The Apes of Wrath
by Richard Klaw, ed.
ISBN: Print ISBN: 978-1-61696-085-8 ; Digital ISBN: 978-1-61696-141-1
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and eBooks
In the Rue Morgue, the jungles of Tarzan, the fables of Aesop, and outer space, the apes in these seventeen fantastic tales boldly go where humans dare not. Including a foreword from Rupert Wyatt, the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this provocative anthology delves into our fascination with and fear of our simian cousins.
“Evil Robot Monkey” introduces a disgruntled chimp implanted with a chip that makes him cleverer than both his cohort and humans alike. In “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” a murder mystery unravels with the discovery of a hair that does not appear quite human. Merging steampunk with slapstick, “The Ape-Box Affair” has a not-so-ordinary orangutan landing on Earth in a spherical flying ship—where he is promptly mistaken for an alien. King Kong sets a terrible example with booze and Barbie dolls in “Godzilla’s 12-Step Program.”
If you’ve ever wondered what makes humans different from apes, soon you’ll be asking yourself, is it even less than we think?
“This impressive anthology includes 18 short stories by authors ancient (Aesop) and recent (Karen Joy Fowler, Mary Robinette Kowal), as well as three original articles tracing apes in literature, comics, cinema, and theater…. A powerful exploration of the blurry line between animal and human.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Aficionados of apes in literature and film should enjoy this gathering of new and old stories.”
“These are all fine additions to any fantasy lover’s library…. Climb up into your tree, peel a banana, and enjoy the treats herein.”
—Sci Fi Magazine
“An eclectic, enjoyable mix of fiction and nonfiction…”
Richard Klaw is the author of the acclaimed genre blog The Geek Curmudgeon and was the fiction editor at RevolutionSF. He is the co-editor of the ground-breaking original anthology of short fiction in graphic form, Weird Business; the editor of The Big Bigfoot Book; and the co-founder of Mojo Press, one of the first publishers to produce both graphic novels and fiction. Klaw’s essays and observations are collected in Geek Confidential: Echoes from the 21st Century. Over the past decade, he has written about fictional simians for a variety of publications, including Moving Pictures Magazine, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, King Kong Is Back!, and Kong Is King.
Visit the Rick Klaw website.
Foreword by Rupert Wyatt, director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Introduction by Richard Klaw, editor
“Tarzan’s First Love” by Edgar Rice Burroughs
“Quidquid volueris” by Gustave Flaubert
“A Report to an Academy” by Franz Kafka
“Her Furry Face” by Leigh Kennedy
“Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“Godzilla’s 12 Step Program” by Joe R. Lansdale
“Rachel in Love” by Pat Murphy
“Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allen Poe
“The Maze of Maâl Dweb” by Clark Ashton Smith
“Deviation From a Theme” by Steven Utley
“Dr. Hudson’s Secret Gorilla” by Howard Waldrop
“The Cult of the White Ape” by Hugh B. Cave
“The Apes and the Two Travelers” by Aesop
“After King Kong Fell” by Philip Jose Farmer
“The Ape Box Affair” by James Blaylock
“Faded Roses” by Karen Joy Fowler
“Red Shadows” by Robert E. Howard
"The Four-Color Ape" by Scott Cupp
"Apes in Literature" by Jess Nevins
"Gorilla of Your Dreams: A Brief History of Simian Cinema" by Rick Klaw
"The Men in the Monkey Suit" by Mark Finn