Small sf press rallies despite recession

Brett from the independent sf publisher ChiZine sez,
While many other publishers, big and small, have been firing people and putting acquisition freezes on their lists, we at ChiZine Publications have been trying to push our business to the wall and make a real go of it. To that end, we're launching four books at WorldCon in August:

Daniel Rabuzzi's 'The Choir Boats'
Claude Lalumiere's 'Objects of Worship' (with a foreword by James Morrow)
David Nickle's 'Monstrous Affections' (with a foreword by Michael Rowe)
Robert J. Wiersema's 'The World More Full of Weeping'

However, until then--and to partly finance this big-ass launch--I need to try to sell as many pre-order copies of our third title, 'The Tel Aviv Dossier' by Lavie Tidhar & Nir Yaniv, through the CZP website as I can, so I was hoping you could help spread the word. We're offering 15% off until June 30th.

A potent mixture of biblical allusions, Lovecraftian echoes, and contemporary culture, The Tel Aviv Dossier is part supernatural thriller, part meditation on the nature of belief--an original and involving novel painted on a vast canvas in which, beneath the despair, humour is never absent. Experience the last days of Tel Aviv...

The Tel Aviv Dossier TPB pre-order info! (Thanks, Brett!)


  1. I can barely understand some of your stories. What is “acquisition freezes” referring to? Am I supposed to have heard of ChiZine before? What is all this about?

  2. @#1 Individual:

    An “acquisition freeze” means they aren’t taking on any new contracts. In this case, it would mean a publishing company decides to stop agreeing to publish new books for a while.

    ChiZine Publications is the name of a publishing company. Chizine (as you might guess by the name) is a periodical. I’ve heard of it (mainly through market lists), and I think it’s been around for a few years, but I bet the average internet user hasn’t heard of it. Apparently they take on novels too.

    FYI, at your fingertips right now is a fantastic tool for looking stuff up on your own. :)

  3. Anon@#3 – Tel Aviv and Jaffa share the same municipality (Called “Tel Aviv-Jaffa”) but they are not synonymous. They are distinct (if adjacent) geographical locations, like, I dunno, Queens and Manhattan.

    I happen to know one of the writers and in fact saw him a couple of days ago. Strange to suddenly see his name pop up like this on BoingBoing. I wish them the best of luck with their book, it sounds intriguing.

  4. No, they mean Tel-Aviv, which is somewhat north of Jaffa and has very different ambience. For anybody who knows it it also has very different connotations.

  5. Nah, I think they just make it into an open abode of the Old Ones, not destroy it. Also, Dora reminded me: people over here probably don’t know Lavie Tidhar, but I read him in Hebrew and the guy is a superb writer and highly recommended.

  6. What is this “grouping of smashed flat ground-up trees, spattered with melted black plastic or black dye” thing?

  7. Chizine is a Toronto-based indie small press with a great track record publishing excellent dark fiction, fantasy, horror stories and poetry. The editors are themselves accomplished writers & Bram Stoker award winners.

    They’ve just begun publishing novels, and I for one am psyched!

    Let the big publishers bite it – when the dinosaurs die the little mammals come out and take over!

  8. Also of note in small press genre publishing are Nightshade press, Subterranean Press, Prime books, Norilana Books, and Hard Case Crime. All of which are doing great work in getting new authors launched.

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