The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box (BSDB) is an independent, Canadian literary publisher, founded in 1993 by George A. Vanderburgh. Based in Shelburne, Ontario, and in Sauk City, Wisconsin, the company is headed by George Vanderburgh.
The press initially specialized in the writings about Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with the motto "The Sherlockian publisher of first and last resort." Since then the imprint has focused on detective fiction from the Golden Age, as well as pulp fiction serial characters from the 20th century in the series "The Lost Treasures from the Pulps". The press also specializes in new and otherwise out-of-print books by Canadian authors. BSDB has issued books under several logos, including The Other Door, Artemesia House, Mycroft & Moran, Hawk and Whippoorwill and The August Derleth Society.
The BSDB published over 425 titles in its first decade and a half. New titles are added regularly. The press is governed by an editorial board known as "The Sacred Six", whose membership consists of Robert Weinberg, Illinois; Garyn Roberts, Michigan; Randy Vanderbeek, Michigan; Rodney Schroeter, Wisconsin; John Robert Colombo, Toronto; and George Vanderburgh, Shelburne, Ontario.
Arkham House is an American publishing house specializing in weird fiction. It was founded in Sauk City, Wisconsin in 1939 by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei to preserve in hardcover the best fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. The company's name is derived from Lovecraft's fictional New England city, Arkham. Arkham House editions are noted for the quality of their printing and binding. The colophon for Arkham House was designed by Frank Utpatel.Frederick Merrick White
Frederick Merrick White (1859–1935) wrote a number of novels and short stories under the name "Fred M. White" including the six 'Doom of London' science-fiction stories, in which various catastrophes beset London. These include The Four Days' Night (1903), in which London is beset by a massive killer smog; The Dust of Death (1903), in which diphtheria infects the city, spreading from refuse tips and sewers; and The Four White Days (1903), in which a sudden and deep winter paralyses the city under snow and ice. These six stories all first appeared in Pearson's Magazine, and were illustrated by Warwick Goble. He was also a pioneer of the spy story, and in 2003, his series The Romance of the Secret Service Fund (written in 1899) was edited by Douglas G. Greene and published by Battered Silicon Dispatch Box.James Moss Cardwell
James Moss Cardwell (17 January 1926 – 11 April 1990), who used the pen name Adobe James, was an American writer and educator.He is best known for his horror stories, such as The Ohio Love Sculpture and The Road to Mictlantecutli, which appeared in anthologies edited by Alfred Hitchcock, Herbert van Thal, and others. He also wrote short stories and articles for men's magazines.Peter Ruber
Peter Ruber (September 29, 1940 – March 6, 2014) was a United States author, editor and publisher. He had been an advertising executive, book publisher and, for the past two decades, a consultant and free-lance journalist for many leading business information technology magazines. He lived on Long Island, New York with his wife, three sons, three grandchildren and a mountain of books and literary papers.
As publishing executive, he came to know and publish many books by Arkham House founder August Derleth between 1962–1971, some under his Candlelight Press imprint, and researched his former colleague's life and time for nearly forty years.
Ruber became the editor for Arkham House in 1997, after Jim Turner left to found Golden Gryphon Press. Ruber drew criticism for the hostile opinions of various authors he expressed in his story introductions within his anthology Arkham's Masters of Horror (2000). Rumours of his ill-health circulated for some time; he suffered a stroke in 2004 and his editorial duties at Arkham House lapsed due to this.
Ruber authored The Last Bookman: A Journey into the Life and Times of Vincent Starrett: Journalist, Bookman, Bibliophile (NY: Candlelight Press, 1968; reprint Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 1995) and editor of over 25 books. He did much research for a biography on August Derleth (as yet unpublished) and Seabury Quinn. He also began editing for Battered Silicon Dispatch Box all of Vincent Starrett's works, with 22 of a projected 25 volumes already in print.
In 2000 Ruber edited a collection of previously unpublished stories by H. Russell Wakefield for Ash-Tree Press. For the same publisher in 2003 he edited Night Creatures by Seabury Quinn.
Ruber suffered a stroke in 2004 and his editorial duties at Arkham House lapsed due to this.
Ruber died on March 6, 2014.Raymond Souster
Raymond Holmes Souster, OC (January 15, 1921 – October 19, 2012) was a Canadian poet whose writing career spanned over 70 years. More than 50 volumes of his own poetry were published during his lifetime, and he edited or co-edited a dozen volumes of poetry by others. A resident of Toronto all of his life, he has been called that city's "most loved poet".Robert Fulford wrote of Souster in 1998: "You can't read the history of Canadian poetry without encountering him, yet somehow he remains obscure. His legendary shyness has created, over five decades, a curious form of anonymity: he's at once omnipresent and invisible."The Dragnet Solar Pons et al.
The Dragnet Solar Pons et al. is a collection of detective short stories by author August Derleth. It was released in 2011 by Battered Silicon Dispatch Box. It is a collection of Derleth's Solar Pons stories which are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle.
These are the original versions of the stories as they appeared in Dragnet magazine, Detective Trails magazine, Gangster Stories magazine, and original unpublished manuscripts. Notes by Mark Wardecker compare the text of the stories to the later, anthologized versions and point out parallels to the Sherlock Holmes stories.
This collection was recommended (but not shortlisted) for a 2012 British Fantasy Award.