Unnameable Press Archives

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TxAM-CRS C000148

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Unnameable Press Archives


  • 1984-1995 (Creation)


1 Box

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James A. Riley was a Graphic Design student at Kent State University where he met Scott H. Urban. The two established the Unnameable Press in 1984 as a specialty book publisher of dark fantasy literature and art, with Urban as Editor and Riley as Designer and Printer. Six early booklets were printed for course credit; material for them came from Riley, Urban, and the University Science Fiction and Fantasy club was known as The October Society (named for Ray Bradbury's The October Country).

Riley and the Press moved to Atlanta, Georgia later in 1984, and in 1985 Daniel Deyo also came onboard as Press Editor though he eventually left, and Elizabeth A. Saunders took his place.

The Press continued publishing folios, ephemera, and trade material through the early 1990s. Currently, Unnameable Press is on publishing hiatus, though there are online sites devoted to their work.

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This collection gathers together eleven of the Unnameable Press's imprints from 1984 through 1986, promotional ephemera from 1985-1993, and correspondence from 1993-1995.

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This collection is organized by typed of material (Publications, Correspondence, Ephemera), with each being arranged chronologically.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English

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© Copyright 2019 Cushing Library. All rights reserved.

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