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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It Creeps In - pg11

It Creeps In: Animal Rights Comic Preview

July 21, 2019

A preview of my upcoming webcomic project, Tomorrow Will Be Worse, and animal rights comic, It Creeps In.

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

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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.

The Current State of Carl Doherty (and Shelf Abuse)

13 September 2021...

Yes, After Two Years I’m Finally Resuming My Graphic Novel

10 September 2021...

Yes, ‘The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott’ is as Good as You’ve been Told

15 August 2021...

‘Mongrel’ is a Powerfully Conflicted Study of a Religious Upbringing

14 August 2021...

‘Paying the Land’ is a Nuanced Investigation of a Sensitive Subject

6 August 2021...

Thank You Jason Vorhees

4 August 2021...

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