A Garden Fed by Lightning
Marshall Moore’s short fiction is propelled by a scathing wit and a dark imagination, and he does not shy away from taking readers down roads that are less traveled and rarely even mapped. In the title story, a con man cons a beguiling con artist… or does he? In “Grape Night,” a new arrival in Hong Kong enjoys the pleasures and terrors of a wine-tasting party with visiting gods from the Greek pantheon. In “Underground,” the minotaurs who secretly control urban life welcome a new member of their bloodthirsty elite. And in “Cambodia,” a country’s genocidal past and its cosmopolitan present collide atop a ruined temple. In A Garden Fed by Lightning, as in his two previous short-story collections, Moore spans multiple genres of fiction and subverts them all.
Publication date: Nov. 8, 2016
Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback
Page count: 220
Price (paper): US$18.95
E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF
Word count: 50,000
Price (e-book): US$7.99
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- “Though these tales may be visiting Hong Kong, an upstairs apartment, or the streets where youth went awry, with Moore at the helm places often lie in wait, ready to twist just so. The collection is filled with these moments, those darker than expected followed by tales that aim light at something—or someone—who might have been better left in the dark. Individually, any Marshall Moore story is a skin shiver waiting to happen. As a whole? A Garden Fed by Lightning is a collection worthy of exploring. — ‘Nathan Burgoine, author of Light and Triad Blood
- Marshall Moore once again raises the barcode on technological angst with his latest collection of short stories. Moore’s unique realities drip of fantasy and shadow, yet still retain a chilling familiarity. From the resurrected fashionistas of “After Balenciaga” and the snorting minotaurs of “Underground” to the medical metaphor of “The Platinum Scalpel Society,” he tumbles you down rabbit hole after rabbit hole, delivering surrealistic delights that mask sharp points. And no one does paranoia, wine, and entropic dread better than Moore.” — Jerry Wheeler, multiple Lambda Literary Award nominee, erotica editor, and bon vivant
- “Marshall Moore writes with a sublime confidence that comes from knowing how to whittle down to a very sharp nub what the reader needs to know and feel in any given story. This is writing that pierces, that drills deep down into its subject matter, and deftly pulls out what lies beneath. Moore’s fiction is the triple-distilled whiskey of writing.” — Brett Savory, author of A Perfect Machine and In and Do
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Marshall Moore is an author, publisher, and academic based in Hong Kong. His previous books include three novels (Bitter Orange, An Ideal for Living, and The Concrete Sky) and two collections of short fiction (The Infernal Republic and Black Shapes in a Darkened Room). With Xu Xi, he is the co-editor of the anthology The Queen of Statue Square: New Short Fiction from Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.marshallmoore.com.
29 Sep 2016 – Tongzhi Literary Club – Talk, Hong Kong