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 cover South, Mid and North America (including the Caribbean islands) before the series end with Eurasian region in the end of 2020.
In this book series you get to follow along on a grand world tour continent by continent, exploring local scary myths and monsters tales. The editor has invited authors from around the world to write about own culture and folklore, using any genre they feel will get the monsters’ bite across, be it horror, fantasy, science fiction, post-apocalyptic, YA, crime, or the more literary.
The seven anthologies feature dark creatures and monsters that have not received much spotlight in the western culture. Through the stories the reader also get to know the countries and cultures covered, contemporary life and everyday struggles that usually is unknown to us in the west.
Eurasian Monsters has 17 dark tales from the vast region stretching from the Chinese border (but not including China) to Eastern parts of East Europe, including stories from Russia, from Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Poland, Hungary, and Bulgaria.
Table of Contents:
K.A. Teryna: Morpheus
Marta Magdalena Lasik: Daemons of their time
Yevhen Lyr: Sleepless in Enerhodar
Karina Shainyan: Bagatazh
Vlad Arenev: Rapunzel
Haralambi Markov: Nine Tongues Tell Of
Maria Galina: The Visit
Alex Shvartsman: A Thousand Cuts
Daryna Stremetska: The Whitest Linen
Shawn Basey: Lysa Hora
Karolina Fedyk: Our Lady of Carrion Crows
Bogi Takács: Veruska and the Lúdvérc
Eldar Sattarov: Mountain Maid
Kat Hutchson: The Housekeeper
Natalia Osoianu: The Serpent
Alexander Bachilo: This is Moscow, Old Man!
Ekaterina Sedia: Sleeping Beauty of Elista
The stories are illustrated by K. A. Teryna, Kieran Walsh, Elzbieta Glowacka, Nata Friden and Vincent Holland-Keen. Daniele Serra is once again cover artist.
Editor is Margrét Helgadóttir.
We have as many as seven translated stories in this volume, six are translated exclusively for this book. Translations by Mike Olivson, Maksym Bakalov, Piotr Swietlik, and Alex Shvartsman.
Articles and mentions
- 27.03.2021: Spells & Spaceships: Monsters around the world! Interview with Margret Helgadottir
- 13.02.2021: The Future Fire: Interview with Margret Helgadottir
- 25.01.2021: Runalong The Shelves: Interviewing Margret Helgadottir
- 17.12.2020: Mark Chadbourn
Blog posts by the contributors
- 10.03.2021: Haralambi Markov: Lessons in Shapeshifting – A hala, a Podcast and a Questioning Protagonist – Fox Spirit Books
- 09.03.2021: Vlad Arenev: About the story “Rapunzel” – Fox Spirit Books
- 15.02.2021: Kat Hutchson: The Horrors of Childhood – What Inspired “The Housekeeper” – Fox Spirit Books
- 12.01.2021: Kieran Walsh: Illustrating Fox Spirit Books of Monsters – Fox Spirit Books
- 11.01.2021: Maria Galina: Ded Moroz – Fox Spirit Books
- 10.01.2021: Shawn Basey: A question on nationality – Fox Spirit Books
- 22.12.2020: Daryna Stremetska: Lost Adults of the 90s and Their Children – Fox Spirit Books
- 21.12.2020: Karina Shainyan: Bagatazh Pass – Fox Spirit Books
- 19.12.2020: Margret Helgadottir: Editor’s Blog – Fox Spirit Books