Where There Are Monsters' five-year anniversary today!

“We always knew that the dismantling of the colonial paradigm would release strange demons from the deep, and that these monsters might come trailing all sorts of subterranean material” Stuart Hall

Five years ago today, we published Where There Are Monsters, the debut collection by Breanne Mc Ivor. In these carefully crafted stories, with room for both humour and gothic glamour, Breanne reaches deep into the roots of Trinidad folk narratives to present us with very modern versions of our troubled selves.

Monsters lurk within and without, and Breanne explores what it means to know and to find monstrosity in contemporary Trinidad (and society at large). Readers appreciated Breanne's nuanced portrayal of her characters — whether villainous or heroic — and her rich portrayal of Trinidad in all its facets. Fans of horror and urban fantasy revelled in the darker side of some of the stories, while fans of literary fiction enjoyed her sense of allegory and observation. Local Trinis enjoyed her updates to local myth and legend, while those from further afield enjoyed exploring another side of this Caribbean island — one far removed from the travel brochures and pastoral nostalgia they found elsewhere in popular culture.

The book made the Paper Based bestsellers list in September., where it was also Day 5 in the Paper Based Advent Calendar. Paper Based also published a video of Breanne reading the start of her story "Things We Do Not See"

Breanne was interviewed by T&T Newsday when the book first came out, speaking to Kieran Andrew Khan about her inspiration, process and journey as a writer.

The book has also featured a number of reviews (especially on GoodReads), which are highlighted below.

For similar books, you can check out our essay on the Caribbean Gothic, as well as our Caribbean Gothic collection.

Reviews

Review written by Andre Bagoo for GoodReads
Review written by Nicole's Bookish Tidbits for GoodReads
Review written by Edgar Nieves for GoodReads
Review written by Elle for GoodReads
Review written by Michelle for GoodReads
Review written by Kay for GoodReads
Review written by 2TReads for GoodReads
Review written by Helena for GoodReads
Review written by Tricia for GoodReads
Review written by Maria Rivas-mc for GoodReads
Review written by Fayola Fraser for GoodReads
Review written by Sigrid A for GoodReads
Review written by Charlotte for GoodReads
Review written by Rachel for GoodReads
Review written by Claire Tierney for GoodReads
Review written by Jennan Andrew for GoodReads
Review written by Robert for GoodReads
Review written by Apphia Barton for GoodReads
Review written by Paul Fulcher for GoodReads
Review written by BookOfCinz for GoodReads
Review written by Shivanee Ramlochan for Paper Based Bookshop
Review written by St Leo’s College Library for Instagram
Review written by Okechukwu Nzelu for Instagram
Review written by Richard Price and Sally Price for New West Indian Guide
Review written by Marsha Massiah-Aaron, founder/director of the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival for Paper Based Bookshop
Review written by Robert Pisani for The Bobsphere
Review written by Joseph Schreiber for 3am Magazine

The latest from Breanne Mc Ivor

Breanne talked about the book recently with The Gloss. You can find more about Breanne and her work on her author page and her personal website.

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