Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales

by Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, M.T. Anderson, and Sarah Rees Brennan

There is a supernatural element to all fifteen of the short stories in this collection... read more

There is a supernatural element to all fifteen of the short stories in this collection that explores the idea of what’s monstrous — various beasts and ghosts and other-worldly powers abound — but at their most fascinating the works traverse the space between the physical manifestations of monstrousness and what’s monstrous in terms of thinking and behaving and believing — elements of our being human. Even the weight of grieving can be monstrous. From the reinvention of traditional monsters to fresh, creative world-building, the collection showcases finely crafted storytelling in a range of moods and styles, including M. T. Anderson’s “Quick Hill,” somber, tense, and tender; and Alice Sola Kim’s sharply funny and poignant “Mothers Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying.” The contributors come from literary worlds of both young adult literature and fantasy and science fiction. (Age 13 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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