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The Measure of Sorrow

Author: Ashley-Smith, J.
Publisher: Meerkat Press


Shirley Jackson Award-winning author J. Ashley-Smith’s first…

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SKU: 9781946154774 Category: Product ID: 1097453


Shirley Jackson Award-winning author J. Ashley-Smith’s first collection, The Measure of Sorrow, draws together ten new and previously acclaimed stories of dark speculative fiction.

In these pages a black reef holds the secret to an interminable coastal limbo; a father struggles to relate to his estranged children in a post-bushfire wilderness; an artist records her last days in conversation with her unborn child; a brother and sister are abandoned to the manifestations of their uncle’s insanity; a suburban neighbourhood succumbs to an indescribable malaise; teenage ravers fall in with an eldritch crowd; a sensitive New Age guy commits a terminal act of passive-aggression; a plane crash opens the door to the Garden of Eden; the new boy in the village falls victim to a fatal ruse; and a husband’s unexpressed grief is embodied in the shadows of a crumbling country barn.

Intelligent and emotionally complex, the stories in The Measure of Sorrow elude easy classification, lifting the veil on the wonder and horror of a world just out of true.

Additional information

Weight 0.272 kg
Dimensions 22.8 × 15.2 × 1 cm





Ashley-Smith, J.


Meerkat Press

Release Date

Tuesday June 6th, 2023


Paperback / softback

Main content page count

260 Pages