Monstrous Affections

Monstrous Affections

A young bride and her future mother-in-law risk everything to escape it. A repentant father summons help from a pot of tar to ensure it. A starving woman learns from howling winds and a whispering host, just how fulfilling it can finally be. Can it be love?...

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Title:Monstrous Affections
Author:David Nickle
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:0981297838
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:300 pages pages

Monstrous Affections Reviews

  • Greg
    Jul 30, 2010
    Oh, Canada, our literary neighbors to the North. If us Americans paid too much attention to you we might begin to feel a little embarrassed that we alone are not the sole creators of literary culture this side of the Europe (nevermind those Southerns who write in another language, we c...
  • Patty
    Nov 02, 2016
    A collection of short stories by one of my favorite horror authors. There are some appearances by standard horror monsters in here (vampires, ghosts, wendigo, serial killers, and a quite interesting role for the Cyclops out of Greek mythology), but this collection is mostly characteriz...
  • J.C. Hart
    Sep 06, 2011
    Review to come. 3.5 stars - there are some excellent stories in here, and some that I wasn't so taken with, but a great little collection all in all. ...
  • Will
    Dec 02, 2010
    This isn't a book of horror stories. This is a book of dread, and sadness, and bitter regrets. Dried tears, just departed, and knowing that the same tears will be back the next day. It creeps on you, the language does. You don't notice it until it's already upon you. That being said...
  • Corey
    Apr 11, 2012
    David Nickle?s on quite a tear lately, with recent novels Eutopia, Rasputin?s Bastards, and The ?Geisters proving him a talent of vast range, depth, and awesomesauce. Yet Nickle could have stopped with this collection, his publishing debut, and I?d still be in thrall to his eve...
  • Raomer
    Mar 10, 2018
    Some of the stories were brilliant, others just left me confused. I had to put it down in the middle because i couldn't decide if i like the book or not, but after picking it up again i only needed 3 days to read the second half. I will definitly read another book from this author. M...
  • Cliff
    Mar 09, 2011
    Overall a very interesting collection of Canadian themed thriller/horror stories. A little uneven across the entire collection, but a few of the stories are such standouts that they override the less-compelling works. ...
  • Ken McDouall
    Sep 22, 2010
    These stories are of uneven quality--some are very well written while others seem pointless. Nickle is good at creating a sense of imbalance and dread. ...
  • Kerry
    Aug 02, 2011
    This book suffered from some of the things that always irritate me about short stories...sudden jerking twists at the end being the biggest. That said, the concepts presented were new and unique. The writing was spectacular. ...
  • Ursula Pflug
    Sep 06, 2011
    This review appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction in June, 2011. Monstrous Affections by David Nickle Chizine Publications, 2011 292 pp. $18.95 TPB ISBN: 978-0-9812978-3-5 Review by Ursula Pflug David Nickle?s collection "Monstrous Affections" opens with a s...
  • Michael Seidlinger
    Jan 13, 2012
    A collection with a decent few tales, "The Webley" and "The Mayor Makes a Brief Statement and Then Take Questions," pockmarked with the usual horror/Southern/Canadian Horror genre short story conventions. Yeah, yeah, I admit it bought this for the cover. As you can tell by the rati...
  • Michèle
    Jan 26, 2011
    An excellent introduction to the weird and subtly scary collection of short-stories from Dave Nickle. I hesitated a long time before buying the book (a little because of the cover), but when I discovered Claude Lalumire's stuff, and more Chizine novels, I told myself it was time ...
  • Bibliophile
    Feb 03, 2013
    Nicely crafted, surprisingly dark short stories. After the first few, I actually dreaded reading the rest of them. Could be I was just in a strange mood, but they struck me as terribly sad and relentless. ...
  • Matt Moore
    Feb 27, 2010
    This book should be used to teach how to write dark short fiction. None of these stories relies on blood & gore to tie your stomach into knots. It is about normal people thrown into horrible situations, battling horrors both within and without. Nickle doesn't need to rely on bre...
  • Bill Hsu
    Jul 05, 2011
    A little uneven. I loved the more open-ended, almost abstract pieces, like The Sloan Men, Other People's Kids, and The Inevitability of Earth. ...
