Booksellers, librarians, bloggers, and reviewers get the Nebula Award-winning Sam J. Miller’s first short fiction collection BOYS, BEASTS & MEN
Review copies of BOYS, BEASTS & MEN by the acclaimed Sam J. Miller are now available via EDELWEISS and NETGALLEY.
by Sam J. Miller
ISBN: Print 978-1-61696-3729; Digital 978-1-61696-373-6
Published: May 2022
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital
In Nebula Award-winning author Sam J. Miller’s devastating debut short-fiction collection, featuring an introduction by Amal El-Mohtar, queer infatuation, inevitable heartbreak, and brutal revenge seamlessly intertwine. Whether innocent, guilty, or not even human, the boys, beasts, and men roaming through Miller’s gorgeously crafted worlds can destroy readers, yet leave them wanting more.
Miller’s sheer talent shines through in abundance . . . BOYS, BEASTS & MEN is an outrageous journey which skillfully blends genres and will haunt you with its original, poetic voices as much as its victims, villains, and treasure trove of leading actors.—Grimdark Magazine
Despite his ability to control the ambient digital cloud, a foster teen falls for a clever con-man. Luring bullies to a quarry, a boy takes clearly enumerated revenge through unnatural powers of suggestion. In the aftermath of a shapeshifting alien invasion, a survivor fears that he brought something out of the Arctic to infect the rest of the world. A rebellious group of queer artists create a new identity that transcends even the anonymity of death.
Sam J. Miller (Blackfish City, The Art of Starving) shows his savage wit, unrelenting candor, and lush imagery in this essential career retrospective collection, taking his place alongside legends of the short-fiction form such as Carmen Maria Machado, Carson McCullers, and Jeff VanderMeer.
Sam Miller is my hero: a fearless visionary whose stories are at once vivid, electrifying, brutal, and full of heart. Oh, the heat of them.—Sarah Pinsker, author of A Song For A New Day and Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction by Amal El-Mohtar
- Allosaurus Burgers
- 57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides
- We Are the Cloud
- Conspicuous Plumage
- Shattered Sidewalks of the Human Heart
- The Beasts We Want to Be
- When Your Child Strays from God
- Things With Beards
- Ghosts of Home
- The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History
- Angel, Monster, Man
- Sun in an Empty Room