Blogging has taught me to love short stories. I can read one or two on any given weeknight, and finish an entire story while also whittling away at a book (that I can later review, yay!). Short stories are often dark and dangerous... which is perfect, because I still prefer small bites of horror, rather than novel-length ones. And if we're going to talk about great, fantastical short stories, Kelly Link must enter the mix. She is a master at both editing and writing tales of this size, and that's all there is to it. That's why I'm so excited for Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant (EXCITED!). It will be released by Candlewick on September 9, 2014. Yay!
Predatory kraken that sing with — and for — their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Here you’ll find mercurial forms that burrow into warm fat, spectral boy toys, a Maori force of nature, a landform that claims lives, and an architect of hell on earth. Through these and a few monsters that defy categorization, some of today’s top young-adult authors explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.
What books are you waiting on?