Wormwood (short story collection)

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Wormwood, originally published as Swamp Foetus, is a collection of short stories by American horror fiction author Poppy Z. Brite. It was first published by Borderlands Press, a small press publisher of horror fiction, in 1993. It was reprinted by Penguin Books in 1995, and reprinted and retitled in 1996 by Dell Publishing.


  • "A Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics of Poppy", introduction by Dan Simmons
  • "Angels"
  • "A Georgia Story"
  • "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood"
  • "Optional Music for Voice and Piano"
  • "Xenophobia"
  • "The Sixth Sentinel"
  • "Missing"
  • "Footprints in the Water"
  • "How to Get Ahead in New York"
  • "Calcutta, Lord of Nerves" (1993 World Fantasy Award nominee, Best Short Fiction)
  • "The Elder"
  • "The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire" (1991 Bram Stoker Award nominee, Best Short Fiction)

Selected edition[edit]

His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood and Other Stories (Penguin Books, 1995, 96 pages, ISBN 978-0146000508) comprises four stories selected from Swamp Foetus (aka Wormwood): "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood", "The Sixth Sentinel", "Calcutta, Lord of Nerves", and "How To Get Ahead in New York".