Interview with author E.E. King

MetaStellar editor Sophie Gorjance sat down for a chat with author E.E. King about her new novel “Gods and Monsters,” which we are serializing online.

King penned much of this supernatural tale while living in a tiny Mexican town practically overflowing with magic and signs from the universe.

Part history lesson, part fantasy, part mythology – King loves to drop in real locations and historical figures for added flavor.

The fusion of literary fiction and magical realism explores destiny and the human psyche. Does fate control our future? Do our beliefs shape reality? Unravel the mystery one installment at a time … coming February 27, 2024.

“Impish and delightful, a hilarious Zagat’s guide to heaven!”

— Ray Bradbury on Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife

“I’ve been going at it in chunks and fangfuls, finding it more than acceptable. Anyone who takes on Scientologists is okay by me, kid.”

— Harlan Ellison on Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife

 “A fantastical, profound, hilarious and rollicking good ride through the heavens and hells of the Afterlife! A wonderful book.”

— Margaret Cho on Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife

“This is the most delightful book this reviewer has read in a while…” 

— The New York Journal of Books on Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife

“E.E. King is a unique talent whose glittering gems of fiction pack a lot into a small space. Her work combines the O. Henry twist with the poetry and mystery of Ray Bradbury.” 

— Connie Martinson Talks Books on Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends

”Deliciously funny and heart-wrenching ..”

— LA Weekly on Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends

All installments

Gods and Monsters Installment 1: Wherein we meet the three Fates

Gods and Monsters Installment 1: Wherein we meet the three Fates

Feb 27, 2024
Reading Time: 7 minutes My love affairs ever end thus. I always long for them to turn out differently. It’s so disheartening. If only I didn’t fall in love so often with these warm-blooded vessels of nutrition. I constantly swear I’ll convert, become a celibate bloodsucker, a monastic mosquito, a vamp nun. But then I see some sun-glazed man smelling of day, and it begins again.
Gods and Monsters Installment 2: Beginnings of River and Gabriel

Gods and Monsters Installment 2: Beginnings of River and Gabriel

Mar 5, 2024
Reading Time: 8 minutes Gabriel is much more unusual than a virgin birth. Granted, human virgin birth is miraculous, but in many species of fish, lizards, insects, and sharks, virgin birth is the norm. It is helpful to remember that a miracle is not necessarily good, it is simply unnatural.
Gods and Monsters Installment 3: Music and Moths

Gods and Monsters Installment 3: Music and Moths

Mar 12, 2024
Reading Time: 7 minutes At eighteen, when Gabriel leaves the orphanage, the sisters breathe a sigh of relief.  He has never been any trouble. Never talked back; indeed, rarely talked at all. He is obedient, clean, and scentless. The nuns can find no fault in him, but neither can they feel affection. He makes them forget Christ and contemplate Gabriel. He induces guilt. His very silence screams for attention. He is a shadow in the soul.
Gods and Monsters Installment 4: Club Vamp

Gods and Monsters Installment 4: Club Vamp

Mar 19, 2024
Reading Time: 5 minutes Gabriel arrives in San Francisco at dusk. He’s dropped off in the Tenderloin by a man desperate to be rid of him. Gabriel’s presence in his car is like the scent of mortality.
Gods and Monsters Installment 5: Hotel Tail Gate

Gods and Monsters Installment 5: Hotel Tail Gate

Mar 26, 2024
Reading Time: 6 minutes A week after Gabriel moves in, Kristjan leaps from the window. He hangs in the air, twisting for a moment like an autumn leaf, before falling thirteen floors to the hard, hard pavement.
Gods and Monsters Installment 6: Wild Animals in the Halls of Learning

Gods and Monsters Installment 6: Wild Animals in the Halls of Learning

Apr 2, 2024
Reading Time: 7 minutes River is strong, nimble and has the element of surprise. Brian and Tom lie back on damp earth, as if sleeping. River kicks Chip’s face. All of his rage and disappointment, all his sorrow and fear explode in righteous anger.
Gods and Monsters Installment 7: Heaven Can Wait

Gods and Monsters Installment 7: Heaven Can Wait

Apr 9, 2024
Reading Time: 8 minutes Chip, Tom, and Brian are never found, or at least not most of them. There are only remnants: a stray finger, a discarded shoe with a foot still inside… Only one entire body is discovered amidst the carnage. It is that of an unknown man, naked and unmarked, save for a hole through his heart.
Gods and Monsters Installment 8: Sweet Dreams are Made of These

Gods and Monsters Installment 8: Sweet Dreams are Made of These

Apr 16, 2024
Reading Time: 6 minutes He has found a gift. The kitchen, which at home smelled of disappointment and lost hope, is now a place of amelioration. But when the full moon rises, he hears the night call his name. It sounds like fear. It smells like nightmare. It tastes like death. He departs with the sun.

book cover art Time lapse

E.E. King isn’t just an author — she is also an award-winning painter whose art has been collected internationally.  She’s painted murals in California, Mexico, Spain, and Italy, and shown paintings at the LA Contemporary Museum of Art.

She painted the artwork that was used for the cover of Gods and Monsters.

other works by E. E. King

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