The Zone

May 27, 2010

Mario Guslandi, at The Zone, has another review of Metrophilias.

Metrophilias by Brendan Connell


May 25, 2010

A review of Metrophilias at the Seattle Post Intelligencer and a review of Dr. Black and the Guerrillia at the Denver Books Examiner.

Dr. Black and the Guerrilla by Brendan Connell, with illustrations by John Connell


May 20, 2010

Just got a copy of Pevnost which containst the Czech translation of my story We Sleep on a Thousand Waves Beneath the Stars, which originally appeared in the anthology Fast Ships, Black Sails, edited by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer.

I think this might be the first thing I have had translated into Czech. If my memory serves me, that would make work of mine now translated into: French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, and Danish.

Classic Metrophilias

May 14, 2010

A review of Metrophilias by Douglas Thompson can be found here.

In it he says:

“You have to pinch yourself to remember that all this came out of one man’s head. If you enjoyed Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” then you should buy this book to sit beside it. The work of a writer of genius at the height of his powers while the world isn’t looking.”

The Metanatural Adventures of Dr. Black

May 12, 2010

PS Publishing has bought my book “The Metanatural Adventures of Dr. Black” for 2012 publication. Something I am very happy about.

One second film reviews

May 10, 2010

Ip Man 2: Good, although there is a lot of fantasy involved.

Vieni avanti cretino: Probably the best Lino Banfi films. Silly, but the scene where he mistakes a dentist’s office for a brothel makes it all worthwhile.

Air Doll: A sort of depressing Japanese film about a plastic sex doll coming to life.

Delitto al ristorante cinese: another great Tomas Milian film, this time him playing inspector Giraldi and a Chinese cook called Ciu Ci Ciao.

Mark colpisce ancora: The last of the Mark trilogy. Good action, great music.

Basta guardarla: A truly great Italian comedy.

My Sassy Girl: Thoroughly boring.

The Collosus of New York: Ok, but the colossus seems rather small.

Little Big Soldier: Good, but not as good as I had hoped.

Nove ospiti per un delitto: Beginning with a lot of naked women and ending with a lot of dead bodies.

Il Vichingo venuto del sud: A very good Lando Buzzanca film about an Italian moving to Sweden Denmark.

Luci Lontane: The only Tomas Milian film I could not sit through. Horror just isn’t his genre.

Metrophilias /

May 5, 2010

Adam Groves, over at, has a very favourable review of Metrophilias, which he concludes with the following, very flattering comment:

“Brendan Connell must be counted as one of the most unique and talented purveyors of horror/fantasy/unclassifiable fiction currently at work. While his fertile and expressive prose can become downright Byzantine on occasion (as in the noggin-scratching “Havana”), there’s little doubt that, based on METROPHILIAS, this writer is in a class—and category—of his own.”

Metrophilias cover

Metrophilias Quiz!!!

May 5, 2010



Metrophilias Quiz!

Match column A to B to C

A                                   B                                    C

Zipophilia Mice Mobile
Albutophilia Cold Ho Chi Minh City
Merinthophilia Sermons Kampala
Chrysophilia Mummies Yekaterinburg
Homilophilia Deafness Kobe
Achluophilia Mud Cairo
Aulophilia Flutes Ebersvalde
Maniaphilia Bees Lamia
Brontophilia Speed Yakutsk
Knissophilia Incense Naypyidaw
Lithophilia Gold Lanzhou
Hirudineaphilia Archery Beni Suef
Anacusiaphilia Insanity Pessinus
Xerotephilia Water Tucuman
Toxophilia Birds Nottingham
Phthirophilia  Leeches N’Djamena
Ornithophilia Lice Lhasa
Melissophilia Darkness Venice
Suriphilia Thunderstorms Hamelin
Psychrophilia Sand Derinkuyu


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Metrophilias x 2

May 5, 2010

Here at Camp Connell it is all Metrophilias all the time. Another review, this time by the Denver Books Examiner, has appeared.

Amongst many other things, he kindly says:

“With his collection of fascinating Kafkaesque fables for adults, Mr. Connell has impressed me as a rising star in 21st century weird fiction.”

Metrophilias x 1

May 5, 2010

Another review of Metrophilias has rolled in over the wires. This time at I Just Read About That, where Paul says:

“…the stories remind me of Frank Zappa’s Baby Snakes.”


“…this book is a celebration of the eccentric.”