write with style and conviction."
They're the publishers of Mike Walker's Malicious Intent,
featuring hard-nosed gossip journalist Cameron
Ben Ohmart Bear Manor Media is a small press who
pride themselves on getting quality entertainment and literary
books out there. They're big on nostalgia, with an emphasis on
old radio and film. Books of interest to readers of this site
include: Private Eyes in the Comics, It's That Time
Again (volumes 1 and 2, new stories featuring OTR characters,
including several P.I.s), Private Eyelashes (lady dicks
on radio) and Have You Seen the Wind?, the selected
poems and writings of P.I. writer and Hammett biographer William
Berkley Prime Crime
Also known now as Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. An imprint of Random
House, specializing in reprints of, it seems, some of the very
best of the hardboiled writers, in stylish trade-size paperbacks.
Largely credited with reviving hardboiled icons Jim Thompson
and David Goodis in the eighties, they've also reprinted
the major works of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler,
Chester Himes and Ross Macdonald. Too bad they
felt obliged to jack up the size (and therefore the price) of
the books to trade-size "yuppiebacks", though.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press
Carroll & Graf
Established in 1982 in New York City by Kent Carroll and Herman
Graf, Carroll & Graf publishes a combination of original
and reprinted fiction and nonfiction. With 700 titles in print,
they have become known for their history and current affairs
titles as well as high quality fiction and crime fiction. Crime
authors they've published include John Shannon, Thomas
B. Dewey, Howard Browne, John Buell and Cornell
Carroll & Graf Publishers.
19 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
and Again Press
A new publisher. So far, their only book is Henry Mazel's Murderously
Incorrect, which was excerpted on this site in November
Crime and Again Press
245 Eighth Ave., Ste. 283
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212/727-0151 / Fax: 212-645-1296
A truly amazing publisher, run by fans, for fans, dedicated to
collecting and reprinting the best of short-form crime fiction,
from a variety of sources, including AHMM, EQMM, various other
anthologies, chapbooks, etc. Most books also feature new, original
stories. Collectors' editions, as well as handsomely presented
oversize paperbacks. Noted anthologist Doug Greene and his wife,
Sandi, are to be commended for what some feel is "the finest
small press ever to specialize in mystery fiction". An Advisory
Board includes Robert Adey, Jack Adrian, Victor Berch, Edward
D. Hoch, Allen J. Hubin, Marvin Lachman, Roland Lacourbe, Tony
Medawar, Barry Pike, Bill Pronzini, B. J. Rahn, and Bill Ruehlmann.
They've published (or will soon) collections of short fiction
by Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller, Jeremiah Healy, Lawrence Block,
Michael Collins, Joe Gores, etc. Truly "a murderous name
"This is the best edited, most attractively packaged
line of mystery books introduced in this decade. The books are
equally valuable to collectors and readers."
--Mystery Scene Magazine
Crippen & Landru, Publishers
Norfolk, VA 23505-9315
Run by self-confessed "publisher-manqué and aspiring mendicant" Dennis McMillan, DM has been offering some of the tastiest treats in hard-boiled, mystery, modern fiction, graphic short stories and outré (for lack of a better all-encompasing term) fiction since 1983. Limited editions, bound in quarter-morocco with hand-made paper covered boards, signed and numbered and "trade editions" bound in full Brillianta (100% rayon) cloth. All slipcased, with gold foil-stamped endpapers, etc.--the way Dennis does all his books, even trade eds. of a couple thousand copies. The prices are $125 for the signed/limited and $35 for the "trade." Not cheap, but then, you can't get this stuff anywhere else.
Address: Dennis McMillan,11431
E. Gunsmith Dr., Tucson, AZ 85749.
Telephone: (520) 760-8642.
(and say "Hi!" from me!)
Founded in October 1994 by rock music journalist and promoter, Jim Driver, Britain's The Do-Not Press claim they exist "to put the pub back into publishing and the friction back in to fiction. We scorn true romances, we sneer at royal biographies and we laugh at just about anything...Our slogan is: We don't need slogans. Or do we?" Home of the acclaimed Bloodlines imprint, they publish many of the best of the current BritWave of hardboiled fiction, including Maxim Jakubowski, Mike Ripley, Ken Bruen, Jerry Raine and Gary Lovisi (Hey, wait! He's a Yank, isn't he? How'd he get there?) as well as republishing out-of-print modern classics.
