The world’s biggest novel in stories

about life and the people who try to make it through – with some hope intact … 

Featured stories

His Last and First Breath

A man’s miraculous survival in a flash flood sets off a confrontation with his PTSD from the Iraq war. It may just destroy his family.

Warriors

A police officer works hard to prevent a young man from juvenile detention, but begins to doubt his own motives.

Portrait of a Killer

So you have finally ditched both drugs and your violent boyfriend. Is it time to get rid of your gun, too?

Like Blood In A Darkroom

Four friends from high school meet for one last time in an isolated holiday house to party all night before they go their separate ways. But as the clock ticks toward new year, only one thing is truly clear about the future: That nothing is.

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Shade of the Morning Sun is ...

electronic literature / hypertext fiction / a network novel

a novel in stories / a short story cycle / a collection of linked short stories

contemporary literary fiction

Meet the author

Christopher Marcus has been developing the Shade of the Morning Sun project since 2011.

Most recent vignette

Next Step: Tomorrow

The waiting is hardest when it’s for that flash of inspiration that will lift you out of the morass and give you an idea for action. Action to change your life, create something moving and brilliant with your art and set some relationship right. Sometimes you feel it’ll never come. But something always comes, if you listen for long enough you always hear something. The trick isn’t getting inspiration but not forgetting it, because life stuff floods your attention and zaps your energy. I’ve often forgotten an idea for something really great I could do, something that would make a difference because soon after, you know, life happened. Then two days or two years down the line, when I’ve parked my car somewhere I can see the horizon and don’t want to drive home because home is chaos, then – right then – an old idea or inspiration rears its head, and I go home with a little more hope for tomorrow.

Reflections about ...

Electronic literature

“In general, as I have taken to saying to colleagues suspicious of all the buzz about digital technologies, the stake for literary studies in the digital age is not first of all technological. It is to follow the living language of human thought, hope, love, desire—and hate too—wherever it goes and wherever it has the capacity to be literary, even if the form, style, or grammar of such literariness does not always conform to canonical standards.”

– professor Alan Liu, “From reading to social computing” in Literary Studies in the Digital Age – An Evolving Anthology

Short stories

“[Virginia Woolf] said of photography; ‘Isn’t it odd how much more one sees in a photograph than in real life?’ This gives us, I think, a clue to the enduring power and appeal of the short story – short stories are snapshots of the human condition and of human nature, and when they work well, and work on us, we are given the rare chance to see in them more ‘than in real life.’.”

William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart and Brazzaville Beach

Novels in stories

“Life is a loose-flowing thing. There are no plot stories in life.”

– Sherwood Anderson