HAVE YOU SEEN THE MOON TONIGHT? AND OTHER RUMORS
“Duckworth is a magician of the macabre in these sixteen wonderfully inventive and wickedly unsettling tales of the inhuman ruin creeping just beneath the surface of the everyday. With an enviable deftness and wide-ranging imagination for the terrible in its many forms, Duckworth conjures up unforgettable new worlds of uneasy horror.” —Gordon B. White, author of As Summer’s Mask Slips and Other Disruptions
A 5,000-year-old warlock gets fired from his side-hustle as a stage magician at a South Beach strip club—and takes it personally. Henry David Thoreau discovers a sinister humanoid fungus buried under his bean field. A well-meaning long-haul trucker picks up an underage drifter at a Texas diner, not realizing he’s the one in danger. After a world-ending plague, a survivor discovers a strangely well-maintained house populated by animate paper butterflies. In Miami, an out of work contractor and his girlfriend navigate an emergent apocalypse as something on the moon’s surface drives everyone on Earth who sees it insane.
These and other stories form Jonathan Louis Duckworth’s debut story collection, Have You Seen the Moon Tonight? The collection is comprised of 16 supernatural short stories in a shared universe. Many of the stories explore a kaleidoscope of possible world ending scenarios: the moon becoming a vector for madness, a book that infects and corrupts any writing it touches, the forgotten inhabitants of the ocean rising up to drown humanity’s toxic empire, and language itself becoming a mind-blasting plague. These stories explore damaged and jaded people reconnecting with their lost humanity, or discovering the inhuman multitudes hiding beneath their skin.
“I’m deeply unsettled after reading these fantastical tales. They all share a luscious sense of history, of place, and of supernatural possibilities that elude strict categorization. Jonathan is up to something quiet and deep, and his commitment to writing craft and exquisite love of language makes him all the more dangerous. We’d better keep an eye on him.” —Joe Koch, author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands and Convulsive
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Author: Jonathan Louis Duckworth
Publication Date: July 21, 2023
Paperback: $15.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax. Total price: $18.95
Print Length: 190 pages