Address: The Do-Not Press,
PO Box 4215, London, U.K. SE23 2QD
Five Star Mystery Books
Five Star, a small imprint based in Waterville, Maine, is doing a nice job of releasing original titles, paperback reprints, and also short story collections. They do mystery, romance, western and even Christian fiction, but have really distinguished themselves with their offbeat noir novels. Originally published in conjunction with Tekno-Books (aka. Martin H. Greenberg) and Ed Gorman. They generally sell to libraries. Recent authors published include Donald Westlake, Max Allan Collins, Bill Pronzini, Paul Bishop, Lawrence Block, Jay Brandon, Thomas Cook, Barbara D'Amato, William DeAndrea, Loren Estleman, Evan Hunter, Stuart Kaminksy, Dick LochteJohn Lutz, Lia Matera, Ed McBain, Marica Muller, William Nolan, Maxine O'Callaghan, and James Reasoner.
The non-sci-fi imprint of Tom Doherty Associates.
North American, French-language distributor for
Gallimard France and other French publishing houses.
Gary Lovisi's Gryphon publishes contemporary pulp
stories in its quarterly Hardboiled Magazine, as well
as selected reprints in Hardboiled Magazine and Gryphon Doubles.
Post Office Box 209
Brooklyn, N. Y.
Brace and Co.
Hard Case Crime
Hard Case Crime, a collaboration between Winterfall LLC and Dorchester Publishing, has a mission: to bring back "the vigor and excitement, the suspense and thrills - the sheer entertainment - of the golden age of paperback crime novels, both by bringing back into print the best work of the pulp era and by introducing readers to new work by some of today's most powerful writers and artists. Determined detectives and dangerous women...fortune hunters and vengeance seekers...ingenious criminals and men on the run for their lives...Hard Case Crime novels offer everything you want from a great story, all in handsome and affordable mass-market editions." Their first six release incliude a great mix of resurrected too-long-out-of-print classics by Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins and Earl Stanley Gardner and original novels by promising newcomers, including Hard Case Crime co-creator (along with Max Phillips) Charles Ardai.
Stop snickering! Although now known as the publishers of a about a zillion pulp romance titles, this Canadian publishing dynasty, founded back in 1949 by Richard H.G. Bonneycastle, started as a publisher of a wide variety of genres, including mystery, western, science fiction, sports, adventure, cookbooks, nonfiction and even "literature," as well as, of course, romance. Among the private eye and crime authors they published were Wade Miller, Robert Leslie Bellem, Harry Whittington, Frank Kane, Ronald Cooke, James Hadley Chase, Day Keene, Cleve Adams, David Montrose, Robert O. Saber and David Goodis.
In fact, through the years they've continue to publish a vast array of crime fiction, under a variety of imprints, including Raven House, Worldwide Mystery and Intrigue. Among current writers to watch is Joyce Sullivan,
a former private eye herself.
In 2009, to celebrate the company's 60th anniversary (and no doubt inspired by Hard Case Crime's staggering success), Harlequin reissued six of their early crime thrillers, complete with their early, cheesy, pulpy covers.
Shell Word Factory
An online publisher of genre fiction offers electronic books
available as downloads or disks-in-the-mail, in .pdf or .rtf
format and a fast, easy, and secure payment form.
Now under new ownership, Stratus is beginning to flourish, expanding
both it's backlist and publishing some new titles. Crime and
detective novels feature strongly in their catalogue, from the
more famous names like Conan Doyle, Erle Stanley Gardner, G.K.
Chesterton, and Georgette Heyer to the less well known, such
as Desmond Bagley, Julian Symons, Sam Llewellyn, and Freeman
House of Stratus LTD,
Thirsk Industrial Park,
Thirsk, North Yorkshire,
Tel: 01845 527700
Dig the hype! They bill themselves as "your source for ebooks"
and as "the first simultaneous publisher of books in printed
form and on the Internet." And they're distributed by Simon
& Schuster. They also offer plenty of free excerpts, and
you'll be ablre to download whole books. Sounds good, huh? Now
dig this: this kick-ass new imprint's first offerings include
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and reprints of Roger
Simon's Moses Wine series.
Small, indy Canadian
publisher, out of Toronto, tends to print non-fiction, but has
lately delved into edgier and even noir fiction, most notably
with the pubication of Iced: The Noir
Noir Anthology of Cold, Hard Fiction, which includes
my first ever published fiction, plus some kick ass stories by
real writers. God bless these guys. I urge you all to buy multiple
copies of all their books. What? You don't have a copy of Iced
yet, for the guest bathroom?
For review copies, interviews or publicity information, please
contact Dara Row land at Rowland Firing Public Relations at (416)
916-7377 or email email@example.com.
192 Spadina Aye., Suite 403 . Toronto. Ontario. Canada.
Phone (416) 504-6270
Fax (416) 504-9313
A small New Mexican mystery publisher, devoted to their authors,
including Connie Shelton, who writes about Albuquerque CPA/P.I.
