Monstrosity: Tales Of Transformation
When we were children, we dreamed of being heroes. We wanted to slay dragons and defeat the monsters that scared us.
As we grew older, we were forced to try and find our monsters. We had been told they would be easy to spot. Monsters had too much teeth, too much fur, too much size.
These were lies. We stopped wanting to be heroes. We started to want to be more, to be too much. We wanted,size.Theseus.Asreader,When ...more
Monstrosity is organized into three sections Hominum, Mutatio, and Monstrum. Hominum focuses on mainly human stories and the monsters we can become. Mutatio involves stories of transformation ...more
"The Swamp King" is my favorite, a take on tales like "Donkeyskin" where women have to escape their dreadful stories. But the rest are also really cool:
Without Him (and Him, and Him) There is No Me - Haunting, and reminding us of the dangers of surrendering our hearts to people we don't know.
Three Beats Per Measure - Sometimes what we inherit can be a tragic, violent legacy.
While the cover makes the book seem mostly horror, the genres of the stories range from the scary to the sci-fi, with some Chilean folklore mixed in. Admittedly, "How Eduardo Found His Heart" was a bit difficult for me to read, as it was in "Spanglish." But the gist was still heartwarming. The last two stories are tied for my favorite. There's the tale of an android prostitute gaining sentience and one with an ancient succubus trying to ...more
Pitiful, lovable, and mischeavous characters are all here with their own twisted lifestories to share which keeps one from being bored easily. Some can be disregarded as simple fictional fairytales (yeah right.. fairytales) While some are possible real-life events happening right now. ...more
Not everyone would feel confident in writing a story that also raises the topics of what our modern world truly faces right now. Those small perspectives of the people that most would deem.... Irrelevant in society turn out to be filled with deeper stories and scars that they themselves are burdened by.
The title is the w ...more
Laura weaves a story that lulls you in immediately, dropping bread crumbs of the worlds she builds, unsatisfied with simply ensnaring you with her diverse cast of "monsters." I love how she sprinkles in Spanish without giving an immediate translation, trusting the reader to pick up and understand, her prose as fluid as the sexuality of the characters in these stories. Nothing quite as fascinating as relating to something monstrous.