Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
It Has Come To This
Sunday, April 22, 2012
"Scourge And Minister" (Part 2) by Crystal Koo
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
An Unusual Treatment and Other Short Stories by Dominique Cimafranca
D.O.A.: Extreme Horror Collection Review On Horrornews.net
"...it does have some pretty damn entertaining yarns held within.
I expected Edward R. Rosick’s “Cold Air” to be a cheap rip off of Lovecraft’s “Cool Air” but instead found an interesting take on the vampire mythos wherein it isn’t so much that the blood is the life as the sexual organs. Kinda makes you wonder if eternal life would be worth the necrophilia. Opener “Cherry Clubbing,” by Kenneth Yu managed to get past the rather forced feeling second person perspective to deal with the underground markets that would inevitably arise if the creatures of fable and religion were found to be real in a way that caught me a bit off guard. Also, Tonia Brown did some neat things with the Sin Eater mythos in the course of “Sickened”.However, special notice needs to go to Chad Mckee’s “Cena” and JW Schnaar’s “Frogger.” The former deals very personally with the problems of tourists inserting themselves and their values into cultures they do not understand. It’s fraught with honest fear confusion that bleeds from the page. The latter, a short and sweet tale of Atari inspired revenge, delivers a marvelous sharp punch. Adrian Ludens also deserves a high five for the nod to a favorite scene from American Psycho that left me giggling like a schoolgirl."
Here's a link to a post of an earlier review of the anthology by Shaun Hamilton.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year Vol. 4 (2011) Honorable Mention List
Tina del Rosario and Kristine Ong Muslim for their story and poems, respectively.
Special mention, of course, for the tales from Philippine Genre Stories:
Marianne Villanueva's "The Departure" on PGS Online, guest-edited by Charles Tan.
"Less Talk, Less Mistake" by Xin Mei and "God is the Space Between" by Maryanne Moll, from the PGS Crime Issue, guest-edited by F.H. Batacan. This issue and all other PGS print issues are available at Avalon.ph.
My deep thanks to Ellen for choosing my story, "The Kiddie Pool", to be on her list as well! It is in Philippine Speculative Fiction 6, edited by Nikki Alfar and Kate Osias.
Special, special thanks to Charles Tan for all his effort and support of not just Philippine spec fic, but all spec fic. He's the one sending locally printed publications to North America for editors and other readers to go through.
Ellen's complete list is here.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
"Scourge And Minister" (Part 1) by Crystal Koo
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The Ebooks of Philippine Speculative Fiction 1 and 2
Other speculative fiction titles that Flipside Publishing has published include Lower Myths by Eliza Victoria, Alternative Alamat edited by Paolo Chikiamco, Geek Tragedies by Carljoe Javier, News of the Shaman by Karl De Mesa, and Ghosts of Infinity edited by Lara Saguisag & April Yap.