Yes, I know. All I do these days is tease partial ToCs….
But it was pointed out to me yesterday that as I’m allowing the contributors to The Humanity of Monsters (ChiZine Publications, November 2015) who’ve completed their reprint contracts to share news of their sales, I could also post the names of those writers and their stories here as well (and figured I would also toss in anyone else who’s mentioned the sale on their end).
Which, actually, seems like a rather excellent idea. And, let’s be honest about this, I do love to tease where anthologies are concerned :)
Though I’ve not talked much about The Humanity of Monsters up until now, except to note occasionally in various places online that I was putting the book together, it’s been a long time coming. It’s a passion project, really. One that, as I have been saying to the contributors, is looking at humane monsters, monstrous humans, and the interstices where those states meet and blur, with an eye to gathering stories that intentionally refuse simple definition.
And of course it’s more than that: Any anthology is a conversation. A strictly themed anthology is often a single conversation had with the audience and internally.
This book is not a single conversation.
The Humanity of Monsters ranges all over the place in terms of genre, the discussions it is having with its audience, and the conversations the stories are having with each other. At the heart of it are discussions of perception and othering, but the stories I’ve been pulling together for this book are complicated conversations in and of themselves. Some of them outwardly straightforward, but all of them internally labyrinthine.
So basically I’ve been having an inordinate amount of fun putting this together and am delighted to finally be able to start sharing some of the stories that make up the book.
Now, while I am still actively soliciting more stories for the anthology and continuing to read widely to fill out the contents, the following is the list of authors contractually confirmed for the ToC of The Humanity of Monsters, representing a little more than half of the current stories (I should note that the list below is presented without order as I have no story order yet because the book’s not, you know, done):
The Humanity of Monsters
(Partial ToC – updated for 11/20/14)
“Six” by Leah Bobet
“Dead Sea Fruit” by Kaaron Warren
“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky
“Night They Missed the Horror Show” by Joe Lansdale
“muo-ka’s Child” by Indrapramit Das
“Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson
“Boyfriend and Shark” by Berit Ellingsen
“The Things” by Peter Watts
“The Emperor’s Old Bones” by Gemma Files
“Proboscis” by Laird Barron
“A Handful of Earth” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman
“The Nazir” by Sofia Samatar
“Tasting Gomoa” by Chinelo Onwualu
“Terrible Lizards” by Meghan McCarron
“In Winter” by Sonya Taaffe
“Theories of Pain” by Rose Lemberg
“Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife” by A.C. Wise
“and Love shall have no Dominion” by Livia Llewellyn
“The Horse Latitudes” by Sunny Moraine
“Out They Come” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“Never the Same” by Polenth Blake
I’m waiting for contracts to come back on most of the other stories slated for inclusion and I’ll add those stories to the ToC here as those contracts come in. And yes, the other half (now slightly less than) of the book is as impressive as what’s already up :)
So, that said, updates will be forthcoming on the book in multiple respects, but by all means feel free to share this around in the meantime.