Monsters by Derrick JensenI’ve got a book coming out this fall. I’m publishing it myself. It’s a collection of short stories on the theme of “monsters,” where I try to turn those categories around. I wanted to reimagine monsters. No, not to make them warm and fuzzy, but to show them in a different light, kind of like fractured fairy tales. Here is an extended version of the back cover text:

Monsters is a collection of wild, weird, and whimsical tales with a twist. These stories are not about mythical creatures; here, the creatures speak for themselves. There’s an orc who hates Tolkien, a young demon awash in teenage angst, an angel abandoned by Jesus who finds the Fates. Jensen creates a world both delicately dreamlike and all too real, where the villain is sometimes the victim and evil is not always what we thought. If stories teach us how to be human, then the stories in Monsters are the ones we need now. These are fractured fairy tales for grown ups, where the roots of sadism are laid bare and the horrors of human supremacism are firmly faced. But as in all of Jensen’s work, love is both always possible and also a call to action. By turns macabre, melancholy, and magical, these stories will leave you wondering who the real monsters are and how they can be defeated.

I asked artists to illustrate the stories. The illustrations are, I think fantastic. There are 48 or 49 of them. Because so many people increasingly expect artists to contribute their work for free, it was important to me to pay them for each illustration.

So, I’m self-publishing this. It will be out in August or September. But I need help raising funds. Basically this amounts to pre-sales that will cover the costs of the illustrators, designer, editors, and printer.

Each of the premiums I offer are of greater value than the money you’d be giving me. For example, the book is going to cost $25, but if you contribute $25 you get the Monsters book when it comes out, plus one more book from a list on the gofundme page.

Thank you for your support!

GoFundMe campaign: Monsters

Contents and Excerpts

Content Illustration(s) by
Cover Geoffrey Smith
Frontispiece Kyle Danley
Monsters Anita Zotkina
Demon Spawn Stephanie McMillan
Killer First by Geoffrey Smith, final two by Anita Zotkina
Werecreature Anthony Chun
Skeleton First and third by Cherise Clark, second by Anita Zotkina
The Murdered Tree Sundra Ure Griffin
Ghost Anita Zotkina
Troll Part I First by Geoffrey Smith, final two by Anita Zotkina
Angel Kyle Danley
Vampire First by Geoffrey Smith, final two by Anita Zotkina
Troll Part II Anthony Chun
Orc Anita Zotkina
Leprechaun Cherise Clark
The Delivery Cherise Clark
Troll Part III Kyle Danley
Monster Roxanne Jane Mann
Endpiece Cherise Clark