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Shasta Publishers was a science fiction and fantasy small press specialty publishing house founded in 1947 by Erle Melvin Korshak, T. E. Dikty, and Mark Reinsberg. Publications include "The Checklist of Fantastic Literature," by Everett F. Bleiler as well as fiction by John W. Campbell, Jr., L. Ron Hubbard, Robert A. Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, and others. The company ceased publishing in 1957 but remains known for their influential presence in the field of science fiction publishing.

In 2009, Shasta was resurrected as Shasta/Phoenix with the publication of From the Pen of Paul: The Fantastic Images of Frank R. Paul. Shasta/Phoenix specialized in the publishing of art books featuring well-and-lesser known fantasy and science fiction illustrators. As an extension of our commitment to preserving and promoting the art from this fascinating genre of literature, Shasta/Phoenix offers illustration artwork for purchase and valuation and brokering services to our clients.


One of the premiere dealers in the field, Shasta/Phoenix is honored to have represented the collections of Sam Peeples, Darryl C. Richardson, Sid Altus, Gene Nigra, Barry Levin, and now the Stanleigh and Bradleigh Vinson family collection.

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Stephen D. Korshak, Esq.

Stephen "Steve" Korshak is a practicing attorney and real estate developer.

His fascination with fantasy illustration began in childhood, when a J. Allen St. John illustration was hung in his bedroom by his father, Erle Korshak (Shasta Publishers). Steve has authored various books on the artist's Hannes Bok, Margaret Brundage, Frank R. Paul, and J. Allen St. John. He and his wife, Alma, have compiled and toured an exceptional collection of science fiction and fantasy illustration, The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature. The Korshak Collection has been widely exhibited in the United States, Spain, and Japan.


Lauren Stump, ISA AM

Lauren Stump is a fine art appraiser and owner of Hollingsworth Fine Arts.  Lauren began appraising fine art in 2012 as an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers. She has managed and curated private collections of religious iconography, historical war memorabilia, photography, sculpture, and illustration artwork. Lauren has over a decade of experience in painting restoration practices and collections management. She currently serves as curator of the Korshak Collection and the Vinson Family Collection.

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