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A Little History...
Nezu Press was originally founded in 2008 as a publisher of scholarly works about Japanese art and history. In the early part of 2023, the press was reborn as a publisher of supernatural/weird/horror fiction.
We produce attractive hardback editions, focusing predominantly on works by forgotten or neglected female writers who were active during the Victorian era and up to 1950. Each of our books includes a long, informative introductory essay about the author of the work.
So, why the change from academic art history to tales of spooky weirdness? Well, we spent years reading weird titles that nobody else appeared to have read, by authors nobody seemed to remember, and making the same statements over and over again—that this or that book deserved a wider audience, and that it was such a shame that so many authors had been entirely forgotten. Of course, readers can't read what isn't available to them; we'd spent years rummaging around secondhand bookstores and picking up obscure titles, and our shelves were full of them, but many of the books we'd bought had become so rare over time that it was difficult to find a single copy for sale (or, if copies were available, they were incredibly expensive). So, after all those years of asking "why hasn't anyone republished this?", we decided to do it ourselves.
In spring 2023, we were extremely proud and excited to publish our first supernatural title, F. M. Mayor's The Room Opposite; it was the first new edition of this collection of short stories to appear since its original publication in 1935.
It is our hope that, with the publication of these new editions, these neglected classics will become as dear to you as they are to us.
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