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The Humanity of Monsters Paperback – November 19, 2015

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the introduction, Matheson admits to an imprecision in this remarkable anthology's title. While indeed examining the humanity of monsters "literal, figurative, or otherwise," Matheson writes that he hoped the anthology would also present "the ‘inhumanity' of the delusively non-monstrous" and speak to how "monstrosity will always be a matter of degree and perspective." Yet monster-lovers should fear not, as the pages are filled with cannibals, vampires, ghosts with voices "like entropy and smoke and sudden death," and people in madhouses and mazes. In its set of international authors, Neil Gaiman and Joe R. Lansdale are the biggest names, but while their contributions are sterling—Lansdale's "Night They Missed the Horror Show" being arguably the most disturbing tale present—the other authors' stories are equally strong. Gemma Files proves that "hunger has no moral structure" in the gruesome "The Emperor's Old Bones." In "The Things," Canadian SF writer Peter Watts slyly de- and re-constructs the classic horror movie The Thing. Nebulous title notwithstanding, this is a spirited, incisive, often disturbing collection of nightmarish visions from all corners of the globe. (Oct.)\n


Praise for The Humanity of Monsters

The Humanity of Monsters doesn’t just shine a light on our monstrous actions. It peels back the skin and digs greedy fingers into the whole bloody, twitching mess. Illuminating and transformative. One of the best anthologies I’ve read this year!”
―Michael Kelly, Series Editor, Year’s Best Weird Fiction

Product details

  • Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1771483598
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1771483599
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : ChiZine Publications; First Edition (November 19, 2015)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 12 ratings