Primate mayhem, mysteries, and misadventuresIn the Rue Morgue, the jungles of Tarzan, the fables of Aesop, and outer space, the apes in these seventeen fantastic tales boldly go where humans dare not. With a foreword from the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this provocative anthology delves into our cultural fascination with - and dread of - our simian cousins. These classic stories explore the lighter and darker sides of apes, mirroring our own deepest desires and anxieties. "Evil Robot Monkey" introduces a disgruntled chimp implanted with a chip that makes him cleverer than both his cohort and humans alike. In "Murders in the Rue Morgue," a murder mystery unravels with the discovery of a hair that does not appear quite human. Merging steampunk with slapstick, "The Ape-Box Affair" has a not-so-ordinary orangutan landing on Earth in a spherical flying ship--where he is promptly mistaken for an alien. King Kong sets a terrible example with booze and Barbie dolls in "Godzilla's 12-Step Program." If you've ever wondered what makes humans different from apes, soon you'll be asking yourself, is it less than we think?
Reviews"Impressive. . . . This is no gimmicky set of sideshows but a powerful exploration of the blurry line between animal and human." —Publishers Weekly (January 21, 2013, STARRED REVIEW)
"Aficionados of apes in literature and film should enjoy this gathering of new and old stories." —Library Journal (March 2013)
"An eclectic, enjoyable mix of fiction and nonfiction . . . the 17 stories and four original essays all show a remarkable degree of quality from the authors and the editor himself, who in interviews professed an early love for all things simian." —SF Signal
"These are all fine additions to any fantasy lover’s library.... Climb up into your tree, peel a banana, and enjoy the treats herein." —Sci Fi Magazine
"An eclectic, enjoyable mix of fiction and nonfiction..." —SF Signal
"These are all fine additions to any fantasy lover’s library.... Climb up into your tree, peel a banana, and enjoy the treats herein." —Sci Fi
Author BiographyThe award-winning Richard Klaw is the co-editor (with Joe R. Lansdale) of Weird Business, The Big Bigfoot Book, Creature Features, and Wild West Show. Klaw's numerous essays on simian pop culture have appeared in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, King Kong Is Back!, Kong Is King, and other venues. Many of his writings were collected in Geek Confidential. Klaw co-founded the groundbreaking Mojo Press, is an editor for the online RevolutionSF, and produces the Geek Curmudgeon blog. He lives in Austin, Texas. Rupert Wyatt directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Escapist co-founded the London and New York–based film collective, Picture Farm. He lives in Los Angeles.