Autumn has arrived and I am now working on the edits on the coming monster volume, American Monsters part 2. I am a bit behind schedule, but we should be able to give you a collection with dark stories from the northern parts of the American continent in November. Fox Spirit Books will announce the table of contents in this book next weekend.
While waiting for this book to be born, I wanted to draw your attention to the first America volume, American Monsters part 1. This book explores the old myths and monsters in South and Central America, with short stories, graphic stories and art, written by authors from Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Equador, Uruguay and Guatamala. Five stories are translated, four exclusively for this book.
This was quite a challenging book for me as editor, mostly because so few authors write and communicate in English. See what I wrote about the editing of this book here. I am quite proud and happy of how the book turned out in the end and it’s my hope that the readers will find the stories as enchanting as I do.
In the Fox Spirit Books of Monsters I don’t just wish to scare people with monsters they have probably never heard of, but I also want the books to give their readers an insight into the continents we cover. The stories in the first America volume are dark and complex, several are a mixture of magic, realism and science. Most of the stories are tales about contemporary life set against a historical blend of the Catholic Church’s influence, indigenous questions, invasion and colonialism, dictatorships, and political struggles. Quite many of the stories tell tales about forbidden taboos or the struggle of minorities, be it indigenous, gender or sexuality.
The book has been well received so far but sadly it has not been reviewed much yet. So I was thrilled to see that Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock wrote a review in Los Angeles Review of Books. Weinstock is professor of English at Central Michigan University and an associate editor of The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. He is the author or editor of 22 books including the forthcoming Monster Theory Reader. I am very grateful he took a look at the American Monsters part one. The review is balanced and, I think, good. He writes:
«…, there are more hits than misses in American Monsters Part I, and if the stories inspire readers to learn more about the South and Central American monsters included in the tales, then they will not only have entertained but also served the overall purpose of expanding the range of monstrous representation in popular culture.»
You can read his review here: «No Monster Story Ever Stays Static». The article title is picked from one of the short stories in the book by Sabrina Vourvoulias.
I am also very pleased and chuffed it was published in this lovely review, as I am a huge fan of Los Angeles Review of Books. Thanks!
Read more about the book here.