“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, is now available! The book released on February 22. 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.
In his starred review for Library Journal, William Grabowski writes of Monster Portraits by Del & Sofia Samatar that “The series of brief fictions and sketches combine not only to dazzle the imagination but question and bear witness to society’s destructive impulse to catalog and marginalize the Other—in humankind.…