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We are currently accepting submissions for Conjunctions:74, Grendel’s Kin: The Monsters Issue; the table of contents here is in progress and will be updated as the collection develops.
When darkness fell, monsters arose. When nightmares first drove us from peaceful sleep, monsters lingered in daylit memory, denizens of the liminal. Monsters have tormented, provoked, and inspired the human imagination from earliest times. Dating back to the dawn of myth and folklore, these representatives of otherness and terror have roamed our narratives, inhabiting countless forms and displaying endlessly weird proclivities. Grendel and Gorgon, Kraken and Snallygaster, Wyvern and Wendigo, Tokoloshe and Chupacabra—each has different cultural origins and geographies, and each horrifies in different ways. If Frankenstein’s monster, the Golem, and androids were fabricated by human hands, are not the elusive Yeti and shape-shifting Ryūjin, the thirsty vampire and bellicose Martian equally fashioned from human ingenuity, the mind’s eye seeing beyond the ordinary? And what of Jekyll and Hyde, where monster and man share one body?
We bring our monsters to life through art and science, through projection and dreaming and madness. We animate and battle them. We encourage them to battle one another. We are drawn to them and fascinated by them, yet also loathe them. We find them where they don’t even exist. It may be that we need monsters in ways we can scarcely begin to fathom.
Conjunctions:74, Grendel’s Kin: The Monsters Issue explores, through innovative fiction, poetry, and essays, the many ways in which monsters are sublime and horrifying and an important part of the human legacy from one generation to the next. Additional contributors include Julia Elliott, Elizabeth Hand, James Morrow, Sallie Tisdale, Brian Evenson, Joyce Carol Oates, Joanna Ruocco, and many others.
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