Boys, Beasts & Men
by Sam J. Miller
ISBN: Print ISBN: 978-1-61696-3729; Digital ISBN: 978-1-61696-373-6
Published: June 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 beings in 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
[STARRED REVIEW] “Longing, heartbreak, and the deep desire for, but great difficulty of, love. . . . Highly recommended for any reader interested in speculative fiction that concerns itself with queer themes.” —Booklist
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.
Introduction by Amal El-Mohtar
57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides
We Are the Cloud
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