Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream is a hybrid collection of prose and sonnets that tell the story of Sylvia Dandridge, a feverish teenage girl in Pensacola, Florida in the late 1880’s with a more feverish imagination. Sylvia has suffered with yellow fever, a deadly malady at the time and lived to tell many imaginative tales expanding her reclusive quarantined world. After succumbing to the scarlet fever, Sylvia meets a boyish bee demon who introduces romance, intrigue and drama into her insular world at the center of her parent’s longleaf pine filled estate. Other fantastical characters in Sylvia’s world include two twins found in a basket tied to a lemon tree, spectral conniving mermaids and deer with the head of a flower.


Genre: Hybrid experimental novella.

Publisher: TwistiT Press

Pages: 104


Watch me read Flutter, the title poem of the novella:

Read Rosemancy, a sonnet from Flutter

Read Ballerina Ghost & Pas de Deer, two sonnets from Flutter

Read All Humans In A Midnight Wood Are Prey, a sonnet from Flutter



“Kristin Garth’s Flutter is as much a Southern Gothic thriller as it is a poetry collection. “with scarlet fever, swans grow fangs… They will tell you it was a fever dream” Are the feverish visions of young, infirm Sylvia Dandridge merely delusions born of her father’s nightly fairytales? Or is her parents’ isolated estate in 1883 Pensacola as haunted as their daughter’s delirious head? Featuring richly detailed, intriguing character profiles and footnotes flush with expository prose, Flutter‘s impressive concept and structure are reminiscent of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Garth deftly weaves postbellum aristocracy with mythic, surreal elements. Imagine the eerie, antiquated mansion of The Secret Gardenpopulated with changelings, zombies, efflorescent fauna, and flying mermaids. Garth’s vivid, delightfully twisted imagination and storytelling prowess are only surpassed by her poetic talent. She wields meter, alliteration, internal rhyme, and other literary devices as fiercely and expertly as she does phantasmagoric imagery. Flutter is an extraordinary hybrid work that lingers like a specter in the subconscious long after you finish reading it.”

-V.C. McCabe
Author of Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot


This was my first book working with an illustrator, and that was such a special experience thanks to Mathew Yates. Click the link below to his art to order art from the book.


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