The Monster Opera

Bartelby Snopes Press, 2013


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What is most fascinating about Stohlman’s work is how freely it shifts back and forth between different artistic forms…The Monster Opera is a bold attempt to carve out a space for the flash novel as a distinct category within the fiction landscape. In doing so, the work also raises questions about how art forms like opera can sustain an existence today, as well as the sacrifices demanded of those involved in the act of creating art.”

Savage Reviews

“Nancy combines the head of a novel and the body of an opera with the impatiently erect penis of flash fiction to form a creature so bizarre and hideous you cannot look away.”

Boulder Poetry Tribe

The Monster Opera is a brilliant and beautiful work, a rising crescendo of action in a haunting tale of love. Many authors strive for that perfect note, yet Stohlman does the unbelievable, turning words on the page into a truly operatic monster which comes alive in the very first scene.”

–J.A. Kazimer, Dopesick: A Love Story 

“In a swell of lyrical prose that drips itself across the borders of music and literature, Nancy Stohlman delivers a self-aware story that sings out from the page like an opera trapped in the belly of an Old World curse. A love affair drunk on magical realism, somehow as ancient as it is avant-garde. “

–Kona Morris, Godless Comics