Boys, Beasts, & Men

My short story collection “Boys, Beasts, & Men” will be published by Tachyon in May of 2022! Featuring an introduction by my hero the incredible Amal El-Mohtar. [ /swoon ]

“Miller’s sheer talent shines through in abundance… an outrageous journey which skilfully blends genres and will haunt you with its original, poetic voices as much as its victims, villains, and treasure trove of leading actors. ” – Grimdark Magazine

“Loneliness, manhood, and ferocious queer joy… thick with both the tenderness and ugliness of imperfect relationships.” – Publishers Weekly (one of their “Most Anticipated Books” of Spring 2022!)

“Highly recommended for any reader interested in speculative fiction that concerns itself with queer themes, particularly messy or emotional ones.” – Booklist (starred review)

“If you’re not reading Sam J. Miller, you’re seriously missing out.” — Nathan Ballingrud, author of Wounds and North American Lake Monsters

Here’s the Table of Contents:

  1. Allosaurus Burgers
  2. 57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides
  3. We Are the Cloud
  4. Conspicuous Plumage
  5. Shattered Sidewalks of the Human Heart
  6. Shucked
  7. The Beasts We Want to Be
  8. Calved
  9. When Your Child Strays from God
  10. Things With Beards
  11. Ghosts of Home
  12. The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History
  13. Angel, Monster, Man
  14. Sun in an Empty Room

The collection includes tales that have never seen the light of day before, including an original framing narrative told in super-short vignettes before and after every story!

In Nebula Award-winning author Sam J. Miller’s devastating debut short-fiction collection, featuring an introduction by Amal El-Mohtar, queer infatuation, inevitable heartbreak, and satisfying revenge seamlessly intertwine. Whether innocent, guilty, or not even human, the boys, beasts, and men roaming through Miller’s gorgeously-crafted worlds can destroy you—yet leave you longing for them even more.

“[Miller] will tear your heart in two and then gently place the pieces back inside your chest.”
NPR

A foster teen who is capable of controlling the ambient digital cloud falls in love with a clever con man. Luring bullies to a quarry, a boy takes clearly-enumerated revenge through unnatural powers of suggestion. In the aftermath of a shapeshifting alien invasion, a survivor fears that he brought something out of the Arctic to infect the rest of the world. A rebellious group of queer artists create a new identity that transcends even the anonymity of death.

“In these stories @sentencebender writes about people on the margins and in transition, both capturing a sense of uncertainty and horror while immersing us in these worlds with sensitivity and care.” – Carrie Vaughn

“Sam Miller is my hero: a fearless visionary whose stories are at once vivid, electrifying, brutal, and full of heart. Oh, the heat of them.” — Sarah Pinsker, author of A Song For A New Day and Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea

“This is the collection you are looking for. Explosive, careening, shape-shifting tales… haunting and defiantly tender.”⠀- Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying

“The stories in this collection offer a nuanced and beautiful exploration of masculinity and the many faces of love, touching on romance, desire, family, and friendship, all presented through the lens of the fantastic—with literally mind-altering drugs, resurrected dinosaurs, near-future worlds in post environmental collapse, and of course, monsters.” — A. C. Wise, The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories

“Sure to please fans of cli-fi, weird sea creatures, queer SFF and pretty much everyone who wants to read something brilliant, strange and new.” — BookPage

“Even in the darkest of these perfectly crafted stories, Sam Miller’s tragic boys yearn to be good instead of bad, strong instead of weak, whole instead of broken. May your heart ache with love for every doomed one of them; I know mine did.” — Andy Davidson, author of The Boatman’s Daughter

In these fourteen previously-uncollected short stories, Sam J. Miller (Blackfish CityThe Art of Starving) takes his place alongside Carmen Maria Machado, Carson McCullers, and Jeff VanderMeer, bringing his savage wit, unrelenting candor, and lush imagery to the short story form.