A COLLECTION by Brendan Connell
PUBLICATION DATE August 2014
COVER ART Based on a photograph of Kenzan clay tile, Kenzan Co., Inc., used with permission
INTERIOR ILLUSTRATIONS The Estate of John Connell
INTRODUCTION Jeff Vandermeer
Unsigned Jacketed Hardcover — ISBN 978-1-848637-53-5
100 Jacketed Hardcovers signed by Brendan Connell — ISBN 978-1-848637-54-2
WHAT TO MAKE OF DR. BLACK, NOT PARTICULARLY THE MOST orthodox of heroes or anti-heroes? As written by Brendan Connell, Dr. Black seems to have always existed and yet be utterly unique. He is simultaneously learned and, in certain environments, a bit of a fool. He has some tastes that are quite normal and others that are outrageous. There is always a bit of comedy as a sting in the tail of the more serious stories, and a seeming encyclopedic knowledge on the author’s part of the comic pratfalls of yesteryear in others.
—From Jeff Vandermeer's intro
REVIEW by Seregil of Rhiminee, Rising Shadow
Brendan Connell's new collection, The Metanatural Adventures of Dr. Black, is a collection of stories about Dr. Black, his life and his fascinating and strange adventures in different places. It's a unique collection - a literary feast of talent, imagination and style - that deserves to be read and praised by the readers.
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"At times slyly funny, at times surreal, and always with a deft hand at workplay, and a confident voice that is willing to break down the traditional structures of a story and a paragraph, it is a hugely strong book by Connell."