Monstrous Creatures, Jeff VanderMeer’s upcoming collection of fantasy explorations which is now available for pre-order, is an “entertaining, eclectic chronicle of modern fantastical fiction” that “delivers incisive commentary, reviews, and essays pertaining to permutations of the monstrous, whether it’s other people’s monsters, personal monsters, or monstrous thoughts.”

Here’s the table of contents:


Introduction: Monstrous? Creatures?

Monstrous Thoughts

  • The Third Bear
  • The Language of Defeat
  • An Anvil Is Not an Artichoke
  • The Romantic Underground
  • Politics in Fantasy
  • The Triumph of the Good
  • The New Weird – “It’s Alive?”

Conversation #1: China Miéville and the Monsters

Appreciations of the Monstrous

  • Prague: City of Fantasy
  • Catherynne M. Valente’s The Labyrinth
  • Two Members of the Shadow Cabinet: Batchelor and McNaughton
  • Making Her Own Light: Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Unsung Heroes of Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • My Additional Misadventures with Engelbrecht
  • Alasdair Gray and Lanark
  • My Love-Hate Relationship with Clark Ashton-Smith
  • Lovecraft Art: The Link Between Tentacles and Cosmic SF
  • Alfred Kubin and the Tortured Triumph of The Other Side
  • The “Black Books” of Derek Raymond
  • A Giant of Literature, J.G. Ballard
  • The Cosmology of Jeffrey Ford
  • Five Years of Sfar and Trondheim’s Dungeon Series
  • How to Raise and Keep an Imagination: Joseph Nigg and the Power of Fantasy
  • Authors in Praise of Beer

Conversation #2: Eaten by Bears–Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels

Interrogating Other People’s Monsters

  • Prague Reimagined: Michal Ajvaz’s The Other City
  • The Perils and Triumphs of Transformation: China Miéville’s Un Lun Dun
  • Two New Anthology Series, Two Views of Comics
  • Tove Jansson’s Moomin Comics
  • Bittersweet Fantasy: Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper
  • Dream Worlds: David B’s Nocturnal Conspiracies
  • Silence and Aversion: J. Robert Lennon’s Castle
  • Stairs to Nowhere: House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Future Past: Brian Francis Slattery’s Liberation
  • Not Good at Dying: The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen
  • Re-envisioning the West: Emma Bull’s Territory
  • Hollywood Punk: Steve Erickson’s Zeroville
  • Exchange Students Plot to Take Over America: Chuck Palahniuk’s Pygmy
  • Looking for Love: Alexander Theroux’s Laura Warholic, or The Sexual Intellectual
  • The Lost Girls of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie
  • London’s Last Stand: Jonathan Barnes’ The Domino Men
  • The Newt Speaks Volumes: Jack O’Connell’s The Resurrectionist
  • Not Enough Bite: Victor Pelevin’s The Sacred Book of the Werewolf
  • Hot Ice: Marcel Theroux’s Far North
  • Philosophy in Fiction’s Clothing: Neal Stephenson’s Anathem
  • The Books of the Decade

Conversation #3: The Monstrous Capybara of Austin, Texas

Personal Monsters

  • The Hannukah Bear
  • Fantasy and the Imagination
  • My Father’s Pipe
  • The Novella: A Personal Exploration
  • Two Essays on Hiking

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