Broodcomb Press

House publisher for the peninsula

Reviews

“While Delivery Artefacts is very different from the other Broodcomb books I’ve read, it is still edgy, compelling, deeply philosophical and in my case completely unputdownable.   There is nothing quite like the Broodcomb experience; as someone who has read pretty much everything from this unique publisher, I should know. Very highly recommended.” – Oddly Weird Fiction

“Whilst very much a book of the moment, particularly with the current popularity of so-called ‘folk horror’ but more specifically [Wild Marjoram Tea] is a book with its roots planted in the classics of strange fiction. It builds on the heritage of the likes of Arthur Machen’s Shining Pyramid, George McDonald’s Phantastes, Lord Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter and Hope Mirlees’ Lud-In-The-Mist alongside more contemporary work like Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and Robert Holdstock’s Mythago Wood cycle and as seems to be the case with all the Broodcomb Press books that I’ve read so far this proved to be an engrossing and compelling read.” Wyrd Britain

“One of the best small presses in the UK.” – Alex Older, author of The Animals Praise the Antichrist

“[The Night of Turns] is the third Broodcomb Press book I’ve read – my third visit to the Peninsula. Each visit has been more immersive than the last, each visit the Peninsula works its way a little more under the skin. I love everything about this independent small press, from the dark and weird aesthetic, the singular artwork, that some of their books are written by fictional characters, to the production values of every limited edition release. Personally, I think The Night of Turns is a future classic, and will surely end up as a darkly hermetic entry on a future equivalent of Gollancz’s Fantasy Masterwork list.” – Kulchur Kat, Goodreads.com

“[Upmorchard is] another fabulous excursion into the unknown […] Ostermeier teases out the history of the stones and leaves us with a fractured snapshot of a troubled time and of a violent history that perhaps has yet to end.” – Wyrd Britain

“[The Night of Turns] is a captivating work of folk horror […] Reading it is like reaching your hand into a dark doorway at night. Heart-racing. Spellbinding. […] the book feels strikingly original.” – Manchester Review of Books

“Absolutely exquisite. I ought to buy stock in Broodcomb — I haven’t yet met a book of theirs I haven’t loved. I have truly become a fangirl. […] Another stunning and truly sublime book from Broodcomb, The Night of Turns is unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s very likely that I’ll never read anything like it again, so I feel extremely fortunate to have a copy. As it stands, Broodcomb’s book Upmorchard (which I read earlier), has sold out completely, so yes indeed I feel lucky that I bought my books when I did.” – Oddly Weird Fiction and Goodreads.com

A Trick of the Shadow […] is a set of disconcerting and bleak stories, all set on the mysterious ‘peninsula’. These are compelling and disquieting tales, with an eerie surrealism running through. ‘A Tantony Pig’ explicitly evokes [Arthur] Machen, though all play on those themes he returned to again and again throughout his life […] of the dark glamour of weird rites, and the corruption of innocence […] the story builds to a moment of Machenesque dread and ecstasy.” – Timothy J. Jarvis, Faunus: Journal of the Friends of Arthur Machen

“It is always something of a thrill to think (rightly or wrongly) that you are one of the first to ‘spot’ a great new author and are thus part of a little select club, which of course you hope will grow bigger as you tell everyone about your new ‘find’. […] [A Trick of the Shadow] is a stunning debut volume […] I immediately re-read it (even better second time out!) and purchased another copy to gift to a friend. What more can I say? This is an essential purchase.” – John Hirschorn-Smith, Sidereal Press

“To say the imagery contained in these tales will stay with me for a long time would be to indulge in gross understatement. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say the stories meld the strangeness of Aickman, the intensity and bleakness of Ligotti, and something of de la Mare’s unnerving ambiguity and poise. The creative imagination – that town through which dreams and nightmares sit together, side by side, on the same endless omnibus trip – is alive and well, or at least alive in some twisted sense of the word. Next stop: the peninsula.” – Brian Lavelle, Musician

“Considering I had absolutely no idea that either this book or this publisher even existed, I feel incredibly lucky to have discovered both. A Trick of the Shadow is for me the new standard of “weird,” meaning that with this book the bar has certainly been raised in terms of any modern weird fiction I will read in the future. I would read a story and then just sit and think about it for a very long time; I had to switch from reading this in late-night quiet to brightest day because all of the thinking was keeping me awake. It just wouldn’t let go. The influences of other writers can certainly be felt in this volume, but this is truly an original collection that once read, will never be forgotten. An amazing effort, and a book I more than highly recommend. I loved it.” – Oddly Weird Fiction

“This book has been hovering around the edges of my attention for a while now but I finally dug into it on the recommendation of a friend and I’m very glad I did […] A Trick of the Shadow proved to be a simply wonderful read.” – Wyrd Britain

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