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Green Fuse Burning

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Pub Date 31 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2023

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Description

After the death of her estranged father, artist Rita struggles with grief and regret. There was so much she wanted to ask him—about his childhood, their family, and the Mi’kmaq language and culture from which Rita feels disconnected. But when Rita’s girlfriend Molly forges an artist’s residency application on her behalf, winning Rita a week to paint at an isolated cabin, Rita is both furious and intrigued. The residency is located where her father grew up.

On the first night at the cabin, Rita wakes to strange sounds. Was that a body being dragged through the woods? When she questions the locals about the cabin’s history, they are suspicious and unhelpful. Ignoring her unease, Rita gives in to dark visions that emanate from the forest’s lake and the surrounding swamp. She feels its pull, channelling that energy into art like she’s never painted before. But the uncanny visions become more insistent, more intrusive, and Rita discovers that in the swamp’s decay the end of one life is sometimes the beginning of another.

After the death of her estranged father, artist Rita struggles with grief and regret. There was so much she wanted to ask him—about his childhood, their family, and the Mi’kmaq language and culture...


A Note From the Publisher

Note: the final version of this book will contain cover and interior art from three Indigenous artists. An exclusive print run will also include spot lamination or other cover details; this special edition is only available from the publisher.

About the Author: Tiffany Morris is a Mi’kmaw/settler writer of speculative fiction and poetry from Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia. She is the author of the horror poetry collection Elegies of Rotting Stars (Nictitating Books, 2022). Her work has appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and Apex Magazine, among others. She has an MA in English with a focus on Indigenous Futurisms. She is a member of the Speculative Fiction Poetry Association and the Horror Writers Association, and her work has been nominated for Elgin, Rhysling, and Aurora Awards. Green Fuse Burning is her first novella.

About the Publisher: Stelliform Press is a Canadian small press publishing climate stories. Focused on genre (SFFH), literary fiction, and creative non-fiction, Stelliform Press books take up the conversation around the climate emergency with an intersectional view of environmental justice and have been nominated for or have won the Crawford Award, the Otherwise Award, the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction, the Philip K. Dick Award, and more.

Note: the final version of this book will contain cover and interior art from three Indigenous artists. An exclusive print run will also include spot lamination or other cover details; this special...


Advance Praise

 “In this Indigenous swampcore novella, Tiffany Morris ... masterfully reclaims cosmic horror from its white tradition, and that’s so important because the genre has big problems™ with its philosophy, not just its heritage. I’m in such awe of her execution and the quietness and humbleness of the story, how she spins it all into something meaningful and new. Green Fuse Burning is an astonishing work that processes personal and planetary grief, and leads the reader through a viscerally healing experience.”

— Joe Koch, author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands

"This book is strongly recommended for anyone looking for a layered narrative of dark fantasy, ecological awareness, queer and indigenous politics, in an inventive hybrid form."

— Joshua Gage, for Cemetery Dance Magazine

“In this Indigenous swampcore novella, Tiffany Morris ... masterfully reclaims cosmic horror from its white tradition, and that’s so important because the genre has big problems™ with its...


Marketing Plan

 ARCs on Netgalley, Book Sirens, available to reviewers, trade reviews, Locus cover reveal, giveaways, virtual book launch, literary festival circuit, author interviews and talks. Note: the final version of this book will contain art from three Indigenous artists, as well as spot lamination or other cover details.

ARCs on Netgalley, Book Sirens, available to reviewers, trade reviews, Locus cover reveal, giveaways, virtual book launch, literary festival circuit, author interviews and talks. Note: the final...


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