Fairwood Press is publishing the collected works of Jack Cady in a unified edition of his novels, his essays, and his short stories. This edition will complete the effort begun by Resurrection House and Underland Press in 2014.
The seven titles previously published by Underland Press have been reissued in 2019 (with the same great look, but different ISBNs), with one new reprint of Cady's novel Street also coming in 2019. The remainder of the titles will be forthcoming in 2020 and perhaps 2021. “It’s going to be a pleasure to re-read Jack Cady’s work,” Fairwood Press publisher Patrick Swenson said, “even though I’ll now be looking at it as a publisher, and not just as a fan.”
Mark Teppo, publisher of Resurrection House, has known Swenson for years. “We’ve been in the independent publishing trenches together for a long time,” Teppo said. “Not only did I ask him to provide the introduction to the first collection of short stories that we did for Jack (Phantoms), but Patrick took a class from Jack back in the day, and published one of his last short stories in his magazine Talebones. As I reconsidered the focus for Underland Press, it occurred to me that Patrick and Fairwood Press might be a better place for Jack’s works in the long term. Fortunately, Carol Orlock (Jack’s widow) and Patrick agreed.”
Teppo will be working with Swenson on the packaging and presentation of the remaining titles that Underland had not yet released. “I’m delighted that he’s maintaining the branding that we did for the collection,” Teppo said.
Swenson is a staunch admirer of Jack Cady’s work, which has long deserved a classic presentation. “I’m thrilled that we’re going to continue and complete this project through Fairwood Press,” he said.