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Fiction Horror

The Marigold

by (author) Andrew F. Sullivan

Publisher
ECW Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Category
Horror, Literary, City Life, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781778521027
    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price
    $14.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781770416642
    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price
    $24.95

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“One of the country’s most talented young writers.” — Globe and Mail

In a near-future Toronto buffeted by environmental chaos and unfettered development, an unsettling new lifeform begins to grow beneath the surface, feeding off the past

The Marigold, a gleaming Toronto condo tower, sits a half-empty promise: a stack of scuffed rental suites and undelivered amenities that crumbles around its residents as a mysterious sludge spreads slowly through it. Public health inspector Cathy Jin investigates this toxic mold as it infests the city’s infrastructure, rotting it from within, while Sam “Soda” Dalipagic stumbles on a dangerous cache of data while cruising the streets in his Camry, waiting for his next rideshare alert. On the outskirts of downtown, 13-year-old Henrietta Brakes chases a friend deep underground after he’s snatched into a sinkhole by a creature from below.

All the while, construction of the city’s newest luxury tower, Marigold II, has stalled. Stanley Marigold, the struggling son of the legendary developer behind this project, decides he must tap into a hidden reserve of old power to make his dream a reality — one with a human cost.

Weaving together disparate storylines and tapping into the realms of body horror, urban dystopia, and ecofiction, The Marigold explores the precarity of community and the fragile designs that bind us together.

About the author

Andrew F. Sullivan is from Oshawa, Ontario, and graduated from the University of Toronto. He has worked in a liquor warehouse and a video game store, and is the associate fiction editor for The Puritan. Andrew’s writing has been been published in a number of literary journals, including Grain, Joyland, and Little Fiction. All We Want is Everything is his first book.

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Editorial Reviews

The Marigold is social critique written in the only way that makes sense right now: as delirious, meticulously planned horror.” — Naben Ruthnum, author of Helpmeet and A Hero of Our Time

“Andrew F. Sullivan’s books delve into dark territories other writers are too timid to explore, finding nuance and emotional resonance in that stony soil. The Marigold has all the hallmarks of his past work while being something all its own, daunting and daring and just a little scary.” — Craig Davidson, bestselling author of The Saturday Night Ghost Club and Precious Cargo

“Fast-paced, exciting, and atmospheric.” — Bionic Sarah’s Book Blog

“A bold dystopian novel that captivates with its dread and depth. The Marigold is unhinged literary horror that goes right to the source of decay.” — Iain Reid, award-winning author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Foe, and We Spread

“Andrew F. Sullivan’s The Marigold grows a terribly plausible urban future from the capitalist wreckage of the modern ‘world class’ city and drowns it in a tide of Boschian chaos that folds apocalypses of body horror, techno-fascism, economic, and climate collapse into one roiling, angry wave that’ll sweep you away with its narrative force.” — Indrapramit Das, author of The Devourers

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