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Imagining Monsters: A Collection of Short Stories Inspired by Frankenstein

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The Fairfield Scribes worked with WestportWRITES to release an anthology of short stories written by authors local to Fairfield County, Connecticut. These pieces are in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic novel. The original challenge to the authors for this collection was to follow in Shelley's legendary footsteps, when Lord Byron told his guests in the summer of 1816 to "each write a ghost story." Authors include Edward Ahern, Elizabeth Chatsworth, Gabi Coatsworth, Cody Daigle-Orians, Dave D’Alessio, Alex Giannini, Roman Godzich, Sheryl Kayne, P.C. Keeler, Alison McBain, V.P. Morris, Marc Sirkin, Corrine "Mitzy Sky" Taylor, and D.J. Whitney. The stories range in theme from literary reimaginings of Mary Shelley’s life, to a horror story about a woman transforming herself into a termite queen, and everything else in between. These stories are truly haunting! So crank up your alchemical machines and look out for the next thunderstorm...

214 pages, Paperback

Published June 12, 2019

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Alison McBain

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Diversity is one of Alison McBain's passions. With dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, a Japanese-American mother and a B.A. in African history and classical literature, she has an eclectic background and a wide range of experience. She grew up in California and moved to the East Coast in her mid-twenties. Recently, she moved back to Alberta, where she is raising her three daughters.

She started her writing career at age four with a "self-published" horror story about the monster in the closet. The story was highly lauded by her closest family members. Since then, she's received a number of writing awards and accolades from people not even vaguely related to her, but she still has a soft spot for that first short story.

Her interest in diversity also extends to fiction. With over seventy publications to her name, her stories and poems range in tone from serious to silly. They cover nearly every genre, including literary, romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, history and adventure.

When not writing fiction, she follows her own personal mantra of, "Do something creative every day." She serves as the Associate Editor for the literary magazine Scribes*MICRO*Fiction. She also blogs about local events, showcases her art and conducts author interviews on her website, http://www.alisonmcbain.com/. When life gets a little too hectic, she does origami meditation or draws all over the walls of her house with the enthusiastic help of her kids.

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Author 14 books64 followers
June 24, 2019
An anthology with proceeds to benefit a library, by authors as talented as Elizabeth Charlesworth? How are you not one-clicking right now?
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Author 6 books146 followers
July 22, 2019
I’m one of the authors, but will try to be impartial. The fourteen stories, all inspired by the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein’s publication, vary tremendously in terms of setting and type. One is an excerpt from a longer book (though reads fine as a short story); another is a short screenplay. And the backgrounds vary from present-day London to Victorian Britain to a futuristic Oslo - and the monsters vary too. An entertaining read - but maybe not just before bedtime. 🙂
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Author 6 books230 followers
June 21, 2019
A monstrously good selection of short stories, ranging from sci-fi and fantasy to horror. All proceeds benefit the Westport Library.
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July 2, 2019
Great collection of sci-fi and fantasy tales. Despite the cover, not horror stories, but a couple of the tales are on the darker side. Sci-fi fans will love this book.
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Author 28 books84 followers
February 23, 2022
"Imagining Monsters" is an anthology of short stories inspired by Frankenstein. With a wide range of authors and writing styles, genres and points of view, this book is perfect for everyone who enjoys some fantasy with their sci-fi.

One story particularly entertained me. "The Wedding March" by Elizabeth Chatsworth takes the reader to an alternate alien universe in which a wedding between warring communities must take place to unite them. Th bride is a lizardesque being, while the groom is plainly humanoid. This riff on the forced marriage trope is fascinating because of the setting and characters, and the questions that arise from it.

Well worth reading, and as a feel-good bonus, all proceeds from the purchase of this fast-paced book go towards the WestportWRITES program at the Westport Library.
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July 12, 2019
I picked up this anthology because i contained stories by a couple of authors I enjoyed in other anthologies. This didn't disappoint. I loved McBain's dystopean "Herstory", Chatsworth's "Wedding March" and D'Alessio and Godzich's sci-fi adventures. And this book is raising money for a library, which is great.
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