Happy to finally have a release date for my nonfiction collection: March 2011. The delays have been my fault entirely, due to the pressure of other deadlines (like delivering, with Ann, 750,000 words of The Weird to Atlantic). You can preorder the hardcover or trade paper here. The publisher’s description of the book, cover by Eric Orchard:
Guide Dog Books is proud to announce the release of Jeff VanderMeerâ€™s Monstrous Creatures: Explorations of Fantasy through Essays, Articles and Reviews. An entertaining, eclectic chronicle of modern fantastical fiction, this collection delivers incisive commentary, reviews, and essays pertaining to permutations of the monstrous, whether itâ€™s other peopleâ€™s monsters, personal monsters, or monstrous thoughts. A two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, Jeff VanderMeer is one of speculative fictionâ€™s foremost voices. For the past 20 years, he has not only written weird literary fiction, translated into 20 languages, but written about it extensively, influencing the way people think about fantasy through reviews in major papers like The Washington Post and The New York Times, as well as through interviews, thoughtful essays, blog posts, teaching, and guest-speaking. Monstrous Creatures, a follow-up to his 2004 nonfiction collection Why Should I Cut Your Throat?, collects all of his major nonfiction from the past five years, including such controversial pieces as â€œThe Romantic Underground,â€ â€œThe Triumph of the Good,â€ and â€œThe Language of Defeat.â€ Interviews with writers like Margo Lanagan and China MiÃ©ville are an added bonus, creating a dialogue with VanderMeerâ€™s own interpretations of the monstrous in the fantastical.