Cover of Monsters

Monsters

Auhtor: James Patrick Kelly

Language: english
Published: 1992

Genres:

fiction,  science fiction,  short stories
Downloads: 138
eBook size: 76Kb

Review by Bob Tobias, February 2006


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'Monsters':

Bruce Covilles Book of Monsters is the first in a series of Book of anthologies edited by Bruce Coville. It was first published in September 1993 by Scholastic Publishing. It is collection of stories aimed at juvenile readers that advertises itself as scary but in fact contains a wide variety of stories and genres such as science fiction horror fantasy and realistic with some supernatural elements. In this aspect the Book of anthologies differ from many other scary anthologies for juvenile readers which often lean towards straight horror.

Excerpts from the Book 'Monsters':


... bloomed like a rose. The water beat all the thoughts out of his head nothing wormy had ever happened in the tub. He opened his mouth, let it fill with ...
... Henry let a black rain of bad thoughts drench him. He'd give in and let it loose on the Market Street bus or in the First Savings where that twisty ...
... he said. Sorry. She gave him an uneasy laugh, like someone who has just suffered through a sick joke she didn't want to hear. She'd think it was ...
... Some kind of wax - a candlelight dinner gone sour? The cleaning machine buzzed and the drum creaked to a stop. Celeste cupped a hand over her ...
... egg bagel with cream cheese and lox. Only when she was settled back on her stool did he pick out his tea with extra milk and the English muffin. Coffee ...
... there, said Jerry. Go see for yourself. Besides there weren't any customers. Maggie was listening for the door chime. Mr. Kaplan, please say something. The ...
... anyway. He considered for a moment, then gathered himself. That little weasel. He pushed away from the bench and clapped his hands. So, then, can ...
... want me to do? she said. Henry figured that the reason it was always dark in church was because God didn't like bright places. His God tended to lurk ...
... face slack, eyes like eggs. Someone screamed. The shock of monstrous pleasure had left Henry momentarily limp now he shuddered and flung himself out ...
... drum, the way silk clung like caterpillars to his rough skin, the perfect chemical luster of nylon, the attic smell of shirt cardboards, leather ...
... just something I've been thinking about. She didn't speak, sing, or hum for fifteen minutes. She just hurled clothes around like curses: yanked ...
... Bird people, fish people, snake people, plant people, even petless people. Bet that's you. You don't strike me as the pet type. He shook his head. See? ...
... peckerhead doctor. Believe me, it'd be cheaper for him to stay in the presidential suite at the Sheraton. Probably more fun. How is he taking it anyway? ...
... is. You get a runny nose, you take a day off. But I'm empty. Nothing inside me. At least the pills fill me up. His mouth hung open as he gasped for ...
... he wanted. It rang five times, six. A hand he wasn't quite in control of trembled over the phone but did not pick up. Ring. He was crying. Ring. Hello, ...
... still hot. Ta-da! She pulled a squat jug of wine from a paper bag. Took me three stores to find it. It hung her slicker over the bathtub and saw that ...
... that he could see her nipples. Above it was a wide elastic harness made of ace bandages stitched together. He remembered the three piece bathing ...
... angry before. I walked in here on my own two feet because you're the only man who never stared at me. Nobody pushed me in here, especially not God. There is ...
... and entertaining look at Thoreau's classic eco-text Walden. Eccentric billionaire Jack Winter has bought the planet Beekman's Pea, renamed it Walden, ...
... since 1998 and chaired the council in 2004. He is a frequent contributor to Asimov's Science Fiction, and for the past several years has contributed ...