Green Fuse Burning by Tiffany Morris

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A transformative Indigenous eco-horror novella from Mi’kmaw writer Tiffany Morris.

“Green Fuse Burning is an impressively vigorous fiction debut from a truly dynamic storyteller. Tiffany Morris has laid out a concise and creepy tale that mesmerizes as it weaves through several realms, from the tangible to the spiritual. I was captivated by the looming mystery and the striking imagery that carried me like a current to the story’s monumental resolution. This book is a must-read in new speculative fiction!” — Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon of the Turning Leaves

“Morris quietly dazzles and disquiets in this weird horror novella … Poetic and grotesque imagery drives the novella’s horror, with fluid narration fostering a sense of disconnect and dread … This is a subtle and refreshing twist on the cabin in the woods trope.” — Publishers Weekly starred review

“A verdant alienation seeps through every page as Morris reimagines the possibilities of decay, a desperate isolation scouring the mind to reveal a torrid, seething strangeness beneath, the inevitable reckoning gathering its strength below the calm surface of the pond.” — Andrew F. Sullivan, author of The Marigold and The Handyman Method

 “In this Indigenous swampcore novella, Tiffany Morris … masterfully reclaims cosmic horror from its white tradition, and that’s so important because the genre has big problems™ with its philosophy, not just its heritage. I’m in such awe of her execution and the quietness and humbleness of the story, how she spins it all into something meaningful and new. Green Fuse Burning is an astonishing work that processes personal and planetary grief, and leads the reader through a viscerally healing experience.” — Joe Koch, author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands

“Lush and innovative. You can tell from the start that you’re in for something different. Green Fuse Burning digs its fingers through fertile layers of ecology, grief, and twin apocalypses to explore transformative death with a beauty both isolating and unsettling.” — Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Queen of Teeth

“This book is strongly recommended for anyone looking for a layered narrative of dark fantasy, ecological awareness, queer and indigenous politics, in an inventive hybrid form.” — Joshua Gage, for Cemetery Dance Magazine

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About the Book

After the death of her estranged father, artist Rita struggles with grief and regret. There was so much she wanted to ask him—about his childhood, their family, and the Mi’kmaq language and culture from which Rita feels disconnected. But when Rita’s girlfriend Molly forges an artist’s residency application on her behalf, winning Rita a week to paint at an isolated cabin, Rita is both furious and intrigued. The residency is located where her father grew up.

On the first night at the cabin, Rita wakes to strange sounds. Was that a body being dragged through the woods? When she questions the locals about the cabin’s history, they are suspicious and unhelpful. Ignoring her unease, Rita gives in to dark visions that emanate from the forest’s lake and the surrounding swamp. She feels its pull, channelling that energy into art like she’s never painted before. But the uncanny visions become more insistent, more intrusive, and Rita discovers that in the swamp’s decay the end of one life is sometimes the beginning of another.

About the Author

Tiffany Morris is a Mi’kmaw/settler writer of speculative fiction and poetry from Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia. She is the author of the horror poetry collection Elegies of Rotting Stars (Nictitating Books, 2022). Her work has appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and Apex Magazine, among others. She has an MA in English with a focus on Indigenous Futurisms. She is a member of the Speculative Fiction Poetry Association and the Horror Writers Association, and her work has been nominated for the Rhysling and Aurora Awards, and recently won the Elgin Award.

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Additional information

Book Format

Print, EPUB, MOBI, PDF, Audiobook

Page count



9781778092664 (trade), 9781778092671 (ebook), 9781778092688 (audiobook)

Publication Date

October 2023


climate fiction, eco-horror, novella


climate change, grief and loss, Mi'kmaq language and culture

Cover Art and Design

Exterior Cover Art: Chief Lady Bird, Exterior Cover Design: Selena Middleton, Interior Cover Beadwork: Mikaila Stevens, Interior Chapter Illustrations: Kaija Heitland

Awards & Recognition

Shirley Jackson Award Finalist, Indigenous Voices Award Finalist, Aurora Award Finalist (Best Novella/Novelette and Best Cover Art/Illustration for Chief Lady Bird), Locus Recommended Reading List,

1 review for Green Fuse Burning by Tiffany Morris

  1. Sarah Blackwell (verified owner)

    WOW!! I can’t say enough good things about this. I pre-ordered a copy and will be telling literally everyone I know about this book.

    First, the cover… this has to be one of my favorite covers I have ever seen. The colors, the art style, it’s perfect!
    Second…some of the BEST writing I have ever read. It felt like being transported into the body of the main character. It was atmospheric, haunting, beautiful, and terribly sad all at once.

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