Here Be Monsters
SFX|November 2020
Here Be Monsters
Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters gets an anthology adaptation in the guise of Monsterland

IN 2013, AUTHOR NATHAN BALLINGRUD’S collection of short stories North American Lake Monsters caused quite a stir in horror circles for its haunting tales of very flawed humans traversing very human and sometimes supernatural horrors. It earned him the Shirley Jackson Award, and a few years later the deep admiration of TV writer Mary Laws (The Neon Demon, Preacher).

“I read the first story, and I immediately called my agent and said, ‘This is what I have to do,’” Laws tells Red Alert, explaining how she came to adapt the book into the eight-episode Hulu series Monsterland. “I hadn’t read anything like it in a very, very long time – because he definitely writes within the horror genre, but his stories are so authentic and so personal and so full of nuance.”

Like the book, the series tells mostly self-contained stories about average, everyday people who are dealing with their own version of some very heavy stuff. It features a myriad of fantastic character actors including Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Kelly Marie Tran (The Last Jedi) and Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow), to name just a few.


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November 2020