The Measure of a Monster by Seanan McGuire (Incryptid, #8.5)
This novella is included with most editions of THAT AIN'T WITCHCRAFT.
TITLE: The Measure of a Monster
AUTHOR: Seanan McGuire
PUBLISHER: Daw Books
LENGTH: 76 pages
GENRE: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Queer Rep Summary: No canon queer rep.
THE MEASURE OF A MONSTER brings us briefly back to Alex’s perspective as he searches for some kidnapped gorgon children with Sarah and Shelby’s help.
It's making a statement about personhood, humanity, and monstrosity which is working on several different levels, impressively so for such a short story. It's perfectly placed to be read after THAT AIN'T WITCHCRAFT, and I like this one. One line towards the end will haunt me, I think, spoken softly and heralding death.
CW for kidnapping, child abuse (not depicted), gun violence, violence, death.