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.
Ryan Cagle was born and raised in New Orleans and later relocated to the dark swamps of Acadiana. His obsession with the horror genre dates back to a very early age. At Valancourt Books he focuses on rediscovering titles to include in the Gothic Classics and Horror catalogues. He handles much of the "book scouting", rare book photography and working with extracting and creating text files from often barely legible two hundred year old pages. He also maintains the website and Valancourt's social media presence and works with independent bookstores to make Valancourt's titles as widely available as possible.
Baron Blood and his Headless Horseman. When Baron sees us working ourselves to death, he continues trying to keep us in the best of spirits.
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, our namesake, was a Ragdoll rescued from an animal shelter in Seattle. For the past 7 years he has helped us to locate books to publish, often by finding them under the couch or table. Valancourt passed away in 2013 after a year battle with cancer. He will forever be part of our family.