-by Simon Avery-

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“For a long time Sorrowmouth existed as three or four separate ideas in different notebooks until one day, in a flash of divine inspiration, I recognised the common ground they shared with each other. A man trekking from one roadside memorial to another, in pursuit of grief; Beachy Head and its long dark history of suicide; William Blake and his angelic visions on Peckham Rye; Blake again with The Ghost of a Flea; a monstrous companion, bound by life’s cruelty…

As I wrote I discovered these disparate elements were really about me getting to some deeper truth about myself, and about all the people I’ve known in my life, about the struggles we all have that no one save for loved ones see – alcoholism, dependence, self doubt, grief, mental illness. Sorrowmouth is about the mystery hiding at the heart of all things, making connections in the depths of sorrow, and what you have to sacrifice for a moment of vertigo.”

Simon Avery

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  • Black Shuck Signature series
  • Format ~ Novella
  • Length ~ 114 pages
  • Published ~ 26th April 2022
  • ISBN ~ 978-1-913038-74-8