Yuko Shimizu’s Cover Art for Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales | Tor.com
Cover reveal for Monstrous Affection, an anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant
MONSTER COVER FOR MONSTER BOOK!
We made a book. It comes out in September. Candlewick Press are really the ones who made it. Because they make FAB PRETTY BOOKS. (See Steampunk! for example, he said, aware of how obnoxious it is for someone to be so proud of a book they worked on, but, art director, artist (Yuko Shimizu!), what a book they made!) ANYWAY. New book is monstrously full of monsters. Some of these stories are happy. Er, really. No? Maybe not. Monsters get monstery! Some of these writers you might know. Some you may not. You will not sleep at night! (Sorry, folks. It’s ok, maybe the next night you will. Or the next. Or the monsters will get you, wait, sorry, sorry!) Monsters!
Table of Contents:
Paolo Bacigalupi—Moriabe’s Children
Cassandra Clare—Old Souls
Holly Black—Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)
M. T. Anderson—Quick Hill
Nathan Ballingrud—The Diabolist
Patrick Ness—This Whole Demoning Thing
Sarah Rees Brennan—Wings in the Morning
Nalo Hopkinson—Left Foot, Right
G. Carl Purcell—The Mercurials
Dylan Horrocks—Kitty Capulet and the Invention of Underwater Photography
Nik Houser—Son of Abyss
Kathleen Jennings—A Small Wild Magic
Kelly Link—The New Boyfriend
Joshua Lewis—The Woods Hide in Plain Sight
Alice Sola Kim—Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying
Go click on the link because that is a beeeeeyotiful cover. One of my top favourite covers for anything. I am super pleased to be in this anthology, because Gavin Grant and Kelly Link are excellent peeps and this is an awesome lineup. I have read four of these stories and they are excellent—don’t ask me how into Holly Black’s super alien alien I am. (NO ASK ME, but you might be disturbed.) And I can’t wait to read lots of the others—Nalo Hopkinson’s, because obviously, and Alice Sola Kim’s for the title ALONE.
My behaviour about this anthology has been a little bit off in the deep blue sea, I admit.
SARAH: Uh you guys so I’m writing this story and I love it and I’m super excited and it’s *coughs* twenty thousand words.
KELLY & GAVIN: TWENTY THOUSAND!!!!!!!
SARAH: Maybe a little more.
KELLY & GAVIN: !!!!!!!!!
SARAH: I’ll cut it! Look, I’ll cut it!
I even chronicled some of this process on this very tumblr:
And then when I handed in the story (we did cut it) (it’s still very long) I might’ve started to write a prequel companion on my blog which is also… getting very long…
This story—though it can of course be read alone—follows the story of The Turn of the Story.
Which means The Turn of the Story will be finished before September, pinky swear.
All of this overly long stories and strange blog prequels business is unusual behaviour which has I imagine led Kelly and Gavin to a dark place.
KELLY & GAVIN: We never predicted this.
KELLY AND GAVIN: … That Sarah Rees Brennan. She is not right.