We Shall Be Monsters (Edited by. Derek Newman-Stille, Renaissance Press, 2018)
Contributing author, fiction
Purchase link: TBA
“It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.” Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
200 years ago, Mary Shelley wrote a genre-changing book, which she titled “Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus”. This story helped to shape the genres of science fiction and horror and helped to articulate new forms for women’s writing. It also helped us to think about the figure of the outsider, to question medical power, to question ideas of normal, and to think about what we mean by the word “monster”. Her book inspired adaptations into stage, into film, into new books, poetry, television, and all manner of art. I’m 7 time Aurora Award-winning editor and critic Derek Newman-Stille and I have teamed up with Gatineau-based publisher Renaissance Press to celebrate Frankenstein’s 200th birthday by creating a book that explores Frankenstein stories from new and exciting angles and perspectives. We have gathered authors from around the world who have new takes on an old monster and brought them together into an anthology of exciting fiction.
We Shall Be Monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Centuries On will feature a broad range of fiction stories, from direct interactions with Shelley’s texts to explorations of the stitched, assembled body and narrative experiments in monstrous creations. We Shall Be Monsters is a fiction collection that will feature explorations of disability through Frankenstein, queer and trans identity, ideas of race and colonialism. Shelley’s story provides a space for exploring a multitude of identities through the figure of the sympathetic outsider. Frankenstein’s “monster” is a figure of Otherness, and one that can tell stories of exclusion and social oppression.
The book will feature stories by:
Day Al-Mohamed, Lena Ng, Andrew Wilmot, Alex Acks, Evelyn Deshane, Simon Turner, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Randall Arnold, Liam Hogan, K. C. Grifant, Cait Gordon, Halli Lilburn, JF Garrard, Kev Harrison, Corey Redekop, Max D. Stanton, Eric Choi and Joseph McGinty, Joshua Bartolome, Ariana Verbree, Priya Sridhar, Lisa Carreiro, Kaitlin Tremblay, Victoria Martin, Ashley Caranto Morford.