We are super-stoked to announce we’ll be publishing J. Ashley-Smith’s debut collection, The Measure of Sorrow in the first half of 2023. We fell in love with J.’s writing with The Attic Tragedy, a Shirley Jackson Award Winner, and he cemented his place in our hearts and on our TBR pile with his subsequent, Ariadne, I Love You, and now, his upcoming atmospheric, dark speculative fiction collection.
About the Book
Shirley Jackson Award-winning author J. Ashley-Smith’s first collection, The Measure of Sorrow, draws together ten stories of dark speculative fiction, including both new and previously acclaimed works. 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 neighborhood 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.