Remember Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales, edited by Robert Hood and Robin Pen? It was a much-lauded collection of 26 original giant monster stories — and the anthology ended up winning a Ditmar Award (Australian Hugo) for Best Collection in 2005. I know it’s been a few years now, but the book’s still around and has spawned two sequels — Daikaiju! 2: Revenge of the Giant Monsters and Daikaiju! 3: Giant Monsters vs the World. All were published by Agog! Press in Australia and in conjunction with Prime Books in the US, and are still available on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites, in soft and hardcover.
At the time of publication Daikaiju! was the first original anthology of Really Big Monster stories to appear and it proved a success with fans, even gaining a positive response from literary reviewers who wouldn’t be seen dead watching a giant monster movie.
Now, however, there are other giant monster anthologies appearing. Permuted Press has just released Monstrous: 20 Tales of Giant Creature Terror, edited by Ryan C. Thomas.
The only authors I know are in it are (impressively) Guy N. Smith of the Crabs! books fame, Steve Alten and Cody Goodfellow — the latter of whom was also in Daikaiju!
Well, you certainly can’t have too many giant monster stories, I reckon. I’ll be getting a copy.
But I hope readers won’t forget the Daikaiju! books in the process of plunging into this one.