American Monsters Part. 1

American Monsters Part 1, volume 5 of the series overall, covers southern and central America and American territories and includes a number of translated stories because of the prevalence of latinate languages in the region.

Cover art by Daniele Serra

  1. Liliana Colanzi: «The Wave»
  2. Santiago Santos: «A Carpet Sewn With Skeletons»
  3. Sabrina Vourvoulias: «Time’s Up, Cerotes»
  4. Ramiro Sanchiz: «The Pearl»
  5. Paula Andrade: «Almamula»
  6. Cesar Alcázar and Eduardo Monteiro (art): «Cerro Bravo» (graphic story)
  7. Christopher Kastensmidt: «A Parlous Battle»
  8. Mariela Pappas: «The Eyes of a Wolf»
  9. Solange Rodriguez Pappe: «The Entangler»
  10. Daniel Salvo: «Jaar, Jaar, Jaar»
  11. Flavia Rizental: «My Name is Iara»
  12. Gustavo Bondoni: «Vulnerable Populations»
  13. Fabio Fernandes: «The Emptiness in the Heart of All Things»
  14. Paula Andrade: «La Perla del Plata» (graphic story)
  15. Teresa Mira de Echeverria: «Lakuma»

Illustrations by Paula Andrade, Lynda Bruce, and Kieran Walsh.

Opening Paragraphs 

The Wave by Liliana Colanzi
Translated by Jessica Sequeira

The Wave returned during one of the fiercest winters on the East Coast. That year seven students committed suicide between November and April: four threw themselves into gullies from the bridges of Ithaca, the rest turned to the blurry dream of drugs. It was my second year at Cornell and there were still three or four more to go, or maybe five or six. But it was all the same. In Ithaca all the days merged into the same day.

The Wave always arrived the same way: without any warning. Couples fought, psychopaths waited in alleyways, the youngest students let themselves be dragged down by the voices whispering spirals in their ears. What did they say? You’ll never be good enough for this place. You’ll be the shame of your family. That kind of thing. The city was possessed by a strange vibration. In the mornings I’d put on astronaut boots to go shovel the snow piling up like one castle above another, so that the mailman could reach my door. From the porch I could see the Wave embracing the city with its long pale arms. The whiteness refracted all visions, amplifying the voices of the dead and the tracks of the deer migrating toward the false safety of the forest. The old Dream had returned to visit me several nights, images of hell I won’t say a single word more about. I cried every day. I couldn’t read, I couldn’t write, I could hardly get out of bed.

The Wave had arrived and I, who had spent the last few years going from one country to another fleeing from it—as if it were possible to hide from its icy embrace—stopped in front of the mirror to remind myself for the last time that reality is the reflection in the glass and not what hides behind it. This is me, I told myself. I’m still on this side of things, refining my senses. I’m just overwhelmed by the imminent feeling of something I have already lived through many times.

And I sat down to wait.


“A wonderfully eclectic and compelling monster anthology that offers fresh, and often subversive perspectives on the weird, the dark, and the scary. The stories in American Monsters bristle with fangs and claws, introducing us to creatures that are formidable and terrifying, often ancient, and often dangerously capricious. Prowling the outskirts of society and the fringes of reality, many of these monsters live among the poor and the oppressed, and end up using their otherworldly powers to frighten, devour, or punish the oppressors. This is visceral, gripping, and satisfying horror with monsters that will get under your skin to haunt your dreams and your nightmares.”

Maria Haskins, writer and translator with speculative fiction in numerous anthologies and magazines. Blogs about science fiction and fantasy for Barnes and Noble.

Pacific Monsters

The fourth title in the FS Books of Monsters series.

Edited by Margret Helgadottir
Cover by Daniele Serra

Here be Monsters!

They lurk and crawl and fly in the shadows of our mind. We know them from ancient legends and tales whispered by the campfire. They hide under the dark bridge, in the deep woods or out on the great plains, in the drizzling rain forest or out on the foggy moor, beneath the surface, under your bed. They don’t sparkle or have any interest in us except to tear us apart. They are the monsters! Forgotten, unknown, misunderstood, overused, watered down. We adore them still. We want to give them a renaissance, to reestablish their dark reputation, to give them a comeback, let the world know of their real terror.

Pacific Monsters is the fourth volume in a coffee table book series from Fox Spirit Books with dark fiction and art about monsters from around the world.

