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There is something elegant and yet simple about this chapbook from ISMs Press. It’s presence is undoubtedly raw. The sole flower on its cover is beautiful and unimposing; the text clean and easy to read, yet haunting.
This is the story of a missing musician and a love that reaches across the grave (but not in your stereotypical manner). The plot revolves around a secret island, ghostly in its almost-here/almost-not-here ambience, and the protagonist’s journey there to find her lover. Of course, find him she does, but he’s not quite what she expected.
This chapbook was published early in Mark Howard Jones’ career and shows his potential as a writer. Being familiar with his more recent work, you can see the telltale signs of his future successes. The Garden of Doubt on the Island of Shadows makes a fine introduction to this great British writer.
You can buy the book from Amazon.