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Twelve women. Twelve horrors disguised as love. In Anya Martin's new collection of horror tales: the consequences of a girl wishing her dog could live forever; a romantic college student wakes a gargoyle in Paris; and a lonely woman finds her house infested with insects. History's darker depths are delved in such stories as American jazz singer confronts her lover who has ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 2018 by Lethe Press
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Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Here there be monsters.

This collection of twelve stories focuses on love and longing, loss and loneliness, leading women who yearn for something more into strange, murky depths they won’t emerge from unchanged.

I immediately fell for the hypnotic quality of Martin’s writing (and the fact that the first story features a girl who loves her dog and would do anything for him), but the range of her writing is truly a wonder—I had no idea what to expect from story to story.
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Seb
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anya Martin's collection "Sleeping with The Monster" is a true gem of darkness and wit. A portrait of 12 women confronted with supernatural situations, it is also a masterpiece of genre and style swirling. If all the references are clear and pointed at, Anya Martin is a genius at twisting them into something completely refreshed and new that satisfies the knowing reader. Sometimes funny, sometimes poetic, sometimes plain Weird, these stories embark us into seemingly familiar narrations that sudd ...more
Gwendolyn Kiste
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advance reading copy of this title, and let's just say: this collection is one of the major debuts of the year. An intoxicating blend of weird fiction, horror, and dark fantasy, SLEEPING WITH THE MONSTER is a beautiful and unnerving ode to the strange, to cinema, and to those of us weirdos searching for somewhere to belong. My personal favorite story in the book is "The Un-Bride, or No Gods and Marxists," which is a fantastic homage to Bride of Frankenstein actre ...more
Christopher Slatsky
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anya Martin’s stories have been such a prominent and memorable component of my reading in the Weird Fiction world over the last several years it comes as a surprise that this is her debut collection. I habitually catalogue her work in my head alongside her contemporaries like Barron and Llewellyn on the strength of her chapbooks, magazine appearances, and anthologies. The disadvantage to a reader is that since she has been such an active presence in the dark fiction community some may take her s ...more
Shelby Aranyi
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting collection of horror/weirdesk. I appreciated non-traditional themes and symbology, along with mostly empowering female characters. My personal favorites were: Resonator Superstar!, Boisea Trivittata, Sensoria, and Grass.

I still feel a little unclear on how much I enjoyed this. Some stories felt much stronger than others, to the point that it became distracting. Maybe the author was able to workshop certain ones a bit more? Whatever the case, if you're already a fan of this genre,
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Johnny Thief
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anya writes story like Amanda Palmer writes songs. For all the normies who are going, 'Amanda who?', I mean that she can be playful and brutally open at the same time. She puts a lot of herself on the page, which, in this day and age, is a brave and beautiful thing. It's refreshing because it comes across that she's writing for the story, not for a genre, or to please an editor, or a target audience, and it's liberating. This anthology ranges from different points of her career, some were publis ...more
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ANYA MARTIN’s debut collection, Sleeping with the Monster, is coming autumn 2018 from Lethe Press. Her novella Grass, illustrated by Jeanne D'Angelo, was a Dim Shores limited edition chapbook, and her play Passage to the Dreamtime, illustrated by Kim Bo Jung, was published by Dunhams Manor Press. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines including Tales from a Talking Board, Looming Lo ...more