Another great monster collection! On maps, the Pacific has plenty of room for the chilling promise of “Here there are monsters,” and this collection certainly proves the truth in that, inviting readers to step away from the tame and venture into the uncharted reaches of Pacific myth and tradition.

Charles Payseur,

reviewer of speculative short fictionauthor of Fieldwork and A Friendly Ghostbusting, and author of short stories in Strange Horizons, Nightmare MagazineShimmer MagazineanLightspeed Magazine


Monster by Tina Makereti 
From the Womb of the Land, Our Bones Entwined by AJ Fitzwater 
The Hand Walker by Rue Karney 
Grind by Michael Grey 
Dinornis by Octavia Cade 
The Legend of Georgie by Raymond Gates 
The Weight of Silence by Jeremy Szal 
Above the Peppermint Trail by Simon Dewar 
Ink by Iona Winter 
All My Relations by Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada
Children of the Mist by Tihema Baker 
Mudgerwokee by Kirstie Olley
I Sindålu by Michael Lujan Bevacqua
Into the Sickly Light by AC Buchanan

The Legend of Georgie, Ink, All My Relations by Laya Rose
From the Womb of the Land, Our Bones Entwined, Above the Peppermint Trail, Mudgerwokee by Lahela
Monster, The Hand Walker, Grind by Kieran Walsh
The Weight of Silence, Children of the Mist, Into the Sickly Light by Eugene Smith

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Monster Tales, author blog posts.

Kirstie Olley, The Dark Canvas of the Imagination 
AJ Fitzwater, Spine of the Dragon 
Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada, All My Relations : Shark Stories 
Michael Lujan Bevacqua, The Taotaomo’na of Guam 
Octavia Cade, Wishful Monsters 
Rue Karney, Finding the Words 
Tihema Baker, My Identity 

Asian Monsters

Once again the editor went out of her way to find authors and artists from Asian countries to contribute to this collection. A fantastic collection of horrors. 

Edited by Margret Helgadottir

Cover art by Daniele Serra


A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu
Good Hunting by Ken Liu
Blood Like Water by Eve Shi
Blood Women by Usman T. Malik
Golden Lilies by Aliette de Bodard
Grass Cradle, Glass Lullaby by Isabel Yap
Unrestful by Benjamin Chee (words and art)
Datsue-Ba by Eliza Chan
Let Her In by Eeleen Lee
The Poacher of Qingqiu by CY Yan
Aswang by Fran Terminiello
The Vetalas’ Query by Sunil Patel
Kokuri’s Palace by Yukimi Ogawa
Vikurthimagga by Vajra Chandrasekera (words) and Dave Johnson (art)


A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight, Good Hunting, Kokuri’s Palace by Cindy Mochizuki
Blood Like Water, Blood Women, The Vetalas’ Query by Vincent Holland-Keen
Golden Lilies, Datsue-Ba, Let Her In by Kieran Walsh
Grass Cradle, Glass Lullaby, The Poacher of Qingqiu, Aswang by Imran Siddiq

Author Blogs
Margret Helgadottir, on Asian Monsters
Eliza Chan, on the monster who breaks the ice
Eve Shi, in which doors make a great analogy
Yukimi Ogawa, on folklore monsters 

Opening Paragraphs of Asian Monsters

A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu
Awakening of Insects, the Third Solar Term:
Ghost Street is long but narrow, like an indigo ribbon. You can cross it in eleven steps, but to walk it from end to end takes a full hour.
At the western end is Lanruo Temple, now fallen into ruin. Inside the temple is a large garden full of fruit trees and vegetable patches, as well as a bamboo grove and a lotus pond. The pond has fish, shrimp, dojo loaches, and yellow snails. So supplied, I have food to eat all year.
It’s evening, and I’m sitting at the door to the main hall, reading a copy of Huainanzi, the Han Dynasty essay collection, when along comes Yan Chixia, the great hero, vanquisher of demons and destroyer of evil spirits. He’s carrying a basket on the crook of his elbow, the legs of his pants rolled all the way up, revealing calves caked with black mud. I can’t help but laugh at the sight.
My teacher, the Monk, hears me and walks out of the dark corner of the main hall, gears grinding, and hits me on the head with his ferule.
I hold my head in pain, staring at the Monk in anger. But his iron face is expressionless, just like the statues of buddhas in the main hall. I throw down the book and run outside, while the Monk pursues me, his joints clanking and creaking the whole time. They are so rusted that he moves as slow as a snail.
I stop in front of Yan, and I see that his basket contains several new bamboo shoots, freshly dug from the ground.
‘I want to eat meat,’ I say, tilting my face up to look at him. ‘Can you shoot some buntings with your slingshot for me?’
‘Buntings are best eaten in the fall, when they’re fat,’ says Yan. ‘Now is the time for them to breed chicks. If you shoot them, there won’t be buntings to eat next year.’
‘Just one, pleaaaaase?’ I grab onto his sleeve and act cute. But he shakes his head resolutely, handing me the basket. He takes off his conical sedge hat and wipes the sweat off his face.

