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Centipede Press is an American independent book and periodical publisher focusing on horror, weird tales, crime narratives, science fiction, gothic novels, fantasy art, and studies of literature, music and film. Its earliest imprints were Cocytus Press and Millipede Press.

Centipede Press
FounderJerad Walters
Country of originUSA
Headquarters locationLakewood, Colorado
DistributionConsortium Book Sales
Publication typesBooks, Journals
Fiction genresHorror, Gothic, Science Fiction, Weird, Crime, Thriller, Abnormal Psychology



Centipede Press was founded in 2001 in Lakewood, Colorado by Jerad Walters. Since inception, it has published over two hundred volumes including currently well-known authors (including Stephen King, Peter Straub, Richard Adams, John Fowles, Neil Gaiman, and Patrick McGrath), as well as resurrecting out-of-print works of past genre writers. As of 2018, the press releases two to three new books a month, principally in luxury or oversized, signed or traycased hardback editions aimed toward the collector's market.

Centipede Press received the Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award in 2013, with its other volumes being named finalists in other years for the Bram Stoker Award in Non-fiction twice and once for Fiction Collection,[1][2][3] the Locus award for Single-Author Story Collection,[4] and World Fantasy Award for Best Multiple-Author Anthology (from its first released book, World Fantasy Award for Stigmata in 2001).[5] In 2018, the World Fantasy Convention presented three "Special Award--Professional" trophies to the writer, artist, and editor behind its volume on Patrick McGrath, Writing Madness.[6]

Noting this press's novel treatments and presentations of the fiction of Stephen King, Thomas Ligotti, and Patrick McGrath at the Stoker Awards presentations in New Orleans on 15 June 2013, the Board of the 1,300 member-World Horror Association lauded how Centipede "specializes in horror, crime, and science fiction", yet also regularly produces important "art books, career retrospectives, and critical studies on horror films". As the award presenter put it: "Centipede Press titles strive to be excellent examples of bookmaking, with superior design, page layout, and dust jackets."[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Books from the press have been reviewed in The New York Times,[8] The Washington Post,[9] Playboy,[10] The Wall Street Journal,[11] Black Static,[12] Dead Reckonings,[13] Fangoria,[14] Rue Morgue,[15] Shock Cinema,[16] Positif: Revue Mensuelle de Cinéma,[17] Empire,[18][19] Locus,[20][21] Cemetery Dance,[22] Famous Monsters of Filmland,[23] Film Quarterly,[24] The American Scholar,[25][26] CineAction,[27] and The Los Angeles Times.[28]

The Press's new fiction is included regularly in annual print retrospectives, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy,[29] The Year's Best Science Fiction,[30] The Best Horror of the Year,[31] The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror,[32] and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror.[33]

In an article from the leading trade journal on rare volumes, Fine Books & Collections, Richard Goodman contends that Centipede Press's major contribution is to show how the "weird and upsetting" are alluring or how "the ugly is beautiful" through the commissioned pen and ink drawings, paintings, photography, and woodcuts that accompany texts.[34]

In 2010, Centipede Press also launched a periodical, The Weird Fiction Review, a yearly color print journal ranging from 300-400 pages that discusses the eerie, monstrous, and decadent in film, literature, comics, and magazines. The journal is edited by S. T. Joshi and features articles, essays, original fiction, poetry, and interviews.[35]


