Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root

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Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root
Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root.jpg
Book Cover for Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root original name "Mermaid and Butterflies"
Author Nalo Hopkinson, editor
Cover artist Michel Ange Altidort
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science Fiction, Horror anthology
Publisher Invisible Cities Press
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 318 pp
ISBN 0-9679683-2-1
OCLC 44502440
813/.01089729 21
LC Class PR9205.8 .W47 2000

Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction is an anthology of speculative fiction by Caribbean authors, edited by Nalo Hopkinson and published by Invisible Cities Press in 2000. It was nominated for the 2001 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.[1] The book is out-of-print. Reviewing it in 2002, James Schellenberg wrote: "Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root is recommended to anyone interested in Caribbean culture. Hopkinson has done wonderful work at organizing and presenting the stories."[2]


The stories are grouped in seven sections:



  • Roger McTair, "Just a Lark (or the Crypt of Matthew Ashdown)"
  • Claude-Michel Prévost, "Tears for Érsulie Frèda: Men without Shadow"

Blood Thicker More Than Water[edit]

  • H. Nigel Thomas, "The Village Cock" [“How Loud Can the Village Cock Crow?”]
  • Ismith Khan, "Shadows Move in the Britannia Bar"
  • Jamaica Kincaid, "My Mother"

The Broad Dutty Water[edit]

Crick Crack[edit]

  • Lillian Allen, "In the Beginning"
  • Geoffrey Philp, "Uncle Obadiah and the Alien"
  • Robert Antoni, "My Grandmother’s Tale of the Buried Treasure and How She Defeated the King of Chacachacari and the Entire American Army with Her Venus-Flytraps"
  • Ian McDonald, "Pot O’ Rice Horowitz’s House of Solace"

Down Inside the Chute[edit]


  • Kamau Brathwaite, "My Funny Valentine"
  • marina ama omowale maxwell, "Devil Beads"


  1. ^ "2001 World Fantasy Award Winners and Nominees", World Fantasy Convention.
  2. ^ James Schellenberg, "Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction" review, Challenging Destiny, 10 March 2002.

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