Broodcomb Press

House publisher for the peninsula

Books

Edita Bikker, The Night of Turns, French Flaps 210 pp., £10 [Limited] – 2021

Once upon a time, you died.

I put this mark on your skin

so I’d know you on returning.

You were once mine before,

and now you are mine alive.

How much prettier you are

in this skin you have stolen!

“The Night of Turns” is a tale of folk horror where caravans travel a circular path without cease, moving from garden to garden as dictated by the sinister Game of the Goose. This is a land where unsettlement is a deeply-treasured belief; a land where theatre is used as a weapon; a land in thrall to the shadowy figure of the beekeeper–


‘[The book] is a tale of capture, a history of a seduction. I do not believe in the reality of what [Edita Bikker] describes, but neither do I see (as many have) the sinister spoor of a cult in these pages, unless it is a cult with no guru; a cult whose guru is Chance itself.” – From the preface

Please note: delivery will start after the 4th of December, 2020.

UK £10 + Free postage and packing

Europe £10 + £5 postage and packing

RoW £10 + £7.50 postage and packing

USA and Canada £10 + £15.00 postage and packing

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J.M. Walsh, A Journal, French Flaps 120 pp., £10 [Limited] – 2020

Written over the course of a year, A Journal engages with worlds natural and domestic, allowing the differing voices of a human life the space to communicate. These interlinked voices – engaged, trivial, wondering, sensual – create a narrative of a year, encompassing change, illness, despair and moments of great happiness.

“I decided to limit my engagement to what might be manageable on a daily basis. The form the limitation took was to allow myself the same number of words as the date, e.g. for the first of the month, I’d have a one-word allowance for the day, for the second two words, and so on until the maximum daily engagement of thirty-one words.” – J.M. Walsh

UK £10 + Free postage and packing

Europe £10 + £5 postage and packing

RoW £10 + £7.50 postage and packing

USA and Canada £10 + £15.00 postage and packing

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R. Ostermeier, A Trick of the Shadow, French Flaps 210 pp., £10 [Limited] – 2020

R. Ostermeier lives and works on the peninsula. This first collection of strange tales draws predominantly on the region’s folklore and history, yet also includes first-hand accounts of contemporary disquiet.

A Trick of the Shadow contains the extraordinarily unnerving ‘Object’ and the disturbing, Arthur Machen-inspired ‘A Tantony Pig’, as well as the novella ‘Bird-hags’, which in all truth might not be for you.

“I found myself thinking of these unsettling stories long after I’d finished reading them. Subtle, strange and filled with unease, the tales in A Trick of the Shadow got into my dreams.” – Ben Mee, author of Gloom Circus

UK £10 + Free postage and packing

Europe £10 + £5 postage and packing

RoW £10 + £7.50 postage and packing

USA and Canada £10 + £15.00 postage and packing

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O. Jamie Walsh, The Settlements, French Flaps 252 pp., £10 [Limited] – 2018

Set in a community where people live according to their creative drives, this “endlessly surprising novel” embodies the philosophy that life is not a narrative with a beginning, a middle and an end. Challenging, experimental, yet also human, funny and deeply moving, The Settlements is about finding worth in stories and lives cast off or considered of no use; a book about the possibility and randomness of human growth; and ultimately a (curious) love story for those who are misfits beyond the age when it is cool to be so

“In my role as omissioner, I receive summonses from all over the settlements. My function is to offer an ear, a valve for the bleeding of grief or worry or simply unspent chat, and to do this well I must adapt myself to those who live in different settlements. Anyone can call me. It costs nothing, and I offer no advice: all an omissioner does is listen, finding worth in words that would otherwise remain unspoken or forgotten.”

UK £10 + Free postage and packing

Europe £10 + £5 postage and packing

RoW £10 + £7.50 postage and packing

USA and Canada £10 + £15.00 postage and packing

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Peter Asbæk, A Mosaic Obituary, Hardback 144 pp., £10 [Strictly Limited] – 2018

Peter Asbæk’s final book is his experimental obituary, penned by 53 different people who did not know him. The hardback edition is strictly limited to 53 numbered copies only.

from Ursula Wolf’s introduction—

“Peter Asbæk conceived the project himself, the idea coming one evening when he was considering the disposal of his assets and ‘his ending’. He wanted to control the funerary ceremony […], the music, the duration, but above all the secularity of the occasion. Almost everything to do with his ending was under his control apart from the obituary, and it was while he was thinking of this the idea occurred of providing his own.

He shared his idea […] of a collaborative obituary, one whose form and end was subject to great variables. It became clear to us almost immediately any such obituary would end up not resembling an obituary at all; however, the name stuck, and the project of an open obituary – a mosaic obituary formed of many and varied impressions – was born. This final piece of work from Asbæk’s mind asked a simple question: What kind of obituary might be written by a stranger?

UK £10 + Free postage and packing

Europe £10 + £5 postage and packing

RoW £10 + £7.50 postage and packing

USA and Canada £10 + £15.00 postage and packing

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