PO Box 456
Angel Fire, NM
To order: 1-800-99-MYSTERY
iUniverse.com bills itself as "a new kind of book publisher, working "with our authors to publish and sell their books." Actually, they were just a new spin on an old idea, a high-tech version of a vanity press, and a key player in the burgeoning field of print-on-demand. By harnessing technology and the power of the web, and the connections to big dogs like Barnes & Noble, Writers Digest, Writers Club and Authors Guild, these guys are in the position of actually delivering the goods the way no shady fly-by-night vanity press ever could.
For a few hundred bucks (the ultimate price depends on which
options you choose), they'll publish your new book, provide a
cover design, book design, an author's Web page, and make sure
it's available for order wherever fine books are sold. If you
have an out-of-print book there is no charge for bringing the
title back to the active lists. You can even update your work:
give it a new introduction, revise it, make it even better than
iUniverse authors include Richard Helms' whose first Pat Gallegher novel was
published by them, Miles Archer, the author of the hard-boiled
Doug McCool series, Colin Dunne and Brian Bain. Cyber-buddy D.L.
Browne maintains a site/community, Wicked
Company, for struggling authors from iUniverse and elsewhere.
Publishing Corp (Kensington, Pinnacle and Zebra)
The Library of America publishes high-quality,
clothbound collections of the works of American writers. Four
volumes of special interest to visitors to this site, including
Stories and Early Novels and Later Novels and Other
Writings, both by Raymond Chandler (nearly all his work is
contained in these two volumes). The other two volumes, published
in mid-1997, are collections of American Crime novels. American
Noir of the 1930s and 40s contains classic novels by James
M. Cain, Horace McCoy, Edward Anderson, Kenneth Fearing, William
Lindsay Gresham and Cornell Woolrich, and American Noir of
the 1950s rounds out the collection with Jim Thompson's The
Killer Inside Me and Chester Himes' The Real Cool Killers,
as well as novels by Patricia Highsmith, Charles Willeford, David
Little Brown & Co
This new imprint of Llewellyn Publications has a catchy tagline: "It's always midnight somewhere." Their impressive starting roster includes Clyde W. Ford, whose The Long Mile is already generating some buzz.
Mystery Vault, out of Sarasota, Florida (editor-in-chief Stuart
Kaminsky's homebase) specializes in out-of-print classics and
contemporary mystery novels. Their offerings include new paperbacks,
difficult to obtain backlist books, and books which have never
before appeared in paperback form. "We're dedicated to bringing
out the best mystery novels by masters of the art," Kaminsky
says. "These are new editions with new art and often with
introductions by the author or a renown author."
Authors include authors including Donald Westlake, Max Allan
Collins, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Bill Pronzini, Ed Gorman, Tom
Chastain, Rex Burns and Kaminsky himself.
Mystery Vault, Inc.
2621 Mall Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34231
One of the best publishers of crime fiction in
Britain, or anywhere else. They handle many of the best British
and European writers, as well as many of the top American, including
Jakob Ajourni, Gary Phillips, James Sallis, Lawrence Block, Eddie
Bunker, Daniel Woodrell, Charles Willeford and Arthur Lyons.
Also responsible for reprinting some of the long-lost greats,
most notably the Jonathan Latimer Bill
Crane novels, and Wade Miller's Max
Thursday series. Check out their Drop Dead price promotion
which offers 4 books for UKP 10, or 2.99 each. Quite a few of
No Exit's book are out of print in the US, so they're worth checking
out even for readers outside the UK.
Old School Books
A small American press, devoted to Black-American authors, including
some hard-to-find crime classics, especially several of Chester
Ohio State University Press
Publishers of The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories,
among others. Other URLS are http://www.oup.co.uk
Includes Viking, Berkley, Dutton, Plume, Signet,
NAL, Donald I. Fine, Tarcher, PSS, Ace, Grosset & Dunlap,
Dial, DAW, Roc, Onyx
Robert Rosenwald's small press
specializes in out-of-print titles, as well as originals and
reference books. A fan favourite, run by and for mystery fans.
They even ask for suggestions as to which out-of-print classics
they should tackle next!
Berkley Publishing Group
Random House/Ballantine Mysteries
Be sure to check out Murder on the Internet, Random House's
online peek at their extensive mystery catalogue, complete with
author bios, upcoming releases and indepth interviews.
Best-selling crime writer and attorney Andrew Vachss, who writes
the Burke series, recently ponied up money, as did some of his
friends in the publishing business, to form this new publishing
company. The name of the company comes from the title of a story
by Paul Cain, who wrote hard-hitting, hard-boiled stories for
the pulp magazines. Vachss has stated that he formed the press
to help get into print neglected writers and books that are overlooked
by the big-name publishers.
