“More” in We Shall Be Monsters (Renaissance Press, 2018)
“She reels backwards, her red lipstick smeared across her chin, and she snarls, her lips pulling back to reveal red-stained white teeth. The cool air hits the wound on my shoulder, snaking in and animating the exposed muscle and nerves, forcing the muscle to spasm and twitch. A semi-circle of bite marks round my left shoulder, threatening to dislocate my shoulder bone entirely with each spasm. Her chest is heaving, and she licks her lips, blood and satin.”
“More” is a story about body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and finding healing through queerness.
“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
Mary Shelley”s genre-changing book Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus 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.” Derek Newman-Stille has teamed up with Renaissance Press to celebrate Frankenstein”s 200th birthday by creating a book that explores Frankenstein stories from new and exciting angles and perspectives.
We Shall Be Monsters: Mary Shelley”s Frankenstein Two Centuries On features a broad range of fiction stories by authors from around the world, ranging from direct interactions with Shelley”s texts to explorations of the stitched, assembled body and narrative experiments in monstrous creations. We Shall Be Monsters collects explorations of disability, queer and trans identity, and ideas of race and colonialism.
With stories by Day Al-Mohamed, Lena Ng, Ashley Caranto Morford Cait Gordon, JF Garrard, Andrew Wilmot, Evelyn Deshane, D. Simon Turner, Kaitlin Tremblay, Lisa Carreiro Eric Choi & Joseph McGinty, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Randall G. Arnold, Alex Acks, KC Grifant, Halli Lilburn, Kev Harrison, Corey Redekop, Arianna Verbree, Max D. Stanton, Victoria K. Martin, Priya Sridhar, Liam Hogan, Joshua Bartolome
Editor Derek Newman-Stille interviewed me about “More”, found here.