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Aurealis Magazine Reviews The attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith

The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith was reviewed in Aurealis Magazine. We loved the review and encourage you to get a copy of the magazine and preorder the book.

“A gorgeous, melancholy coming-of-age novella about girlhood and ghosts … Ashley-Smith expertly tinges his contemporary setting with Gothicism, nostalgia, and creeping dread. This eerie, ethereal tale marks Ashley-Smith as a writer to watch.”

Damien Lawardorn, Aurealis Magazine, #130
The Attic Tragedy

The Attic Tragedy

Sylvie never called them ghosts, but that’s what they were—not that George ever saw them herself. The new girl, Sylvie, is like a creature from another time, with her old-fashioned leather satchel, her white cotton gloves and her head in the clouds. George watches her drift around the edge of the school playing fields, guided by inaudible voices.

When George stands up for Sylvie, beating back Tommy Payne and his gang of thugs, it brings her close to the ethereal stranger; though not as close as George would have liked. In the attic of Sylvie’s father’s antique shop, George’s scars will sing and her longing will drive them both toward a tragedy as veiled and inevitable as Sylvie’s whispering ghosts.

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2021 Releases from Meerkat Press

We are super excited to share our 2021 book schedule! We’ve got such a great lineup ranging from a prose-poetry speculative collection by Eugen Bacon and Dominique Hecq, a literary-leaning speculative fiction collection by Keith Rosson, a dark fantasy novel by J.S. Breukelaar, the next entry in Seb Doubinsky’s addictive City-States Cycle, a dark fantasy/horror novella by J. Ashley-Smith, and the final book in G.D. Penman’s Witch of Empire LGBT urban fantasy series.

We’ll be sharing more on each of these in the months to come and encourage you to check them out and preorder your copy today!


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The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith Coming June 9, 2020

Sylvie never called them ghosts, but that’s what they were—not that George ever saw them herself. The new girl, Sylvie, is like a creature from another time, with her old-fashioned leather satchel, her white cotton gloves and her head in the clouds. George watches her drift around the edge of the school playing fields, guided by inaudible voices.

When George stands up for Sylvie, beating back Tommy Payne and his gang of thugs, it brings her close to the ethereal stranger; though not as close as George would have liked. In the attic of Sylvie’s father’s antique shop

A gorgeous, melancholy coming-of-age novella about girlhood and ghosts … This eerie, ethereal tale marks Ashley-Smith as a writer to watch.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith

We adored this review of The Attic Tragedy, J. Ashley-Smith’s new novella.

“A gorgeous, melancholy coming-of-age novella about girlhood and ghosts … Ashley-Smith expertly tinges his contemporary setting with Gothicism, nostalgia, and creeping dread. This eerie, ethereal tale marks Ashley-Smith as a writer to watch.”

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Book Review: The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith. Meerkat, $9.95 trade paper (66p) ISBN 978-1-946154-48-4

J. Ashley-Smith. Meerkat, $9.95 trade paper (66p) ISBN 978-1-946154-48-4 Ashley-Smith debuts with a gorgeous, melancholy coming-of-age novella about girlhood and ghosts. Fat, masculine George, an outcast at Blackworth High School, retreats into her job at the school library and ritualized self-harm at home.

The Attic Tragedy

The Attic Tragedy

Sylvie never called them ghosts, but that’s what they were—not that George ever saw them herself. The new girl, Sylvie, is like a creature from another time, with her old-fashioned leather satchel, her white cotton gloves and her head in the clouds. George watches her drift around the edge of the school playing fields, guided by inaudible voices.

When George stands up for Sylvie, beating back Tommy Payne and his gang of thugs, it brings her close to the ethereal stranger; though not as close as George would have liked. In the attic of Sylvie’s father’s antique shop, George’s scars will sing and her longing will drive them both toward a tragedy as veiled and inevitable as Sylvie’s whispering ghosts.

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