The Man Who Remembered the Moon

David Hull
72 pp
$9.95 Cdn

A mesmerizing novella about perception and longing...

He says it's gone. They say it never existed. Daniel Hale is The Man Who Remembered the Moon.

"Thoroughly satisfying." - The Globe and Mail

"A superb story... an ongoing series of surprising revelations/suppositions — surprising, yet satisfying within the rollercoaster logic of its world." - Matthew Sharpe, author of The Sleeping Father, You Were Wrong, and Jamestown

When the moon disappears, Daniel Hale is shocked to find that he’s the only person who remembers it. He is quickly committed. As he struggles to comprehend what might have happened to the moon - and to himself - only his doctor, the tenacious Marvin Pallister, holds out hope that Daniel might be cured of his delusion - now dubbed Hale-Pallister’s Lunacy.

A virtuoso vanishing act, a puzzle in die-cut pieces, and an unexpected meditation on loss. The Man Who Remembered the Moon is a cerebral, witty novella, baffling, enigmatic and haunting.

Print edition includes the bonus hidden track The One About the Ballard Fanatic. From the review at Literary Relish: "In a mere handful of pages Hull creates an atmosphere of tension to rival the greatest short story writers out there. Sat in a bar one night, our protagonist meets a curious character; a J G Ballard aficionado. Intrigued, he accepts an invitation to go to his flat to see some of his memorabilia, only to discover that things aren’t quite as ordinary as they might seem…"

The One About the Ballard Fanatic is now also available as a free pdf download.


A Chekhovian Ward 6 for a new millenium. Beautifully written, hypnotic shapeshifter.

The quintessence of science fiction. The Man Who Remembered The Moon is an exquisite piece of short social science fiction, answering the beautifully simple prompt of: imagine the moon disappeared tomorrow, but you were the only one who ever remembered it was there to begin with.

One of the most interesting aspects of this book is the fact that, despite its brevity, it presents a vast journey through the complexities of human mind. The possible theories that explain the main character’s delusions – if they can be described as such – the loneliness of believing in something that everyone else thinks absurd, the effects of our troubles on those we love most. There’s a whole lot of important questions in this relatively short story – and that is one of the reasons that make it so enthralling.

...although a short book, The Man Who Remembered the Moon is, in all the relevant aspects, a huge story. Captivating, surprising, intense – and with a brilliant finale – it can never be less than memorable. And impressive in all of its aspects.

An engrossing, fascinating tale... From the very start, you’re drawn straight into Daniel’s story, becoming complicit with him (because of course, we know the moon is there – don’t we?). We struggle alongside him to comprehend exactly what’s happened and to make sense of the paradigm shift that seems to have taken place in the world – who is mad and who is sane? Who is actually telling the story and who can we believe? It’s a tale that throws up a great number of questions and leaves you thinking about it for a long time afterwards.

We were approached by an emerging Canadian publisher by the name of Dumagrad Books. The name of the press by the way comes from Bulgarian (our native language) and means “word city” or “city of words”. So they just published author David Hull’s first book in ebook format. “The Man Who Remembered the Moon” will also see a print edition on the 21st of September. I was fascinated by the idea of this little novella and so couldn’t say no to reviewing it. Interested in what the book is about and what I think about it? Read on!

Released this summer through Amazon’s curated Kindle Singles program, in print only this fall, The Man Who Remembered the Moon says something about publishing today. Its publication history is interesting not only for being digital-first but also because, outside poetry and pop-culture series, you rarely see such a slim book in print nowadays: 65 pages, 51 dedicated to the title story. Not every book has to be a multicourse meal, though; sometimes, what you want is a quick bite, and as the latter, this one is thoroughly satisfying.