Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories -- Premiere Issue


You can get your copy of PGS at:

Fully Booked (Rockwell Center, Promenade Greenhills, Gateway Mall Cubao, SM North Edsa, SM Mall Of Asia)
Bibliarch (Glorietta 3)
Comic Quest (SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, Festival Mall Alabang)
Books For Less (Roces Ave., Pearl Drive Pasig, Commonwealth Ave., SM Mall of Asia, Valero Makati)
Booktopia (Intrepid Plaza near the entrance to Eastwood along C-5)
mag:net (Katipunan, ABS-CBN, Shangrila Mall Edsa, SM North Edsa, Greenbelt 2, Glorietta 4, Gateway, Paseo de Roxas Makati, SM Centerpoint)
Popular Bookstore (305 T. Morato St., Q.C., popular@philonline.com)

SRP: P100.00

An excerpt from The Middle Prince, by Dean Francis Alfar:
The middle prince soon found himself unable to bear the weight of the fishes' declarations, and clutched at his bleeding ears vainly in an effort to stifle the power of the multiple assertions. The last thing he remembered hearing before he lost his ability to comprehend the vision of thousands of coruscating mouths and slipped into darkness, was a voice that said: "There is nothing more precious than a love foretold, and nothing as equally damning."

An excerpt from Wail Of The Sun, by Vince Simbulan:
He dreamed of riding to battle on sheets of flame, of reducing whole armies to ash, of razing castles to the ground. He was Rubric again, and fire obeyed his every whim. Then the dream descended into nightmare, scenes of his final battle, of his greatest triumph over the Witch-Queen Amarath destroyed by her final curse, and Rubric could only wail in horror when his flames betrayed him as a stray fireball reduced his wife and his world to ashes.

An excerpt from Thriller, by Andrew Drilon:
"I was at the mall when it broke out," he says, "I managed to get this rifle and a pack of bullets before I got out, but guns only get you so far. There were five of us a couple hours ago; now, it's just me."

An excerpt from Insomnia, by Joseph Nacino:
5 April 2006…
So I managed to talk to Justine’s friend, Eden, in Diliman and this is getting stranger by the minute. It seems that the language Justine isolated from the taped conversations are really old, older even than Latin. Eden told me she’ll get back to me on the translations. She seemed really excited…

An excerpt from Inhuman, by Alexander Marcos Osias:
“What name will you answer to? Tell us, in the name of Jesus. What name will you answer to?”

A long wail escaped from Marcel's throat before it turned to a soft snicker.

“We have many names.” The words seemed spoken by neither male nor female, and was full of strange echoes and distortions, as though a million voices had uttered them in unison through a narrow crack in a thin, splintering door. “Do you want them all?”

cover artwork by: Andre Medina
cover concept by: Jenny Penas

Since PGS is a new publication, the distributors have asked for a limited number of copies to sell to "test the market". In the event that they've run out (here's to HOPE!) please let their customer service department know, and drop us a comment here at the blog, so that we can be informed and replenish stocks ASAP!

If you want to give suggestions or make comments about PGS, feel free to post a comment on the blog.

If you want to make comments about the stories, get in touch with the authors directly (their emails and blogs will be listed in PGS).

Many thanks. It is our fervent hope that, with your support, PGS will have a long, succesful run at showcasing the storytelling talents of Filipino writers.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Thank You Very Much!

...to all who took the time to write and send stories in.

There are enough stories to fill the first issue and part of the next. In fact, what's going to be difficult is choosing what will make it into the premiere issue, and what will have to be moved to the next ones. Space, content, the timing of when revisions (if any), author bios, photos, etc., can be sent in by the contributors, and a lot of other factors will have to be taken into consideration. We'll announce when the Digest is out, most likely sometime before December, or early into December at the latest.

No story has been rejected yet, but it's inevitable that some will have to be, for whatever reasons. To turn down stories is painful for us because we empathize with what you, the writer, will feel, but please don't take it negatively, and see it instead as a sign to try again with a fresh story. Please keep on submitting, and we'll do our objective best to consider it.

For those who didn't make the November 3 deadline, please send in your stories when they are ready. No deadline's been set yet for the second issue, which is slated for late February or early March of 2007. We are now going through the current submissions and have already begun the intial pre-press work.

Thank you very, very much! We're looking forward to more from you guys!

Don't stop reading. Or writing.