Flowers for the Sea (Paperback)

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A miasma of dread permeates Zin. E. Rocklyn's viscerally upsetting novella of cathartic putrefaction. Social politics and the sanctity of the self languish thirstily on the high seas in this surreal, peri-apocalyptic, waking nightmare. Rocklyn's electrifyingly righteous prose lights up the all the major nerve centers and rampages uninhibited through the body for a hundred breathless pages.

— Steven


A Library Journal Editor's Pick! A Den of Geeks Best Books of 2021!

Flowers for the Sea
is a dark, dazzling debut novella that reads like Rosemary's Baby by way of Octavia E. Butler

We are a people who do not forget.

Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp.

Among the refugees is Iraxi: ostracized, despised, and a commoner who refused a prince, she’s pregnant with a child that might be more than human. Her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine.

Zin E. Rocklyn’s extraordinary debut is a lush, gothic fantasy about the prices we pay and the vengeance we seek.

About the Author

Zin E. Rocklyn is a contributor to Bram Stoker-nominated and This is Horror Award-winning Nox Pareidolia, Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters, Brigands: A Blackguards Anthology, and Forever Vacancy anthologies and Weird Luck Tales No. 7 zine. Their story "Summer Skin" in the Bram Stoker-nominated anthology Sycorax's Daughters received an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Volume Ten. Zin contributed the nonfiction essay “My Genre Makes a Monster of Me” to Uncanny Magazine’s Hugo Award-winning Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Their short story "The Night Sun" and flash fiction "teatime" were published on Flowers for the Sea is their debut novella. Zin is a 2017 VONA and 2018 Viable Paradise graduate as well as a 2022 Clarion West candidate.

Praise For…

Praise for Flowers for the Sea

“Rocklyn is angry, lyrical, honest, and heartbreaking, riding the line between fantasy and true horror” —Catherynne M. Valente, New York Times bestselling author

"A name to watch."—The Washington Post

“Rocklyn’s lyrical gothic fantasy debut considers how life can persist in a world of rot, death, and destruction. . . . [They] conjure Iraxi’s precarious position in fluid, lovely prose.” —Publishers Weekly

“This novella will whet the appetite of fans of classics like Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, P. D. James’ The Children of Men, and Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild.” —Booklist

“A lush, mesmerizing novella about survival and the hope of righteous anger. An auspicious debut baring beauty and razorfangs.” —Paul Tremblay

“A gorgeous, powerful debut. . . . You don't want to miss it.” —Cassandra Khaw

"Rocklyn manages to write a darkly spectacular, yet strangulating world in the middle of the sea, with well-developed characters, vivid imagery, and dense lyrical prose....This claustrophobic story had me reeling as the tension rose until I reached the impressive ending."—Cemetery Dance

"Zin E. Rocklyn’s extraordinary debut is a lush, gothic fantasy about the prices we pay and the vengeance we seek."—The Quiet Pond

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250804037
ISBN-10: 1250804035
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 112
Language: English