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A Boy Born from Mold and Other Delectable Morsels
Cover of paperback version of 'A Boy Born from Mold' by Lorin Morgan-Richards, 2014.jpg
A Boy Born from Mold and Other Delectable Morsels
Author Lorin Morgan-Richards
Illustrator Lorin Morgan-Richards
Country United States
Language English
Publisher A Raven Above Press
Publication date
2010 1st Ed. special hardcover
2014 paperback
ISBN 978-0-9850447-7-0 (Paperback)
Preceded by Simon Snootle and Other Small Stories 
Followed by The Dreaded Summons and Other Misplaced Bills 

A Boy Born from Mold and Other Delectable Morsels is the second book of children’s short stories by Lorin Morgan-Richards. Originally published in 2010, Richards's book of gloomy tales pokes fun at the absurdities of life.


The book is largely compared to Edward Gorey and Tim Burton but characteristically weaves a deeper expression of sentiment not found in his earlier collection.

Richards relates how the title story has been perceived by the readers: Some have thought of it as giving insight into some sort of pagan beliefs. One commented it was a metaphor for the Celtic Tree of Life. The little girl upstairs represents an above plane while 'Rune' resides in the below or Otherworld, and the remaining between provides the journey towards consciousness of spirit and self-interconnected. I will not say if these are accurate or intentional in any way, but obviously, the story itself was meant to fascinate adults as well as children, and like one reviewer mentioned, this story is fundamentally about finding oneself.

Further reading reveals Zoog is a vampire who is hiding his allergy to blood and is found staring at a rainbow, while a woman accidentally feeds her 100 cats a sponge instead of cheese, and a man questions his existence only to be mistaken for a garden gnome.

Table of Contents

  • A Boy Born from Mold
  • Lawrence Little
  • The Misanthropic Plunger
  • The Cold Pigeon Who Found Comfort in a Mock Owl
  • The Cryptic Life of Penny Brown
  • The Fruit Bat
  • The Finicky Cats
  • A Rare Benign Belbow (2014 Paperback edition)
  • Willy Nilleee and the Red-Tailed Squirrel (2014 Paperback edition)


Modeling the construction of his first book Simon Snootle and Other Small Stories, Richards produced a pocket-sized handmade first edition of the book using dark blue faux leather with hand sewn linen pages inside. The cover was in a light blue background with an illustration of Ruin from the title story, who appears to be wearing several cultural tokens. A paperback edition of the book was released in 2014 with a cover showing Rune (Ruin) with a rat teaching him how to write, and the young vampire Zoog behind him. The paperback includes two stories not published in the first edition: "A Rare Benign Belbow" (originally released in 2011 with The Terribly Mini Monster Book) and "Willy Nillee and the Red-Tailed Squirrel".


The audiobook features the narration of Jason Shepherd with a special music introduction by Seongje Hwang and Tae Sung Jie.

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