Monstrous Affections

Fifteen top voices in speculative fiction explore the intersection of fear and love in a haunting, at times hilarious, darkly imaginative volume.

Predatory kraken that sing with — and for — their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Here you’ll find mercurial forms that burrow into warm fat, spectral boy toys, a Maori force of nature, a landform that claims lives, and an architect of hell on earth. Through these and a few monsters that defy categorization, some of today’s top young-adult authors explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders. Pop Quiz interviews: Kelly Link, Gavin Grant, Kathleen Jennings, Nik Houser, and G. Carl Purcell.

Table of Contents

Paolo Bacigalupi — Moriabe’s Children
Cassandra Clare — Old Souls
Holly Black — Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind) [Read it on Lightspeed]
M. T. Anderson — Quick Hill
Nathan Ballingrud — The Diabolist
Patrick Ness — This Whole Demoning Thing
Sarah Rees Brennan — Wings in the Morning
Nalo Hopkinson — Left Foot, Right
G. Carl Purcell — The Mercurials
Dylan Horrocks — Kitty Capulet and the Invention of Underwater Photography
Nik Houser — Son of Abyss
Kathleen Jennings — A Small Wild Magic
Kelly Link — The New Boyfriend
Joshua Lewis — The Woods Hide in Plain Sight
Alice Sola Kim — Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying

Cover by Yuko Shimizu.
More? Read Sarah Rees Brennan’s prequel to “Wings in the Morning” — “The Turn of the Story