Ragnarok Publications acquires Per Aspera Press – oh that’s us!

I am happy to announce that we have new, beneficial overlords! :) Ragnarok Publications is acquiring us and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

Here’s our new imprint logo: PerAsperaPressLogo

Here’s the press release:

For Immediate Release
Ragnarok Publications Reaches for the Stars with New Science Fiction Imprint

Speculative Fiction Publisher Adds Per Aspera Press to Its Growing Family

April 8, 2015—Crestview Hills, Kentucky—Ragnarok Publications, known for their ground-breaking speculative fiction books on the slightly grim side, will soon be exploring a different type of dark matter with its new acquisition of Per Aspera Press, a small science fiction publishing company.

Per Aspera was founded by Jak Koke and Karawynn Long in 2003. Koke will remain editor of all Per Aspera titles, as well as any future titles he acquires for that imprint. Along with him is author/editor Shannon Page, who will continue to work with him editorially, as well as publish her fantasy series, the Nightcraft Quartet, with Ragnarok in 2016.

This will be Ragnarok’s second acquisition, after they welcomed the folks of Angelic Knight Press as their supernatural horror imprint in 2014. Ragnarok is committed to a smooth transition between companies, and looks forward to reprinting some of Per Aspera’s titles under the new imprint with new covers, as well as publishing new works a little later in the year.

Some of the titles acquired via the Per Aspera merge, such as Andrew C. Murphy’s STEEL SKY, will remain under that imprint, while others, such as OUR LADY OF THE ISLANDS by Shannon Page and Jay Lake and WAKING UP NAKED IN STRANGE PLACES by Julie McGalliard, will be welcomed under the Ragnarok banner, depending on genre.

Creative Director and Co-Publisher of Ragnarok Publications, Joe Martin, can’t wait to work with the people from Per Aspera, and is excited about the possibilities this acquisition holds for both sides. “Their mission aligns with ours,” he says. “Tim Marquitz and I are both impressed with the story quality of their titles. Jak has assembled a crazy-strong book list, and the acquisition makes all of us even stronger.”

Per Aspera co-founder, Jak Koke, is enthusiastic about joining forces with Ragnarok. “I am extremely happy that our books found a new home with Joe, Tim, and the whole Ragnarok team. They publish gorgeous, beautifully crafted books. I cannot think of more perfect stewards to take our small press to the next level!”

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To see a full list of Ragnarok Publications’ authors and books, as well as to learn more about the company, please visit www.ragnarokpub.com or follow them on Twitter @RagnarokPub

Contact Melanie R. Meadors, Publicity Coordinator at Ragnarok Publications, for any interview or media opportunities at melaniermeadors@gmail.com.

Our year in books

We published four new titles this year in both hardcover and tradepaper, plus a tradepaper edition of a previously published book. We got some great reviews and made a Best of 2014 list. Not bad for our first (almost full) year back from hiatus, I’d say.

Take a look:

Per Aspera 2014 releases

Per Aspera 2014 releases

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Thank you to everyone who helped with these books — authors, editors, artists, designers, reviewers — and especially to our readers! Happy New Year and our sincerest hopes for a prosperous and joyful 2015!

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Recent reviews of our novels (new and old)

Several reviews have appeared in the past few weeks (two of them in the last few days).

Firstly, Library Journal gives Our Lady of the Islands a starred review!

VERDICT A picturesque tropical setting, a mature, intelligent heroine, and a whole lot of action help make this collaboration between Page (Eel River) and the late Lake (Green) a great success. Set in a remote corner of Lake’s Copper Downs world, this will appeal to fans of Lake’s other novels, or anyone who enjoys rich fantasy adventure.
— Library Journal ★ 12/01/2014

Secondly, Being Small got a glowing 5-star review. “The language is clear and simple, elegant like all of Chaz Brenchley’s work, but the impact of the writing will stay with me and I think most readers for a very long time. I whole-heartedly recommend it.”

And last but not least, Singularity also got an ebullient, 5-star review. “You can read the blurbs at any good book site, but they can’t tell you how DeSmedt skillfully lays out the threads to his tale then meticulously weaves them into a plausible, yet incredible, plot. He does.”

You can pick up any of these right now — in time for Christmas — if you order the ebook version.

Our Lady of the Islands by Shannon Page & Jay Lake

cover: Being Small by Chaz Brenchley

Singularity by Bill DeSmedt