In November last year Horia, the editor of Millennium Press, showed me a copy of the first title of a new Romanian publishing house, Ex Occidente Press. However, this piece of information ended up in the back drawers of my mind until a few days ago when someone reminded me of this publishing house. So, I undusted my piece of information and went in the search of new ones. This way I found their website, catalogue of titles and presentation, which I’ll quote here:
Ex Occidente Press is an independent publishing house from that doubtful place that was once called "la Porte de l'Orient" by travellers, seers and esoterists, generals and freemasons, poets and spies, prostitutes and rakes, salon artists and theologians, but which is known nowadays under the name of Bucharest. Ex Occidente Press specialises in rara et nova fiction of the supernatural, the odd and the weird, the strange and the decadent, the fantastic and the obscure, the very holy and the luxuriously heretical. Ex Occidente Press places equal emphasis on introducing both new works from contemporary writers and works from an earlier age of European literature that has been neglected in the English-speaking world.
The title I saw was on excellent graphic conditions and if all Ex Occidente Press are like that one than the job done by this new publishing house is a very good one. I find their prices a bit expensive, but then again all the limited editions seem this way. I would certainly like to read some of their titles and to see how Ex Occidente Press develops in the future. And I have to discover an elixir of life too, because my reading list is gathering titles in a vertiginous way.