Title: Oswald’s Apartment
Author: Joseph Ridgwell
Date: February 2010
Publisher: Blackheath Books
ISBN: ISBN-10: 1-906099-16-2 / ISBN-13: 978-1-906099-16-9
It is with great pleasure that Blackheath Books introduce their third Joseph Ridgwell publication, the long awaited debut collection of short fiction – Oswald’s Apartment.
Oswald’s Apartment follows on from Where Are the Rebels and Load the Guns and readers familiar with Ridgwell will find him at his very best, redefining deadbeat philosophy at breakneck speed. This stunning collection kicks off in the hand to mouth world of Australian lowlife, careers into tales of beach bars in Thailand, and culminates in the drugged and somewhat depraved world of London nightlife.
In between there are tales of impending insanity, human frailty, malicious transsexuals, homicidal eggs, time travel, deadbeat jobs, relationship breakdowns, boozing, chemical transmutations, smelly sex, soulless orgies, women rebels and even a 21stcentury end of the world apocalypse!
With the use of short, sharp sentences, raw language, sparse adjectives and honed-to-the-bone description, Ridgwell has created a style he himself has labelled cosmic realism and in doing so defines the times he lives in.
The collection is available in an edition of 26 signed and lettered (A-Z) copies r4with handmade woollen tassels (£10) SOLD OUT and a signed numbered edition of 100 ‘au natural’ (£7.50). Front cover linocut print by Brighton Stuckist Dan Belton.