Brendan Connell's novella Dr. Black and the Guerrillia was published by Grafitisk in 2005.

Brendan Connell's fiction has been published in several places. He is the author of The Translation of Father Torturo (2005), Dr. Black and the Guerrillia (2005), Metrophilias (2010), Unpleasant Tales (2010) and The Life of Polycrates and Other Stories for Antiquated Children (2011).

More information about Brendan Connell can be found on his official website.

Here's a review of Dr. Black and the Guerrillia:


I have to confess that I've become a big fan of Brendan Connell. I've read a couple of his books and I've been very impressed by his writing skills and versatility, because he can write anything from fantasy to horror (I haven't yet had time to read his latest collection, The Life of Polycrates and Other Stories for Antiquated Children, but I'll read it soon). All of his stories are good and he's getting better all the time. He's one of the best and most versatile writers of speculative fiction at this moment. He's also one of the masters of new and inventive weird fiction.

It's difficult to categorize Dr. Black and the Guerrillia, because it contains several different kind of elements (Brendan Connell's fiction often defies categorization, because he has his own unique and beautiful writing style). In my opinion this novella is fantastical weird fiction, because it contains certain elements, which can be associated with weird fiction.

Here's a brief synopsis of Dr. Black and the Guerrillia:

This novella is a story about Dr. Black, who is – as stated in the text – a "polymath and great phytographist, foremost of amateur nephologists etc". He's "attempting to locate the Yaroa tribe and investigate their practices regarding the deity Apozitz". When Dr. Black hires a guide, he gets into trouble and is rescued by the Yaroa tribe. He is introduced to the tribe's customs and learns new things about the tribe. He also meets their god and experiences a hallucination in which he meets a deity called Nuxi. One day he meets the guerrillas who are trying to liberate San Corrados and is captured by them. He joins them and helps them to overthrow the president of San Corrados.

It was interesting to read about the Yaroa tribe and their customs, because Brendan Connell's descriptions of them were vivid and compelling (he wrote convincingly about life in the jungle). I also enjoyed reading about the fauna and flora of the jungle. I've always been interested in nature and all things related to botany and zoology, so it was interesting to read about plants and animals. It was great that the author had added footnotes, because they added depth to the story and explained certain things.

The last chapter of this novella was simply amazing. Brendan Connell managed to create an unforgettable vision of a massive flood and added a bit of surrealism to it in the form of mummies.

The black and white illustrations by John Connell were beautifully sketched.

Dr. Black and the Guerrillia is a perfect example of Brendan Connell's writing skills, because he frequently changes style from beautifully descriptive prose to short and intensive prose and then returns to beautiful prose – he does this amazingly gracefully and fluently. This kind of writing seduces the reader and makes the reader want to read the whole novella in one sitting.

I can highly recommend this novella, because it demonstrates how gifted a writer Brendan Connell is. If you like weird and slightly surreal stories, try to find this novella somewhere and buy it – you'll love it!


P.S. A new Dr. Black novella (Dr. Black, Thoughts & Patents) was published recently in PS Publishing's Postscripts #24/25.

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