I’m delighted to be able to reveal the front and back covers of my book, Dreaming in Starlight, due to go on sale by CTU Publishing Group in just a few days. Exciting stuff!
“Upon reading Dreaming in Starlight I was let into a world of sheer brilliance. Elliott may only be 23 years old but his genius precedes him and he is, in my opinion, one of the brightest burning stars in the literary world.
This brilliant debut is a prose collection of fictional letters written by 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. Dreaming in Starlight deals primarily with the nature of the past and how it defines us, and questions whether or not we ever truly leave it behind. There are also themes of mental illness, addiction, spirituality and the ultimate loneliness of the human condition, and a chaos of juxtapositions, such as love vs obsession and time vs truth.
This is one super debut (unparalleled I’d say compared to other debuts in the contemporary literary world). Elliott is more than a writer to keep an eye on. With the talent and inventiveness in this debut, it shouldn’t be long until he finds you. I’d say he has one of the brightest futures in literature.” — Heath Brougher, author of A Curmudgeon is Born, Digging for Fire and Your Noisy Eyes