Some Philippine Speculative Fiction Links

In the wake of discovering that I had forgotten to renew the domain name of the Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler, here are a couple of online (so you can read them now) publications that publish fiction written by Filipino authors:

The Farthest Shore: Fantasy from the Philippines edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Joseph Nacino

Demons of the New Year

Demons of the New Year edited by Joseph F. Nacino and Karl de Mesa


Usok edited by Paolo Gabriel V. Chikiamco

Also, here are some stories published this year in other online venues:

“Urban Phantoms” by Anne Abad (Expanded Horizons)

“Once They Were Gods” by Eliza Victoria (Expanded Horizons)

“Betamax for Starters” by Katya Oliva-Llego (Expanded Horizons)

“Bearing Fruit” by Nikki Alfar (Fantasy Magazine)

“Hi Bugan ya Hi Kinggawan” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Fantasy Magazine)

“Adrift on the Street Formerly Known as Buendia” by Nikki Alfar (Bewildering Stories)

“Alien Hand” by Grace Talusan (Solstice)

“To Slay With A Thousand Kisses” by Rodello Santos (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

“The Hunger Houses” by Raymond G. Falgui (Innsmouth Free Press)

Giving It Away

Will Hindmarch is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and game designer. He also blogs at Gameplaywright and The Gist. Look for him at Jeff VanderMeer’s reading in Atlanta at 8pm on December 11th at Manuel’s Tavern.

haikuyearA few weeks ago, I gave away five poems drawn from a Cessna flight manual. Today, I’m giving away 105 haiku I wrote as part of my Haiku Year project. The short version: I set out to write a haiku a day for one year. I made it a little over three months. Starting on Thanksgiving, I’m going to give it a shot again, though, and as part of the preparation for that I’ve gathered together all the haiku I wrote during the last jaunt, plus a few articles about the poems, and put them into a little book, also called Haiku Year. Starting today, you can buy it for a pittance, as a POD paperback, or download a free copy of it, as a PDF ebook. Get either of those things at Lulu.

The obvious question here, of course, is can you even give poetry away on the Internet? Put another way, who gives a damn? The answers to those questions are, of course, “Yes, you can give it away,” and “Very nearly nobody.”

I made $15 in donations from those Cessna flight-manual poems. That’s $3/poem and, honestly, more than I expected to make. As I said at the time, it means that I was able to pay for a couple of beers using poems I wrote. That ain’t nothing. Truth be told, that was kind of a fun feeling. But the money isn’t quite the point. The point is to be putting work in front of people, in lots of various forms. The point is to get excited and make things. (See also Wil Wheaton’s recent post, “get excited and make things!”) The point is to get it out there.

Most of this book’s haiku were written to get me jump-started on the day’s writing. Or to get me some practice with the form. To get me looking around for a poem every day. They did that. Now that that’s done, why not put them into a handy package for people? Why not make them available for sale as a little pocket book? I’m not out anything but a little bit of time for making it. Who knows, the book might buy me a beer.

The only trouble is that if you download the thing, I have no record of that. So please drop a comment here or at this post on my home blog, letting me know that you chose to get it and, maybe, read a bit of it. I’ll come back and let you know what sort of response the thing gets. It may very well end up being an embarrassing silence, but at least we’ll know that.

Harlequin Horizons Links

Guest Blogger Charles Tan blogs at Bibliophile Stalker, The World SF News Blog, and SF Signal.

Last week’s controversy revolves around Harlequin’s new imprint (previously known as Harlequin Horizons), which utilizes a vanity-publishing model. As someone who compiles links for both my blog and SF Signal, here are some links on the subject matter:

Interstitial Art Based On Interstitial Fiction

Hey everyone, I’m not officially guest blogging right now but Jeff gave me permission to pop on the blog for one post and pimp a project in your direction.

I’ve been involved with the Interstitial Arts Foundation for the past several years, making myself useful and coming up with ideas for events and projects. One of the projects I’m currently running is an auction of art based on stories from the IAF’s two fiction anthologies, Interfictions and Interfictions 2.

There are so many cool things about this auction it’s hard to know where to begin. First, all of the art is amazing and beautiful. It’s really cool to see the different interpretations of the texts and what bits and stories inspired the artists. Some stories inspired more than one piece of art. The pieces are so different, yet so perfectly illustrative of the story.

The funds raised by the auction will go to support further interstitial art projects, like more anthologies and other ideas the membership comes up with. The IAF is dedicated to supporting and inspiring artists who cross or fall between or break apart borders, which the art in this auction does. Neat, right?

To tempt you to head over to, I’ve picked three of my favorite pieces. These are not all of my favorites, of course. I have something like 10. Click the images for bigger versions.

Berry Moon: Laments of a Muse (Dances with Anita #3)

This is a hat. A fancy, fancy hat that on one side has words sewn into it. Did I mention: fancy hat? Bidding begins November 23rd.


Even more striking in person, I love the interplay between glowing light and darkness here. Plus, you know, giant brain in the sky, people. That is some awesome right there. Goes up on November 21st.

The Child Empress Of Mars

This piece never fails to elicit a strong reaction from people. I suggest you click the image and see the full gallery because it looks weirder and weirder from every angle. It’s up for auction right now but ends on November 19th. As I continue to say, this is one of the most striking and evocative pieces in the auction, but there is usually some debate about whether it’s gorgeous or scary or both at once. Thoughts?

