The Humanity of Monsters

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION BY MICHAEL MATHESON

TASTING GOMOA
by Chinelo Onwualu

DEAD SEA FRUIT
by Kaaron Warren

THE BREAD WE EAT IN DREAMS
by Catherynne M. Valente

THE EMPEROR’S OLD BONES
by Gemma Files

THE THINGS
by Peter Watts

MUO-KA’S CHILD
by Indrapramit Das

SIX
by Leah Bobet

THE NAZIR
by Sofia Samatar

A HANDFUL OF EARTH
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

IN WINTER
by Sonya Taaffe

GHOSTWEIGHT
by Yoon Ha Lee

HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES
by Neil Gaiman

NIGHT THEY MISSED THE HORROR SHOW
by Joe R. Lansdale

IF YOU WERE A DINOSAUR, MY LOVE
by Rachel Swirsky

GIVE HER HONEY WHEN YOU HEAR HER SCREAM
by Maria Dahvana Headley

THE HORSE LATITUDES
by Sunny Moraine

BOYFRIEND AND SHARK
by Berit Ellingsen

NEVER THE SAME
by Polenth Blake

MANTIS WIVES
by Kij Johnson

PROBOSCIS
by Laird Barron

OUT THEY COME
by Alex Dally MacFarlane

AND LOVE SHALL HAVE NO DOMINION
by Livia Llewellyn

YOU GO WHERE IT TAKES YOU
by Nathan Ballingrud

DREAM OF THE FISHERMAN’S WIFE
by A.C. Wise

THEORIES OF PAIN
by Rose Lemberg

TERRIBLE LIZARDS
by Meghan McCarron

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We are all of us monsters. We are none of us monsters.

Through the work of twenty-six writers, emerging to award-winning and masters of their craft, 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, and creatures from beyond the stars and humans who have travelled to them. Dreams of lost and siren-song depths—of other half-held, half-remembered lives. And the things we have survived, and the things we might yet survive, in the face of greater, eviscerating loss.

In stories by turns surreal, sublime, brutal, and haunting, there are no easy answers to be found, no simple nor uncomplicated labels to be had. 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.

Featuring Nathan Ballingrud, Laird Barron, Polenth Blake, Leah Bobet, Indrapramit Das, Berit Ellingsen, Gemma Files, Neil Gaiman, Maria Dahvana Headley, Kij Johnson, Joe R. Lansdale, Yoon Ha Lee, Rose Lemberg, Livia Llewellyn, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Meghan McCarron, Sunny Moraine, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Chinelo Onwualu, Sofia Samatar, Rachel Swirsky, Sonya Taaffe, Catherynne M. Valente, Kaaron Warren, Peter Watts, and A.C. Wise.

ISBN: 9781771483599
eISBN: 9781771483605


Praise for The Humanity of Monsters

The Humanity of Monsters doesn’t just shine a light on our monstrous actions. It peels back the skin and digs greedy fingers into the whole bloody, twitching mess. Illuminating and transformative. One of the best anthologies I’ve read this year!”
—Michael Kelly, Series Editor, Year’s Best Weird Fiction


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