Making Monsters: A Speculative and Classical Anthology

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We have always made monsters: in art, in myth, in religion; out of clay or bronze, pixels or hybrid flesh; from the stuff of human nightmares; by cursing women with bestial traits. This anthology brings together fiction and accessible academic writing in conversation about monsters and their roles in our lives—and ours in theirs. More
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Emma Bridges (editor) Djibril al-Ayad (editor)

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RJHoward reviewed on May 26, 2022

I love mythology and folklore and, having grown up in the U.S., the mythology I was first introduced to (if you don't count Christianity!), was Greek. So I was really happy when I found this book and it was, surprisingly, available at Smash Words.

I've read all the fiction pieces I wanted to. Some were written in the faux present, which I can't stand. Others were mood pieces, but about half were fantastic tales based on the what-if-the-myths-were-true-somehow? premise. The Giulia Effect by Barbara Davies and The Vigil of Talos by Huw Steer stood out for me.

I'm not a poetry fan, so I skipped that. The essays varied in appeal, but were pretty much what I've read in academic outlets. There's was a political correctness running through all of them which I found tedious.

If your looking for a few new takes on the classics of Greek mythology and don't mind modern attitudes paving over the authoritarian, often violent, fatalism of the originals, then this book will probably please.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
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