Saturday, October 2, 2021

We visit the Neverland of Averoigne and the chill waters of upstate New York at Pegana Press

Currently working on two limited releases. A broadside print on thick pale gray paper of a magnificent triptych illustration from Jim Pitts accompanying the poem Averoigne by Clark Ashton Smith soon available on the website.

I found a fascinating story from Robert W. Chambers to print embodying his unique ability to weave the unreal with the mundane in this tale of redemption and fate....Aquatic and psychedelic rendering of new artwork from Robert H. Knox  to complete this chapbook wrapped in Nepalese gold and sea-green papyrus covers.  Available now to pre-order on the website.

At the bindery Rita continues work on more batches of Dark Dreamlands 3 by H.P. Lovecraft and Lost Tales V by Lord Dunsany.

Back to work for us!

Monday, July 26, 2021

Recent Press News


Press Activity

I've finished scoring, folding, trimming and gathering the signatures for Dark Dreamlands III by H,P, Lovecraft.  It's always a pleasure to finally see a book come together with it's illustrations and contents.  

I have the type set for the Clark Ashton Smith poem "Averoigne" that Jim Pitts is illustrating and will be presented as a multi-colour limited broadside soon.  I used the new Goudy 30 type from Mackenzie and Harris Foundry and it should look stunning when done.

Bindery Update
Rita is busy cutting the boards and endpapers for Dark Dreamland III and will begin binding them soon.
She has batches of Poseidonis The Age of Whelming by Clark Ashton Smith and The Men of Baldfolk by Lord Dunsany under weight and drying.
All Lord Dunsany Lost Tales editions that are reserved and already ordered are now under weight drying and will be ready to ship soon.
More copies of Dark Dreamlands I and II are being bound and should be ready presently.

Inventory Update

The Age of Whelming  by Clark Ashton Smith. Letterpress edition limited to 80 copies.  Illustrated by Justine Jones. 2 Copies available, ship date 6 weeks.
The Golden Key  by George MacDonald. Letterpress edition limited to 80 copies. Illustrated and signed by Charles van Sandwyk. 1 Copy available ships now.
The Men of Baldfolk and Other Fanciful Tales by Lord Dunsany.  Letterpress edition limited to 80 copies. Illustrated by Sidney Syme.  1 Copy available ships 6-8 weeks.
Dark Dreamlands I and II  by H.P. Lovecraft.  Letterpress editions limited to 100 copies.  Illustrated by Michael Hutter.  Taking orders. ships 8-10 weeks.
Lost Tales Volume IV by Lord Dunsany.  Letterpress edition limited to 80 copies.  Illustrated by Sidney Sime.  1 Copy available ships 4 weeks.
Paris by Hope Mirrlees.  Letterpress edition limited to 50 copies.  Illustrated with Parisian plates.  One copy left from press run ships now.

That's all for now, back to work for me....Read safely!

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Of Ink and Thread


As Winter continues Rita and I are hard at work on Pegana Press releases. Rita continues to bind more copies of Lost Tales 5 as well as the rest of the series.  More Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith coming along as well.

I'm well into the printing of Dark Dreamlands III by H.P. Lovecraft.  Once again the book will feature the brilliant and surreal artwork of Michael Hutter.  Pre-orders will open soon for that.  We hope everyone is staying safe and doing lots of reading.  I'm currently reading Wodehouse and Sax Rohmer...

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The tale of Words and Boards

Well, things are humming along at Pegana Press as we continue our work. Rita has been cutting the boards for the Lord Dunsany Lost Tales 5 by hand and notching out the insets for the cover pastedowns. We use a much denser binder board for our books so they're more durable and don't warp,  but of course they're so dense I can't cut them with our cutter and local people have just screwed them up so we {Rita} cuts each one by hand and since I insisted on insets for the Dunsany books Rita gets to do that as well.

Meanwhile I'm nearing the end of typesetting the new Clark Ashton Smith story.  His writing certainly requires a dictionary to catch some of the nuances layered into his prose.  It can also be a challenge when having to decide where to hyphenate an unfamiliar word or one of his character's proper names!

We're looking forward to seeing the finished color Robert H. Knox illustration for the new chapbook, the prelim sketch is below.

Stay well and safe everyone and Good Reading.  We read Terry Pratchett here a lot these days...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Taming of The Signatures

I spent the week folding about 800 pages of Lost Tales V by Lord Dunsany and then collating the pages into signatures.  The illustrations were scored and trimmed for insertion into the signatures.

I just need to print the spine titles and front board pastedowns and my part of the work will be finished!  It's nice to see the book becoming a completed entity.  The special pre-order price will end July 15th.  Here's a link to more information and how to order.

Rita is continuing binding work, please be patient as she has a lot of books to get through and it's slow and painstaking work to do it right.

I'll be starting on a Lovecraft broadside of one of his lesser known poems with a great period illustration.

Good and safe reading to everyone from Mike and Rita at Pegana Press.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Update from the Bindery at Pegana Press

Just a quick update to let you know where I’m at with the binding process. As you may know Pegana Press is a small press run by the two of us, Mike and Rita Tortorello.

Under ordinary circumstances our books take about 8 to 10 weeks to bind from start to finish, and most of that time is spent under weight.

I am experiencing a delay of about 3 to 5 weeks due to the pandemic, but am just about ready to get books under weight in this upcoming week.

I will continue to update you with progress reports as the books are bound.  You may expect your books to be finished by no later than June, if all goes as expected.  We are doing our best to stay safe and we hope you are too.  Thank you for your patience and your understanding at this time.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

New For 2020: Pegana Press Podcast

Several years back, we tried doing a Storycast, where we read rare stories.  We tried posting them on our blog and website, but didn’t really have the proper platform to do it.

Over time this idea has been resurrected in two ways.  One is where Mike Tortorello in partnership with Daven Tillinghast creates audio stories with music.  You can find out more about that on Dreamer’s Tales on Patreon .

The second evolution of Storycast comes in the form of a podcast on anchor . fm.  We’ve just put out our first episode.  You can listen on Pegana Press Podcast 

We hope to make this a regular thing and plan to release two episodes a month for now.

We invite you to join us.