Well, here it is! I hold in my hand the first ever copy of Unpleasant Tales to exist in the world and I am just checking it over. So far, it looks great! Quiet colours, no horrible surprises, nothing cut off, nothing mysteriously turned green, interior looks lovely. So yes – it’s time for another launch! Now where’s that celebratory drink I promised myself . . . Brendan, raise a glass of whatever your favorite tipple is (in my case, Croatian Pelinkovac) and lets toast another book into the world!
Anyway – here’s the complete cover and the full info, including the wonderful blurb by Rhys Hughes:
Every generation throws up a few genuine Masters of the Weird. There simply is no hyperbole in the statement that Brendan Connell is a member of this elite group right now, perhaps the most accomplished of them all. His work is very strange but always proceeds with rigorous logic and his use of language is original, concise and often startling, employing the alchemy of a ferocious intelligence to create dreamscapes that have the solidity and cruelty of stone and iron. The blend of profound melancholy, decadent atmosphere and abstruse erudition work beautifully and the magic of his prose gets under the skin of your soul and remains there forever.
From the comic to the shocking, from the refined to the visceral, and blurring the boundaries between all four – Unpleasant Tales is a remarkable new collection of some of Brendan Connell’s darkest stories. Drenched in gluttony and decadence and with a scope stretching from the depravity of rulers in ancient Greece and Renaissance Spain, to phantasmagorical body alteration in Zürich and New York, these are supremely refined and elegant, creepily intelligent and, of course, exquisitely unpleasant stories that pack a tremendous punch, both individually and collectively. Stories that will not easily be forgotten.
The Maker of Fine Instruments
The Black Tiger
A Dish of Spouse
The Girl of Wax
The Skin Collector
The Nasty Truth about Dentists
The Nanny Goat
Mesh of Veins
The Last Mermaid
The Cruelties of Him
The Woman of Paper
The Last of the Burroways
We Sleep on a Thousand Waves Beneath the Stars
Now – get your arses over to Eibonvale Press and buy lots of copies, ok! Heheh!