We Shall be Monsters: Frankenstein two centuries on
An anthology of short stories celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
We Shall be Monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Centuries On
Edited by Kate Story and Derek Newman-Stille
Published by Renaissance Press
“It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.” Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Mary Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818, sparking the genres of horror and science fiction. On this, the 200th anniversary of its publication, the narrative is more relevant than ever. We live in an age where we need to ask critical questions about the limits of science. How do scientific pursuits relate to the body? Attention to issues of disability leads us to consider how identity relates to the body, and how the body can shift and change over time. Shelley's bodily assemblage - a collective of parts given life - still shapes our ideas about ourselves, and about what we create to be our monsters. This anthology will gather together tales inspired by Shelley's strange alchemy, lightning strikes of inspiration from Frankenstein.
We Shall Be Monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Centuries On will feature a broad range of fiction stories, from direct interactions with Shelley's texts to explorations of the stitched, assembled body and narrative experiments in monstrous creations. We Shall Be Monsters is a fiction collection that will feature explorations of disability through Frankenstein, queer and trans identity, ideas of race and colonialism. Shelley’s story provides a space for exploring a multitude of identities through the figure of the sympathetic outsider. Frankenstein’s “monster” is a figure of Otherness, and one that can tell stories of exclusion and social oppression.
Although this anthology will feature some established authors, we also hope to add a good mix of emerging and underrepresented voices to the anthology. For that purpose, we are running a call for submissions to which you can participate right here: https://weshallbemonsters.wordpress.com
About the Editors
Derek Newman-Stille is a 7-time winner of the Prix Aurora Award, the highest award in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is currently also editing Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins (Exile, 2018), and has written for publications like Quill & Quire, Accessing the Future and The Playground of Lost Toys. He has published academic works in works like The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, and Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings. In his academic life, Derek is a scholar of disability and queer studies, examining how popular media portray oppressed identities. In his role as a critic, writer, and interviewer, Derek seeks to open up discussions about speculative fiction, fantastica, and the imagination.
Kate Story is a writer and performer. A Newfoundlander living in Ontario, her first novel Blasted (Killick Press) received the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic's honourable mention. She is the 2015 recipient of the Ontario Arts Foundation’s K.M. Hunter Award for her work in theatre. Her short stories have been published in World Fantasy and Aurora Award-nominated collections. This year her third novel This Insubstantial Pageant comes out with ChiZine Publications.
About the Project
The Kickstarter project for We Shall be Monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Centuries On seeks to raise funds to support our authors and the publishing costs of the project to ensure that authors get fair compensation for their work.
At the Electric level, you'll receive an ebook copy of the anthology.
At the Monster Itself level, you'll receive a physical copy of the book.
At the Monstrous Renaissance level, in addition to an ebook copy of the anthology, you will receive a selection of Renaissance's best horror-themed novels in ebook format. Zombie scientists trying to bring themselves back to lives, old legends coming back to terrorize small villages, creepy books sought by murderous cults... enough to keep you awake for quite a few nights. To find out more about the listed books and their authors, please visit https://renaissancebookpress.com/.
For the levels of Monstrous Inscription and above, in addition to a physical copy of the book, you'll have the name of your choice listed in the anthology itself on the supporters' page.
The Monstrous Selves level, in addition to having your name listed on the supporters' page and receiving a copy of the book. allows you to submit a picture and Caro Fréchette will "monsterize" you, turning you into Frankenstein's monster:
At the Raising the Writer level, in addition to having your name on the supporters' page and receiving a copy of the book, you'll be able to participate to an exclusive writing workshop on Google Hangout to explore your inner writer and improve your writing skills.
At the Monstrous Voices level, in addition to having your name on the supporters' page and receiving a copy of the book, you'll be able to join the editors of We Shall Be Monsters in a one hour Google Hangout chat.
Audible Monsters: at 8,000 CA$, we will produce an audio version of the book, as well as digital Frankenstein Art by Derek Newman-Stille and Caro Fréchette, dramatic readings of sections from Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein, and a Frankenstein radio play performance. These audio and digital art files will be added as a CD and/or downloadable resource with every reward level.
A Monstrous Instruction: at 10,000 CA$, we will produce an ebook of Derek Newman-Stille's The Essential Frankenstein 101 Syllabus. We will also record video lectures and discussions with the following experts:
- Scholarly Discussion on Frankenstein by Anya Heise-von der Lippe from Universitat Tubingen;
- Scholarly Discussion on the Universal Studios Frankenstein Films and Queer Identities by Sarah Milner from Trent University
- Scholarly Discussion on Frankenstein and Monstrous Geographies by Erin Vander Wall, George Washington University
- Scholarly Discussion on Frankenstein and 19th Century Horror by Sean Moreland from Ottawa University
- Lecture on Frankenstein, Disability, and Gender by Derek Newman-Stille from Trent University
- Scholarly Discussion on Frankenstein and Colonialism by Ashley Morford
- Interview with Kate Story about Frankenstein
If this stretch goal is reached, we will include a DVD of the full selection of lectures and/or links to streaming versions of the videos to all reward levels.
A Harsh Monster: at 15,000 CA$, We will produce a hardcover version of the anthology. All reward levels which include a physical copy of the book will have the opportunity to upgrade to a hardcover version if this stretch goal is reached.
Risks and challenges
Derek Newman-Stille is an accomplished, award-winning editor who directed many successful anthologies; he has the know-how and experience to make this project the best it can be.
Kate Story is an author and an award-winning theatre artist. In addition to her editing tasks, she brings expertise to multiple areas of the project, not least of which being the production of the radio drama and dramatic readings.
Renaissance Press has nearly five years of experience publishing works of fiction in both print and audio formats. Our production of audiobooks on MP3 and audio CDs, as well as distribution via Audlble.com, means we have the resources, equipment, and experience to provide you with a quality audio product, and our print books, which you can see at renaissancebookpress.com, are often lauded for the quality of their design.
In addition to superior design and formatting for the book, Renaissance will also provide quality video recording and editing, as can be seen from the book trailers on its youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RenaissanceBP
Finally, Renaissance has run and fulfilled two successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past, and has always met its obligations.
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