Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories

Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories (Exile Editions, Fall 2016)

Co-editor, fiction

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Nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award — Edited Anthology, 2016


What resides beneath the blankets of snow, under the ripples of water, and between the husks of trees all across Canada? Monsters, creatures, and myths are everywhere—even if we don’t always see them.

With stories ranging from those about the Metis creature Rugaru, to trolls dissatisfied with modern life, to the demons that follow us from our parents’ countries, to Anishinaabe myths about the creation of creeks, Those Who Make Us explores the way we think about, and interact with, the unnatural–and shows how much the stories we create can teach us about what it means to be human.

Those Who Make Us features cross-genre stories from some of the best emerging and award-winning diverse Canadian authors. Features: Helen MarshallRenée Sarojini SaklikarNathan AdlerKate StoryBraydon BeaulieuChadwick GintherDominik ParisienRebecca SchaefferRati MehrotraAndrew WilmotStephen MichellDelani ValinCorey RedekopAlexandra Camille RenwickAngeline WoonMichal WojcikAndrea Bradley, and Andrew F. Sullivan.


“This all-Canadian anthology of fantastical stories, featuring emerging writers alongside award-winning novelists, poets, and playwrights, is original, elegant, often poetic, sometimes funny, always thought-provoking, and a must for lovers of short fiction.” from a starred review on Publishers Weekly.

“[Those Who Make Us] offers a challenging, conflicted, sometimes pleasantly weird reading of Canada” from Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail.

“The stories show tremendous openness and compassion in the face of the world’s darkness, unfairness, and indifference. This unconventional anthology largely lives up to the challenge Morris and Tremblay set for themselves” from August C. Bourré, in Quill and Quire.

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