- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (16 Oct. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091958482
- ISBN-13: 978-0091958480
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 20.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Discovering Scarfolk Hardcover – 16 Oct 2014
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"Discovering Scarfolk is a hilarious novel filled with so-creepy-it’s funny illustrations and a relentlessly silly back story...The entire thing is a well-deserved and cunningly observed parody of modern Britain, reminiscent of Jonathan Swift at times...The discomfort simply makes the gags funnier and the result is a book that is genuinely laugh out loud funny but also makes you wonder what is wrong with you. The laughter will stay with you for some time, as will the commentary."
"The parodies are so accurate you'll never look at the real thing in the same way again....A 'Must Read'."
-SciFi Now Magazine
- SFX Magazine
"The clever perfection of the parody images, combined with the Pythonesque word play and riffs on the stranger aspects of British culture, are a masterpiece in absurdist horror."
-The Daily Grail
From the Back Cover
Welcome to Scarfolk...
Imagine you and your family are held captive in a town that is forever locked in the 1970s.
If you cannot imagine it, just think what it would be like.*
*For more information please re-read.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book itself is beautiful. It is sturdy and does an excellent job killing insects and spiders, and the cover does not absorb stains from smashed insects and spiders. The color plates, which are plentiful, are color-fast and hold their ink regardless of the number of times you lick them. The writing is clear and strives to down-play any occult themes or origins. It is refreshing to see very little violence or incest depicted, unlike other popular books such as the works of Stephen King, the Game of Thrones series, or the Bible.
Most important of all, this book has convinced my wife and me to visit Scarfolk. We are saving up now so that we can go immediately upon her death as I recently learned (LifePro Tip!) that the deceased get in to England free (I am not sure if that is true of Britain)! Add that to what you save by your spouse flying cargo class and you are seeing significant savings!Read more ›
Finally! The marvellous idea that is Scarfolk is now available to peruse IN YOUR SWEATY HANDS!
Can't wait for the next one.
Scarfolk is a fictional town in the north-west of England and is apparently trapped in the 1970s. All manner of sinister events occur, and the council are clearly keen on public information posters, many of which are printed in the book. In case you haven't guessed the book is humour, but of a very dark "League of Gentlemen"-esque nature, with many echoes of classic horror films such as "The Wicker Man" thrown in. The graphical side of the book is stunning, the posters being things of sinister beauty, and as a child of the 1970s they reminded me of the terrifying public information films that interspersed TV shows back then. I did make a bit of a scene on the train one day when I was reading this on my way to work as I started laughing out loud, especially at the section called "The Missing Years" where there is a collection of unrelated bits and pieces from the town, and I loved the part about music, such as the album "Space Minstrel" by a group called Beige. There is also a narrative to much of the book, where a man travelling through the country with his sons stops in Scarfolk and suddenly his children go missing, and the book supposedly forms his dossier of information on the town. but for me the narrative aspect was the least successful part of the book - I greatly preferred the more random sections, where different aspects of the town were covered. For me the laughs did fizzle out somewhat towards the end, as though the book peaked around the half-way mark for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read the whole thing in one evening, very clever, very funny, the sort of thing you wish you were deviant enough to come up with.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
What a brilliant book, so funny, so sick, just my sense of humour. Perfectly printed twistedness.Published 13 days ago by Mandy B
Bizarre, dark, funny and reminiscent of the 1970's public information filmsPublished 15 days ago by paul
I will not be lured into an attempt to write a funny review. Do not drink milk whilst reading this book; it will come out of your nose at some point. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Exkingzog
What a wonderful book full of fun stuff to do in the Scarfolk area. It's part travelogue,part guide-book but with very little information on Guides,Brownies or any other part of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Spojo
I've always been drawn to the strange and unsettling in literature but this is something else altogether. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Prestonia
Boring old Pevsner missed this gem of a town. Royston Vasey was 'provincial' and Mortshire positively fusty compared to lively, modern Scarfolk. Thank you for a great trip! -- C. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Charles Ladesich
Fantastic book, really interesting read and great (if somewhat cynical) artwork.Published 3 months ago by Mr B.
I'm sure this will be a big hit with the person I've brought this for, either that or he'll have some terrible flashbacks. Holiday fun all round!Published 3 months ago by K. A. Freeman