There are 31 pieces being auctioned, and though many beautiful pieces have already been scooped up there are plenty more to be had. Click here for a gallery of everything or click here to see the latest pieces. And bid! Support the arts by buying awesome art. What better way to spend that holiday money, right?

Unleash the Grossbarts

S.J. Chambers is an articles editor for Strange Horizons.  Not only has her work appeared in that fine forum, but also, Fantasy, Bookslut, and The Baltimore Sun’s Read Street Blog.  She is also currently working with Jeff as his Master Archivist for The Steampunk Bible. You can find out more about S.J. at

Mark this day, kind Ecstatic Days readers, for it is no longer merely November 16, but Grossbarts’ day.


I had planned to mark this occassion with a video outtake from my interview with Jesse at World Fantasy, which is up over at Strange Horizons. Alas, my technological prowess and budget would not allow me to edit the monster stream, so I offer up instead choice and celebratory links.

First, interested parties can procure a copy here.  Then there is, of course, the home of Grandpa Grossbart himself, which carries links of its own to all the reviews and interviews, his blog, and a gallery of Grossbart related art.   The Grossbarts’ fine home can be found at Orbit, where Jesse has been posting a nice series of Grossbart scholarship articles. Then there is a funny video interview with Jesse by the very technologicaly savvy Molly Tanzer over at Fantasy magazine. Last, but not least, Jesse waxes poetic about why it is he gives birth to such horrible, horrible men and creatures at Powell’s. And last, but not least, just got linkage (this is p.m., as opposed to the a.m. of when this was orginally written) to the funny book trailer: Grossbarts on YouTube.

Well, I know that isn’t 5 glorious minutes of hearing Jesse discuss parallels between Bush’s War on Terror and the Grossbarts, a part of my interview that was excised from the final text-cut at Strange Horizons, and will be, until I figure out how to edit for free, locked up in the vault for another 50 years.

Here’s to….

S.J. Chambers is an articles editor for Strange Horizons.  Not only has her work appeared in that fine forum, but also, Fantasy, Bookslut, and The Baltimore Sun’s Read Street Blog.  She is also currently working with Jeff as his Master Archivist for The Steampunk Bible. You can find out more about S.J. at

Booklife, Predecessor, Shriek–Linkerage

(Me at Utopiales in Nantes a couple years back. This photo was taken after three days of epic food poisoning, and I was thinking please gawd let me die rather than suffer through another interview or panel. Shortly thereafter, I participated on a panel where the moderator asked me a question and I said I had no interest in the question whatsoever–next!–mostly because my brain had been scooped out of my skull by then. I keep this photo as a reminder of my least impressive performance.)

….I hope you’ve enjoyed the last week of posting. I’ve had fun digging into the guts of Derek Raymond’s work and posting about hiking, in particular. These entries make me no money and pull me away from the work I need to do to survive as a freelancer, but I find them so deeply satisfying that I’m willing to take the hit; doing such things contributes to my peace of mind. I’ve thought about putting a paypal donation button on this blog, but am not really sure I like that idea. So, if you enjoy the blog, consider buying one of my books, especially the stuff published in the last couple of years.

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Pigs in flight

So, I got mentioned at Oh, and look, a pig just flew past my window. I expect the Rapture tomorrow.

Fade to Black

Thus ends my guest-blogging at Ecstatic Days, an experience for which I’m profoundly grateful to the generous Jeff Vandermeer.  I’ll be around over at my blog; I’ll also have a collection of stories out in about a month and a half, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, and a novel out next April, House of Windows.  Drop by when you can; keep an eye out for the books.  Thanks for reading; I appreciate it.

Salad Fingers

I’m sure all readers of Ecstatic Days will be familiar with this, but just in case…Salad Fingers!


…with this next post. I’ve about 10-15 disparate links, all related in some fashion to social media. But you know this social media thing. It’s life! It’s like blogging about life. The prospect of trying to smoosh them all together into some coherent message is daunting beyond belief.But I’m also not good at thi snappy Linktopia kinda post either. So I’ll just wing it. (Jeff, I’m sorry…and I was just checking the metrics at and they’re dropping this past month, clearly I’ve lost my edge…)

OK, well to write an actual post, as opposed to a meta-post:

Was just Twittering with agent Molly Friedrich who has an excellent interview up on Poets & Writers. Marvelous candor. I know if I were a better person, I’d find the four or five places at least that have already linked to the piece, but instead a wee boit o’ backstory: it’s in a series of interviews with agents all done by Jofie Ferrari-Adler, a young editor at Grove Atlantic who was at the now sadly defunct 4 Walls 8 Windows (publishers of Brian Evenson and Steve Aylett and Paul Di Filippo!) and married to the agent Jenni Ferrari-Adler. And all the interviews, with Nat Sobel [which I just re-read, damn, he’s an intersting guy], Lynn Nesbit, are online—not all the material in that magazine is. That said, I should mention that  this month’s item on the melding of literary and genre fiction is—it’s very Intro-level for readers of this blog, read it if you’re curious to see the establishment position on the topic, where the “centrists” see things being.

Anyhow, point of raising the topic of twittering with Ms. Friedrich was to say that because of the real directness in the interview, I’d pointed her to this speech by Joseph Jaffe here [I’d come to it, thanks to Ed.] In a sense there’s not much to it, escept to say that business need ot stop lying. But he breaks that imperative down nicely. (Unembeddable, sorry, I do actually now know how to embedd video on WordPress, sorry about the Bill Hicks post…)