“Real Monsters” is included in Cactus Heart issue #8 (available for purchase here).
“Real Monsters” is also included in Heiresses of Russ 2015: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction (available for purchase here).
Scylla and Charybdis are sea monsters, but they didn’t start that way. In “Real Monsters,” Scylla tells her story. In Scylla’s version of events, what lies between Scylla and Charybdis is not death and destruction but a radical and vibrant love story. “Real Monsters” uses Greek myth to interrogate what some conceive of as monstrous forms of love.