Charting surreal and yet familiar worlds where hope and horror co-exist, Monster is ruthless, weird, dark and funny. These 32 stories explore loss, addiction, love and breakdown with unsentimental economy. Stories concern mothers losing or leaving children, relationships dangling by a thread or exploding. Some characters are institutionalised, others are profoundly lonely. Some just wander around – lost, while others are filled with shocking violence. There is joy, here, too, and a kind of blazing intimacy in this debut collection of tough, tender and unflinching stories.