David Britton (February 18, 1945 — December 29, 2020) was a British author, artist, and publisher. In the 1970s he founded Weird Fantasy and Crucified Toad, a series of small press magazines of the speculative fiction and horror genres. In 1976, Britton and Michael Butterworth co-founded the controversial publishing house Savoy Books.
Britton was a student at St John's College, Durham, graduating in 1969 with a degree in Education. In 1976, Britton founded the publisher and distributor Savoy Books with Michael Butterworth, who he had met in the early seventies. At the time Britton was running the bookshop The House on the Borderland in Manchester.
Britton was the creator and scriptwriter of the Lord Horror and Meng and Ecker comics published by Savoy. These characters also appear in a trio of novels written by Britton: Lord Horror, Motherfuckers: The Auschwitz of Oz, and Baptised in the Blood of Millions.
"Lord Horror," Britton has said, "was so unique and radical, I expected to go to prison for it. I always thought that if you wrote a truly dangerous book -- something dangerous would happen to you. Which is one reason there are so few really dangerous books around. Publishers play at promoting dangerous books, whether they're Serpent's Tail or Penguin. All you get is a book vetted by committee, never anything radically imaginative or offensive that will take your fucking head off. Ironically, I think it would do other authors a power of good if they had to account for their books by going to prison -- there are far too many bad books being published!"[better source needed]
- Lord Horror (1989, Savoy Books) - Butterworth edited and provided text
- Lord Horror: Reverbstorm No.12 (1996, Savoy Books) ISBN 9780861300969
- Motherfuckers: The Auschwitz of Oz (1996)
- Baptised in the Blood of Millions (2001)
- "David Britton, maverick who published the last novel in Britain to be banned for obscenity – obituary". The Telegraph. 29 January 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
- "Class Notes". Dunelm Magazine (1): 10. 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
- Horror Panegyric