Monstrilio coming March 2023 from Zando!
A “wholly unique” and “uncompromising” literary horror debut about a boy who transforms into a monster, a monster who tries to be a man, and the people who love him in every form he takes (Eric LaRocca, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke and Other Misfortunes)
Grieving mother Magos cuts out a piece of her deceased eleven-year-old son Santiago’s lung. Acting on fierce maternal instinct and the dubious logic of an old folktale, she nurtures the lung until it gains sentience, growing into the carnivorous little Monstrilio she keeps hidden within the walls of her family’s decaying Mexico City estate. Eventually, Monstrilio begins to resemble the Santiago he once was, but his innate impulses—though curbed by his biological and chosen family’s communal care—threaten to destroy this fragile second chance at life.
A thought-provoking meditation on grief, acceptance, and the monstrous sides of love and loyalty, Gerardo Sámano Córdova blends bold imagination and evocative prose with deep emotional rigor. Told in four acts that span the globe from Brooklyn to Berlin, Monstrilio offers, with uncanny clarity, a cathartic and precise portrait of being human.
“An extraordinary act of imagination, an extended meditation that begins in grief, family, belonging, and moves past that, into a deeper discovery of the power of love—and the powerlessness of love, as well its strangeness. With Monstrilio, Sámano Córdova makes a remarkable, kaleidoscopic debut.” —Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Gerardo is a writer and artist from Mexico City.
He got his MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.
He studied at Bread Loaf as a work/study scholar and also at the Tin House Summer Workshop.
Got the Tyson Prize for Fiction, some Hopwood Awards (for Novel, Short Fiction and Drama), and was a finalist for the Henfield Award in Fiction.
Currently working on a collection of short stories and a second novel.
(Also been known to draw little creatures.)