Michael Butterworth (author)

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Andrew Butterworth
Born1947 (age 71–72)
Known forSavoy Books[1]

Michael Butterworth (born 1947) is a British author and publisher who has written novels and short stories in the horror and science fiction genre.[2] He founded Savoy Books in 1976[1] with David Britton. Between 1980 and 2000, the publishing house became controversial over material which the United Kingdom authorities claimed to be obscene.


From 1968 to 1975, Butterworth mostly wrote short stories for New Worlds[3] and many anthologies of New Wave SF.[citation needed] These early works share similarities with his contemporaries J. G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs.[4] He also edited the small press magazines Concentrate, Corridor and Wordworks.

In 1976, he wrote The Time of the Hawklords.[citation needed] He also founded the publisher and distributor Savoy Books[1] with David Britton, who he had met in the early seventies. Britton was running the book shop The House on the Borderland in Manchester.[3] Savoy Books had a distribution deal with New English Library.[citation needed]

In 1977, Butterworth wrote the sequel to ...Hawklords, The Queens Of Deliria. Both books were co-credited to Michael Moorcock who has said that his involvement with the first was negligible and he had no involvement with the second at all.[5] A third novel in the Hawklords trilogy is Ledge of Darkness illustrated by Bob Walker; this was only available as part of a Hawkwind 4 LP retrospective box set '25 Years On' in 1994, which never got proper distribution.[citation needed] He wrote novelizations to the second series of the TV show Space:1999 for ITC Entertainment. This process was frustrated by, having just three weeks to write each novel, access to only four of the scripts and only the prescreening of the first episode.[6]

In 1978, Butterworth was the co-editor (with Britton) of The Savoy Book.[citation needed] Around this time Butterworth became friends with Ian Curtis of Joy Division, through Curtis's interest in Burroughs.

From 1980 to 1997, Savoy Books was raided by police on suspicion of obscenity.[3] Butterworth and Britton fought against obscenity charges in connection with books that they published.[7] In May 1982, Butterworth was sentenced to twenty-eight days in Strangeways.[3]

In 1984, he and Britton co-edited Savoy Dreams.[citation needed] From 1987 (to present), Butterworth he has been an editor and contributor to Britton's Lord Horror novel and graphic series and Meng & Ecker graphic series.[citation needed]

In 1989, Butterworth contributed to Britton's Lord Horror, this became the last publication to be banned under the United Kingdom's Obscene Publications Act in 1992.[8]

In 2006, Butterworth founded a new book publishing imprint, Michael Butterworth, which he runs together with Savoy Books.[citation needed] In the same year, Butterworth compiled his novelisations of the TV series Space:1999 Year Two. He revised and re-ordered the stories making a consistent Space:1999 universe. The collection included a novelisation of the episode, The Taybor, which had not been included in the original books. This omnibus was published as a limited edition hardcover book by Powys Media.[9] In 2009 he launched the annual contemporary visual arts and writing journal, Corridor8.[citation needed]

From 2011, he has been contributing short fiction and poetry to Emanations, the annual anthology edited by Carter Kaplan and published by International Authors.

Running August to September 5, 2014, Butterworth staged the exhibition Use and Abuse of Books.[8]

In 2016 Butterworth began a series of memoirs. The first, "The Blue Monday Diaries: In the Studio With New Order", is an account of his time spent with the band in the early nineteen-eighties. The book also contains a picture of alternate Manchester at that time. Other volumes are planned to follow.


  • The Time of the Hawklords (1976; co-credited to Michael Moorcock)[10]
  • Queens of Deliria (1977; co-credited to Michael Moorcock)
  • Ledge of Darkness (1995; graphic novel illustrated by Bob Walker)
Space:1999 Year Two novelizations[10]
  • Planets of Peril (1977)
  • Mind-Breaks of Space (1977, with J. Jeff Jones)
  • The Space-Jackers (1977)
  • The Psychomorph (1977)
  • The Time Fighters (1977)
  • The Edge of the Infinite (1977)
  • Space:1999 Year Two Omnibus (2006) Powys Media - compilation and revision of original novelizations[9]

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • The Savoy Book (1978) (with David Britton)
  • Savoy Dreams (1984) (with David Britton)


  • Lord Horror by David Britton (1989, Savoy Books) - editor and provides text[11]

Personal life[edit]

Butterworth is vegan.[citation needed] In 2012, he lived in central Manchester.[3]


  1. ^ a b c biography at Savoy Books
  2. ^ Michael Butterworth at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  3. ^ a b c d e http://thequietus.com/articles/10988-michael-butterworth-savoy-publisher-interview
  4. ^ Huston, Carol (2013). Eduardo Paolozzi and J.G. Ballard : representing new British modernities, c. 1966-1980. manchester.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Manchester. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.603109. Free to read
  5. ^ Information from Multiverse.org Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ http://catacombs.space1999.net/main/pguide/xnmba.html
  7. ^ David Kerekes. "Banned, Torn and Quartered: The Story of Savoy" in David Kerekes and David Slater (eds) Critical Vision: Random Essays & Tracts Concerning Sex Religion Death". Stockport, Cheshiree UK: Headpress, 1995, pp. 145-70.
  8. ^ a b http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/160870252-last-author-banned-obscene-comes-out-hiding-manchester-exhibition-boundary-pushing
  9. ^ a b http://www.captphilonline.com/Space1999_POWYS.html
  10. ^ a b list of works by Butterworth
  11. ^ http://www.savoy.abel.co.uk/HTML/lhorror.html