BOOKS

Self-published art books and writings.

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DADDY WITCH

Who’s the greatest band you’ve never heard of?

In the early 1980’s, the exhausted backwash of punk swept through the post-industrial wasteland towns of northern Britain. Young men with no future and no hope channelled their anger and their passion into music and art that compressed all their ideas and influences into a primal shriek of defiance.

One of those bands was Daddy Witch, and this is their story.

This is my first published novel. 140 pages. Pocket paperback, fully designed by yours truly. Described as “essence de Rik” by my co-conspirator Martin Jones, this book is an x-ray of my soul in terms of the art and music that has inspired me, and some of the events that shaped me, all woven into a fiction that seemed to write itself. I just sat there and felt the lighting of decades of pent-up emotion pour out through my fingers. It’s the single creative thing I am most proud of.

Published by Exile In The Margins. £6 & shipping. Order your copy HERE.

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LAUGHING AT THE FUNERAL: THE ART OF DADDY WITCH

A companion title to the novel Daddy Witch, this book collects all the art, design & ephemera I made and collected in order to define the aesthetic of the band. Includes many images you will not see anywhere else, including all the original postcard paintings I made, one of each given away with each of the initial orders for the novel. Fully designed by yours truly, published via my own imprint Genius Loci.

Available as a Print-on-Demand book via Lulu. 44 pages. Full colour. £5.00 & shipping. Order HERE.

ON A DARK, RAGING SEA: Stories inspired by the band LOW

A unique book, collecting stories inspired by the music of Low. Emerging from Missouri, USA in the early 1990s, the band evolved over the subsequent decades from their early minimalist style into something that far transcends the “Joy Division meets The Carpenters” comparisons levelled by their early detractors. Each author contributes a short (1000 words max.) story inspired by an individual song, accompanied by a full-page illustration. I illustrated and designed the whole book, using an ultra-detailed style to match the intensity of their music. Featured authors include Clare Archibald, David Banning, R.B. Russell, Rosalie Parker, Timothy J. Jarvis, O. Jamie Walsh, Colin Insole, Anthony Fielding, Karim Ghahwagi, Martin Jones and yours truly.

All profits from the book will be donated to The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Quantities are very limited as most copies have been acquired on pre-order, so don’t hesitate as once they’re all gone it won’t be reprinted.

A4 landscape format. 60 pages. Colour cover, B&W illustrations. £12 & shipping. Order HERE.

BLACK WATER

You’ve heard of ‘nature writing’? This is against nature writing. Ten years plus in the making, this is a descent into the dark depths of psychosexual obsession and edgelands existentialism. Written by Martin Jones and fully illustrated and designed by me, each page festers and pulses with the madness that went into its making. Published by Exile In The Margins.

Limited to 100 copies. A random selection of ten copies will come with a CD-R soundtrack and original art postcard by yours truly.

£10 & shipping. Order HERE.

THE BRIEF LIFE AND ETERNAL DEATH OF PLASTIC DRACULA

A prose ‘working’ in the Crowleyean sense, an evocation of the spirits – both benign and malevolent – that haunt the arcades and promenades of Britain’s seaside towns. Scrying in the Fun House mirror. Decoding angel language from bingo cards. Ectoplasmic candy floss snagged under the pier. Brylcreem, gasoline and Vaseline. Sticky fingers and bloody knuckles. Hot blood and cold chips. Wish you weren’t here.

24 pages. A5 chapbook. Full colour cover. Text by Martin Jones. Design by Rik Rawling.

Published by Exile In The Margins

£3 & shipping. Order HERE.

WORZEL GUMMIDGE, MY FATHER: THE ART OF OLIVER TOMLINSON

The first publication devoted to the Midland’s most enigmatic artist. Born from bedsits, black metal and Special Brew, Tomlinson’s art follows a fine lineage of English absurdity: a drunken Hyde sketched rapidly by a fearful Jekyll.

A5 booklet. 16 pages. Full colour. 100 numbered copies. Edited by Martin Jones. Design by Rik Rawling.

Published by Exile In The Margins

£3.00 & shipping. Order HERE.

NOTHING SPECTRAL JUST OFFSHORE

Fourteen illustrated poems, born of the strange ozone the author Martin Jones drowned his senses in as he travelled along the coast of England, from the South West to the North East. Imagine Philip Larkin sat under the pier gnawing disconsolately at a bag of chips, while in the amusement arcade above him the jukebox plays The Cramp’s cover of ‘Fever’. Meanwhile, Nick Cave walks by, watching for mermaids rising from the waves but instead finds a hen party wearing teabag-sized dresses, dancing shoeless in the surf. Vampire succubi stare at the moon from shabby B&B bedroom windows while a long black tentacle slides through the shingle, raking through the washed up bottles of Frosty Jack and forgotten beach toys, inching towards a dosser passed out behind the bandstand.

Written by Martin Jones, with cover art and startling Neo-Romantic internal illustrations by Derek Gray. Design by Rik Rawling.

Fits-in-your-pocket paperback. 40 pages. 100 numbered copies.

£4.00 & shipping. Order HERE

ALTAR

A unique project. One painting for each of the songs on the 2006 album Altar, a collaboration between the bands SunnO))) and Boris, and one of the great art-rock albums of the all time. The paintings were made in 2010, exploring my own interpretations of the music and the suggested themes of sex, death, madness, demonic possession and headfirst descents into the abyss: all the things that make life worth living. I collected the paintings the following year into a self-published book which I augmented with automatic drawings, text and found photography.

£8 & shipping. Order HERE.

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