Alex DiFrancesco discusses their new story collection, TRANSMUTATION.
Tags: academia, Alex DiFrancesco, All City, Anne Frank, antiracism, antiracist, Bob Hicok, childhood trauma, colonialism, gothic horror, Holocaust, horror, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Jeff Mangum, Jessica Mannion, Leonard Cohen, LGBTQ, monsters, Music, names, naming, Neutral Milk Hotel, Psychopomps, queerness, Racism, Seven Stories Press, short fiction, short stories, The Diary of a Young Girl, trans, Transmutation, trauma, whiteness, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Beth Alvarado discusses her new story collection, JILLIAN IN THE BORDERLANDS.
Tags: Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Anxious Attachments, Beth Alvarado, Black Lawrence Press, Book Club, border, border crisis, Committal, COVID-19, death, fascism, Flannery O'Connor, george saunders, grace paley, grief, Han Kang, immigration, Irene Cooper, Jillian in the Borderlands, Joy Williams, Juan Rulfo, Karen Brennan, linked stories, Maggie Nelson, Marisa Siegel, migrants, monsters, pandemic, Pedro Paramo, Politics, Raymond Carver, Rumpus Book Club, short fiction, short stories, Signs Preceding the End of the World, story collection, teaching, teaching writing, The Rumpus Book Club, The Vegetarian, Yuri Herrera
This may be a reclamation story. ...more
Tags: addiction, addicts, bodies, Bud Westmore, cesarean, Creature From the Black Lagoon, cripple, disability, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, female bodies, hunchback, Hydrocodone, Lidia Yuknavitch, Mallory O’Meara, Mildred Elizabeth Fulvia di Rossi, Milicent Patrick, monsters, mothers, mothers and daughters, on monsters, painkillers, Percocet, Quasimodo, Richard III, scoliosis, Shakespeare, sisters, Swimming, The Lady From the Black Lagoon, Vicodin, women's bodies
Perfection over pasta. Beauty over bread. The more it hurt, the better. ...more
Tags: anorexia, bodies, body image, disordered eating, eating, Eating Disorder, eating disorders, female bodies, female body, female body image, food, Iceland, Lucia Iglesias, monsters, mountains, mythology, on monsters, Reykjavik, secrets, winter, women's bodies
“Monster” is a good name for anything you want to destroy. ...more
Tags: Abuse, Anita Hill, archetypes, Audition, Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, Cyber-stalking, Ellen Page, Fatal Attraction, Frankenstein, gendered violence, glenn close, Hard Candy, Harvey Weinstein, Lisa Bloom, mental illness, monsters, on monsters, online harassment, Patrick Wilson, Rose McGowan, Sady Doyle, sexual assault, sexual violence, stalking, The Craft, trauma, tropes, twitter, victim blaming, women's anger
There’s never a clean origin story for the shadow. ...more
Tags: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, AIDS, AIDS crisis, chimera, closet, closeted, death, discrimination, Elanor Broker, gender, genderqueer, grief, Laverne Cox, law school, LGBTQ, loss, monsters, on monsters, Oregon, Portland, Pride, queer, Seattle, shame, trans, trans rights, transition, transitioning, transmisogyny, transphobia
Jaquira Díaz discusses her debut memoir, ORDINARY GIRLS.
Tags: Abuse, Ana María Cardona, biracial, Chelsea Voulgares, child abuse, colonialism, depression, florida, immigrant, immigrants, Jaquira Díaz, Keith S. Wilson, LGBTQ, Luis Alberto Urrea, memoir, mental illness, Miami Beach, Michelle Brower, migrant, migrants, monster, monsters, Monstrosity, on monsters, Ordinary Girls, Puerto Rican, puerto rico, queer, Racism
There is at least one monster on every team. ...more
Tags: adolescence, athlete, athletes, athletics, basketball, bodies, expectation, Giannis Antetokounmpo, metaphor, Michael Jordan, monsters, NBA, Nicholas Russell, on monsters, Pain, physicality, sports, transformation
This month, take a deep dive into The Rumpus’s psyche. ...more
Through 8/31, send us your essays exploring monsters and monstrosity!