  • Darin
    Mar 02, 2014
    The first collection of stories from David Nickle mines the Canadian wilderness for some chills and intersperses them with tales of situations just a tick on the odd side of normal. Vampires trade artistic vision for blood, children are goaded into running rampant at a roadside amuseme...
  • Bruce
    Aug 03, 2015
    This collection of short stories was marketed as "horror" (dark, stark, and creepy) but the stories were wider in scope than just that genre and therefore made the entire collection more enjoyable. The Pit-Heads was a pleasant short journey into painting and (view spoiler)[vampires (hi...
  • Wahiaronkwas David
    Jan 19, 2011
    What a wild ride. From the unexpected end of Sloan Men, the freaky horror of Tar Baby, the fun and fear of Swamp Witch and the Tea-Drinking Man (Swamp Witch is my favorite character) all the way to an unlikely love interest in Polyphemus' Cave. It's hard to pick a favorite tale of the ...
  • Courtney
    Mar 31, 2012
    I liked some stories better than others.. but I guess that's typical with most books of short stories. Some of them I just didn't GET and some I just thought were really out there (not that there is anything wrong with that). Not bad, but not amazing either. ...
  • MB Taylor
    Feb 18, 2011
    Just finished reading Monstrous Affections (2009) by David Nickle; a collection of 10 short stories originally published between 1994 and 2007 and 3 previously unpublished stories. I saw this book while browsing the new science fiction and fantasy shelf at the local Barnes and Noble. T...
  • RJ Lackie
    Nov 26, 2011
    Some fantastic stories, some baffling, all imaginative. The front half of the book is superb - particularly ones like "The Tar Baby" and "The Sloan Men", both of which stayed with me long after I read them. "Slide Trombone" onwards, the stories became less magnificent and more confusin...
  • Hugo
    Jul 14, 2017
    A strong collection of weird fantasy/horror stories, marked with a vivid and lyrical prose style and evocative settings; a definite candidate for later rereading, as some of the tales are allusive and elusive on first read. ...
  • Jessica Strider
    Aug 11, 2011
    Pros: variety of stories, different lengths and wildly different subject matters, though provoking, unsettling Cons: several stories require some thought to understand, with one being beyond my comprehension This is a great collection of horror stories. There's variety in length ...
  • Geoff Gander
    Nov 08, 2018
    Full Disclosure: Reviewer knows the author I've never read any of David Nickle's collections before, but if this is a taste of his short fiction, I will read more. This is a compilation of his earlier works, some going as far back as the 1990s, so if you came to know his writing thr...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    Nov 05, 2017
    I had this book on my to-read list and on my laptop for way too long and finally I got myself to read it. Really mixed feelings about it, I liked some stories more than others, some of them being just simply brilliant. Others more gross than really scary to my tastes. But one thing is ...
  • Danyelle Young
    May 15, 2014
    I really wish I had been in a book club for this collection. So many of the stories I'm gonna have to read again because I'm sure I missed things. The stories weren't the type I would tell by a campfire, but they are really sad/creepy. Just finished this too late at night, I know I...
  • Christopher Roberts
    Oct 16, 2018
    A mixed bag of short stories that range from creepy and evocative to generic and predictable. None of them really knocked me out. There was some shades of the best writing I've seen from Nickle though. Not nearly enough of it, but some. ...
  • Dario Sciola
    Dec 03, 2018
    I picked up David Nickle?s horror short collection Monstrous Affections mistakenly thinking he was another author whose work I read in another anthology. Basically I was in the mood for some good horror and wanted to try something other than my ?go to? Stephen King pile. While it...
  • Maggie Gordon
    Oct 23, 2017
    This was a delightfully creepy set of short stories from a Canadian author! Ranging from full on dark fantasy to everyday horror, each piece is both literary and unnerving. There are no jump scares, just slow dread and discomfort. Great for Halloween :D ...
  • Ryan Nims
    Jul 30, 2015
    Of the stories, some were better than others, but overall, this is a good collection! Nickle is fast becoming one of my favorite authors; if there's one thing he does better than anyone, it's the ability to instill a deep sense of dread from the first word, and let it simmer until t...