Start Publishing


Start Publishing LLC has become well known as a publisher of high quality titles in a variety of fiction niches, including science fiction, fantasy, thrillers and romance. In addition to organic growth, the company has grown quickly through several strategic acquisitions, including Night Shade books, a renowned science fiction imprint; Salvo Press, focused on thrillers; Whiskey Creek Press, known for general fiction as well as romance; and Cleis Press, a 35 year old company well known for high quality romance fiction. Our recent acquisitions of Cleis Press and Viva Editions also provides a formidable presence in the nonfiction space with a focus on sexuality, wellness and healthy living. Across all of our imprints, we have amassed a library of over 6,000 titles. Start Publishing’s titles have won Hugo, Nebula, Shirley Jackson and Locus Awards.

Start Publishing Imprints:
  • Cleis Press
  • Mason Crest
  • Night Shade Books
  • Salvo Press
  • Start Classics
  • Start Science Fiction
  • Viva Editions
  • Whiskey Creek Press


  • Butcher Bird
    By Richard Kadrey

    He lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. He has his favorite drinking buddy, Lulu Garou, and other friends all over town. One night a pissed-off demon tries to bite his head off and he’s saved by a stranger—a small, blind woman with a...
  • No Return
    By Zachary Jernigan

    On Jeroun, there is no question as to whether God exists–only what his intentions are.

    Under the looming judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon–a string of spinning spheres beside the moon known as The Needle–warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition...
  • Pump Six
    By Paolo Bacigalupi

    The ten stories in Pump Six chart the evolution of Paolo Bacigalupi’s work, including the Hugo nominated “Yellow Card Man,” and the Sturgeon Award-winning story “The Calorie Man,” both set in the world of his novel The Windup Girl.

    This collection also demonstrates the power...
  • The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All
    By Laird Barron

    Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hardboiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone,...
  • The Book of Cthulhu
    By Ross E Lockhart

    First described by visionary author H. P. Lovecraft, the Cthulhu mythos encompass a pantheon of truly existential cosmic horror: Eldritch, uncaring, alien god-things, beyond mankind’s deepest imaginings, drawing ever nearer, insatiably hungry, until one day, when the stars are right.…

    As that dread day,...
  • The Cloud Roads
    by Martha Wells

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is– a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success....
  • The Departure
    By Neal Asher

    An overpopulated world is under the brutal, high-tech thumb of the Committee. Towering robot shepherds, pain-inducers, and reader guns maintain control over masses of zero-asset citizens, but for the elite this not enough. Twelve billion must human beings must die before the Earth can be stabilized,...
  • The Windup Girl
    by Paolo Bacigalupi

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s Calorie Man in Thailand. Undercover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko…
    Emiko is the Windup...