Evil Roots

Evil Roots Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic - Tales of the Weird

Short stories

Paperback (14 Aug 2019) | English

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Synopsis

Strangling vines and meat-hungry flora fill this unruly garden of strange stories, selected for their significance as the seeds of the "killer plant" trope in fiction, film, and video games. Before the Demogorgon of Stranger Things and the appearance of Mario's iconic foe the Piranha Plant, writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries were exploring the lethal potential of vegetable life, inspired by new carnivorous species discovered on expeditions into the deep jungles of the world and breakthroughs in the grafting and genetics disciplines of botany. Suddenly, the exotic orchid could become a curiously alluring, yet unsettlingly bloodthirsty menace; the beautifully sprawling wisteria of the stately home could become anything but civilized, and the experimentation of botanists weening new shoots on their own blood could become fuel for a new genre of horticultural nightmare. Every strain of vegetable threat (and one deadly fungus) can be found within this new collection, representing the very best tales from the undergrowth.

Book information

ISBN: 9780712352291
Publisher: British Library Publishing
Imprint: British Library Publishing
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 808.838738
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 4891
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 264g
Height: 130mm
Width: 190mm
Spine width: 17mm