An exclusive, profusely illustrated hardcover novella related to Caitl n s harrowing new novel, ThresholdLate one night, on a lonely south Georgia highway, a very strange car picks up an even stranger hitchhiker and the fates of all concerned become inextricably intertwined Meet Dancy Flammarion, an orphaned albino girl who talks to angels and is intent on ridding the world of monsters But what happens when one of the monsters decides to use her for his own dark ends In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers is award winning fantasist Caitl n R Kiernan s first ever novella, giving us a glimpse into the life of Dancy Flammarion shortly before her appearance in Kiernan s critically acclaimed second novel, Threshold This gritty yet decadent story of ghouls, corruption, and talking bears draws us deeply into a world of madness and betrayal, forbidden appetites and deadly intrigue, and the light that shines from the most unlikely of heroes In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers will include a full color dustjacket and ten black and white interior illustrations by Dame Darcy What am I missing here Vague, nebulous plot lines, a huge disregard for proper grammar and syntax, and unlikeable characters The only redeeming factor was the artwork by Dame Darcy. As usual, excellent prose by Kiernan A good story, but not one of my favourite Kiernan tales. A short piece in the paranormal action vein A mysterious albino hitchhiker, Dancy Flammarion, who claims to speak to an angel, is picked up by a sinister trio who may be vampires and taken to an old house tenanted by what may be a coven of cannibal witches It feels like the opening of a novel and, indeed, is a prequel to Kiernan s novel Threshold and, I suppose, Low Red Moon, which I haven t yet read. Caitlin R Kiernan, In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers Subterranean, 2002 This novella may be slight, but that s not the only reason it was a one day read for me Kiernan, perhaps the premier stylist in gothic literature she eschews the term horror, and in truth her work does often seem to headinto the dark fantasy realm today, is quite simply a fine writer on top of it all.In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers is a prequel to Kiernan s novel Threshold, introducing the albino Dancy Flamm Caitlin R Kiernan, In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers Subterranean, 2002 This novella may be slight, but that s not the only reason it was a one day read for me Kiernan, perhaps the premier stylist in gothic literature she eschews the term horror, and in truth her work does often seem to headinto the dark fantasy realm today, is quite simply a fine writer on top of it all.In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers is a prequel to Kiernan s novel Threshold, introducing the albino Dancy Flammarion, who does such things as talk to angels and stuffed bears who talk back, of course and kill monsters Fate, destiny, or whatever you d like to call it has Dancy hooking up with a carload of very strange folks on their way to Savannah to take in a meeting with a rather odd group of Southern belles who give a whole new meaning to the term ladies auxiliary A strange boy with a bottle fits into the tale, as well but readers are advised that how it is, exactly, he fits will not be revealed under later in Dancy s career.I get the feeling Kiernan is one of those writers you either love or hate Her stories are, for the most part, style over substance there s meat on the bones, but it tends to be somewhat lean and smell slightly of mange Like the majority of modern horror writers who work in multiple volume tales thank you, Stephen King, for this annoying trend , when you find yourself finishing this tale, you ll probably end up withquestions than you had when you started Answer a few, and end up with a whole lot , by reading Threshold Then we ll talk So in other words, what you have with In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers and, in my experience, the majority of Kiernan s tales is a slice of what amounts to a very weird and otherworldly life It s taking the hyperrealism of, say, Joyce Carol Oates early work and dropping it wholesale onto a dark alternate universe I can understand how it would jar What makes Kiernan worth your time, though, is the beauty of the language, how the words come together to paint the pictures in your head That s what this book is all about, in the end.It didn t do as much for me as did Candles for Elizabeth or her contribution to Wrong Things, but it s still a pretty fine piece of work