Rue Morgue Press
Specializes in reprints of classic mysteries.
Catalog available entitled "For Old Crimes Sake."
Run by Tom and Enid Schantz, this Boulder, colorado-based press
specializes in reprints of classic mysteries. Catalog available
entitled "For Old Crimes Sake."
Rue Morgue Press
PO Box 4119, Boulder CO 80306-4119 USA
Phone: 1-303-443-5757, Fax: 1-303-443-4010.
One of the larger publishers of private eye and genre fiction,
it includes the Tor, Let's Go, Stonewall, Picador and Griffin
imprints, and has close ties to The Private Eye Writers of
America. You might also try Murder
at the Flatiron Building, a newsletter featuring its
upcoming mystery publications.
Extremely influential and long-running French publisher, responsible
for keeping alive the careers of many American crime writers
long-forgotten in their own country, as well as one of the main
publishers of French hard-boiled and noir fiction.
Under its Mask Noir Imprint, this U.K. firm publishes
British writers, such as Stella Duffy, Nicholas Blincoe, Graeme
Gordon, Ken Bruen, Russell James and Derek Raymond, as well as
various foreign writers, including Walter Mosley, George P. Pelecanos
and Manuel Vazquez Montalban. Under its Midnight Hour imprint,
it reprints classic hardboiled works by authors such as Horace
McCoy and others.
Publishes work that has been seen as a direct confrontation
with the prevailing 'cosy' view that dominates the British crime
fiction scene. The writers Mask Noir publishes have in common
the belief that crime fiction must capture the often random violence
of contemporary society. P D James' recent claim that the middle-classes
are the subject of crime fiction because only they are able to
make moral choices is typical of the class bias that has dominated
British crime writing. New crime writers are coming forward to
chronicle a society riven by class, gender and race conflicts.
"Mask Noir has done an immense service to crime fiction
in Britain, both in introducing foreign writers and giving fresh
blood a chance. For Mosley, Abella, Blincoe, Duffy and all the
other new dogs in the reservoir, we owe you one!"
-Mike Ripley, Crime Critic, The Daily Telegraph.
Stark House Press
Stark House Press is a small house that reprints of some of the best in pulp fiction: fantasy, supernatural fiction, mystery and suspense, usually in trade paperback editions that sport new intros, bibliographies and combine two books in one volume. Among those of interest to crime and mystery buffs who've received the Stark House treatment are Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Peter Rabe, Vin Packer, Douglas Sanderson, Malcolm Braly, Benjamin Appel, Gil Brewe, Day Keene, Stephen Marlowe, Margaret Millar, Robert J. Randisi and Harry Whittington.
Long Press, Inc.
Tattered Pages Press
A small press, specializing in reprints of old pulp
stories, including works by Hugh B. Cave and Donald Wandrei.
Tattered Pages Press
6942 North Oleander Ave.
Publishers of Tor, Forge and Orb Books. Forge is the non-sci-fi
imprint that publishes mysteries.
An upstart publisher dedicated to, um, something or another. A labour of love out of Los Angeles, run by Tom Fassbender and Jim Pascoe, that specialized in "storytelling and creating written entertainment for a multitude of media." Pascoe and Fassbender were also collectively known as Dashiell Loveless, the creator of retro private eye Benjamin
Drake. These cats did great-looking books.
of California Press
of Oklahoma Press
of Texas Press
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Paperback wing of Vintage Books, devoted to classic
reprints of some of the very best in hardboiled fiction.
Way Publishing Inc.
Please note: Web addresses change, so please don't
hold us accountable if you try one of these and the link is gone,
that's just TWTW (The Way of The Web). But, if a link is dead,
please let us know!
One of the largest publishers of unabridged audio books in the world. Their backlist (along with their sister imprint, Soundings Audio Books) contains over 4,000 titles on cassette and CD (including a very high proportion of crime novels). Among their authors, they publish Jeffery Deaver, Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, Val McDermid, Greg Iles, George Pelecanos, Lindsay Davis, Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Lawrence Block, Robert Wilson, Ed McBain, John Connolly, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connelly, Linda Fairstein, Sue Grafton, Quintin Jardine, Laura Lippman, Elmore Leonard, Sara Paretsky, Mickey Spillane, Stephen Saylor, Michael Malone, Reginald Hill, and Dennis Lehane.
Original compilation by Rick
Robinson. Further reporting by Kevin Burton Smith, but of course it's still woefully out of date. If anyone wants to update this for us, we won't say "no."