The Measure of Sorrow: Stories by J. Ashley-Smith Blog Tour

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary literary journey? Join us on this blog tour for J. Ashley-Smith’s haunting and gorgeously written debut collection: The Measure of Sorrows: Stories. We will also be giving away a $50 giftcard to the Meerkat Press bookstore so be sure to enter for your chances to win. So check back often as we share each stop along the way.

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Press & Tour Schedule

Publishers Weekly – Starred Book Review
Booklist – Book Review
Aurealis Magazine – Book Review
Fresh Blood – Interview
6/3 – Showcasing Books – Book Review
6/5 – Vol. 1 Brooklyn – Guest Post
6/5 – Mommy And Baby Reads – Excerpt
6/5 – Midu Reads – Excerpt
6/5 – Dolce Bellezza – Book Review
6/6 – Speculative Fiction Showcase – Excerpt
6/6 – The Next Best Book Blog – Guest Post
6/6 – Seven Acre Books – Excerpt
6/7 – Horror Tree – Guest Post
6/7 – Scifiville – Excerpt
6/7 – Jazzy Book Review – Excerpt
6/9 – The Sky Writes Here – Excerpt
6/12 – Palmer Library Reviews – Book Review
6/13 – Casia’s Corner – Book Review
6/13 – TKentWrites Guest Post
6/14 – Big Indie Books – Guest Post
6/15 – Mae Reads and Paints – Book Review
6/15 – Writing Forums – Guest Post
6/16 – Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored – Book Review
6/16 – FUONLYKNEW – Book Review
6/19 – Book MD – Interview
6/26 – LargeHearted Boy – Playlist

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J. Ashley Smith is a British–Australian author of dark fiction and co-host of the Let The Cat In podcast. His first book, The Attic Tragedy, won the Shirley Jackson Award. Other stories have won the Ditmar Award, Australian Shadows Award and Aurealis Award. He lives with his wife and two sons beneath an ominous mountain in the suburbs of North Canberra, gathering moth dust, tormented by the desolation of telegraph wires. You can find him at, performing amazing experiments in electronic communication with the dead.

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The Measure of Sorrow: Stories

The Measure of Sorrow: Stories

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 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.

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