We’ll bring the anti-monster spray; you bring the incantations. ...more
Daisy Johnson discusses EVERYTHING UNDER.
Tags: Daisy Johnson, Everything Under, family, Fen, Iris Murdoch, Katharine Coldiron, King Lear, Man Booker, monsters, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, mythology, myths, Oedipus, Oedipus Rex, revision, short stories
Every monster has a history with another monster. ...more
Tags: family, Halloween, horror, horror story, MH Rowe, monster, monsters, mothers, mothers and sons, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story, sons
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto discusses her newest book, SHADOW CHILD.
Tags: A Tale for the Time Being, ghosts, hallucinations, hawaii, historical trauma, identity, In The Time of the Butterflies, japanese internment, Julia Alvarez, michael ondaatje, monsters, mystery, N.K. Jemisin, Racism, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Ruth Ozeki, Shadow Child, The English Patient, trauma, war, World War II, WWII
I wanted to be scared because being terrified taught me how to survive. ...more
Tags: Abuse, child abuse, childhood trauma, Christopher Pike, control, Dean Koontz, divorce, domestic violence, fathers, fathers and daughters, fear, ghost stories, Gremlins, horror, horror movies, It, Kelly J. Baker, Kelly Jo Baker, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lost Boys, Mira Grant, monsters, Night of the Living Dead, nightmares, parents, r.l. stine, Scream, Scream 2, Scream Queens, Stephen King, Supernatural, The Craft, the walking dead, trauma, zombies
Sarah Blake discusses her new collection,
Let’s Not Live on Earth, questions in poems, monsters, and the challenge of writing a dystopia. ...more
Tags: Bible, Book Club, Caroline Cabrera, dystopia, e. e. cummings, fear, graduate school, gun violence, guns, hope, Let's Not Live on Earth, monsters, Naamah, Noah's ark, Octavia Butler, parenting, poetry, poetry book club, religion, Riverhead, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Saint X, Sarah Blake, sci-fi, science fiction, stephen hawking, television, the road, titles, Utopia, workshop, writing workshop, zombies
Rene Denfeld discusses her latest book,
The Child Finder, the ways in which trauma traps us, and the important role of imagination in finding resilience and escape. ...more
Tags: adoption, autism, child abuse, childhood, children, election 2016, Fables, fairy tales, forest, foster care, Frankenstein, Kelly Thompson, magic, Mary Shelley, memory, missing children, monsters, natural world, Oregon, pedophile, pedophilia, political crisis, Politics, Portland, prison, Rene Denfeld, rural life, sex trafficking, sexual abuse, shame, The Child Finder, The Enchanted, trauma, triggers
I am scared. I will continue to be scared. I am scared that, one day, I will not be able to run as fast as my dad who eluded rocks and a tire iron. ...more
Tags: Byron F. Aspaas, Charlotte’s Web, childhood, Chokecherry Canyon, Clint John, coming out, craigslist, DAPL, diabetes, Diné, environment, family, Farmington, fathers, fear, Fred Martinez Jr., gay, history, homophobia, Indigenous, Kirtland, Lakota, LGBTQ, Loreal Tsingine, monsters, mothers, Nakota, Native American, Navajo, New Mexico, North Dakota, Outback, parents, police violence, protest, Racism, Robert Fry, safety, Shiprock, Sioux, Standing Rock, waiter
Jaquira Díaz discusses the challenge of writing about family members, her greatest joy as a writer, and her literary role models.
