Three decades is a long time, especially in the world of book publishing. In this respect, as an independent book publisher, Headpress is something of an anomaly.
Headpress was founded in Manchester, England, in 1991, ostensibly to release a film by cult German director Jörg Buttgereit on VHS. With revenue from the sales of that film (Der Todesking, limited to 500 copies, BBFC cert 18), the publication of a zine followed, the self-titled Headpress journal.
The book publishing arm of Headpress commenced in 1992 and continues to this day.
Headpress is focused on publishing nonfiction. Subject matter is wide-ranging and includes cult film, strange music, pulp literature, fanzines, conspiracy theories, sex and gender, occult and folklore, true crime, etc.
When Headpress first started, much of this was considered the counterculture. Now it is pop culture.
The Headpress catalogue spans almost three decades and is filled with excellence but some key books might include Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon, Killing for Culture (by Headpress founders David Kerekes and David Slater), Fight Your Own War, Xeroxferox, The Town Slowly Empties, Small Town Skateparks, GREBO!, etc. For more click here.
Not as much a difference as there once was. Times change as does technology and markets. Headpress does a bit of both, traditional print as well as print-on-demand (bulk printing and print to order). We also offer virtual downloads of many of our books.
Special Editions are nice, quality collectable hardback editions of select Headpress titles, which are not available anywhere else but the Headpress website. For more information click here.
This depends on the book itself. For many older titles, the difference is the binding and exclusivity. Newer NO-ISBN Special Editions often carry colour content that is unavailable in the paperback. Each product page will indicate whether the content between the two formats is different.
For Headpress NO-ISBN Special Edition titles click here.
We charge a flat rate for shipping, calculated on the destination country in the checkout.
UK: £3.99 for one book + £1 each additional book / Tracked service also available
US: £3.99 for one book + £1 each additional book
EU/IRE: £4.99 for one book + £1 each additional book
CAN: £4.99 for one book + £1 each additional book
AUS/NZ: £6.99 for one book + £1 each additional book
ROW: £7.99 for one book + £1 each additional book
Merchandise (non books) shipping is based on the individual item(s) in question.
If you would like further infomation or alternative shipping methods, please contact our sales department.
Many Headpress books are printed to order, a process that takes on average seven working days for a paperback and ten working days for a special edition.
Orders within the UK and North America should arrive within one to four weeks. If you still haven’t received your order after six weeks, then likely the package is lost. Please contact us and we will sort out a replacement.
All clothing and non-book items are handled and shipped separately from books. Status and shipping updates are provided independently for these items.
We love books and take packaging seriously. All books are shipped in boxes or cardboard mailers designed to protect books from damage.
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.
In the unlikely case that any books are found to be defective due to a manufacture fault, please note that for auditing purposes, we will require photos of any such defect and also proof of destruction in order to raise credits/replacements for said items. This is a requisite of our global manufacturers in order to process and log any claims/replacements.
Coupons and discount codes are available for a limited time and must be applied at checkout. We cannot apply discounts retroactively on behalf of a customer once an order has been placed.
Yes. If you wish to buy three or more copies of any book contact us here.
Cutomers in Europe please note that a VAT and import charge now applies to goods shipping to Europe, which is charged to the customer by the destination country on receipt and is out of the control of Headpress.
Take a look around the site. If you have a nonfiction book proposal that you think we may be interested in, click here for further information
Note: Headpress isn’t publishing fiction, prose or poetry.
Headpress is not accepting unsolicited material for blog posts.
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If the item you are looking for is not available on this website, then we no longer supply it. Occasionally we get asked for books that are not Headpress titles. We don't as a rule supply those either.
Now and then a limited number of older titles may become available again due to a warehouse find, etc. These may end up in our 'odds and sods' section. Join our mailing list to be notified of 'odds and sods' here.
Unfortunately we cannot reserve or hold books on request, nor assist in finding books.