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Black Flowers

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Muchmore captivates with a kaleidoscope of worlds and characters whilst indulging several genres; science fiction, fantasy and thriller.

There is no denying Muchmore can write, and write within a variety of genres. When I first began reading Black Flowers I was looking for something which moved through the poems and short stories; the religious allusions, the appearance of the devil and the evil of mankind. Yet, I soon realised it is Muchmore’s talent for writing and his imagination which weaves these pieces together.


Some stand out more than others; ‘To Kiss the Devil Goodnight’, ‘Woman’ and ‘Coda’, which all explore humanity, our choices and the chances we are given, what it means to live and how easily lives are cut short. Whilst ‘The Doorway in the Garden’, my personal favourite, is absolutely magical. It is a story which celebrates family and ethnic origins, as well as delicately handling a child’s struggle with death and grief. 


By the end, I wished Muchmore’s collection wouldn’t end. Each story was different, original and tackled a new angle of humanity and society. Thus, despite my reservations at the beginning, this collection grows in strength the further on you read; soon you become captivated by the real and other worlds Muchmore portrays, and wrapped up in his kaleidoscope of characters. It truly was a pleasure to read.

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I am an English teacher and a writer. I published my first poetry collection, Between the Trees, in May 2019. I read widely and avidly and review through Reedsy Discovery, Amazon Vine and individual review requests. All reviews are published on Amazon, Goodreads and my blog - My Screaming Twenties.

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I write dark Southern fiction that spans multiple genres. I grew up in northern Mississippi with the bustling city of Memphis only a few minutes away over the state line. Despite three decades of living in the Bible Belt the traditional, conservative values never really sat well with me. view profile

Published on June 01, 2019

Published by Dark Currents Press

60000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Anthologies

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