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African Monsters

For African Monsters we have tried to work with writers and artists from or with a strong connection to Africa as much as possible. 

Cover art is by Daniele Serra

African Monsters is a fantastic anthology featuring many African writers at the forefront of the new wave of Speculative Fiction tapping directly into the deep and rich mythology of African cultures.” — Ivor W. Hartmann, editor for African Roar and AfroSF volume 1 & 2


Nnedi Okorafor: On the Road
Joan de la Haye: Impundulu
Tade Thompson: One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sunlight
Jayne Bauling: Severed
Su Opperman: The Death of One
T.L. Huchu: Chikwambo
Dilman Dila: Monwor
S. Lotz: That Woman
Toby Bennett: Sacrament of Tears
Chikodili Emelumadu: Bush Baby
Joe Vaz: After The Rain
Dave-Brendon de Burgh: Taraab and Terror in Zanzibar
Nerine Dorman: A Whisper in the Reeds
Vianne Venter: Acid Test
Nick Wood: Thandiwe’s Tokoloshe
James Bennett (writer) and Dave Johnson (artist): A Divided Sun

The book also has illustrations from Su Opperman, Kieran Walsh, Vincent Holland-Keen, Eugene Smith and Benali Amine.

Author Blogs

The Tokoloshe by Nick Wood
A Mirror to a Tenebrous Sun by Su Opperman
Not just a vagina by Chikodili Emelumadu
Sunlight, Shadow and Ichitapa by Jayne Bauling
At River’s Edge by Nerine Dorman
Monsters by Dilman Dila
Behind ‘Sacrament of Tears’ by Toby Bennett
Behind the Scenes by Dave De Burgh
The Editors

Opening Paragraphs of African Monsters

ON THE ROAD by Nnedi Okorafor

A tiger does not proclaim its tigritude. It pounces.
– Wole Soyinka, Sub-Saharan Africa’s first Nobel Laureate
I slammed the door in the child’s face, a horrific scream trapped in my throat. I swallowed it back down.
I didn’t want to wake my grandmother or auntie. They’d jump out of bed, come running down the stairs and in a string of Igbo and English demand to know what the fuck was wrong with me. Then I’d point at the door and they’d open it and see the swaying little boy with the evil grin and huge open dribbling red white gash running down the middle of his head. Split open like a dropped watermelon.
My stomach lurched and I shut my eyes and rubbed my temples, my hand still tightly grasping the doorknob. Get it together, I thought. But I knew what I’d seen—jagged fractured yellow white skull, flaps of hanging skin, startlingly red blood and some whitish grey jelly… brain? I shuddered. ‘Shit,’ I whispered to myself.
The boy had been standing in the rain. Soaked from head to toe, as everything outside was from the strange unseasonable three-day deluge. He’d been smiling up at me. He couldn’t have been older than nine. I gagged. I couldn’t just leave him out there.

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African Monsters from Starburst This anthology does its damnedest to explore the myths and legends from one massive continent. Not only does it do this quite well, but it also showcases the talents of writers you may not have had the chance to read much of. Editor’s Margrét Helgadóttir & Jo Thomas have done a remarkable job of not only assembling a list of thematically strong stories, but also creating a book that flows from story to story in a solid and compelling way. 

European Monsters

A visit to Europe to explore monsters old and new in their natural habitats. 


Here be Monsters!

They lurk and crawl and fly in the shadows of our mind. We know them from ancient legends and tales whispered by the  campfire. They hide under the dark bridge, in the deep woods or out on the great plains, in the drizzling rain forest or out on the foggy moor, beneath the surface, under your bed. They don’t sparkle or have any interest in us except to tear us apart. They are the monsters! Forgotten, unknown,  misunderstood, overused, watered down. We adore them still. We want to give them a renaissance, to reestablish their dark reputation, to give them a comeback, let the world know of their real terror.

