Shasta: Publishers was founded by T. E. Dikty, Erle Korshak, and (briefly) Mark Reinsberg in 1947 in order to publish Everett F. Bleiler's The Checklist of Fantastic Literature (1948). (Bleiler later became an employee as one of Shasta's editors.)
The name came from Korshak, who had worked pre-War for the US Forest Service near Mt. Shasta, in California.
The firm continued until 1957, publishing such titles as Who Goes There? (1948) by John W. Campbell, Jr.; The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950) by Robert A. Heinlein; Sidewise in Time (1950) by Murray Leinster [Will F. Jenkins]; The Demolished Man (1953) by Alfred Bester; Science Fiction Carnival (1953), edited by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds; and Empire of the Atom (1957) by A. E. van Vogt.
The verdict of Jack Chalker and Mark Owings in The Science-Fantasy Publishers was that Shasta and Korshak "had more lasting impact than many major specialty presses of today ever will or could."
The firm also announced several books it never published, some of which were original titles that were never published anywhere. It was in financial difficulties by 1953, though it managed to publish several more books before going out of business in 1957.
With his son, Stephen D. Korshak, Erle Korshak revived the Shasta imprint as "Shasta-Phoenix" in 2009 to publish collections of classic SF art.
Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
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