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Joseph Ridgwell 1976-

Writer, Lost Elationist, and Genius.

Joseph Ridgwell is a ground-breaking writer who burst onto the online literary scene in 2007, with the truly innovative short story, Candice.

After that more revolutionary work could be found at the following underground lit zines:

During this time Ridgwell was hailed as the saviour of Western literature, a literary thug genius, and an affront to all women.

Of course controversial comments such as these only widened his appeal

In 2008 Blackheath Books published his one and only chapbook of poetry, the brilliant and now highly sought after, Where are the rebels?

Reviews of Where are the rebels? CAn be found Here:

And here:

An interesting interview with Ridgwell can also be found here:



Seemingly from out of nowhere emerges a startling collection of poems from a writer prepared to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and brutality. Ridgwell’s poems will drag you down into the dark alleys of the literary underground with a compelling combination of ferocity, melancholy, and sad hung over blues refrains. In this slim, but important volume the reader will encounter dead strippers, dead girlfriends, deadbeat jobs, and the beauty and banality of modern existence in all its convoluted complexity. Fight fire with fire, says Ridgwell, and be prepared to rock and roll right to the very bitter end! Where are the Rebels is a ground-breaking and thought provoking collection, a must have for any adventurous and esoteric reader, and the literary equivalent of a fully-automated and loaded AK47! Blackheath books are pleased to present Joseph Ridgwell’s first collection in a limited edition chapbook, each copy personally signed by the author.

Praise for Ridgwell’s writing: ‘Joe Ridgwell is a man to watch. He's stacked with talent. This book of poems is just the beginning. Look out world.’ Mark SaFranko (Author of Hating Olivia and Lounge Lizard)

‘Joe Ridgwell is the kind of poet that those obnoxious fucking poetry critics hate. He didn't go to school and swallow the classics, and come out regurgitating them for up-their-own-arse poetry journals that nobody reads. He's an East End geezer who wields stanzas like some people wield Stanley knives. In some idealistic alternate reality, where our national drug of choice is something a bit stronger than reality TV, Joe Ridgwell would the fucking poet laureate.’ Tony O’Neill (Author of Digging the Vein and Down and Out on Murder Mile) ‘Tough...raw...from the heart, and from the gut.

Ridgwell might be the best young writer out there.’ Mikael Covey (Editor Lit Up Magazine)

Since then, little has been heard of Ridgwell, and some sources say he is dead.

Blackheath Books are promising to publish more of Ridgwells works in the near future.

The fact that Ridgwell is single and has a taste for vintage erotica, combined with his unique writing style only serves to make him truly fascinating to women all over the world.

lady whiskey-a-go-go 2009

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