- File Size: 603 KB
- Print Length: 161 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kthonia Press (March 6, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 6, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007I82LV8
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,680,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Whether she's writing about zombies, long-lost royalty, a cold-blooded assassin whose assignment comes with a twist, a Latino superhero whose Kryptonite is love, or a parasitic horror-creature that prowls the subways, Arinn Dembo is not afraid to go all out, and to take the reader with her in stories and poems that are deeply felt and lushly immersive, . There's no ironic detatchment in these stories and poems, which span across continents, centuries, and genres, from horror to science fiction to history to parable.
I'm not a hard-core speculative fiction reader, but even when I lacked the background to grasp all the implications of a piece, as with "Sisterhood of the Skin," a chilling, idea-rich story set among interplanetary seal-hunters, the depth of feeling and the shadowed hints of what lay behind the events kept me reading in fascinated horror (not to mention appreciation of the author's technical chops). The title story, a tale of erotic magical realism about a womanizing photographer on assignment in India whose erotic encounter with a mysterious stranger may be more than it appears,revels in luscious sensual detail, but my favorite piece in this collection is "The Words," the seemingly simple story of a nineteenth-century French servant girl in hopeless love with a renowned author. I won't give away the ending here, but its message-- that words not only matter, but may be the only thing that do-- is clearly one that the author takes to heart.
I haven't been as excited by an author since I was a kid reading Gaiman and Morrison stories for the first time. Dembo shares a talent for taking familiar tropes and cultural artifacts, disassembling them and infusing them with a unique perspective and meaning. She demonstrated that talent in The Deacon's Tale, but Monsoon goes a step further to show Dembo's breadth of subject matter and stylistic expertise. Superheroes, noir fiction, supernatural erotica, Lovecraftian horror...this is a smorgasbord for the genre-lover, and it's all done with sharp, evocative prose that sketches just enough of the world you're viewing to send your mind spinning. Dembo can do more with a paragraph than most author do with whole chapters of novels.
My favorite story was actually her least fantastical, "The Words". Even without DNA-absorbing aliens or urban monsters, Dembo still produces a tale that is spellbinding from the first words and will have you shedding a tear for the tragic characters.