Tags: 15 Views of Miami, A Rumpus Interview, addiction, alcohol, angela carter, best american essays, Best American Nonrequired reading, Bread Loaf Writers Fellowship, carmen maria machado, childhood, closeted, Colson Whitehead, coming of age, coming out, Daniel Jose Older, DARE, Deesha Philyaw, drinking, drugs, essay writing, family, fantasy, florida, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, gay, gay literature, horror, Hugo Margenat, Hurricane Andrew, Jaquira Díaz, Karen Russell, kelly link, Kenyon Review, La Llorona, Latin America, macdowell, memoir, mental illness, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Hearld, Miami-Dade County, middle school, monsters, mythical creatures, Nalo Hopkinson, Odrinary Girls, one hundred years of solitude, paying the rent, paying writers, Ploughshares, puerto rico, Pushcart Prize, queer, queer writers, Samuel Delany, science fiction, Shirley Jackson, suicide, Tananarive Due, teenagers, THe Southern Review, the Sun, Tin House, University of Puerto Rico, vampires, Victor LaValle, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, werewolves, women writers, Women Writers of Color, writer pay, writers of color, zombies, Zone One
Late the next night a noise roused me from my sleep—wailing and cursing and then banging, more banging than ever, both fists full-force against the plaster. Filtered through the sleep haze, I couldn’t make sense of the commotion. Rion Amilcar Scott has a new short story out, “Night of the Living,” part of Entropy magazine’s “Of […]
Victor LaValle discusses his latest book,
The Ballad of Black Tom, patience, H.P. Lovecraft, and reinvention. ...more
Tags: 1920s, Algernon Blackwood, American Book Award, Big Machine, Comics, Dave Lombardo, Denis Johnson, Fritz Leiber, genre fiction, Gregory McGuire, H.P. Lovecraft, Haruki Murakami, Hillary Mantel, horror, Kenzaburo Oe, Lecretia and the Kroons, Mat Johnson, monsters, musician, New York City, race, Ray Russell, Rosemary's Baby, Samuel Sattin, Shirley Jackson, Shirley Jackson Award, Slapboxing with Jesus, Slayer, Sunset Boulevard, Ted Klein, The Ballad of Black Tom, The Devil in Silver, The Ecstatic, The Horror at Redhook Road, The Omen, The Shining, Thomas Ligotti, twin peaks, Victor LaValle, villans
Lincoln Michel talks about his debut short story collection,
Upright Beasts, his interest in monsters, and what sources of culture outside of literature inspire him. ...more
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Yumi Sakugawa discusses her latest book,
Ikebana, discovering meditation, exploring blank spaces, and drawing a world of sentient oranges and one-eyed monsters. ...more
Tags: A New Earth, Adrian Tomine, Asian American, babysitters club, Black Hole, Blank Space, buddhism, bunnies, Charlie Burns, craig thompson, David Lynch, Eckhart Tolle, elizabeth gilbert, Giant Robot, I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You, Ikebana, introversion, Japan, Japanese-American, L.A., Loneliness, los angeles, meditation, Mia Nakaji Monnier, mindfulness, monsters, Moon Between the Mountains, Optic Nerve, orange, Sesame Street, silence, Skylight Books, Spirited Away, the muppets, The Power of Now, There is No Right Way to Meditate, UCLA, webcomic, Wonder How To, writer's block, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe, Yumi Sakugawa, zine
The banality of evil hides in people, and who they unleash it upon become forever tainted by their names. They become one. Creator and monster. Evil by association. ...more
Tags: body image, college, domestic violence, Dublin, Eating Disorder, Frankenstein, Ireland, James Whale, Mary Shelley, monsters, rape, Roe McDermott, self harm, sexual abuse, sexual assault, violence against women
My mother stood before me in her quilted bathrobe, dark hair held back in a ponytail, her eyes sunken, grey. I felt like the narrator of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, who, startled out of sleep, opens his eyes to behold the monster reaching out to him: ‘the miserable monster . . . held up the curtain […]
Happy Halloween season! I’ve been collaging with scary monster images lately. ...more
Poets in Wisconsin are turning monstrous. The writer-artists behind the Monsters of Poetry reading series in Madison have been busy making self-portraits and collages that depict themselves — and the very idea of poetry — as the beastly, macabre stuff of nightmares. Click here to see more images and here to learn about their non-ghoulish […]
The panic that pervades these stories arises because in our real, human world there is too much cause for fear and worry. Who, exactly, is responsible for the deteriorating environment? What, precisely, causes terrorism? Enter the bugbears and scapegoats.