Unpleasant TalesUnpleasant Tales
by Brendan Connell

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Eibonvale Press, 2010; 284 pp.; signed by the author

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.
- Rhys Hughes

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.

Contents:

The Maker of Fine Instruments
The Black Tiger
The Putrimaniac
A Dish of Spouse
The Girl of Wax
The Tongue
The Skin Collector
The Nasty Truth about Dentists
The Nanny Goat
Mesh of Veins
The Flatterer
The Last Mermaid
The Cruelties of Him
Wiggles
The Woman of Paper
The Last of the Burroways
Flit
Kullulu
Sirens
The Unicorn
Virgin Hearts
We Sleep on a Thousand Waves Beneath the Stars

Brendan Connell was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1970. He has had fiction published in numerous places, including McSweeney's, Adbusters, Fast Ships, Black Sails (Nightshade Books 2008), and the World Fantasy Award winning anthologies Leviathan 3 (The Ministry of Whimsy 2002), and Strange Tales (Tartarus Press 2003). His other published books are: The Translation of Father Torturo (Prime Books, 2005), Dr. Black and the Guerrillia (Grafitisk Press, 2005), and Metrophilias (Better Non Sequitur, 2010).

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