Buyers of Night Shade Books Also Acquiring a Great Horror Publisher

Underland Press has put out some amazing books in the "scary and strange" genres, including horror and the "new weird." And now it's being bought by Skyhorse and Start, the same two companies that are buying Night Shade Books.

Top image: Cover art for Curse of the Wolf Girl by Martin Millar, by John Coulthart.

Underland's authors include Joe R. Lansdale, John Shirley, Elizabeth Hand, Martin Millar, Jeff VanderMeer and others. And their strange, intense books have gotten a lot of acclaim. This new deal doesn't mean anything for the still-pending Night Shade deal, says Start's Jarred Weisfeld: "Underland and Night Shade have nothing to do with one another. It was not an alternative purchase." Skyhorse's Tony Lyons adds that this just shows their commitment to getting into genre publishing, and they plan to have Underland put out 20 books a year.

The release on the Underland site says:

Skyhorse Publishing and Start Publishing announced today the purchase of Underland Press, an award-winning independent publishing house dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Underland Press was started in 2007 by publisher Victoria Blake. Its titles have been nominated for, and won, many of the genre’s highest prizes and awards, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Horror Award, the Shirley Jackson, and the American Library Association Best Horror. “I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish,” said publisher Victoria Blake. “I’m thrilled that the Underland name and legacy will live on at Skyhorse and Start Publishing.”

The purchase of Underland is part of the joint effort of Skyhorse and Start to focus on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Known for both nonfiction and for digital books, Skyhorse and Start are planning to deepen their relationship to the genre community.

“We are thrilled at the acquisition of Underland,” said Tony Lyons, Skyhorse Publisher. “We look forward to publishing 10–20 new books a year, to re-promoting the Underland backlist, and to finding new readers for these terrific books.”

Victoria Blake will continue to act as publisher of InFact Books, an imprint of the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, which is distributed by PGW.