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Monstrous Affections : An Anthology of Beastly Tales - Gavin J. Grant

Monstrous Affections

An Anthology of Beastly Tales

By: Gavin J. Grant (Editor), Kelly Link (Editor), M. T. Anderson (Contribution by), Paolo Bacigalupi (Contribution by), Nathan Ballingrud (Contribution by)

Paperback | 3 October 2019

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An award-winning collection of beastly tales, featuring bestselling authors Cassandra Clare, Patrick Ness and Holly Black.

Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters. Where band members and betrayed friends happen to be demonic, an eight-legged alien makes tea, and harpies are as likely to attract as repel. Fifteen top voices in fantasy fiction explore the intersection of fear and love, of monsters and men, and our fatal attraction to what hides in the shadows. This award-winning, darkly imaginative collection will make you laugh, cry and keep you awake at night...

Stories by M. T. Anderson, Paolo Bacigalupi, Nathan Ballingrud, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, Nalo Hopkinson, Dylan Horrocks, Nik Houser, Alice Sola Kim, Kathleen Jennings, Joshua Lewis, Kelly Link, Patrick Ness and G. Carl Purcell.

Book Features:
  • A richly imaginative fantasy/sci-fi collection featuring bestselling authors, including Cassandra Clare and Patrick Ness.
  • Winner of a World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.
  • Ideal for fans of romance, fantasy and the supernatural.

About the Authors

Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant edited the acclaimed anthology Steampunk! They also started a zine, founded an independent publishing house, own two letterpresses, and edited the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for five years. Kelly Link is the author of three acclaimed short story collections, and her award-winning stories have appeared in many anthologies.

Gavin J. Grant has published numerous articles and short stories. They live in Northampton, Massachusetts, with their daughter, Ursula.
Industry Reviews
Luminous... There are wonderful stories... M. T. Anderson's "Quick Hill" is a tour de force of contemporary short fiction. It does, as well as anything I've read recently, what scary stories are supposed to do: It says what we feel, but cannot say. * New York Times Book Review *
From vampires to ghosts and from strange creatures made of mercury to half-harpies, these beasts will broaden readers' perspectives. Teens will never think about monsters in the same way again. Long after the last page is turned, these tales will linger in readers' brains, in their closets, under their beds, and in the shadows. * School Library Journal (starred review) *
Link and Grant present an engrossing, morally complex anthology of 15 stories centered on the seemingly antagonistic concepts of monsters and love. ... All of the entries are strong, and many are splendid. * Publishers Weekly (starred review) *
The authors of these tales brilliantly intertwine morally charged issues with elements of horror writing that engage the reader. ... This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys horror fiction. * Library Media Connection *
A deliciously gory collection of fifteen original stories... While the theme is certainly familiar, the diversity of interpretations of monsterhood is an asset, and the book sets a fresh and amusing note with the opening pop quiz that assesses readers' views of monsters. ... Fans will be happy to find a well-edited, sharp collection of new stories about their favorite topic that covers both the creepy and alluring elements of monsters. * Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books *

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