University of Hertfordshire PhD Student to Hold Book Signing at Humanities Deans’ Awards 2019

Updated: May 6, 2021

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

Daisy Butcher, who is in her second year as a PhD student in the school of humanities, will be holding a book signing for her first published book, an anthology entitled ‘Evil Roots: Tales of the Botanical Gothic’ at the Deans Awards for the School of Humanities on Wednesday 13 November.

The anthology, which is part of the British Library’s Tales of the Weird series, follows the history and literature of killer plants in gothic fiction from the 19th century to the early 20th century.


‘Evil Roots’ contains 14 stories about killer plants, from a plant murder mystery entitled ‘The Green Death’ by H.C. McNeil to ‘The Flowering of the Strange Orchid’ by H.G. Wells.

In the book’s introduction, Daisy suggests how the “killer plant deserves more recognition as its own genre of eco-horror” while the stories “provide a sense of repercussion when nature fights back”.

If you would like to find out more about Daisy’s book, why not listen to Daisy’s interview with local radio station, Verulam here, or you can buy a copy of her book online from a variety of book retailers.

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