Welcome to Bothersome Books

Carl Doherty

Regardless of how you got here, welcome to Bothersome Books, a small self-publishing imprint specialising in experimental or difficult to categorise fiction. Well… predominantly the works of Essex-based writer, artist and designer Carl Doherty.

My darkly comic fantasy Welcome to The Fold is out now, as is Emily Babb’s haunting dystopian novel These Unnatural Men. I am currenly busy working on my second novel, vegan(Vn), graphic novel anthology Behind the Waves: Five Short Stories About Depression and its conjoined webcomic, Tomorrow Will Be Worse. All three will hopefully be made available by the end of this year… though I say such things every damn year. Please follow me to find out!

– Carl




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Sci-fi Horror Short ‘To See Beyond the Skyglass’ is Out Now and Free to Read

March 24, 2019

Sci-fi horror short story To See Beyond the Skyglass is out now, for 99p on Kindle, and free on Kobo.

Welcome to The Fold - Carl Doherty

You’re Just Too Physical

September 30, 2018

Physical editions of both Fold and Unnatural Men are now available via print-on-demand

The Proofs are Here! Again…

June 12, 2018

Physical copies of Welcome to The Fold and These Unnatural Men are on their way!

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Shelf Abuse Graphic Novel Reviews

I also blog about the comic book scene - my news, reviews and incomprehensible ramblings can be found over at ShelfAbuse.com. Feel free to say hello, or possibly something even more eloquent and/or interesting.

Indie Penance #31: Salt, Nemo, Queen of Hope

19 March 2019...

Interview: Matthew Loisel on ‘Murder’ and Animal Rights

24 February 2019...

Indie Penance #30: Charge the Witching Feast

24 February 2019...

On The Shelf #20: New Year, New Me, New Graphics Tablet

30 January 2019...

Break the Cake Graphic Novel Review

28 January 2019...

Murder #1 Comic Book Review

13 January 2019...

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