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Everyday Monsters


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Horror, science fiction, fantasy, mythology & romance meet in this genre, "race", & gender bending, consistently surprising, quirky novel.

The audacity and imagination of this alternative, adult fairy-tale is as rare as it is mind-blowing. As a lifelong bookworm I have read a lot of books. As a film critic and journalist for more than 20 years I have seen a tonne of films and TV series. Only the very recent, creator's Misha Green's TV sensation, Lovecraft Country, based on Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, comes to mind as a similarly ingenious amalgamation of (mainly) Fantasy fiction genres and sub-genres.


Whereas Green and Ruff framed their story as a period piece, however, set in - still under the thumb of Jim Crow Laws of racial segregation- America of the 50s, to specifically explore, overtly, but shrewdly, the unexpected conjunction between H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction and racism in the United States, Travis Betz stays in the here and now. And his genre fusion has a broader scope, as he aptly employs it to investigate, implicitly, yet deftly, our fear and prejudice against anyone different - the so called Other, may that be one of a (perceived) different race, gender, or origin.


But don’t fret! The social commentary is simmering just under the surface, never becoming intrusive, patronising, or distracting. Less obvious than it was in Lovecraft Country, yet equally effective, as it is delivered in an analogous, wonderfully bonkers, fun, and unapologetically entertaining narrative package. At the same time, Betz also flirts with Young Adult fiction norms: protagonists in their late teens, themes of friendship and self-discovery, intimate storytelling, with a sense of immediacy. In this way, his work, although still edgier and more unpredictable than your usual YA affair, retains much of the exhilaration, enthusiasm, and belief in the possibility of a better, inclusive world and an absolutely earned, but not necessarily conclusive happy end.


So, as humans, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, AIs and creatures of various mythologies and folklore from around the world, meet, interact, and even merge, giving rise to new "species", "races" and terms for identification ("whostpire" anyone?), you will have no idea where you will be, and whom or what you will encounter from one moment to the next. In other worlds, you will be unable to resist and put down this book, especially if you are a true Fantasy fan.


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Everyday Monsters

About the author

I am an author and screenwriter currently developing my supernatural-horror television show Tether for Amazon Studios. I am also adapting Adib Khorram’s hit YA Novel Darius the Great is Not Okay for Universal Pictures, and an (unannounced) horror comic for TriStar Pictures. view profile

Published on April 22, 2021

90000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Fantasy

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