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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