The good folks at Fox Spirit are doing an excellent series of books looking at monster legends around the world. Significantly they are asking writers from other countries to write about their own monsters. The first volume, European Monsters, has been available for some time, and you can now buy volume two, African Monsters. Here’s the Table of Contents.
- Nnedi Okorafor: On the Road
- Joan de la Haye: Impundulu
- Tade Thompson: One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sunlight
- Jayne Bauling: Severed
- Su Opperman: The Death of One
- T.L. Huchu: Chikwambo
- Dilman Dila: Monwor
- S. Lotz: That Woman
- Toby Bennett: Sacrament of Tears
- Chikodili Emelumadu: Bush Baby
- Joe Vaz: After The Rain
- Dave-Brendon de Burgh: Taraab and Terror in Zanzibar
- Nerine Dorman: A Whisper in the Reeds
- Vianne Venter: Acid Test
- Nick Wood: Thandiwe’s Tokoloshe
- James Bennett and Dave Johnson (artist): A Divided Sun
Yes, that last one is in comic form. The book also has illustrations from Su Opperman, Kieran Walsh, Mariam Ibrahim, Eugene Smith and Benali Amine.
Nnedi’s story was previously published in Eclipse 3 from Nightshade. Tade’s story was in Mothership but has been substantially re-written for this book. All of the other stories are original.
Some of the authors have been supplying some background about the monsters featured in their stories at the Fox Spirit blog.
So, all of you people asking for more diversity in fantasy, here’s your chance.