James D. Jenkins is the publisher and general editor for Valancourt Books. He holds degrees in literature from the University of Kansas and the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He has published on the Gothic in peer-reviewed journals and spoken on Gothic literature at numerous academic conferences and also lectured on scholarly editing at universities in the United States and Canada. A devoted fan and collector of the types of lost Gothic and popular fiction published by Valancourt, he has edited several of Valancourt's publications and regularly travels with the press to academic conferences to display Valancourt's books and speak with prospective editors. As of June 2013, he resides in Richmond, Virginia.
Jay first became interested in Gothic and other lost popular literature as an undergraduate after stumbling upon a small, strange, old black book called The Castle of Otranto in the library stacks. Enthralled by this odd book, which was so much different than all the other old books they make you read in English class, he quickly devoured the few other Gothic novels available in print before discovering that the overwhelming majority of these wonderful books were long out of print and impossible to get. But not any more, thanks to the efforts of Valancourt Books.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Ryan grew up obsessed with the Gothic and horror genres (most likely originating from his gloomy Southern childhood).
At Valancourt Books, Ryan has worked for the last 7 years as research assistant and "book scout" for titles to include within the Gothic Classics series. In 2013, he began researching books for the Twentieth Century collection, still focusing on the horror genre. He also maintains the website (blame him) and handles social media coordination. Ryan currently lives in Richmond with James, a hellhound named Baron and a two-headed cat (the left head named Quarantine and the right Chernobyl).
Baron Blood and his Headless Horseman. Baron keeps us in best of spirits when he sees that we are working ourselves to death.
When he's not busy smiling for pictures or being attacked by the Wolfman, Vathek works in the office helping us to choose which books we publish by laying on top of them or trying to eat them.
Valancourt was rescued from a very Gothic imprisonment from a Seattle animal shelter in 2005. In addition to being our namesake, he was given a position in helping to locate new books to publish. We think his instructions may have become a little misconstrued.