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The Monster's Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes

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An all original anthology from some of todays hottest supernatural writers, featuring stories of monsters from the monster's point of view.

Inmost storieswe get the perspective of the hero, the ordinary, the everyman, but we are all the hero of our own tale, and so it must be true for legions of monsters, from Lucifer to Mordred, from child-thieving fairies to Frankenstein'
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1st 2011)
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"You are no longer part of the human world. You are a Damaged One. No curse, no bite, no full moon is needed to steal away your humanity. You are a monster, as are we all." *

They've been vilified forever in fairy tales, folk tales and popular fiction. It's about time we get to hear the monster's side of the story.

This is a decent collection of tales, all told by some of the more dodgy members of society.

Some highlights:

-- A rather disturbing story about a young girl ghoul who seduces her playma
The theme of this anthology is, in my mind, utterly brilliant: stories told through the POV of the monster or villain. You’ve now secured my undivided attention! I’m a huge fan of anti-heroes and stories with villains who — if the tables were turned—are as justified in their actions as the protagonist. Those are the best “villains” to me; human ones who grapple with their decisions. And this collection delivers, even if our monsters aren’t, well, human. Best story, you ask? Definitely Chelsea Ca ...more
I received an ARC of this book from the goodreads first reads program.

I was very excited to receive this book. I have been reading more short story collections this past year and I like the variety that they provide. This was probably my favorite collection I have read lately. All of the stories were good, some were great. Even the stories I didn't like as much were still interesting.

My favorite stories in the book were The Awkward Age, Big Man, Siren Song, Specimen 313 and Wicked Be.
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Originally posted on Book Chick City.

How interesting does this anthology sound!? I loved the idea of reading from the view point of the monster. I'm also getting more and more into reading short stories. They really are great for when you're short on time, or going through a rough reading slump. And that's exactly what was happening to me when "The Monster's Corner" dropped through my letter box.

I decided I would read four of the stories in "The Monster's Corner" and write mini reviews of each.
Brian Steele
This anthology was not what I expected. Even though Golden tells us in the forward that he broke his own initial rule about "human monsters," I suppose I was still biased based on the cover art. Or, ya know, the title itself. While there were a number of beasties and creatures, a large amount of these tales centered on more humanoid-like entities and their very human-like behaviors.

Regardless, I didn't find any tales in this anthology that I didn't like. Some were obviously better than others, b
Angela Crawford
An all original anthology from some of todays hottest supernatural writers, featuring stories of monsters from the monster's point of view.

In most stories we get the perspective of the hero, the ordinary, the everyman, but we are all the hero of our own tale, and so it must be true for legions of monsters, from Lucifer to Mordred, from child-thieving fairies to Frankenstein's monster and the Wicked Witch of the West. From our point of view, they may very well be horrible, terrifying monstrositi
Paul Harmon
We All know how Anthologies work. The quality is up and down and some people just don't get the theme or just should never have been included etc.
The Monster's corner Edited by the great (to me) Christopher Golden isn't much different but I admit it was a little better than many anthologies I've come across.

There were a few spits and stutters along the way.
Succumb by John Mcllveen was a rather pointless sex story. Big Man by David Moody was really just the old 50's shlock film the colossal Man.a
Shannon Roland
This is story collection focused on the point of view of the monster. It does have one author I love but I might have made an exception because I loved the idea of monster point of view. I just wish it stayed focused on the paranatural or supernatural, an average collection of tales, but worth checking out if you’re looking for a change or break from series or single tales.
1. The Awkward Age by David Liss. Had the feel like a Ghoul Lolita. A little disturbing and could have been more if the reas
Patricia Puckett
What first caught my eye about this anthology, other than its very wonderful premise, was the name of the editor. His Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel Pretty Maids All in a Row was the only noncanon Buffy novel I've ever truly enjoyed. So when I was presented with the opportunity to read this delightful anthology, I took it. And boy did I not regret it.

This book has a little bit for everyone, a little twisted romance--like in the very first story, "The Awkward Age" by David Liss--to something tota
Lee Battersby
An interesting mix of styles, in that it attempts to view one of the pulpiest of horror staples from a literary angle-- most of the authors contained within the book work at the more literary end of the horror scale, and it's interesting to note that the only two stone-cold dud stories come from authors outside of that literary tradition: Heather Graham's "Wicked Be" and Kevin J Anderson's "Torn Stitches, Shattered Glass" fall far short of the rest, and their limitations are exposed because the ...more
Ariyana Spencer
I won an ARC of this anthology from the Goodreads' Giveaways, and I'm rather glad I did. The Monster's Corner was definitely a book I'd pick up in stores. This is an excellent selection of stories, though not necessarily what I was expecting when I cracked open the spine. There are a few stories I liked less than others, but, for the most part I felt all the contributing writers had something fresh to say. My favorite tales--and I do hate picking favorites because several of the stories featured ...more
Claudia Piña
Supongo que el título y la portada dan la impresión de que este libro trata de zombies, vampiros y cosas similares, pero en realidad la clase de monstruos que hay aquí son mas complejos y mas humanos que eso.

Desde el inicio se nos dice que el libro es un intento de explorar el concepto de monstruo desde otra perspectiva. La clase de historia que te hace comprender la situación del "monstruo" sin necesariamente avalar sus acciones o considerarlo heroico. Esta aproximación y la selección de temas
Lyn Battersby
I guess the best thing I can say about this book is that if you do pick it up and read it you'll probably find at least one story to enjoy. I found four.

They are, in order: The Cruel Thief of Rosy Infants by Tom Picirilli. This touching story made me feel for all the characters involved, including Livia, the real 'monster' of the piece.

