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Table of Contents: THE HUMANITY OF MONSTERS edited by Michael Matheson

In September, ChiZine will publish The Humanity of Monsters edited by Michael Matheson, and including stories by Neil Gaiman, Kaaron Warren, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more.

Through the work of twenty-six writers, emerging to award-winning, The Humanity of Monsters plumbs the depths of humane monsters, monstrous humans, and the interstices between:

Monstrous heralds of change, the sight of whom only children can survive. Monsters born of the battlefield, in gunfire and frost and blood, clothed in too-familiar flesh. Monsters, human and otherwise, born of fear, and love, and retribution all, wrapped tight and inextricable one from the other: the Fallen outside of time, lovers and monsters in borrowed skin, creatures from beyond the stars, and humans who have travelled to them.

In stories by turns surreal, sublime, brutal, and haunting, there are no easy answers to be found. Only the surety that though there be monsters, you will name them false. And when you meet those who truly are, you will not know them.

Here’s the table of contents (and a bigger cover below):

  1. “Tasting Gomoa” by Chinelo Onwualu
  2. “Dead Sea Fruit” by Kaaron Warren
  3. “The Bread We Eat in Dreams” by Catherynne M. Valente
  4. “The Emperor’s Old Bones” by Gemma Files
  5. “The Things” by Peter Watts
  6. “muo-ka’s Child” by Indrapramit Das
  7. “Six” by Leah Bobet
  8. “The Nazir” by Sofia Samatar
  9. “A Handful of Earth” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  10. “In Winter” by Sonya Taaffe
  11. “Ghostweight” by Yoon Ha Lee
  12. “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman
  13. “Night They Missed the Horror Show” by Joe Lansdale
  14. “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky
  15. “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  16. “The Horse Latitudes” by Sunny Moraine
  17. “Boyfriend and Shark” by Berit Ellingsen
  18. “Never the Same” by Polenth Blake
  19. “Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson
  20. “Proboscis” by Laird Barron
  21. “Out They Come” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
  22. “and Love shall have no Dominion” by Livia Llewellyn
  23. “You Go Where It Takes You” by Nathan Ballingrud
  24. “Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife” by A.C. Wise
  25. “Theories of Pain” by Rose Lemberg
  26. “Terrible Lizards” by Meghan McCarron

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine (September 15, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1771483598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771483599


About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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