Welcome to  ‘The Fox Spirit Books of Monsters’. A book series with dark fiction and art about monsters from around the world, starting with Europe, continuing with Africa in 2015 before the travel continues. Fox Spirit Books will take you from continent to continent, bringing you art and dark fiction about monsters based on local folklore, myths and legends from around the world.

European Monsters

Edited by Jo Thomas & Margrét Helgadóttir

Cover art by Daniele Serra

A study of some of Europe’s most interesting monsters presented as a coffee table book.

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“Here be European Monsters: a phantasmagoric delight of image and word direct from the uncharted realms of the imagination. Remember to keep those lanterns lit in the small hours, because darkness is an invitation to these horrors…” – Simon Marshall-Jones of Spectral Press

“A richly imagined and dangerous journey through the grimdark haunts of European monsters, some prey in their natural mythical habitats while others take their hunts into more modern and urban settings. Illustrated with beautiful evocative art, this is a wonderful and terrible book to treasure.” … Suzanne McLeod, author of the Spellcrackers urban fantasy series.

Jonathan Grimwood: Herne
Anne Michaud: Vijka
James Bennett: Broken Bridges
Byron Black: Upon The Wash of The Fjord
Hannah Kate: Nimby
Adrian Tchaikovsky & Eugene Smith (artist): Serpent Dawn
Joan De La Haye: Black Shuck
Aliya Whiteley: A Very Modern Monster
Nerine Dorman: Fly, My Dear, Fly
Aliette le Bodard: Mélanie
Krista Walsh: Moments
Chris Galvin: Hafgufa Rising
Peter Damien: Old Bones
Icy Sedgwick: The Cursed One
Jasper Bark & Fabian Tunon Benzo (artist): Mother Knows Worst

Artists/ illustrators: Daniele Serra, Eugene Smith, Gavin Pollock and Kieran Walsh.

Author Blogs

Unsympathetic Werewolves by Hannah Kate
Shadows under Bridges by James Bennett
We Can Still be Wolves by Anne Michaud
For the Love of Blackbirds by Nerine Dorman
Making Moments by Krista Walsh
Bringing the Cursed One to life by Icy Sedgwick
The Exmoor Beast by Aliya Whitely
Mermaid and the Deep by Peter Damien

The Editors Interview Each Other

Opening Paragraphs of European Monsters

Herne by J C Grimwood
There are leaves on the line at Waterloo. Thick twists of ivy have forced their way under the tracks and wrapped steel rails in sinewy wood. The ivy is winning. An engine and eight carriages have been pegged in place by roots. It clings to cast iron pillars that rise towards the station’s famous glass roof. Half the light is already obscured by the thickness of the growth and soon the whole roof will be hidden. Unless the ivy wins its battle to break through.
Despite signs from South West Trains forbidding entry and declaring the site private property, an impromptu city has sprung up. McDonald’s is a dorm. Delice de France a puppet theatre. Boots the Chemist a temple to the horned god. No one has seen him… Well, no one reliable but his image is stencilled everywhere.
Above the great clock, smoke from an open fire drifts through one of the panes the ivy has managed to break. The station is beautiful in a strange way. Like a giant Kew, says an old woman, who then has to explain botanical gardens to three teenagers who’ve never been further west than Marble Arch. One, the white one, has dreadlocks. The others have shaved their heads, girl included. She’s pretty, but fierce. Quickly glaring when she sees you watching.

Buy European Monsters: 1 (Fox Spirit Books of Monsters)
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Starburst Magazine on European Monsters  : EBooks have been a boon to the small press, allowing many independent publishers to produce work that would otherwise be too expensive. This has also meant that paper and ink books created by such companies have become much less common. So it’s nice to see that Fox Spirit’s latest anthology is not only available in the old fashioned format, but that it’s also beautifully produced and illustrated.

European Monsters is a gorgeous collection of tales of unnatural creatures, dealing with the rigours of the modern day. Each tale picks a creature from myth and gives us a short but sweet snapshot of its existence.

From Nerds of a Feather : These are beasts, mostly, but in each story there are monsters deeper still, human ones who see the world as needing something to hold it in check or emotional doubts and fears that lurk beneath the surface of consciousness.

James Nicoll on African SOME SPOILERS : The editors continue what appears to be an ongoing mission to keep monsters monstrous. This time they focus on the monsters of Africa. And, in a surprising twist for Westerners talking about Africa, on Africans themselves.

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