The Metanatural Adventures of Dr. Black
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The Metanatural Adventures of Dr. Black

by Brendan Connell
Release date: August 2014
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, mainstream, short stories

Cover art: Based on a photograph of Kenzan clay tile, Kenzan Co., Inc., used with permission. Interior illustrations: The Estate of John Connell.

WHAT TO MAKE OF DR. BLACK, NOT PARTICULARLY THE MOST orthodox of heroes or anti-heroes? As written by Brendan Connell, Dr. Black seems to have always existed and yet be utterly unique. He is simultaneously learned and, in certain environments, a bit of a fool. He has some tastes that are quite normal and others that are outrageous. There is always a bit of comedy as a sting in the tail of the more serious stories, and a seeming encyclopedic knowledge on the author’s part of the comic pratfalls of yesteryear in others.

— From Jeff VanderMeer's intro


  • Introduction by Jeff VanderMeer – previously unpublished
  • A Season with Dr. Black – previously published in Leviathan 3, edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Forrest Aguirre, Ministry of Whimsy 2002
  • Fragment Group A – previously unpublished
  • Dr. Black and the Guerrilla – previously published by Grafitisk Press, 2005
  • Fragment Group B – previously unpublished
  • Dr. Black in Monte Carlo – previously unpublished
  • Red-Haired Man in a Sweater, From the Private Papers of Dr. Black – previously published in Heliotrope Magazine, edited by Jay Tomio, 2007
  • Fragment Group C – previously unpublished
  • Dr. Black and the Village of Stones – previously published in Electric Velocipede, edited by John Klima, 2007
  • Dr. Black, Thoughts and Patents – previously published in A New and Perfect Man, a Postscripts anthology, edited by Nick Gevers and Peter Crowther, 2011
  • Fragment – previously unpublished
  • Dr. Black in Rome – previously published in Album Zutique, edited by Jeff VanderMeer, Ministry of Whimsy 2003
  • Fragment Group D – previously unpublished
  • Dr. Black at Red Demon Temple – previously published in a Dutch translation in Wonderwaan, edited by Marcel Orie. This story appears here in English for the first time
  • Variety – previously unpublished
updated 2014-08-26

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