Archive for August, 2010

Hellnotes / Unpleasant Tales

Posted: August 29, 2010 by brendanconnell in Uncategorized

Mario Guslandi weighs in on Unpleasant Tales at Hellnotes, saying:

“You can hardly ask more from a single book by a single author.”

Denver Books Examiner on Unpleasant Tales

Posted: August 19, 2010 by brendanconnell in Reviews

Zack Kopp, the Denver Books Examiner, has a short but positive review of Unpleasant Tales.

Blind Swimmer at the Printers

Posted: August 16, 2010 by Eibonvale in New Titles, News

Well – Blind Swimmer has now gone to the printers so I shall finally give the world a first look at the cover and full line-up.  This book has grown from a concept of a small ‘sampler’ collection of stories into a massive portrait of the press – a huge and varied collection of stories and novellas that just may be one of the most significant books we have done yet.  Needless to say, the excitement here is quite intense now and I look forward to announcing the book’s availability in a few weeks.

The authors involved in the book: Nina Allan, Gerard Houarner, Rhys Hughes, Brendan Connell, David Rix, Allen Ashley, Jet McDonald, Douglas Thompson, Terry Grimwood, Alexander Zelenyj and Andrew Coulthard.

Below is the somewhat unusual contents list.  The dots are an accurate representation of the word-count of the stories, giving an idea of the massive variety of the book.  Click for a larger image.

Unpleasant Tales Reviews

Posted: August 13, 2010 by brendanconnell in Reviews
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A couple of reviews of Unpleasant Tales have come in.

Seregil of Rhiminee gives a very positive review at, from which I have extracted the following quote:

“What I like most about Brendan Connell is that he’s able to write about different kind of obsessions, perversities and weird happenings without flinching (he doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects). He doesn’t stop where other writers would stop, but goes full speed ahead and doesn’t look back. He’s also able to turn a perfectly normal story to a visceral story with just a few sentences and words.”

And, over at the Theaker’s Quarterly blog, Stephen Theaker likes the book and says:

“On the whole, these stories live up to the book’s title extremely well. “For an artist, all experiences are exquisite”, claims the protagonist of “The Tongue”, and this collection pushes that idea to its limit.”