I remember when we used to play cowboys and Indians out the back garden and seemed like every minute you had a goddamn smile on your face. Didn’t matter how many times I won, you always had that big goofy grin stretching your cheeks, so happy to be out playing with your big brother. I should have let you win sometimes. What the hell difference would it have made to me? But for you, it would have meant everything. Maybe you wouldn’t let your asshole husband slap you around so much if you knew you didn’t always have to lose.
One of the last things Mama ever said to me was, “Look after your baby sis. Keep her outta trouble.” Well, I was too busy getting myself in trouble to do a damn bit of good for you. But I do love you. I love you so deeply and endlessly sometimes it spills out my eyes when I’m tryin to sleep at night. If I could make your life good, I would. I hope you know that.
This brilliant debut consists of a prose collection of fictional letters from a deceased 26-year-old Southern American named Jeremiah John Watts (JJ). The people JJ mentions in these letters have a parallel to the alienated and confused dreamers, addicts and lost souls found in the work of the likes of Denis Johnson and William Burroughs, but JJ’s larger-than-life sentimentality as his past leaks out of his heart and onto the page puts this collection in some new sphere of perception equally brilliant but entirely its own. Gradually, the letters tell a fractured tale of a life of mistakes, heartbreak, sickness, and regret, but also love, faith, hope and perseverance.
– Heath Brougher Author, A Curmudgeon is Born, and Your Noisy Eyes
To find out more about Dreaming In Starlight read the Introduction.
About the Author
Philip Elliott was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1993 and quickly started scribbling nonsense. He’s the founder and editor-in-chief of Into the Void Magazine, and his own writing can be found in various journals in 9 countries, such as Otoliths, Scarlet Leaf Review, Foliate Oak, Revista Literariedad and Flash Fiction Magazine. He has a degree in Ancient Classics, likes to blur the boundaries between fiction’s many genres, and loves above all writing that is honest and heartfelt. Philip lives in Dublin, where he gets along better with his dogs than any humans, is finishing up work on a novella and much too many other projects, and is any combination of these things: fiction writer, poet, feminist, vegan, atheist, buddhist, minimalist, mindful meditator, wandering wonderer, punk rock fanatic & very loose cannon. Stalk him at philipelliottfiction.com.
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