As they await word on whether their bid for Night Shade Books assets is approved, Skyhorse Publishing and Start Publishing have acquired another science fiction and fantasy house, Underland Press. The purchase of Underland is part of the joint effort of Skyhorse and Start to focus on science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Underland Press was started in 2007 by publisher Victoria Blake and its titles have been nominated for, and won, many of the genre’s highest prizes and awards. Skyhorse publisher Tony Lyons said he plans to publish 10-20 new Underland books a year and to re-promote the backlist.

Blake will continue to act as publisher of InFact Books, an imprint of the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, which is distributed by PGW.