Obverse Books is a British publisher known for publishing books relating to the character Iris Wildthyme. The company also owns publishing rights for short stories based on Faction Paradox and Sexton Blake and has an e-book only imprint named Manleigh Books.
The company was founded in 2008 by Stuart Douglas and Paul Magrs. Obverse's first book was a 2009 collection of short stories featuring the character Iris Wildthyme, first seen in the Doctor Whouniverse. Further volumes of Iris Wildthyme short stories have followed annually.
In 2010 the company expanded their line to include story collections from single authors and collections that did not focus primarily on science-fiction. That same year the company also acquired the rights to publish short story collections based on Faction Paradox.
In 2011 Obverse launched The Obverse Quarterly, a series of paperback books aimed at genre fans. The series contains stories by authors such as Conrad Williams and Michael Moorcock, and new stories featuring Zenith the Albino,Sherlock Holmes and The City of the Saved, amongst others. That same year Obverse began publishing a series of tete-beche collections as part of the resurgence of such books in the speculative fiction market. The following year Obverse launched an ebook-only imprint, Manleigh Books.
Obverse obtained the rights to the character of Sexton Blake in 2013 and relaunched the Sexton Blake Library in 2014 with Mark Hodder's 'The Silent Thunder Caper'.