Cor Hydræ (Heart of the Snake)

Jono Borden – Cor Hydræ (Heart of the Snake)

Cor Hydræ (Heart of the Snake): Twisted Tales

(Short Story Collection.) Constellating around the hermit Alphard, from the Arabic al-fard, meaning “The Solitary One,” named for the brightest star within the constellation Hydra—the largest in the night sky—which Tycho Brahe called “The Heart of the Snake,” these twisted tales are stitched together by questions of immortality and temptation.

Spanning vast geographies, centuries, and psychologies, the gothic grit and desolate dissonance of these absurd stories would best be classed among those defying classification, better exiled than at home alongside Horace Walpole’s eccentric Hieroglyphic Tales, yarns defying definition by rewriting it, if not exceeding expectations then conflating them with adrenaline-adulating anticipation.

These succinct curiosities weave in and out of Borden’s well-known, labyrinthine psyche, not so much consolidating but extrapolating on Jono’s many and varied esoteric interests which thread and pepper the book with a dark flavour those seeking to scorch an alternate path toward the light will savour.

Halifax: Jono Borden | First Edition (October 17, 2023)
Rights Territory: Worldwide

CIPO Registration Pending

☞ Subjects (LCSH):

Hermits—Fiction | Constellations—Fiction | Hydra (Greek mythology)—Fiction | Immortality—Fiction | Temptation—Fiction | Short stories, Canadian—21st century

☞ Form/Genre (LCGFT):

Psychological fiction | Short stories | Gothic fiction | Linked stories

☞ Subjects (BISAC):

FIC029000 FICTION / Short Stories (single author) | FIC039000 FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical | FIC027040 FICTION / Gothic

☞ Keywords (BISAC):

Magical Realism | Occult & Supernatural | Psychological | Absurdist | Noir | Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology | Literary

☞ Classification (LCC):

PR9299.4.B673 C67 2023 | PS8603.O716 C67 2023

☞ Classification (DDC):

813/.6—dc23 | 819.154 B728c

☞ Reviews: [Forthcoming]

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