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Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings

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Collected here are monster stories by some of America's best writers, including Bonnie Jo Campbell, Ben Percy, and Aimee Bender. Starring Mud Men and mummies and MothMan, this book brings our collective fears and fascinations to life.
Paperback, 207 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by Pressgang
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Joe Sacksteder
Nov 19, 2012 Joe Sacksteder rated it really liked it
Back when I heard that Butler University’s new press, Pressgang, was hunting for literary monsters, I immediately thought of a wonderful story I’d read a few years previously in the Virginia Quarterly Review called "Creature Feature," by John McNally. Unfortunately I was busy or timid and did not guide Pressgang to McNally’s tale; luckily, somebody else did. "Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings" contains eighteen stories, most of which are culled from both big-name journals and ones ...more
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Apr 09, 2012 Aaron (Typographical Era) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
It’s hard to know exactly where to begin when reviewing a collection of stories from multiple authors. As a whole Monsters is a beast of a collection which demands the reader’s attention straight out of the gate from its hilarious opening which finds editor B.J. Hollars retelling his experience at a sasquatch convention, to the very last page of Kevin Wilson’s short closing tale which chronicles the horrors of teenage life as seen through the eyes of helpless parents along for the ride. There ...more
Johanna
Sep 27, 2012 Johanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A really interesting collection of short stories about monsters (ALLLLL kinds of monsters). Some are funny, some are sweet, some are sad, some are disturbing.

Some favorites?

"Wolf Parts" by Matt Bell
"Gorilla Girl" by Bonnie Jo Campbell
"B. Horror" by Wendell Mayo
"Creature Features" by John McNally
"Where We Must Be" by Laura van den Berg
Tim Storm
Jul 17, 2012 Tim Storm rated it really liked it
A pretty solid anthology--really only one dud in the bunch. Hollars also edited You Must Be This Tall to Ride, and he has pretty good taste in authors and stories. Monsters has some of my favorite contemporary writers. The standouts for me were Jedediah Berry's "Inheritance" and Bonnie Jo Campbell's "Gorilla Girl."
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Jun 11, 2012 Heath Wilcock rated it it was amazing


Every story was excellent and unique. Mike Czyzniejewski's story however, had me laughing really hard.
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