Tough Commerce Books covers magic and folklore for its newest editions

The publisher has partnered with Cornwall's Museum of Witchcraft and Magic to create four brochures exploring the world of myth and folklore

Each title is linked to the museum's archive and magical history collection, which formed the starting point for the four writers involved. The editions cover a wide range of topics in the supernatural field, including goblins, the magical secrets of water, and the devils themselves.

The authors have taken different approaches to the subject, with Jen Calleja authoring an essay examining her relationship with goblins through films, dolls and modern art, and David Bramwell documenting an occult journey up the Don. There are also a few short stories about Satan by Wendy Erskine and a magical encyclopedia.

Rough Trade Books hired several artists and illustrators to design the brochures, including illustrator Sophy Hollington, whom CR recently interviewed – Stephanie von Reiswitz, Pete Fowler and Rachel Louise Hodgson. A serif font with a correspondingly occult look connects everything.

The series complements Rough Trade Books' ongoing collection of brochure editions, bringing creatives together with writers, artists and musicians to tell stories about the counterculture.

Photo by Beth Davis

Photo by Beth Davis

Photo by Beth Davis

Photo by Beth Davis

All four books are published by Rough Trade Books at a price of £ 7.99. roughtradebooks.com


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