Boys, Beasts, & Men

A World Fantasy Award nomination for BOYS, BEASTS & MEN.

The World Fantasy Award ballot just dropped, and I’m overjoyed to find BOYS, BEASTS & MEN on there!

The love for this weird horny gay depressive collection has just been so mind-blowing. Short stories are a weird business, because the audience for them can seem so small – they don’t rack up tons of Goodreads ratings or Amazon reviews or any of the other main metrics by which we measure our relevance audience size, so stuff like this means so much. Big big love to the jury, and to everyone who read and connected with this book.

I always say community is a superpower, and so much of my craft as a short story writer was shaped by my experience in two incredible groups of writers who I’ve got to shout out here: the Clarion Class of 2012 (Deborah Bailey, Eliza Blair, Lisa Bolekaja, Sadie Bruce, E. G. Cosh, Danica Cummins, Lara Elena Donnelly, Eric Esser, Jonathan Fortin, R. K. Kalaw, Chris Kammerud, Joseph Kim, Pierre Liebenberg, Sarah Mack, Carmen Maria Machado, Dan McMinn, Luke R. Pebler, and teachers Jeffrey Ford, Delia Sherman, Ted Chiang, Walter Jon Williams, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, as well as guest critic Karen Joy Fowler), and the Altered Fluid writing group (Adanze Asante, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Alyssa Wong, D. T. Friedman, Devin Poore, E.C. Myers, Gay Partington Terry, Greer Woodward, K. Tempest Bradford, Kai Ashante Wilson, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Kris Dikeman, Lilah Wild, Martin Cahill, Matthew Kressel, Mercurio D. Rivera, N. K. Jemisin, Paul Berger, Rajan Khanna, Rick Bowes, Theresa DeLucci, and Tom Crosshill). I feel forever grateful and fortunate to be a part of both.

And I’m obsessed with the incredible introduction that my friend and hero Amal El-Mohtar wrote for the book, and my gratitude to Amal is endless and boundless.

Last time I was nominated for a World Fantasy Award it was in 2016, back before they changed the statue from a hideous bust of a hideous racist, so now I am EXTRA HOPEFUL that I’ll take one home! But honestly the whole ballot is so magnificent, and my category includes some of my absolute faves, so I’m super happy for WHOEVER wins.

The World Fantasy Award statuette; a tree with a bronze disc behind it.

I won the Locus Award for Best Short Story Collection!

BOYS, BEASTS & MEN won the Locus Award for Best Short Story Collection!!! 

I’m so crazy proud of this collection, which collects fifteen years’ worth of my short stories – including several that I wrote at the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Workshop, which made me the short story writer that I am, and will forever be sacred to me – and I won the award on the eleventh anniversary of the day I went to Clarion!!

Profoundly grateful to everyone who voted for me for this!! I love Locus Magazine as an institution and I’ve always coveted this award  😅

Since I couldn’t attend the Locus Award ceremony in person, and they asked all the nominees to send short acceptance videos… I recorded this ridiculous video while on vacation in Iceland, with tongue planted firmly in cheek (and pretty sure no one would ever see it 😅)… big big thanks as always to my husband Juancy for being my cinematographer!

BOYS, BEASTS & MEN is a Locus Award nominee.

The Locus Award ballot just dropped, and I was over the moon to see that BOYS, BEASTS & MEN was on the ballot in the Best Collection category! Big big love to everyone who voted for my book. And to the incredible Tachyon, for publishing the collection – along with so many other magnificent books.

It’s an incredible ballot, packed with friends and faves of mine.

Go read all the things!!

Graphic that says "Locus Award Finalist" next to the cover of the book "Boys, Beasts & Men" by Sam J. Miller

BOYS, BEASTS & MEN is “one of the Best Books of the Year.”

So proud that my short story collection BOYS, BEASTS & MEN has been named one of the Best Books of 2022, according to and OutWrite Magazine!

Screen cap of the Bookpage headline listing BOYS BEASTS & MEN as one of the best covers of the year

“In the realm of short fiction BOYS, BEASTS & MEN by Sam J. Miller was released over the summer season: a long-anticipated first collection! The stories inside “weave together two fictional lineages: the tradition of political queer sf, and the tradition of weird gay art,” to powerful and provocative ends.”

—Lee Mandelo at

Announcing tour dates for BOYS, BEASTS & MEN.

It’s official: I’m heading our on tour to promote my new short story collection BOYS, BEASTS & MEN !

In June and July I’ll be doing readings to in New York City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Here are the details, some of which are still coming together. Watch this space for updates.

And if you’re in one of those places, mark your calendars now!!

New York City
KGB Fantastic Fiction
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:00 PM EDT
KGB Bar (2nd floor): 85 East 4th Street, New York NY 10003
In Conversation with Ted Chiang  
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 6:00 PM PDT
University Book Store: 4326 University Way Northeast Seattle, WA 98105
In Conversation with Fonda Lee
Monday, June 27 @ 7:00 PM PDT
Powell’s Books: 3415 SW Cedar Hills Boulevard / Beaverton, OR 97005
San Francisco
In Conversation with Kimberly Unger
Thursday, June 30th @ 6:30PM PDT
American Bookbinders Museum: 355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cellar Door Talk & Signing
Friday, July 8th at 6PM PDT.
5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #30A, RiversideCA 92507

Los Angeles
Dark Delicacies Bookstore Signing
Saturday, July 9th at 3PM PDT
822 N. Hollywood Way / Burbank, CA  91505
San Diego
Clarion Presents
Wednesday, July 13th at 7PM PDT
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore / 3555 Rosecrans St #107 San Diego, CA 92110

Hope to see you there!!



BOYS, BEASTS, & MEN – Cover Reveal

My short story collection BOYS, BEASTS, & MEN will be published by Tachyon in May of 2022 – and now it has a cover!! The gorgeously creepy artwork is by Jennifer O’Toole, and perfectly matches the vibe of the stories.

You’ll also notice that the book features an introduction by the incredible Amal El-Mohtar, one of my absolute faves. I am so honored and grateful!

And it’s available for pre-order now!