American Monsters part 1

We know them from ancient legends and tales whispered by the campfire. They don’t sparkle or have any interest in us except to tear us apart. Forgotten, unknown, misunderstood, overused, watered down. We want to give them a renaissance, to reestablish their dark reputation, to give them a comeback, let the world know of their real terror.

The Fox Spirit Books of Monsters is a coffee table book series from Fox Spirit Books with dark fiction and art about monsters from around the world, seven volumes between 2014 and 2020, starting with Europe in 2014, continuing with Africa in 2015, Asia in 2016 and Pacific area (Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands (including Hawaii) in 2017. Volume five and six will cover South, Mid and North America (including the Caribbean islands) before the series end with Eurasia in the end of 2020.


American Monsters part 1

American Monsters part one is the first of two volumes covering the American continent. 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. Margrét Helgadóttir is once more the editor.

American Monsters volume one was released December 24th 2018.

    • Liliana Colanzi: «The Wave»
    • Santiago Santos: «A Carpet Sewn With Skeletons»
    • Sabrina Vourvoulias: «Time’s Up, Cerotes»
    • Ramiro Sanchiz: «The Pearl»
    • Paula Andrade: «Almamula»
    • Cesar Alcázar and Eduardo Monteiro (art): «Cerro Bravo» (graphic story)
    • Christopher Kastensmidt: «A Parlous Battle»
    • Mariela Pappas: «The Eyes of a Wolf»
    • Solange Rodriguez Pappe: «The Entangler»
    • Daniel Salvo: «Jaar, Jaar, Jaar»
    • Flavia Rizental: «My Name is Iara»
    • Gustavo Bondoni: «Vulnerable Populations»
    • Fabio Fernandes: «The Emptiness in the Heart of All Things»
    • Paula Andrade: «La Perla del Plata» (graphic story)
    • Teresa P. Mira de Echeverria: «Lakuma»
The book has illustrations by Paula Andrade, Lynda Bruce, and Kieran Walsh.
Cover is by Daniele Serra.

“A wonderfully eclectic and compelling monster anthology that offers fresh, and often subversive perspectives on the weird, the dark, and the scary. The stories in American Monsters bristle with fangs and claws, introducing us to creatures that are formidable and terrifying, often ancient, and often dangerously capricious. Prowling the outskirts of society and the fringes of reality, many of these monsters live among the poor and the oppressed, and end up using their otherworldly powers to frighten, devour, or punish the oppressors. This is visceral, gripping, and satisfying horror with monsters that will get under your skin to haunt your dreams and your nightmares.”

– Maria Haskins is a writer and translator with speculative fiction in numerous anthologies and magazines. Blogs about science fiction and fantasy for Barnes and Noble.


The book can be ordered through Amazon here (UK) and here (.com) and the other Amazon outlets. Please note that Amazon can have a ‘not in stock’ marker, it’s a quirk of using Ingram, the book is available now.

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