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 ] Here’s the Table of Contents:
- Allosaurus Burgers
- 57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides
- We Are the Cloud
- Conspicuous Plumage
- Shattered Sidewalks of the Human Heart
- The Beasts We Want to Be
- When Your Child Strays from God
- Things With Beards
- Ghosts of Home
- The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History
- Angel, Monster, Man
- 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.”
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 fourteen previously-uncollected short stories, Sam J. Miller (Blackfish City, The 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.