Update: Promises of Monsters special issue

Dear monsters,

We have now responded to all who’ve sent in abstracts for the Promises of Monsters special conference issue of Somatechnics Journal. If you’ve submitted an abstract but haven’t heard from us, our response may have been swallowed by the web-void. In that case, feel free to contact us at promisesofmonsters at gmail dot com and we’ll get right back to you.

We are grateful for all the amazing submissions we received and sad that we had to reject so many for no better reason that not having space for them.

We will get back to you all with updates as the issue gets ready to face the world, fully fledged and fanged!

Best wishes,

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.


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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.


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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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Væsner. Episode 11: Noise

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It seems as if the small street where I live has grown noisier while I was gone. Maybe it’s just that I’m still attuned to the silence of the summer cottage, but it sounds as if heaps of metal and rubbish are pushed by a strong wind up and down, up and down the street all night. The gate to the yard is right underneath my bedroom, and it quivers and roars as if drunken people hammer and kick at the old wood all night. It’s an old gate and it’s a noisy one, nothing new there. It’s just never been this bad before. Is this the summer-party-high season? I’m too old to know. I’m also too old to stay awake all night, listening to bellows from the yard and the jangles of rubbish from the street. I need sleep. I need quiet.

I need to not be thinking about bloody gates.


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Væsner. Episode 10: Oven III

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Posted on August 3, 2016

“What kind of pizza did you have?”

“What? When?”

“That night with the oven-letter. What kind of pizza was it? The pizza-burger-pepperoni one?”

“Narh, vegetarian. Didn’t get to make it, though.”

“Why not?”

“I don’t know. This whole letter thing freaked me out a bit.”

“How’s that an excuse for not making pizza! I once found a handful of hair in the oven. Roots and all. Still made the pizza. Topping is topping, you know?”

“Hair …”

“At least with the letter, it’d still be vegetarian.”

 


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Invitation: conversation piece

At the Why Monster Studies Now? symposium, artist Liv Bugge presented some of her exciting art projects. Now she invites you, the people of The Monster Network, to participate in a conversation piece on the subjects of telepathy, time, materiality and the environment.

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Invitation

Tuesday 19th of December, at 6 pm

Oslo (Place to be announced)

CONVERSATION PIECE

People from the Monster Network are hereby invited to take part in a group conversation with an object and historical entity, a couple of million years old. I am hosting a session, or exercise, where the task is to communicate through material and time, using telepathy as a technique learned from the school of animal communication. The session involves a group meditation, to allow images, sensations and feelings to flow in our bodies in the meeting with the object in conversation, followed by a group discussion. The exercise comes from an interest in the image production of awake and sleeping dreams, meditations and telepathic communication. In a playful way we focus on reading in a broad sense, as well as the collectivity and temporalities of the subconscious, on both a singular and collective level. The session is an exercise in nonlinear ways of relating to historical existences and concepts of time, as well as using the whole body as a image producing apparatus. This conversation is part of a larger artistic research project questioning the normative beliefs concerning our relationship to the environment, by exploring ways in which we use the concepts and narrations of nature to constitute and consolidate our own history writing as well as our governance of resources and bodies.

The conversation will be documented with an audio recording, which will be transcribed and may be used in production of artworks. Information about this development will be given to the participants. The conversation will be in English if any non-Scandinavian speaking people are present.

The session is open for a maximum of 15 people. The participants will receive the sum of 300 NOK each that will cover transporation etc.

Please email to LivBugg@khio.no before December 12th if you would like to participate, with the subject line “conversation piece December”.

Liv Bugge

Research fellow

Academy of Fine Art, Oslo

 In Norwegian:

Invitasjon

19. desember klokken 18:00

Oslo (info om sted følger)

FOSSIL SAMTALE

Jeg søker med dette deltagere fra The Monster Network til en gruppesamtale med en historisk eksistens. Continue reading

Væsner. Interlude: Worse Things + Here be Monsters

We’ve chosen to jump to the most recent episodes of ‘Væsner’ this week, thereby disturbing the chronology a bit. It feels more timely this way.

Væsner – An Interlude:

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Worse Things

Stay safe. And bring the revolution.

Here be Monsters

Anne Nielsen?

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“Yes, I’m here.”

Wait.

No.

No, I’m not here. Not at all. This past month has been surreal to say the least and has proved to me that there are things going on that I cannot possibly understand nor even imagine. Monsters and The Digging Dead, otherworlds and portals and void-seas and a rabid tangerine in a White House. I’m not here. I’m not here at all. I’m somewhere else, and I’ve no idea where that is. Until I have a slightly firmer grip on my new reality, I’ll keep the updates waiting a little longer. I need some time to mourn the loss of a world I thought I knew and a future I’ve been taking for granted.

Stay safe out there, people. If nothing else, here be monsters.

 


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 void seas on her blog and on Twitter.