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Cryptobotany Fiction: Flora Curiosa

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 6th, 2008

Chad Arment is the editor of a new anthology, Flora Curiosa: Cryptobotany, Mysterious Fungi, Sentient Trees, and Deadly Plants in Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Flora Curiosa is an anthology of 20 classic short stories involving all kinds of weird plants and fungi, including the man-eating varieties. The stories he reprints are the precursors and often directly influence contemporary “killer plant” science fiction and fantasy books and films. It is a unique collection for those wishing to extend their cryptobotany fiction library.

Arment’s gathered stories are:

“Rappaccini’s Daughter” (1844), Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The American’s Tale” (1880), Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Man-Eating Tree” (1881), Phil Robinson

“The Balloon Tree” (1883), Edward Page Mitchell

“The Flowering of the Strange Orchid” (1894), H. G. Wells

“The Treasure in the Forest” (1894), H. G. Wells

“The Purple Pileus” (1896), H. G. Wells

“The Purple Terror” (1898), Fred M. White

“A Vine on a House” (1905), Ambrose Bierce

“Professor Jonkin’s Cannibal Plant” (1905), Howard R. Garis

“The Willows” (1907), Algernon Blackwood

“The Voice in the Night” (1907), William Hope Hodgson

“The Orchid Horror” (1911), John Blunt

“The Man Whom the Trees Loved” (1912), Algernon Blackwood

“The Pavilion” (1915), E. Nesbit

“The Sumach” (1919), Ulric Daubeny

“The Green Death” (1920), H. C. McNeile

“Si Urag of the Tail” (1923), Oscar Cook

“Green Thoughts: A Story” (1931), John Collier

“The Walk to Lingham” (1934), Lord Dunsany

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


4 Responses to “Cryptobotany Fiction: Flora Curiosa

  1. busterggi responds:

    As it isn’t in this book I also recommend Manly Wade Wellman’s “Come Into My Parlor”? as an excellent botanical nightmare generator.

  2. greatanarch responds:

    I didn’t even know there was a Conan Doyle story called ‘The American’s Tale’. Obviously my collection of his stories is not as complete as I thought.

  3. mystery_man responds:

    A decent novel with some weird plants in it is “The Ruins”. The movie didn’t do the book justice, I thought. This looks like a cool list of stories, and I’m always curious when cryptobotany articles pop up on the site.

  4. camperwoman responds:

    oooooh, The Willows is one of my favorite creepy stories, right up there with The Rocking Horse Winner and “Repent, Harliquin!” said the TickTockMan. Sounds like a book I need to buy.



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