What is Headpress?

As an independent book publisher for almost three decades, Headpress is something of an anomaly.

It was founded in Manchester in 1991 by David Kerekes, David Slater and David Flint, foremost to release in the UK a film by cult German director Jörg Buttgereit.

With revenue generated from VHS video sales of Der Todesking (limited to 500 copies), Headpress the magazine was born.

The book publishing arm followed soon after, in 1992.

Subject matter of its books is wide-ranging, covering cult film, strange music, pulp literature, fanzines, conspiracy theories, sex and erotica, occult and folklore, true crime, and pop culture generally.

Headpress continues to publish, with a back catalogue of 100 or so titles to date and only one of the three original founding members: Kerekes.

Submitting materials to Headpress

Headpress isn’t publishing fiction, prose or poetry. If you have an idea for nonfiction or work that you think we may be interested in, please feel free to get in touch via email, allowing four weeks for a reply (any longer than that please drop us a gentle reminder). Please submit info and text samples if you have them but no email attachments at this point.

Frequently Asked Questions

Order and Delivery FAQs

Q. How long will my order take to arrive?
Many Headpress books are printed to order, a process that takes on average seven working days for a paperback, ten days for a special edition. Often it’s less before the goods are shipped. Shipping times are dependent on the destination and delivery service required. Orders within the UK and North America should arrive between one and two weeks.

Q. Where is my order?
Sometimes things go missing in the mail. If you haven’t received your order after four weeks please contact us and we’ll arrange for a replacement to be sent out.

Q. My order is damaged, what do I do?
If you receive a damaged item, an item in error, or there is a problem with your order in general, please contact us straight away and we’ll look into the matter and/or replace the item where necessary.

Q. I want an item but it is out of stock.
Some older titles may be marked as out of stock, in which case it is not possible to make a purchase. Copies of these older titles may turn up, in which case the item will be made available again, often for a limited time. The best way to keep informed is to join our free mailing list.

New Website FAQs

Q. Why a new website?
A. Some people liked the fact that for six months Headpress had no website in the transition from old site to new one, seeing it as an anti-commercial statement or something. Simply put: it took a lot longer to complete the site than expected. Our old site was functional, but out of date in terms of design and functionality. This new site allows for a much better browsing and purchasing experience, plus gives us more control on managing customer orders so that we can provide much better customer service.

Q. I’m an existing customer, how do I access my old account?
Given that this is a new site and no existing information has been retained from the old one, all customers will be required to create a fresh account. It will be easier to manage your account and access order history.

Q. I’m a new customer, how do I register?
To register, simply go to My Account and enter your details.

Q. What if I see an error on the new site?
Whilst every care has been taken to launch this new site without error, there will undoubtedly be one or two gremlins. If you spot any issues, or any inaccuracies with our product listings, please email us and we will look to get it fixed straight away.

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