Reviews of dark fiction (Under Construction)

The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith

Beautifully written, this novella was a short and dark visit inside the mind of a young woman.

Georgina, (George), became friends with Sylvie in a rather dark antique shop. There, Sylvie shares a secret; she can tell where an object has been just by touching it. George though? George never shares her secret with Sylvie or anyone else, (at least not verbally). Why not? You’ll have to read this to find out!

Right from the get-go, right from the opening line:”Sylvie never called them ghosts, but that’s what they were.” THE ATTIC TRAGEDY had me in its grip. This is a poignant tale about unrequited love, about feeling that you’re different, that you’re never a part of things, never at home, even in your own body. During your teen years, (which is where this book began), one is always feeling awkward and out of place to start with. Add in a few of the issues these teens were experiencing and it adds up to an almost unbearable state. Did I mention there’s a supernatural aspect to this story as well? At least, I think there was…

I’m surprised at how much feeling the author was able to pack into this novella, (perhaps novelette, technically speaking). Please believe me when I say, Mr. Ashley-Smith can write. In one scene where George wants to reach out to Sylvie, there’s this description:

“My fingers stretched and recoiled, daring then afraid, expanding and contracting like some skittish undersea creature; the kind of thing that dwells in shadow on the ocean floor, its hideous misshapen body an insult to nature.”

So vivid, so beautiful, so easy to picture. My heart went out to both of these young women, but especially to George. I have to wonder what would have happened had things worked out differently. I do know I’ll be thinking about both of them for a while. This was my first experience with this author and I hope to read more of his work in the future!

Highly recommended!

*Thanks to Meerkat Press for the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

**Originally published on my former website on 6.5.2020.**

The Attic Tragedy Book Cover The Attic Tragedy
J. Ashely-Smith
Dark Fiction
Meerkat Press
6.9.2020
Kindle
68
https://amzn.to/2W4DtWh

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.

2 thoughts on “The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith”

  1. Hі there, I belіeᴠe yoսr web site mіght be having internet browser compatibility
    problems. When I take a look at your web site in Safari, it
    looks fine however, if opening in I.E., it has ѕome overlapping issuеs.

    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Aside from that, excellent site!

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I’m still working on the set up and I’m not very experienced, so it’s going to take some time.
      Thanks for visiting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *