The Gorgon Flower

John Richards

The Gorgon Flower
University of Queensland Press
3 April 2024

The Gorgon Flower

John Richards

These accomplished, gothic-infused stories impress in terms of their range and unexpected twists - this is an exceptional debut collection that includes the title novella, 'The Gorgon Flower'.

A young woman is haunted by the disappearance of her grandmother, a brilliant mathematician whose research uncovered the basis for parallel universes. A botanist travels across the seas in search of an elusive, deadly flower that was also his late father's obsession. A talented painter produces his best work - unsettling masterpieces with strange, fantastical elements - years after he was last seen in person.

In this gothic-inspired collection of stories, John Richards pushes the limits of what short fiction can be. With settings that range from rural France to medieval Italy and nineteenth-century Borneo, The Gorgon Flower is an impressively crafted, engrossing debut by a bold new writer.

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