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 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, and previews of upcoming books will be made available throughout 2018, leading up to the release of my second novel, vegan(Vn). Please follow us or get in touch!




If you really enjoyed any of the books on here and would like to read future Bothersome Books titles ASAP, please consider doing at least one of the following:

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  • www.bothersomebooks.com. Every contribution bestows me a little more writey time.
  • Sign up the mailing list on the aforementioned site.
  • Purchase future Bothersome Books works and, likewise, spread the word.


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The Proofs are Here! Again…

June 12, 2018

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

Twin Peaks - "Let's Rock"

April 2018 Update: Let’s Rock!

April 9, 2018

Emily Babb’s dystopian debut These Unnatural Men is out now!

Frabnz kafka sketch

Winter 2017 Update: So Late So Soon

December 19, 2017

To a more positive 2018, and all that shit.

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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.

On The Shelf #10: No Looking Back

5 August 2018...

Indie Penance #26: Mild Clouds, Unending Frenzy

5 August 2018...

On The Shelf #9: Busy, Busy…

29 July 2018...

On The Shelf #8: Everything’s Coming Up Carlos

22 July 2018...

How to Get Your Comic Published (From Someone Who’s Done It)

22 July 2018...

On The Shelf #7: Drowning in Comic Books

15 July 2018...

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