What we're about
Ever wanted to sit around and talk about old books that nobody else seems to want to read? Well, we're hoping you'll feel at home in our little club.
At the Myths and Monsters Book Club, we focus on celebrating and exploring exciting literature that is both 1. Old, and 2. Badass! That means that the focus of a meeting with neither be on Jane Austen (arguably not "Badass" enough - sorry ladies!) or Game of Thrones (too new!), though we welcome fans of both, and may in fact discuss these and other works from time to time.
Every 4-6 weeks we meet together at a covertly-disclosed location over drinks, food, and camaraderie to discuss our favorite old-fashioned, badass books and genres.
We start each meeting off with a brief 15-minute presentation on a specific Old, Badass Book (and/or genre), which is accompanied by a nifty handout with fun facts and literature and film recommendations. (You will be informed of the book/genre of the month ahead of time, and while you are not required to read it to participate, you are strongly encouraged to do so, as it will make the group discussion a lot more meaningful and fun.) Then we have a group discussion for as long as it lasts, before breaking into a time of socialization over drinks and food.
While we're not a writer's group, we like to encourage a collegial, amiable environment in the style of the most well-known of all writer's group - the Inklings (which famously included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis). This is a place for people to gather who love old, fun literature, and who want to share that passion with others, as well as share ideas, thoughts, and interpretations of literature.
We welcome people from all walks of life who have a love for classic literature, especially classics of so-called "Genre" literature. Medieval Epics, Gothic Horror, Ancient Myths and Religious Works, Epic Poetry - these are just some of the genres that we will pull our monthly discussion topics from.
While we love and appreciate the broad range of non-Western classic literature that has been produced over the centuries, throughout the world, and while we welcome everyone to read and devour such works, for now, the monthly discussions will focus on so-called "Western" classics (English, or translated from French, Italian, German, etc.), although the discussions are certainly not limited to Western literature.
Some of the books we plan to discuss include:
-Le Morte D'Arthur, by Malory
-Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Cervantes
-The Metamorphoses, by Ovid
-Faust, by Goethe
-The Inferno, by Dante
-Paradise Lost, by Milton
-Selected books from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, the Quran, and other religious texts of antiquity.
-Horror classics such as Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Island of Doctor Moreau, etc.
-Adventure/Fantasy classics such as King Solomon's Mines, the Adventures of Conan, Treasure Island, Ivanhoe, etc.
-Works by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, as well as the literature that directly inspired their genre classics
-Poetic and Dramatic works, e.g., Shakespeare's tragedies, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, etc.