Xpo Press owner, Brad Hicks, owned a company before Xpo Press called Paradox Publishing, LLC, incorporated in Colorado in 1993. How Brad got into Rocks, Gems, and Minerals is another story. Originally, Paradox published a literature and arts quarterly called Inklings. The first issue was published with a circulation of 5,000 in March 1994, increasing to 10,000 by 1995 and published quarterly through 1998. It was funded by advertising sales revenues, as were all of the publications published by Paradox and now by Xpo Press.
Inklings: Threads of Truth from Art & Story (1993-1999)
Below are cover images of back issues of Inklings that are available for $25 each. Contact Brad Hicks, former publisher of Inklings, to order. Email or call 877-621-6143.
|Vol 1:4, Spring '95
A Celebration of Restoration: Stories of Art & Healing
Featuring "Van Gogh's War with Passion" by Jan Johnson, original articles by Philip Yancey, Frederick Buechner, & Leland Ryken, & an interview with Lyle Dorsett.
|Vol. 3:1, Spring '97
Recognizing Artistic Responsibility: Creative Voices Who've Shaped Us
Featuring an interview with Randy Stonehill & "The Burden of Creation: Beyond Self-Absorption & the Deification of Art" by Terry Glaspey.
|Vol. 3:2, Summer '97
Comedy & the Paradox of Tragedy
Featuring "To Heep, Woop, & Nyuk with the Three Stooges by Scott Sawyer," "The Simpsons as Art" by Anne Speck, "Merlin's Laugh & the Comic Sense of Life" by Gene Veith, & an interview with Kathryn Lindskoog.
|Vol. 3:4, Winter '97-'98
Horror, Mystery & the Grotesque
Featuring "God & the Grotesque: Hope Beyond Reason" by Brad Hicks, "Gargoyles & the Grotesque: Keepers of the Moral Gauge" by Karen Mulder, & an interview with Clive Barker.
|Vol. 4:1, Spring '98
Venus Speaks: An Inklings Discussion of Love, Sex & Romance
Featuring Charles Williams' Theology of Romantic Love by Barb Linville, "The Secret Affair of Sister Wendy" by Karen Mulder, & an interview with Philip Yancey.
|Vol. 4:2, Summer '98
What If? Science Fiction, Fantasy & Other Worlds
Featuring "Thawing a Frozen River: Tolkien's Appeal to an Imprisoned Imagination" by Mary McDermott Shideler & "The Death of Myth" by Brad Hicks.
|Vol. 4:3, Fall '98
Deflowering Success: Unearthing a Hollow Myth
Featuring "Reflections on the '98 Festival of Faith & Writing" by Susan Adams Kauffman, a songwriting seminar with Pierce Pettis, & an interview with The Call's Michael Been.
|Vol. 4:4, Winter '99 (Never Published)
Narnia Lives: An Inklings Tribute to C.S. Lewis
Featuring "Six Years of Inklings, 100 Years of 'Jack,'" by Brad Hicks, "The Inklings of Oxford" by Nancy Shideler Hicks, and "Confessions of a Non-Narnian" by Scott Sawyer.
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