Canada's answer to Chuck Palahniuk.
A bear runs amok in a luxury hotel. A daily swim at the local pool becomes a question of life or death. The champion of a border wall faces an unexpected adversary.
The twelve stories in Different Beasts ask what it means to be both human and monster. Shape-shifting waifs, haunted stuffies, scavenging drones, insectoid demon-gods, and mutant angels all come to life in this wildly imagined debut. As do broken soldiers, disgraced politicians, tired parents, ogres and children, opportunists, and desperate survivors — human beasts each struggling with the animalian aspects of their nature.
In this wild, fantastical, viscerally memorable debut, J.R. McConvey explores the power dynamics that undergird social relationships and crystallize into structures of fealty and worship, fear and control, aspiration and desire.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
J.R. McConvey’s debut roars like an untamed goblin—an instantly charming one. Different Beasts is a collection of short, intense fantasy stories, where the beasts are sometimes self-absorbed humans and other times bears or straight-up monsters. In one piece, a baby girl’s stuffed sheep comes to life in an evil way; delightfully, her father is reading Stephen King right before it happens. With its touches of horror and black humour, this story collection is an excellent choice for readers who relish being disturbed and unsettled, but don’t want to be up all night feeling anxious.