The Scarfolk Annual

By Richard Littler

‘Horrific and hilarious … a dystopic vision of an England that would have given Orwell the heebie-jeebies’ Independent

‘A brilliant work of satire’ The Quietus



The Scarfolk Annual is the facsimile of a book discovered in a charity shop in the north west of England in August 2018. The shop, and indeed town, do not wish to be identified as they are keen to “discourage the ‘occult-totalitarian tourism’ that as afflicted other areas of Britain” as people hunt for further socio-archaeological traces of the mysterious, missing town of Scarfolk – Britain’s own Brutalist Atlantis.

Apart from the archive of Scarfolk materials which was sent anonymously to the late Dr Ben Motte and formed the basis of the book Discovering Scarfolk, this children’s annual is, to date, the only complete artefact from Scarfolk ever to be unearthed ‘in the wild’.

It’s clear The Scarfolk Annual was not written to entertain children at Christmastime; its purpose was to indoctrinate young minds; in fact, one might go as far as to say destroy young minds, to an end that has been lost to us.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 17 Oct 2019
Pages: 136
ISBN: 978-0-00-830701-1
Richard Littler is a writer and graphic artist.

”'The blackest of black humour. One of 'the year's most essential books'” - Daily Mail

”'Horrific and hilarious… a dystopic vision of an England that would have given Orwell the heebie-jeebies” - Independent

”'Now you have a whole new reason to be scared. The Scarfolk Annual is essential reading” - Fortean Times  

”'Hilarious. As on target and inventively addressed as anything in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series. [Littler] translates the sensibility to a 21st Century audience in a way that no other writer descended from [Douglas] Adams has come close to achieving” - The Beat

”'The syphilitic twin of Royston Vasey. Debauched and wrong and sickening and very very good” - Robin Ince

”'The Scarfolk Annual demands that you read it multiple times to decode every secret inside it. It’s so well-constructed that it will catch out those who only look at things for their face value. A brilliant work of satire” - The Quietus

”'Deceptively simple … an unpredictably wonderful, brilliant piece of political satire” - Boing Boing

”'One of the funniest things there is” - Mark Gatiss

”'Always a joy to see their little faces darken on the morning of December 25th when they unwrap the Scarfolk Annual” - Ian Rankin

”'It deserves to be discovered on bookshelves by poor unsuspecting souls for years to come” - We Are Cult

”'In these brain shattering days, Scarfolk is your guide and only friend … Bitingly funny, sometimes scary, and always brilliant” - Richard Kadrey, author of Sandman Slim

”'Funny nostalgia from a parallel universe not entirely unlike ours” - Al Murray

”'Not just a satirical look at the present via a warped nostalgic lens, but also a strangely beautiful graphic design object. Funny, creepy & an Orwellesque triumph of graphic design” - Anne Billson

”'Delightfully terrifying” - Gigslutz

”'Funny, bitter, weird and chilling in equal measure, and never less than witty and wonderful” - Warren Ellis