Wakefield Press is an independent American publisher devoted to the translation of overlooked gems and literary oddities in small, affordable, yet elegant paperback editions. Our publications include the Wakefield Handbooks series (the guidebook as imagined through literature), the Imagining Architecture series (architecture as imagined through literature), and the Imagining Science series (science as imagined through literature), as well as forays into classic experimental fiction (literature as imagined through literature). Authors range from literary giants to those underrepresented (or unknown) in English.

Forthcoming Titles

De Profundis

German Expressionist writings.

The Envelope-Silence

A Surrealist library.

Imagining Architecture

Fantastical architecture, imaginary urbanism, and hallucinatory dwellings.

Imagining Science

Outsider science, extreme empiricism, aberrant experiments, and imaginary speculations—literary explorations in fictional science.

The Library of Cruelty

Tales of love, crime, war, and madness, from the surreal to the sarcastic.

The Margins of Dada

The School of the Strange

Belgian and French weird fantasy.


Verse, from the adverse to the perverse.

Wakefield Galleries

Rogues galleries, roll calls, personnel files, and eccentric rosters.

Wakefield Handbooks

The how-to manual reimagined: guidebooks on a variety of satirical, parodic, and quixotic subjects.