September #74 : Monster Mash - by Clifford Chase

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The Art Of Dying

Words to Die By

Death in Hand

The Way We Die Now

D.I.Y. Death

Hear No Evil


Human Wrongs

Canada Dried

Just Generic

The Plot Sickens

Altitude Adjustment

Sentimental Education

The Luck of The Draw

Walker, Within This Circle Pause

Gays & AIDS

Movin' On, I

Movin' On, II

Prez Says

Kiss From Sis

No Bones About It

Deaditors, We Salute You!

A Tomb With a View

Monster Mash

Living Will Is The Best Revenge

New Drug Watch: A Couple of Swells

Organ Downer

Role Reversal

Snapshots: Larry Montero


Editor's Letter

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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September 2001

Monster Mash

by Clifford Chase

The title of Aldo Alvarez's publishing debut, Interesting Monsters (out this month from Graywolf Press), takes its title from a line Bugs Bunny mutters while he, imitating a manicurist, buffs the claws of a beast who's been chasing him: "Gee, I bet mahnsters are innnteresting." All the characters in this collection of stories -- half are gay; two have HIV -- are as fresh, flawed and fascinating as a cartoon creation. Alvarez shows a taste for the quirky, the surreal and the slightly gruesome: In one story, a character named Rog carries his placenta around in a special briefcase and takes it out to show at parties. The results of Alvarez's mix of styles and voices -- from weighty to whimsical, straightforward to fantastic -- are, well, mixed, but almost never dull. Together, the stories portray a web of characters in search of connection and -- best of all -- two men alive and in love.

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