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!”

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.

Per Aspera Catalog – 2014

Just a quick update to get the word out that I’ve finished putting the catalog together. Take a look at our whole lineup, and if you’re a book retailer you can order copies at up to a 45% discount. See the Bookseller pricing page.

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2014 books

We’re happy to announce that we’re releasing six – SIX! – new titles in 2014 and 2015. All of these will be released simultaneously in hardcover, trade paper, and electronic (Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Play, etcetera). Sadly, no cover art is ready to show. But you can sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on all the news, including when the covers are posted.
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