Women and Monsters
j. m. mcdermott
October 15, 2011
Re-imagine myths to re-discover the way to speak to history. Read the whole collection here, by clicking through to the table of contents and selecting your favorite women and monsters from the old myths. Read the whole collection if you like, or choose your preferred print or eBook vendor for a physical edition of what has been described as one of the best story collections of the year, celebrated by critics like John Ginsburg-Stevens and Jeff VanderMeer and many more.
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The women and monsters of Greek mythology rarely get to speak for themselves.
Eurydice wanders an abandoned amusement park despite her husband’s love. Ariadne becomes addicted to gypsy magic long after she was left on an island. Iphigenia dies at Aulis, confused and scared. Deianira kills her famous husband, Hercules, and feels like she slayed a monster. Korey thinks of leaving her mother, her small town, her mundane, simple life. There are monsters, too: Charybdis and Scylla, Cerynitis, Gorgon, and more.
Sing, Muse, for yourself.
This collection of stories from Rhysling and Crawford Prize-nominated fantasy writer, J. M. McDermott embraces the surreal and hallucinatory traditions of Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad, and The World’s Wife by Ann Duffy, to tell the stories that are always absent from the official books of history.
There are as many versions of the myth as there are grandmothers in Greece. There are always more myths, more versions.
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