The Humanity of Monsters by Neil Gaiman

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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.
 

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Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books for readers of all ages, and the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Shirley Jackson Award and the Locus Award for Best Novelette for his story "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains." Originally from England, he now lives in America. Laird Barron is the author of several books, including?The Croning, Occultation, ?and?The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in Upstate New York. Joe R. Lansdale has written more than a dozen novels in the suspense, horror, and Western genres. He has also edited several anthologies. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, seven Bram Stoker Awards, and an Edgar Award. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his family. Catherynne M. Valente, acclaimed author of many books for adults, made her children's book debut with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband. Kij Johnson is an American fantasy writer noted for her adaptations of Japanese myths and folklore. Her story "Fox Magic" won the 1994 Theodore Sturgeon Award, her novel "The Fox Woman" (2000) won the Crawford Award for best debut fantasy novel, and her subsequent novel "Fudoki" (2003) was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and was cited by "Publishers Weekly" as one of the best fantasy novels of its year. An experienced publishing professional, Johnson has worked in editorial and project-management capacities for Tor Books, Wizards of the Coast/TSR, Dark Horse Comics, and Microsoft. She is also an associate director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Gemma Files is the winner of the International Horror Guild Award and the Black Quill Award. She has been nominated for the Lambda, the Stoker and the Shirley Jackson Awards. Rachel Swirsky is the author of "A Memory of Wind"; "Eros, Philia, Agape"; and "The Monster's Million Faces", all available on Tor.com. Her short fiction has appeared in "Weird Tales", "Fantasy Magazine", and "Subterranean Magazine", among others, and been collected in Year's Best anthologies edited by Rich Horton, Jonathan Strahan, and the VanderMeers. Swirsky earned her master's from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. In 2011 Swirsky won the Nebula Award for her novella "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window," making her the first person in two decades to win a Nebula before turning thirty. She lives in Bakersfield, California. Maria Dahvana Headley is a memoirist, novelist, and editor, most recently of the novel Queen of Kings and the New York Times bestselling anthology Unnatural Creatures (coeditor with Neil Gaiman). As the author of the work of short fiction "The Traditional," she has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She lives in Brooklyn with a seven-foot stuffed crocodile and a collection of star charts from the 1700s.
 
Published January 14, 2016 by ChiZine Publications. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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