Castalia House

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Castalia House
Founded 2014; 9 years ago (2014)
Founder Markku Koponen and Vox Day
Country of origin Finland
Headquarters location Kouvola, Finland
Distribution Worldwide
Key people Vox Day (lead editor)
John C. Wright (Author)
Martin van Creveld (Author)
Jerry Pournelle (Editor)
Publication types Books

Castalia House is a Finnish trade book publisher that specializes in science fiction, fantasy, and military fiction. It also publishes a variety of non-fiction works covering history and social and political trends of the twenty-first century. This includes several books that explain and endorse concepts of the alt-right political movement. The publisher became well known during the nomination process of the Hugo Awards given out by the World Science Fiction Society when it secured Finalist status for its published works and authors in 2015 and 2016. Castalia House is also known for reviving the classic There Will Be War series of military science-fiction anthologies that was published by Jerry Pournelle from 1982 to 1990. The tenth volume in the series, There Will Be War Volume X, was published by Castalia House in 2015, 25 years after its immediate predecessor.

In 2017, Castalia House branched out into publishing original comics in a variety of genres. Castalia's comics imprints are Arkhaven Comics (which develops and publishes original comics series like Alt Hero), and Dark Legion Comics (which publishes original comics created by independent authors). The Alt*Hero series is intended to challenge the superhero series of Marvel and DC Comics, which Arkhaven's creators allege have become co-opted by the latter's alleged left-wing politics.



Castalia House was founded in early 2014 by game developers Markku Koponen and Vox Day after Day's publisher, Marcher Lord Press, was acquired by a larger publisher, permitting the release of Day's books from his contract with Marcher Lord. Castalia House's first publication was Särjetty taika, a Finnish translation of Day's novella A Magic Broken. Tom Kratman was the first author signed to Castalia House; his novella Big Boys Don't Cry was published on February 21, 2014, and was subsequently named a Hugo Award Finalist.

While Castalia House was initially intended as a vehicle to publish Vox Day's written work in the wake of the Marcher Lord acquisition, it rapidly took on a life of its own, as it now publishes the works of more than 20 established authors, including Jerry Pournelle, Martin van Creveld, and Mike Cernovich.

Although the focus of Castalia House is science fiction, its range of authors and works remains eclectic, as lead editor Vox Day has acquired works by various fiction and non-fiction authors with little regard to the category. In addition to science fiction, as of 2016, Castalia House's category bestsellers range from philosophy and gardening to westerns and literary satires. Day has stated, "We are more interested in quality than we are in staying in our genre lane"[4]


Castalia House publishes a number of critically-acclaimed and bestselling authors, including Jerry Pournelle, Tom Kratman, John C. Wright, Martin van Creveld, William S. Lind, Mike Cernovich, Eric S. Raymond, Nick Cole, David VanDyke, Sarah Salviander, Peter Grant, David The Good, Rod Walker, and Vox Day.


Castalia House has published a number of Amazon category bestsellers, including the following:


As a result of the 2014 Sad Puppies and 2015–2016 Rabid Puppies campaigns, 22 Castalia House works and Castalia House authors have been named Hugo Award Finalists.[5] Castalia House-published novels also won two of the inaugural Dragon Awards.

Dragon Awards, Winners
  • Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm by John C. Wright (Best Science Fiction novel, 2016)
  • CTRL-ALT-Revolt! by Nick Cole (Best Post-Apocalyptic novel, 2016)
Hugo Awards, Finalists
  • “Opera Vita Aeterna” by Vox Day (Best Novelette, 2014)
  • “Big Boys Don’t Cry” by Tom Kratman, (Best Novella, 2015)
  • “One Bright Star to Guide Them” by John C. Wright, (Best Novella, 2015)
  • “The Plural of Helen of Troy” by John C. Wright, (Best Novella, 2015)
  • “Pale Realms of Shade” by John C. Wright, (Best Novella, 2015)
  • “Turncoat” by Steve Rzasa (Best Short Story, 2015)
  • “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds” by John C. Wright (Best Short Story, 2015)
  • “The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF” by Ken Burnside from Riding the Red Horse (Best Related Work, 2015)
  • Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth by John C. Wright (Best Related Work, 2015)
  • “What Price Humanity?” by David VanDyke from There Will Be War Volume X (Best Novelette, 2016)
  • “Flashpoint: Titan” by Cheah Kai Wai from There Will Be War Volume X (Best Novelette, 2016)
  • “Seven Kill Tiger” by Charles Shao from There Will Be War Volume X (Best Short Story, 2016)
  • Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986 by Marc Aramini (Best Related Work, 2016)
  • SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day (Best Related Work, 2016)
  • Castalia House Blog, edited by Jeffro Johnson (Best Fanzine, 2016)

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