A Garden Fed by Lightning

Synopsis: 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...

Never Turn Away

Synopsis: Never Turn Away is a collection of Marshall Moore’s work from the 10 years since his debut novel The Concrete Sky was published. Included are excerpts from that book and his second novel An Ideal for Living, short stories from the collections Black Shapes in a Darkened Room and The Infernal Republic, and the first chapter of his forthcoming novel Bitter Orange. In addition to telling a hell of a story, Moore can crack you up, piss you off, and completely horrify you. If you haven’t checked out his work, now you’re out of excuses. This one’s free.   Metadata: Publisher: BookCyclone Publication date: June 17, 2013 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 47,000 eISBN: 978-988-15540-0-0 Price (e-book): FREE Buy (it’s free): Omnilit...

Bitter Orange

Synopsis: Seth Harrington can be invisible or undetectable, but he is not a superhero. The ability only works in morally grey situations; the rest of the time, he can’t turn it on and off at will. He can use a movie ticket stub to buy a coffee or a one-dollar bill to pay for a cell phone. He can stop muggings in plain sight, unseen, but only with worse violence. But this only adds to his confusion about his place in the world. Still reeling from the horrors of the September 11 terrorist attacks and ambivalent about his future, Seth is at a crossroads: Can he be one of the good guys by doing bad things, or are his newfound powers part of someone else’s malevolent agenda? There are no easy answers or expected outcomes in Marshall Moore’s exploration of urban life...

The Infernal Republic

Contents: Urban Reef (or, It’s Hard to Find a Friend in the City) The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living Filth and Splendor: A Love Story 215 Town of Thorns Everything Has Been Arranged (or, Chamomile Tea at 10,000 Feet) In Springtime, You Can Hear the Swallows Screaming Metropolitan Toast, Belladonna, and the Heat Death of the Universe In the North Woords (or, The War of Art) Still Life with Pterodactyls Putting the Damage On The Blue Bridge Flesh, Blood, and Some of the Parts (Le sang du monde) Certain Shades of Blue Look Green, Depending on the Light Marble Forest, Karstic Heart The Infinite Monkey Theorem   Synopsis: A lonely demon in a remote corner of Hell oversees a divine but rigged typing contest. A sentient house in...

An Ideal for Living

Synopsis: Grace White and her brother Robert, overweight and affluent, are desperate to hang onto their respective love interests. Grace’s husband Rich is bonking every woman he can talk into bed. Grace is willing to look beyond his affairs if she can just have her marriage back. Robert’s law school fling James’s interest diminished as Robert’s waistline increased. They’re still friends in a lopsided way, because Robert has never moved on. The only solution? Losing those excess pounds… by any means necessary. And when James finds a supernatural healer who can sculpt living flesh like clay, beautiful ugliness ensues. Will Robert and Grace get what they want, or what they deserve? Publisher: BookCyclone ISBN: 978-988-15165-7-2 Buy: Amazon (US) Barnes & Noble...