Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales

Kelly Link,Gavin J. Grant

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales
Candlewick Press,U.S.
United States
9 September 2014

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales

Kelly Link,Gavin J. Grant

Predatory kraken that sing with and for - their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea.

Here you’ll find mercurial forms that burrow into warm fat, spectral boy toys, a Maori force of nature, a landform that claims lives, and an architect of hell on earth. Through these - and monsters that defy categorization - some of today’s top young adult authors explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged … and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.


A new anthology from Kelly Link is always a cause for celebration, even more so when the theme is monsters.

Anybody familiar with Link’s Steampunk! anthology will recognise the format of Monstrous Affections: the superstars of young adult – authors like Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – alongside the up-and-comers. The final product is a captivating exploration of things that go bump in the night.

Patrick Ness’s take on a high school demon rock band in ‘This Whole Demoning Thing’ is in turns hilarious and angst-filled, whereas Paolo Bacigalupi’s ‘Moriabe’s Children’ is a haunting ode to the ocean and the mysterious krakens that live within.

This is a truly diverse collection that will have you laughing as well as hiding under the covers while you read. It’s perfect fare for readers 13 and up, and one of those wonderful books that will appeal to adult readers as much as to teens.

Holly Harper

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