Man made monsters

by Rogers, Andrea L.,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Summary
Tsalagi should never have to live on human blood, but sometimes things just happen to sixteen-year-old girls.



Making her YA debut, Cherokee writer Andrea L. Rogers takes her place as one of the most striking voices of the horror renaissance that has swept the last decade.



Horror fans will get their thrills in this collection - from werewolves to vampires to zombies - all the time-worn horror baddies are there. But so are predators of a distinctly American variety - the horrors of empire, of intimate partner violence, of dispossession. And so too the monsters of Rogers' imagination, that draw upon long-told Cherokee stories - of Deer Woman, fantastical sea creatures, and more.



Following one extended Cherokee family across the centuries, from the tribe's homelands in Georgia in the 1830s to World War I, the Vietnam War, our own present, and well into the future, each story delivers a slice of a particular time period that will leave readers longing for more.



Alongside each story, Cherokee artist and language technologist Jeff Edwards delivers haunting illustrations that incorporate Cherokee syllabary.



But don't just take it from us - award-winning writer of The Only Good Indians and Mongrels Stephen Graham Jones says that "Andrea Rogers writes like the house is on fire and her words are the only thing that can put it out."



Man Made Monsters is a masterful, heartfelt, haunting collection ripe for crossover appeal - just don't blame us if you start hearing things that go bump in the night.
Contents
An old-fashioned girl
Man made monsters
An un-fairy story
Hell hound in no man's land
Homecoming
Maria most likely
Me & my monster
Shame on the moon
Snow day
Ama's boys
American predators
Manifesting joy
Lens
Ghost cat
Happily ever after
Deer women
I come from the water
The zombies attack the drive-in!

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "At the start of Rogers' startling new collection is an epigraph from an academic essay titled "Reading History: Cherokee History Through a Cherokee Lens" that examines what the Cherokee language and perspective reveal about past and intergenerational trauma and its impact on present-day health and social concerns.At once precisely contained and wildly expansive, this is a collection that doesn't push boundaries so much as claw at them and then pull back. A pair of family trees, in stark white typeface against black paper, set the scope for the stories that follow. Each brief tale--some previously published elsewhere, many original---is centered around a different member of this extended family. The first, Ama Wilson, travels a lonely Texas road with her mother and siblings in 1839, only to run afoul of monsters. The last, Charlotte Henry, escapes a horde of zombies and a violent father in 2039.In the two centuries between, the stories unfold chronologically. The Wilsons, a Cherokee family in the American South, are at the the heart of each. The stories vary in length and in tone--some venture into the psyche of a particular character, some weave stories that often have the feel of a tall tale or family legend, some are mere snapshots, moments that links other stories, other family members, together. Characters slip in and out of each other's histories, arriving to speak, vanishing again.On its face, this is about what haunts: the stories examine the horrors of life and the horrors beyond it. In 1945, Rabbit Wilson sees a strange specter running with his friends as he waits for his brother to return from the war and absentmindedly dreads his own journey to boarding school. In 1968, Gina Wilson begins a sweet but doomed romance with the goat boy she dubs Matt, whose appearance terrifies her neighbors. In 1979, Audrey and her sister shelter from a snowstorm in their dead cousin's car, only to meet a ghost. In 2019, Laura Wilson's boyfriend hits her, so her brother builds her a replacement boy online. Walela King Preston's father dies in an accident in 2029, the same time an alien crash-lands in her pool, and it takes all the broken pieces left of her family to help.Ama, the family and the collection's matriarch, ends her own story having died at 16 at the teeth of a blood-sucking creature (vampiric, though that word is not used in her story). When she rises again, she follows a road toward death or family, declaring, "I became merciless, too." And yet, deathless, she is the character who turns up the most in the subsequent stories, not to terrorize but to offer a guiding hand or a reassuring presence, to help her family through the horrors that their present and collective pasts have brought. And while this is undoubtedly a horror collection, it finds its roots and its balance in that warm core of family.If, in fantasy, magic so often has consequences, in horror, the magic is the consequence: monsters are begotten in violence, in trauma, in sorrow. For the Wilsons and their relatives, those consequences reach through generations. Much of the time, the monsters in these pages don't show their faces, and they aren't given names. They are also, far more often than not, less monstrous than the harshest human realities that Rogers' created family stares directly in the face. And they are less powerful than the quiet ways in which a family and a community can endure.Both Rogers and illustrator Edwards, whose art precedes each story, incorporate Cherokee words into their work, threading the language into the bones of the collection. The final product will leave readers--adults as well as teens--unsettled, feeling like they have caught a glimpse into a larger world, and like there is a wider one still, just out of sight."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Spanning generations, Rogers (Mary and the Trail of Tears) recounts the past, present, and future trials and tribulations of one Cherokee family in this spine-tingling horror collection. Though the stories presented can stand alone, each tale, arranged in chronological order, follows members of the Wilson family as they navigate myriad supernatural and real-life terrors. Opening the volume is "An Old-Fashioned Girl," in which 16-year-old Ama Wilson is turned into a vampire while she and her family flee from Texas Rangers in 1839. Mythical creatures such as ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and even aliens abound, but most threatening are monsterlike men who kidnap, abuse, and murder Native women. Striking white line art on black backgrounds by Cherokee artist Edwards introduce each story, containing the tribe's syllabary, adding to the haunting atmosphere, and synthesizing handwritten language with stunning visuals. While Rogers expertly crafts gripping grisly horror elements and cataclysmic paranormal phenomena via a deep understanding and appreciation for her Cherokee ancestry, the narrative's strength lies in its powerful prose and thematic core: "How different were zombies from the soldiers and settlers who wanted our land?" Fresh, crisply written text, which alternates between first-, second-, and third-person tellings, artfully tackles themes of colonialism and its effects on entire generations, for a simultaneously frightening and enthralling read. A glossary and extensive family tree are included. Ages 12--up. Agent: Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cherokee Indians -- Fiction.
Monsters -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Horror fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher Montclair :Levine Querido,2022
Other Titles Manmade monsters
Contributors Edwards, Jeff, illustrator.
Language English
Description 315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781646141791
1646141792
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