  1. ^ "2015 Bram Stoker Awards". 2016-05-15.
  2. ^ "The Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot". Horror Writers Association. February 23, 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Announcing The 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot". Macmillan. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  4. ^ Staff (May 5, 2015). "2015 Locus Award Finalists (Centipede Press's _The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Lafferty. Volume One: The Man Who Made Models_". Horror World. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ "World Fantasy Award Nominees Index". World Fantasy Convention. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ "World Fantasy Awards℠ 2018". World Fantasy Convention. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  7. ^ "HWA Stoker Awards 2013 (minutes 40-47)". HWA Stoker Awards 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Jennings, Dana (October 31, 2014). "Artisanal Terror From Lilliputian Presses". The New York Times: C29. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  9. ^ Dirda, Michael (July 5, 2015). "Summer's Hidden Gems (Rev. of Centipede's _Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining": Studies in the Horror Film_)". The Washington Post: Sunday Arts Section.
  10. ^ Staff (December 2008). "Playboy's Holiday Gift Guide". Playboy. 55 (12).
  11. ^ Sandlin, Lee (March 24, 2012). "The Grace of a Shadowy Street (Rev. of Centipede Press crime novels)". The Wall Street Journal.
  12. ^ Tennant, Peter (May–June 2016). "Case Notes: The Silver Scream: STANLEY KUBRICK'S THE SHINING: STUDIES IN THE HORROR FILM". Black Static (52): 66–83.
  13. ^ Vincent, Bev (Spring 2012). "Something Beyond Comprehension... (Rev. of Joseph Aisenberg, _Carrie_; Danel Olson, ed. _The Exorcist_)". Dead Reckonings: A Review Magazine for the Horror Field (11).
  14. ^ Jackson, Camilla (March 2015). ""Book of the Month... _Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining": Studies in the Horror Film_ (Centipede Press)". Fangoria (341): 54.
  15. ^ Snellings, April (July 2016). "Rev. of _Guillermo del Toro's "The Devil's Backbone" and "Pan's Labyrinth": Studies in the Horror Film_". Rue Morgue (168): 26.
  16. ^ Puchalski, Steven (October 20, 2015). "Shocking Books: STANLEY KUBRICK'S THE SHINING: STUDIES IN THE HORROR FILM". Shock Cinema (49): 46.
  17. ^ Vachaud, Laurent (June 2016). "Notes de Lecture: Centipede Press". Positif: Revue Mensuelle de Cinéma (in French) (664): 72–73.
  18. ^ Nathan (Executive Editor), Ian (July 2015). "Rev. of _Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining": Studies in the Horror Film_". Empire: 136.
  19. ^ Hewitt (News Editor), Chris (July 2016). "Rev. of _Guillermo del Toro's "The Devil's Backbone" and "Pan's Labyrinth": Studies in the Horror Film_". Empire: 143.
  20. ^ Trombi (Editor in Chief), Liza Groen (February 2014). "2013 Recommended Reading (Rev. of Centipede Press's _What the Doctor Ordered_: Stories of Dr. Michale Bluemlein)". Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field. 72 (2): 28, 38.
  21. ^ Trombi (Editor in Chief), Liza Groen (February 2014). "2013 Recommended Reading (Rev. of Centipede Press's _Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration_. Edited by Joseph Wrzos)". Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field. 72 (2): 29, 39.
  22. ^ Vincent, Bev (2016). "News from the Dead Zone (Rev. of _Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining": Studies in the Horror Film_)". Cemetery Dance: The Magazine of Horror and Suspense (73): 16.
  23. ^ Gallo, Gerry (September–October 2016). "Guillermo del Toro: Studies in the Horror Film (Centipede Press)". Famous Monsters of Filmland (287): 9.
  24. ^ Fradley, Martin (Spring 2011). "The Cinema of David Cronenberg...". Film Quarterly. 64 (3): 73–75. doi:10.1525/FQ.2011.64.3.73.
  25. ^ Dirda, Michael (Fall 2015). "Thirteen for Halloween". The American Scholar.
  26. ^ Dirda, Michael (Winter 2012). "In Praise of Small Presses". The American Scholar.
  27. ^ Cowen, David (2011). "The Exorcist: Studies in the Horror Film (Centipede Press)". CineAction (86): 52–53.
  28. ^ Owchar, Nick (November 29, 2009). "The Siren's Call: Clark Ashton Smith's ancient worlds. A [Centipede] reissue of Clark Ashton Smith's weird stories show H.P. Lovecraft's influence -- but also Smith's originality". LA Times.
  29. ^ Fowler, Karen Joy, ed. (2016). The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016. Mariner. pp. 101–106. ISBN 978-0544555204.
  30. ^ Dozois, Gardner, ed. (2016). The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1250080844.
  31. ^ Datlow, Ellen, ed. (2015). Best Horror of the Year, Volume 7. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1597808293.
  32. ^ Datlow, Ellen (2007). The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007: 20th Annual Collection. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. pp. lxiv–lxxv. ISBN 978-0312369422.
  33. ^ Jones, Stephen, ed. (2009). The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20. Running Press. pp. 30, 46, 47. ISBN 978-0762437276.
  34. ^ Goodman, Richard (July–August 2006). "Centipede Press". Fine Books & Collections: 20–21.
  35. ^ Datlow, Ellen (2015). Best Horror of the Year Series. Book 7. New York: Night Shade Books. ISBN 978-1597808293.

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