Ruthanna Emrys |  Stories for Monsters



Uppity monsters, xenolinguistics, deep time, hidden magic, Cold War politics, academia, mint, and the wonder of the uncaring cosmos

Deep Roots (Innsmouth Legacy 2)

Illustration: John Jude Palencar; Editor: Carl Engle-Laird
Deep Roots, confronts H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos head-on, boldly upturning his fear of the unknown with a heart-warming story of found family, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of human cruelty and the cosmic apathy of the universe. Emrys brings together a family of outsiders, bridging the gaps between the many people marginalized by the homogenizing pressure of 1940s America.

Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Deep Rootscontinues Aphra’s journey to rebuild her life and family on land, as she tracks down long-lost relatives. She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery, or risk seeing her way of life slip away.

Deep Roots is available July 10th, 2018, from Macmillan's imprint.

Winter Tide (Innsmouth Legacy 1)

Illustration: John Jude Palencar; Editor: Carl Engle-Laird
In 1928 the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived, released after World War II to try and build a new life from the ashes.

The government that stole Aphra’s life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.

Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.

Winter Tide   is available from Macmillan's imprint.

The Litany of Earth (Innsmouth Legacy 0.5

Illustration: Allen Williams; Editor: Carl Engle-Laird
The state took Aphra away from Innsmouth. They took her history, her home, her family, her god. They tried to take the sea. Now, years later, when she is just beginning to rebuild a life, an agent of that government intrudes on her life again, with an offer she wishes she could refuse. “The Litany of Earth” takes place about a year and a half before Winter Tide begins. You don't need to read "Litany" to enjoy Winter Tide, but as long as you're here...

The Litany of Earth is available for free on, and as an e-book from the usual suspects.

Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land

Illustration: Scott Bakal; Editor: Carl Engle-Laird
Tikanu, land of laws and patterns, magic and wild mint, is not found behind hidden doors.  It passes across borders and takes root wherever its people settle. This collection of seven commentaries reveals a world waiting patiently at the edges of vision, that welcomes all who are willing to do the work of building it.

Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land is available for free on, and as an e-book from the usual suspects.

The Deepest Rift

Illustration: Victor Mosquera; Editor: Carl Engle-Laird
In the deepest canyon in the inhabited worlds, giant mantas soar through the air and leave patterned structures behind. A team of sapiologists seek to prove that these delicate filaments are true language, not just bee’s dance. But time has run out, and their reckoning is upon them. Will they prove that their research is valid, or will they be scattered to the corners of the galaxy?

​The Deepest Rift is available for free on, and as an e-book from the usual suspects.

Those Who Watch

Illustration: Tim McDonagh; Editor: Paula Guran
A newly minted Master of Library Sciences takes whatever work she can get. In Elaine's case, that's holding down the reference desk at Crique Foudre Community College in rural Lousiana--and coming to terms with what that means for a library specializing in forbidden tomes.

Those Who Watch appears in Paula Guran's  The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu , and is reprinted on