The Crime Writers’ Association

Short Story Dagger 2016


John Connolly

On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) By Frans Mier

Published by: Hodder & Stoughton

From Nocturnes2: Night Music published by Hodder & Stoughton.
A story that begins as an analysis of a painting of a corpse’s dissection by a minor Dutch artist soon calls itself into question. From the narrator’s unsettling intensity to the realisation of the true meaning behind the work in question, the aura of this darkly sinister story recalls Poe, and the true horror of its climax marks this as an outstanding story.

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