Have you seen the Hugo Award nominations?


The Hugo Award nominations were revealed yesterday, and Monsters & Mormons writers are well represented.

“That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” (Analog, September 2010) by Eric James Stone  (which will be appearing also in our volume) has been nominated for best novelette and Dan Wells author, in M&M of “Mountain of the Lord”) was been nominated for the prestigious John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Friends, this is the kind of quality Peculiar Pages is bringing you with Monsters & Mormons. Be appropriately excited.

Fourth round of Monsters & Mormons admits


Exciting times here in Monsters & Mormons headquarters. You can expect, mm, probably one more round of admits after this. We do hope the suspense has been mortifying.

But first, five more tastes of pending excellence:

S.P. Bailey’s The Baby in the Bushes

No supernatural monsters here, so if you can stand a sideways step into a separate genre, then put your gumshoes on and help us solve the mystery of the body in the storage unit. Old Testament law arrives in modern Utah and the consequences are not pretty.

TV McArthur’s The Blues Devil

I don’t think it’s natural for deals with the devil to leave the reader warm and smiling, but somehow TV pulled it off. I can’t explain it. I don’t even want to.

Bridgette Tuckfield’s Experimenting with Life at Extraordinary Depths

As I look back at my notes, I discover that Bridget’s story has “unique and pleasurable elements.” It also has a lot of mud and slime. But it’s unique and pleasurable mud and slime, so no worries. Just stay out of the water.

Brian Gibson’s The Eye Opener

Gibson is clearly wasting his time working in television. I now think about this story every night when we say family prayer. You don’t know how unsettling this is. Yet.

Danny Nelson’s The World

Rarely have I seen stereotypical “Relief Society Ladies” drawn with such love and care and depth and richness that you want to slap anyone who’s ever used that stereotype dismissively. Not to mention perhaps the most original monster I’ve ever read. You can’t predict this story. You can’t you can’t you can’t.

Third Round of M&M Admits


Today on A Motley Vision, William Morris has announced the next seven admits for Monsters and Mormons. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Novella Fangs of a Dragon by David J. West, author of the killer Heroes of the Fallen. He’s taken good old Porter Rockwell and combined him with a lot of facts and a sprinkling of fiction. As someone who’s read all the facts on the monster in question, let me just say that this is much more plausible than you might guess. Editorial aside though, when you get your own copy of M&M, look for West’s name and not the title. I’m gearing up for a possible battle of that. Great title? Yes. For this story? Arguable. (I love editor/writer fights. It’ll be fun to be the editor for a change.)
  • Short story “I Had Killed A Zombie” by Adam Greenwood a delightful (!)  post-apocalyptic zombie story that sounds like someone you know.
  • Comic “Mormon Golem” by Steve Morrison which places a golem in Far West, Missouri. A forgotten part of the Restoration of All Things, donchano.
  • Short story “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone originally published in slightly different form in Analog. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to write a story about Mormon aliens since high school, so I love seeing it done well.
  • Short story “The Living Wife” by Emily Milner is, arguably, monster-free, but I’m sure you’ll agree that without this supernatural domestic drama, M&M would be much poorer indeed.
  • Novella Brothers In Arms by Graham Bradley was dizzyingly fun — probably the best action scenes we’ve read yet, and there’s serious competition for that honor. This story swiftly became the standard by which we compared other submissions that aimed to thrill.
  • Comic “Traitors and Tyrants: A Wives of Erasmus Adventure” written by John Nakamura Remy with art by Galen Dara is the most fun I’ve had in alt-history for some time. I don’t want to give away too much, but know that sister wives have more time to study up on the deadly arts than wives that don’t share their husbands. Also, a certain seven-letter adjective that begins with K and ends with a double-S comes to mind.

You can have no idea how awesome this book is shaping up to be. High-minded publisher phrasing fails me, I’m so excited.

Mormons & Monsters: Announcing Four More Admits


William Morris and Theric Jepson, editors of the upcoming Mormons & Monsters anthology, are rather pleased with themselves that they are able to announce the following works as part of their table of contents:

  • The Mountain of the Lord by Dan Wells (A thrilling pioneer-era superhero origin story.)
  • “George Washington Hill and the Cybernetic Bear” by George Washington Hill, who is dead, and his progeny EC Buck (Who have worked together to tell us a steampunk story set on the plains.)
  • “Recompense of Sorrow” by Wilum Pugmire (In which the respective legacies of Joe Smith and Howie Lovecraft battle for the soul of one sweet girl.)
  • Two poems by Will Bishop (In which Will lives up to his Fob Bible promise with two poems exploring the monstrous metaphor in eternal love.)