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A Connoisseur of Grief and Other Stories

Louis Marvick

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Status in production
Release Date 2024
Limitation 199 copies
Size 13 × 24 cm
ISBN 978-3-949341-64-9
Edition numbered edition
Workmanship Slim paperback format, bound in finest turquoise stock by Gmund.


There is a coldness about what I have to say, and I must train myself to preserve it. The story wants to be told, but the facts of loss and death at the bottom of it are poor materials for storytelling. Any sprouting of fancy or exuberance of narration would be an insult to the barrenness of grief. I realise, and must remember, that the moment I warm to my subject, I fail to respect it. This condition makes for an inauspicious beginning.



A Connoisseur of Grief and Other Stories contains the following stories:

A Connoisseur of Grief
Devil’s Music
The Red Seed
Black Wedding
The Mirror of Don Ferrante
The Garden of Doctor Montorio
Pockets of Emptiness

About Louis Marvick

Over the span of merely a decade, Louis Marvick has developed a unique prose style of rare elegance, complex beauty and a subtle moral attentiveness in the weird genre. After the novel The ‘Star’ Ushak (Ex Occidente, 2010), the novella The Madman of Tosterglope (Ex Occidente, 2013), and a collection of short stories and novellas, Dissonant Intervals (Side Real, 2016), he has recently written a novel in three episodes whose first two parts have just been published by Zagava.

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