Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day
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Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day is a story collection that consists of 9 stories and 1 novella. The stories run the gamut from surreal to slipstream to literary fiction to fabulist to fairy tales to weird biblical fanfic to poem-y word experiments. Over 55,000 words/200 pages of fiction. A few sample stories are available to be read online for free below.
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“…JD Scott’s Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day might be called fabulist, literary, millennial, parable-ish, or bildungsroman, but, as soon as the collection seems pin-able, another enchanting element surfaces. Scott’s range and rhythms delight. In one story, an insomniac narrator ruminates on the nature of reality via Wile E. Coyote. In another, a chinchilla’s death precedes the death of a relationship. A mother disrupts time and space to rescue her son. A twin returns from a watery grave to help his sister make another kind of passing. In a post-apocalyptic world, all land is mall, and all mall is living, changing, organic matter. The collection sings with bicycles, flowers, the vastness of existence, and good old-fashioned obsessive relationships, all in the name of a deep and pleasing exploration of love, power, and commerce, and how to map a life within and without their bounds.” —Necessary Fiction
“…Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day is a surreal and poetically-written foray into the familiar and the weird. It’s the kind of book that can make the quotidian seem fantastical and can evoke the banality of living in a world that might look wondrous on paper. This is a book that abounds with unlikely miracles and strange damnations; even so, Scott’s fiction is also about such resonant themes as ritual, grief, and the unknown. … Trying to pin [one story in the collection] down to one genre or style is impossible; instead, much of its power comes from its ability to move through liminal spaces between genres (and between expectations of genres). The same could be said for Scott’s collection as a whole. Neatly summarizing it isn’t easy, but experiencing it is rewarding indeed.” —Tor.com
“. . . a dazzling collection of stories—part dystopian, part fabulist, and wholly immersive . . . Like stepping through a looking glass, the stories of Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day skirt the edges of reality and shimmer with enchanting, otherworldly light.” —Foreword Reviews (starred review)
👼 Book Description 🔮
The sly fabulism of Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day casts its own peculiar spell upon the reader as it outlines a world unsettlingly similar to our own. These stories trouble the line between what is literary and genre, fairy tale and parable. In one story, a perfumer keeps his boyfriend close-at-hand by dosing him with precise measures of poison. In another, a comical domestic drama hinges upon the life and death of an ancient chinchilla. Scott pushes liminality with magical scrolls, a drowned twin returning from the sea, and a retelling of the Crucifixion where a gym bunny chops down a tree in the Garden of Eden—only to transform the wood into a cross for himself. This debut collection ends with an epic novella where a heroic teenager comes of age inside an otherworldly shopping mall that spans the entire globe. Visceral, dreamlike, and full of dazzling prose: Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day challenges us to see our own endless possibilities—to find luminescence inside and beyond the shadows.
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- “The Teenager"
- “The Hand That Sews"
- “Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day”
- “Where Parallel Lines Come to Touch”
- “Night Things"
- “Their Sons Return Home to Die"
- “After the End Came the Mall, and the Mall was Everything”
- “Fordite Pendant"
🌻 Sunflower, Daybright... 🌞
As of December 2021, by purchasing this story collection, you also gain access to a short exclusive chapbook of 7 additional stories (that's 17 stories total for the price of 1 book). 5 of the stories were originally published elsewhere, and 2 are never-before-published stories. The chapbook also contains a one-page preface with a little more information about the formation of Moonflower... and how these seven stories fit in. This ~30-page digital chapbook is currently available as PDF-only, although this may change in the future.
In order to download this book you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $9.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:
- Sunflower: Seven Bonus Stories (For a Feline Cause)Dec 22, 2021
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