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An important work of post-modern feminist horror, American Monsters is a poignant, angry volume about predation, the corruption of the rave scene, and empowerment through trauma-related super-abilities. The story is accompanied by full-color illustrations from artist Rose Deniz. The first section of American Monsters is The Succubi Sideshow. This is a series of darkly compelling vignettes introducing a wide range of characters. You’ll find no happy, well-balanced individuals in this disturbing gallery. These are the origins of the monstrous denizens of the book. There are good monsters, yes, but there are some very bad ones too. In the second section, The Phantastic Carnival, the Monsters are brought together through the murderous designs of an ancient, soul-hungry goddess. What could be a better lure for a big haul of youthful life-force than a spectacular Halloween party in a peculiar hill-top mansion? This section is presented as a film script and, like the previous piece, is illustrated with gorgeous watercolour paintings from artist Rose Deniz. Non-Fiction, the third and final section of American Monsters, is a collection of moving and insightful essays. This includes a series of authoritative feminist analyses of horror, ethnography and rave culture. The heart of this section however is The Night The Sky Opened Up, a heart-rending account of the night when the author’s best friend was executed in front of her by a crazed gang-member. Packed with horror homages both oblique and obvious, American Monsters is a book for adventurous readers – ones who are not scared of non-traditional narratives, of evil smog-goddesses, or of women turning the tables.
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A true third culture kid, Sezin Koehler had lived in five different countries on three continents by the time she was 15.It was in the USA however that her best friend was executed in front of her one night. Much of the spirit of American Monsters was shaped by this horrific event. She’s lived in six more countries since then, and is currently in Cologne, in Germany. A passionate defender of human rights, indigenous cultures and women’s interests, Sezin has (amongst others) worked for UNICEF, the Sioux Nation, Davos, Interfaith International, and Mars, Inc – the last position as a researcher into the history of chocolate in America. American Monsters is her first novel, although she has been writing since she could hold a pen. So far, there are four follow-up novels in the works, along with a collection of short stories and several photo books documenting her time in Prague.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. Condition: New. Rose Deniz (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1466452609
Book Description CreateSpace, 2011. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 282 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.67 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1466452609