The new edition (second edition) of Unpleasant Tales is now done – well, at the printers anyhow. So if you order it, that is what you will get. The cover is actually now slightly different than what is on the website. Also, the paperback version is a somewhat larger format with fewer pages – the same size as the hardcover.
This edition has many, many revisions. Probably somewhere around 500-700 small changes.
I should emphasize though, buy it from the Eibonvale site. If you get it from Amazon they might end up sending you the old version.
It is amazing how much work went into revising this text. Anyhow, if you were looking for the perfect gift for your beloved one, this just might be it.
As Max Wedge says “UNPLEASANT TALES is almost too potent for even the bravest soul to absorb in one or two sittings, yet there is plenty at hand for the next time you wish to test the strength and stamina of your horror muscle…the prose itself is always impressive. There is a real artist at work here, and for lovers of the bizarre, Connell’s collection is a must-have–one that will reward even the most discerning reader of horror fiction.”
Or HorrorNews.net “…I have heard many novels described as “great examples of prose” before, but this is truly one of only a few modern books I would easily give such a title to.”
Or Innsmouth Free Press “Brendan Connell has taken the geometry of storytelling and thrown it off, ever-so-slightly, causing a sense of unease that defies simple explanation.”
Or Ross Jackson “vice for the connoisseur”
Or The Agony Column “The stories you’ll find in ‘Unpleasant Tales’ are, to the extent that they will make you feel uncomfortable in every way that you can made to be feel uncomfortable, horror stories. But in terms of content, you’ll find an alarmingly unfettered exploration of what we are by virtue of revealing who we are.”
Or Hellnotes “You can hardly ask more from a single book by a single author.”
If you purchase this with Issue I, there is also a nice deal of only 20 pounds for the two.
Here is the info:
Daniel CORRICK and Mark SAMUELS
Release Date: IN PRINT
We begin as we did before with a range of short stories. In the first, John Howard’s Into an Empire, a stamp collector and amateur historian begins to detect the presence of a more allusive realm, whilst in Charles Wilkinson’s The Human Cosmos a retiring jeweller looks back over his life whilst trying to make sense of a series of seemingly minor events. A scent of autumn and melancholy pervades this piece as it does the next: Colin Insole’s Dreams from the Apple Orchards , a nightmarish reminiscence of a childhood touched by wartime tragedy and cultural guilt. Our fiction selection closes with a powerful story of lost love in Post-Soviet Hungary, courtesy of Thomas Strømsholt.
As for translations we are very happy to present a newly translated short story from the acclaimed Polish writer Stefan Grabinski, entitled Red Magda . Our thanks to Grabinski stalwart Miroslaw Lipinski for providing this piece. Additional material, in verse format at last, comes in the form of translations from Baudelaire and Fernando Pessoa and new poems from Loha Connell and Bethany van Rijswijk.
We finish with an array of reviews, articles and additional material. Mark Valentine explores the works of Claude Haughton, a neglected ‘thirties novelist whose stories of Archangelic powers abroad in London are only just being rediscovered; Martin Echter provides an appreciation of the anarchist and decadent adventurer Hanns Heinz Ewers, and Nigel Jackson examines Mary Butts’ From Altar to Chimney-Piece via the cosmic symbolism of René Guénon and the Traditionalist school.
Prolegomenon – Editorial
I. Into an Empire by John Howard
II. The Human Cosmos by Charles Wilkinson
III. Dreams from the Apple Orchards by Colin Insole
IV. Szépassony-völgy by Thomas Strømsholt
Special: An Interview with Quentin S. Crisp
Magical Daoism by Quentin S. Crisp
Poetry & Translations:
Poems, both original & translations, from John Cairns, Mark Valentine, Loha Connell & others
The Stranger Who Opens the Door – The Novels of Claude Houghton by Mark Valentine
Hanns Heinz Ewers and the Cult of the Master Artist by Martin Echter
Obscene Ikons: Desacralization & Counter-Tradition in the Work of Mary Butts by Nigel Jackson
Reviews – including but not limited to reviews of the following volumes:
The Last Gold of Expired Stars by Georg Trakl
The Ten Dictates of Alfred Tessler by D.P. Watt
The Glory and the Splendour by Alex Miles
All God’s Angels, Beware! by Quentin S Crisp
In the Days to Come – recently released & forthcoming titles column
B.A. Campbell reviews The Life of Polycrates and Other Stories for Antiquated Children at Innsmouth Free Press.
“…it’s impossible not to recommend a book that offers up such delicate morsels of perversity with a style so singularly lyrical and evocatively powerful as Connell offers here.”
From my book Metrophilias
A group of rich men convened together. They lay on couches arranged around low tables. They drank and they ate.
“My wife has got herself a lover,” one man said. “An ex-gladiator. An Egyptian with powerful shanks.”
“My wife’s lover is a poet.”
“Mine has a Greek slave who she keeps perfumed.”
“The lover of my wife,” a certain wealthy merchant by the name of Labrax said, “is kept in a pool on our courtyard.”
“It is an octopus, with eight muscular arms, each one designed for love.”
“Well, a happy wife means a happy husband,” said a certain senator, rolling a grape languidly between his plump fingers.