Monday, August 28, 2017

Sneak Peek of MONSTER PORTRAITS, releasing in Feb. 2018!

We are thrilled to reveal the cover of MONSTER PORTRAITS by Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar. MONSTER PORTRAITS will release in February 2018. The cover features artwork by Del Samatar and was designed by Heather Butterfield.





































MONSTER PORTRAITS
By Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar
FEBRUARY 2018
ISBN 978-1-941628-10-2


Relentlessly original and brilliantly hybrid, Monster Portraits investigates the concept of the monstrous through a mesmerizing combination of words and images. An uncanny and imaginative autobiography of otherness, it offers the fictional record of a writer in the realms of the fantastic shot through with the memories of a pair of Somali-American children growing up in the 1980s. Operating under the sign of two—texts and drawings, brother and sister, black and white, extraordinary and everyday—Monster Portraits multiplies, disintegrates, and blends, inviting the reader to find the danger in the banal, the beautiful in the grotesque. Accumulating into a breathless journey and groundbreaking study, these brief fictions and sketches claim the monster as a fragmentary vastness: not the sum but the derangement of its parts.

Del Samatar's drawings conjure beings who drag worlds in their wake. World Fantasy Award-winning author Sofia Samatar responds with allusive, critical, and ecstatic meditations. Together they have created a secret history of the mixed-race child, a guide to the beasts of an unknown mythos, and a dreamer's iconography. Monster Portraits resonates in a world obsessed with the Other, using captivating nomenclature, fiction, art, and essay to examine society’s damaging desire to define and divide. The monstrous never looked so simultaneously haunting and familiar.

You can read a sample from Monster Portraits at Tin House here.


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