We Mostly Come Out at Night: 15 Queer Tales of Monsters, Angels & Other Creatures 

We Mostly Come Out at Night: 15 Queer Tales of Monsters, Angels & Other Creatures 

Edited by Rob Costello 

 An empowering YA anthology that explores what it means to be a monster, exclusively highlighting trans and queer authors

On sale May 21, 2024,
We Mostly Come Out At Night is a YA anthology that reclaims the monstrous for the LGBTQA+ community while exploring how there is freedom and power in embracing the things that make each of us unique. 

Each story centers on both original and familiar monsters and creatures. Including Mothman, Carabosse, a girl with thirteen shadows, a sentient house, wereboars, gorgons, sirens, angels, and many others—and their stories of love, self-acceptance, resilience, and empowerment. This collection is a bold, transformative celebration of queerness and the creatures that (mostly) go bump in the night. 

Contributors include editor Rob Costello, Kalynn Bayron, David Bowles, Shae Carys, Rob Costello, H.E. Edgmon, Michael Thomas Ford, Val Howlett, Brittany Johnson, Naomi Kanakia, Claire Kann, Jonathan Lenore Kastin, Sarah Maxfield, Sam J. Miller, Alexandra Villasante, and Merc Fenn Wolfmoor.


“Charming or creepy, rousing or unsettling, or maybe a combination of all of those. There’s an odd, eerie flavor for everyone in this stunner of an anthology. If you don’t recognize that reference, dive into this queer fantasia and find out for yourself. My fave read this year!”—Saundra Mitchell, award-winning editor of All Out and author of All The Things We Do In The Dark

“A surefire hit for the monster (or monster-lover) in your life. We Mostly Come Out At Night has tales that are romantic, terrifying, bittersweet, and unexpected. Whether we’re being introduced to powerful new creatures, or meeting an old friend that can be summoned in a mirror. You’ll be drawn in by each story’s compelling characters as they navigate their own unique facet of the queer experience. A must-read for anyone who’s been intrigued by shadows on the wall or things that go bump in the night!”—Alex Brown, author of Damned If You Do, and co-contributing editor of Night Of The Living Queers

“As varied, creative, heartfelt, and fun as the community of writers who conjured it. We Mostly Come Out at Night is the narrative bestiary you need.” —Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award finalist, Printz Award honoree, and author of Damsel, Red Hood, and What Girls Are Made Of

About the Editor

Rob Costello (he/him) writes contemporary and speculative fiction with a queer bent for and about young people. He’s the author of the forthcoming short story collection The Dancing Bears: Queer Fables for the End Times (Lethe Press, 2024). His stories have appeared in The DarkThe NoSleep PodcastThe Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionHunger MountainStone CanoeNarrative, and Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America (Candlewick, 2020). An alumnus of the Millay Colony of the Arts. Rob holds an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. And has served on the faculty of the Highlights Foundation since 2014. He lives in upstate New York with his husband and their four-legged overlords.

WE MOSTLY COME OUT AT NIGHT: 15 Queer Tales of Monsters, Angels, & Other Creatures 

We Mostly Come Out at Night- 15 Queer Tales of Monsters, Angels & Other Creatures

Edited by Rob Costello; Running Press Kids; ages 13 and up; 

Hardcover; $18.99 US; $23.99 CAN

ISBN: 9780762483198; E-book ISBN: 9780762483211

Publication Date: May 21, 2024

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