Patrick de Moss From the forthcoming "Kings of Nowhere" story collection comes the tale of "That Aeronautic Adventuress of the Feline Genus" - Miss Kitty. A story that in many ways is a love-letter to the writers of the 19th century, from Melville to Twain and lots of places in between. Also a story about a cat. And a trapeze.
Patrick de Moss From the forthcoming "Kings of Nowhere" collection - After a "girls night out" gone wrong, Evie stumbles upon the strangest of things - a man made of bronze rusting in a clearing in the woods. What wakes in that clearing, and in herself, are more than she may be able to believe, much less handle. A short story, approx. 15,000 words.
Patrick de Moss In this collection of darkly magical short stories, Patrick de Moss grounds speculative fantasy in a more psychological, complex world - and does so to stunning effect. In "The Sweet Shepherd" a man incapable of dying and living in Connecticut hires a chauffeur, and comes in close contact with the unmitigated sorrow of loss. In "Like Clockwork" a lonely accountant discovers a man of bronze and brings him back to life, only to see the pain he carries with him from her act of kindness. In "A Strange Boy", Nicholas must decide the fate of a childhood friend - a moment that may in many ways save or end his own life. In each case, de Moss hones in on the small victories and losses of ordinary people trying to survive in a world that only rarely needs them. Reminiscent of the spirit of Charles de Lint and Guillermo Del Toro's "Pan's Labryinth" de Moss' debut is a meditation on isolation as the stories weave together to create a vivid tapestry and a unified, though broken whole. His stories delve deeply into the very nature of what it means to try to be human, exploring our fears, triumphs, tragedies and the heartache that comes along with the reality - and our perceptions of reality - of the gulf that exists between another and ourselves. As thought provoking as it is arresting, "Kings of Nowhere" is a transformative collection, keenly aware of the pulse of life and the desire within us all for a place to feel needed and welcome.