Carcosa (Firm)

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Founded by Karl Edward Wagner and David Drake in 1972. Four books were issued under the Carcosa imprint: Worse things waiting, by Manly Wade Wellman, ill. by Lee Brown Coye (1973); Far lands, other days, by E. Hoffmann Price, ill. by George Evans (1975); Murgunstrumm and others, by Hugh B. Cave, ill. by Lee Brown Coye (1977); and Lonely vigils, by Manly Wade Wellman, ill. by George Evans (1981). Galleys were printed for a fifth book, Death stalks the night, by Hugh B. Cave, which was eventually published by Fedogan and Bremer in 1995.

From the description of Records, 1972-1991. (Brown University). WorldCat record id: 549568434

Carcosa was a specialty publishing firm formed by David Drake, Karl Edward Wagner, and Jim Groce who were concerned that Arkham House would cease publication after the death of its founder, August Derleth. Carcosa was founded in North Carolina in 1973 and put out four collections of pulp horror stories, all edited by Wagner. A fifth collection was planned, Death Stalks the Night, by Hugh B. Cave; Lee Brown Coye was working on illustrating it when he suffered a crippling stroke in 1977 and eventually died, causing Carcosa to abandon the project. The book was eventually published by Fedogan & Bremer. Carcosa also had plans to issue volumes by Leigh Brackett, H. Warner Munn and Jack Williamson; however, none of the projected volumes appeared. The Carcosa colophon depicts the silhouette of a towered city in front of three moons.

(From Wikipedia's entry for Carcosa, fictional city of the Ambrose Bierce story "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" (1891))

From the guide to the Carcosa Press records, 1972-1991, (John Hay Library Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Karl Edward Wagner papers, Wagner (Karl Edward) Papers, circa 1968-1994 John Hay Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Wagner, Karl Edward. Karl Edward Wagner papers, ca. 1970-1994. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Carcosa (Firm). Records, 1972-1991. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Carcosa Press records, 1972-1991 John Hay Library, Special Collections
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Cave, Hugh B. 1910- person
associatedWith Coye, Lee Brown, 1907-1981. person
associatedWith Drake, David. person
associatedWith Drake, David, 1945- person
associatedWith Evans, George, 1920-2001. person
associatedWith Price, E. Hoffmann person
associatedWith Price, E. Hoffmann. person
correspondedWith Wagner, Karl Edward person
associatedWith Wagner, Karl Edward person
associatedWith Wellman, Manly Wade, 1903-1986. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Rhode Island--Providence
United States
Subject
Manuscripts--English
Horror tales, American
Fantasy fiction, American
Publishers and Publishing
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Active 1972

Active 1991

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