“Fall into the wormhole of an imagination lit like fireworks. Sofia Samatar’s storytelling never fails to enchant and Monster Portraits lava-rocks Del Samatar’s stunningly detailed images with the breathless depth of her vision to peek between bushes, beyond diasporas, into mirrors, and across time through the everyday monstrous grandeur—coy and aggressive, best-kept secret and plain as the second nose on a rugged face—often missed by the naked eye. Be ready to be beautifully ruined.” —Samiya Bashir
“Archetypes are reborn anew in this book; though their power to impact our lives is contemporary and immediate their sources are as ancient and original as ever. This marriage of fairy tale and postmodern autobiographical text creates a fearful symmetry.” —Kazim Ali
Monster Portraits, featuring prose by Sofia Samatar and artwork by Del Samatar, has been praised by the NYT Times Book Review, NPR, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and many other publications. Order your copy now!Learn More
Founded in 2006, Rose Metal Press is a not-for-profit publisher specializing in the publication of flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.
Over at Tor, Brit Mandelo writes: “Monster Portraits serves the function of philosophy, or poetry: the text makes offerings, sketches connections,…