Big Man by David Moody. A story that shows just how deeply we misunderstand the monstrous and how really, all they want is to be with those they love.

Rakshasi by
"Jesus and Satan Go Jogging in the Desert" by Simon R. Green... This story alone was worth the price of the whole anthology! The concept of taking the monster's POV isn't new, and most of these authors did a credible job, but I think Mr. Golden saved the best for last.
Loki Carbis
"The Monster's Corner" is an anthology with a fun premise: horror stories told (mostly) from the monster's perspective. Like most anthologies, it's a tad uneven, but even the least of its stories are good, and some of them (notably the opener and the last two stories) are excellent. To say much more would be to spoil individual stories.
Janet Whalen-Jones
Short story collections are like sample platters. Great way to try several authors without commiting to a full length book. After an amazingly epic read, it can be hard to get into a novel that is good but not great. Or conversely after a really fluffy book, I'm not always ready to jump into a potential classic. Short stories are great transitional reading or for situations where one's attention span is short, like waiting in a doctor's office. The writer has to create a setting, characters and ...more
Jake Gest
I believe Christopher Golden used the term “sympathy for the devil” in the introduction to The Monster’s Corner to describe the theme -to be honest I may have skimmed over that intro to get to the stories. I know that should have prompted me for what was to come, but “The Awkward Age” by David Liss was what set my expectations. In retrospect it doomed the rest of the tales within. Liss was brilliant; he gave me the distinct taste of that point of no return, the feeling you get at the top of a ro ...more
This is a pretty solid anthology. I'll point out a few of my favorites:

Gary Braunbeck's "And still you wonder why our first impulse is to kill you: An alphabetized faux-manifesto transcribed, edited, and annotated (under duress and protest)"
Jeff Strand's "Specimen 313"
Jonathan Maberry's "Saint John"
Kevin J Anderson's "Torn Stitches, Shattering Glass"
Chelsea Cain's thrillers have been on my to read list for years, reading her short story "Less of A Girl" will bump it up on my list.

I hoped for mor
(Rated more as a 3.3 to 3.4 stars) So this book was various authors' takes on what a monster is. Some were monsters that embraced the fierce and frightening (both in appearance and some in human guise). And then there were other beings who chose to use their abilities for good, but were misjudged for it. I felt some stories were really intriguing to show more dimensions to the monsters we normally fear. Still, there were a few tales where the ending left me confused about the events or the chara ...more
I was a bit disappointed with this collection. The majority of the stories were about human monsters, or monsters that might as well have been human.

Of the two stories that stood out to me, one was a story that I actually wasn't looking forward to reading when I purchased the book. Once I found my way to the story on Frankenstein's monster, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

My favorite story in the book, I actually read before purchasing it. Specimen 313 is available to read for free as a sample book on
Tanya Patrice
The monsters telling their side of the story are sometimes the obvious "creatures of the night" type things, and sometimes it's people that are monsters because of their evil deeds - and it's not that the stories were "drop your pants and run scary" but they made me go ... hmmm. Some of the stories I really liked include, The Awkward Age, Torn Stitches Shattered Glass, Big Man, The Screaming Room, Breeding the Demons, Specimen 313, The Lake and Wicked Be. There were only a few stories that I did ...more
I won this book in a Goodreads first reads giveaway.

I really liked the first story in the anthology, "The Awkward Age". It really drew me into the story and I really liked the character Mason. I think that this story really made me sympathize with the monster character. I also enjoyed several of the other stories including, "Rakshasi" I wanted to know about the world the characters were living in, "Breeding the Demons" which I thought was really eerie, and "Big Man" which was such a sad story.
Loved it. So many different tales, some by my favourite authors, made this book excellent. Wish some were novel length though, haha, they were that good, especially Kelley Armstrongs tale. Love her.
This anthology of short horror tales is written from the monster's point of view, rather from the hero or victim's perspective. In some cases, they're all the same view. A couple were so graphic, I'm sorry I read them. At least one made me smile - Satan and Jesus Go Jogging. It put me in mind of CS Lewis, Mark Twain and Christopher Moore. Most of the tales made me think of The Twilight Zone.
If you like horror, really like horror, yes, you'd like this book. Otherwise, I'd probably tell you to ch
This anthology offers an interesting twist. Short stories were collected in response to a prompt- monster stories that are meant to generate some level of sympathy for the creatures in question. Great idea- it offers so many fantastic, funny, and disturbing possibilities. Unfortunately several of the writers didn’t seem to quite follow the prompt, or wrote good material that could have been pushed even further to really get at the meat of an idea. There were a couple of 5-Star stories here (my f ...more
Some stories were really interesting, others not so much, but that's what you get with this type of book. Great idea though
There were some neat stories, and some that weren't that great..worth the read i think
Jessie Radford
I can say that the stories are well written. I was told in another review without reading the introduction you really aren't prepared for what comes next. I read the introduction and I still wasn't prepared for the vulgarity that followed. As I said well written, and if your into this kind of thing ( more like real world monsters, with a little made up thrown in) then this would be the perfect book for you. Personally myself I felt like I wasted my money on it and needed a shower afterwards to r ...more
This review is only for Rakshasi by Kelley Armstrong. First of all, Amrita seems like some kind of vampire/flesh-eating monster. She also has apparently not entirely learned her lesson. Although, it is true that her punishment lasted over-long. I loved that this new type of character felt like it had a mythology, but I wish that even this short story had a little more background on her relationship with Daman and the intricacies of her being.
Some of the stories were really good, while a couple just didn't do anything for me. Overall a nice collection.
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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