Happy Holidays, fellow monsters!

We’ll be returning in the new year, where we hope to be able to tell you more about our many plans. They all tend revolve around our wish to bring together monster theory, politics and resistance.

Take care!

Ghastly greetings,

The Monster Network

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Christmas, White as Bone

By Line Henriksen

               The snow rises and falls out there, on the frozen ice,

It’ll be a white Christmas, and we’re all packing our bags.

                gathering and dispersing like shattered teeth stirred by

                the wind.

In the kitchen, father is preparing the roast, and gran is stirring spices into the glögg.

                It pulls up shadows,

I set the table, and my siblings decorate the tree.

                a sense of depth in the veils of white.

“I see them now,” sister whispers, sitting in the windowsill, her red bows wilting at the sight. We pause at doors and windows and see them too,

                The snow peels back, revealing bones and tattered

                cloth whipping around slow feet, steering towards the

                well-lit windows that shine like guiding stars.

and suddenly everyone moves faster than before. The table is set in no time, the last bits of clothes packed, the candles lit by trembling hands, and in a flitter of scarves and coats, we depart just in time.

                The guests are here.

We watch from the car as every window fills with them, warm light spilling out on the snow from between withered ribs and cracked skulls. Torsos sway stiffly, and legs kick upwards in dance, knocking grins from gnarled shoulders. As we drive off, we hear the beating of music, and the tapping of hardened feet.

I fear them, the bone-white Christmases when the lake freezes over, and the dead come back to claim the house for a night.


First published here.

About the author:

Line Henriksen has a PhD in Gender Studies, and has written articles and book-chapters on the subjects of monsters, hauntology, creepypasta, and ethics. Her fiction has appeared in, among others, Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix, freeze frame fiction, and Pankhearst: Wherever You Roam. You can visit her here, or tweet her pictures of puppies at @_linehenriksen_

Væsner. Episode 13: The Lot

”You do know that if the jobseeker’s allowance doesn’t work out, they’ll put you on integration benefits, right?” Lakse grins through the meatball sandwich.

“Yes, I’m aware of that, thank you.”

“Even though you’re a Danish citizen.”

“I know.”

“Bloody foreigners, the lot.” Lakse picks out a bit of meatball from between his teeth, grins at me and puts it back into his mouth.

“The lot,” he says.

I’m not always sure what to make of the things Lakse says.


We bring episodes of the blog-series Væsner every week. For previous episodes, follow the tag ‘væsner’. Join the Monster Network on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates.

‘Væsner’ is written by Anne Nielsen. You can follow the True & Accurate Accounts of her experiences with Copenhagen Gate Services, strange weather and dancing shadows on her blog and on Twitter.

 

 

Væsner. Episode 12: Strangers

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In my first blog-post, I decided to write about three things:

  • Copenhagen
  • Being unemployed
  • The weather

I also decided not to write about one thing:

  • Strange letters.

So far I’ve managed to write about what I was not supposed to write about + a bit on the weather. Perhaps because the subjects of Copenhagen and unemployment make me feel somewhat … I don’t know. Homeless, perhaps? Frustrated? Alienated?

I’m definitely an alien now. As is Copenhagen.


We bring episodes of the blog-series Væsner every week. For previous episodes, follow the tag ‘væsner’. Join the Monster Network on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates.

‘Væsner’ is written by Anne Nielsen. You can follow the True & Accurate Accounts of her experiences with Copenhagen Gate Services, strange weather and dancing shadows on her blog and on Twitter.

 

 

Update: Promises of Monsters conference publication

We’ve been overwhelmed – in the best possible sense! – by all the abstracts we received for the Promises of Monsters conference publication. We did not anticipate the vast interest the issue generated, and we’re incredibly grateful for all the submissions. We’re also certain that this’ll make a fantastic issue – or two, as we’re currently looking into the possibility of one more publication, considering all the great submissions.

We’ve now responded to everybody who’s sent us abstracts. If you haven’t heard from us by, please don’t hesitate to contact us at promisesofmonsters at gmail dot com. Something might have been lost in the web-void.

Horrifically happy holidays, monsters!

/The Monster Network

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