There’s a part of me that feels guilty promoting Philippine speculative fiction on this blog (it feels self-serving) but for those who are interested, there’s been a couple of new fiction and an interview as of late.
First off, Fantasy Magazine has an interview with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz. Here’s an excerpt:
“Hi Bugan ya Hi Kinggawan” was my attempt to carry on a conversation with a woman whose name is often used in Ifugao mythology. I thought that I could write this story with ease because I grew up with the culture and the customs of the Ifugao. Later on, I found myself checking and double-checking. The thing is, I am writing about a culture that exists and I don’t want to contribute to any misconceptions. Ifugao continues to be a sacred place that I want to pay tribute to. Each time I write about it, I feel like I am saying thank you for all the glorious days that I spent in those mountains. Salamat (thank you).
Then there’s a couple of stories here and there:
- “Once They Were Gods” by Eliza Victoria (Expanded Horizons)
- “Alien Hand” by Grace Talusan (Solstice)
And my friend Joseph Nacino co-edited an online anthology, Demons of the New Year.
- “The Magdalene Fist” by Karl R. De Mesa
- “The Kambubulag” by Catherine Batac Walder
- “Salot” by Eliza Victoria
- “The Different Degrees of Night” by Don Jaucian
- “K-10 Mushroom by Marguerite” Alacazaren de Leon
- “Dark Moving Houses” by Tyron Caliente
- “People’s Champ” by Dominique Gerald F. Cimafranca
- “Best Served Cold” by Rommel Santos
- “Lullabies” by Karren Sena
- “Demon Gaga” by Carljoe Javier
- “Snip” by Adam David