A Botanical Daughter

A Botanical Daughter

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 19/03/2024
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A Botanical Daughter
Blooming Incredible!
My goodness I LOVED this book! It is a fantastic debut and soon to be a must have on everyone’s bookshelves. If you’re after cosy queer horror set in Vic... READ MORE
Lydia at Trafford Centre


Mexican Gothic meets The Lie Tree by way of Oscar Wilde and Mary Shelley in this delightfully witty horror debut. A captivating tale of two Victorian gentlemen hiding their relationship away in a botanical garden who embark on a Frankenstein-style experiment with unexpected consequences.

It is an unusual thing, to live in a botanical garden. But Simon and Gregor are an unusual pair of gentlemen. Hidden away in their glass sanctuary from the disapproving tattle of Victorian London, they are free to follow their own interests without interference. For Simon, this means long hours in the dark basement workshop, working his taxidermical art. Gregor's business is exotic plants - lucrative, but harmless enough. Until his latest acquisition, a strange fungus which shows signs of intellect beyond any plant he's seen, inspires him to attempt a masterwork: true intelligent life from plant matter.

Driven by the glory he'll earn from the Royal Horticultural Society for such an achievement, Gregor ignores the flaws in his plan: that intelligence cannot be controlled; that plants cannot be reasoned with; and that the only way his plant-beast will flourish is if he uses a recently deceased corpse for the substrate.

The experiment - or Chloe, as she is named - outstrips even Gregor's expectations, entangling their strange household. But as Gregor's experiment flourishes, he wilts under the cost of keeping it hidden from jealous eyes. The mycelium grows apace in this sultry greenhouse. But who is cultivating whom?

Told with wit and warmth, this is an extraordinary tale of family, fungus and more than a dash of bloody revenge from an exciting new voice in queer horror.

  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781803365909
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm

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A Botanical Daughter
An original and highly entertaining read
What a debut novel of pure imagination, a dash of decadence, a little sauciness mixed with some electrifying horror creates the truly unforgettable Botanic... READ MORE
A Botanical Daughter
Botanical Horror
There are certain stories that have resonated so well with readers that they're guaranteed to stick around forever, being retold, or re-imagined in so many... READ MORE
Amy Walker
A Botanical Daughter
Floral Gothic Brilliance
Look, in my foundations of who I am as a reader is one Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I am a gothic girlie. This book was my gothic horror dream. It was so ... READ MORE
A Botanical Daughter
“Now all we can do is hope, pray, and water.”
Simon does his work in the basement. His “cadaverous creations” range from social commentary to the whimsical. “It wasn’t his fault he was good at stuff... READ MORE
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