How about a Japanese *tsukumogami story? This is a great piece by Juan Takai, translated by our resident Japanese translator, Toshiya Kamei. You can also enjoy Juan's writing in both of our drabble anthologies: Japanese Fantasy Drabbles (now available) and Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles due out in September. RAILROAD TO POTALAKA By Juan Takai Translated... Continue Reading →
I've wanted to work with Tutu Dutta for ages, so thrilled to have her story 'The Craving' in our reprint anthology, Insignia 2020: Best Asian Speculative Fiction! Hope you enjoy this teaser... THE CRAVING By Tutu Dutta Excerpt: The afternoon warmed. When the sun set and enveloped the peaceful valley in a warm... Continue Reading →
Please enjoy this excerpt from 'Moon Rabbit' by Jo Wu, as featured in our new release, Insignia 2020: Best of Asian Speculative Fiction! Jo also has work coming out in Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles and Insignia: Castles & Kimono. 'MOON RABBIT' By Jo Wu Excerpt: “Faster, faster!” I pounded and grinded at the powder, and... Continue Reading →
Insignia 2020: Best Asian Speculative Fiction features 9 short stories set in Japan, China, the Philippines, Malaysia, and India, as well as 6 Chinese fantasy poems (by Mary Soon Lee). This collection of reprinted works comes from familiar Insignia Series authors, new Insignia Drabbles authors, and first-time contributors, Tutu Dutta and Sayo Onoda. Special thanks (always!) goes to Toshiya Kamei... Continue Reading →
Hi everyone, I haven’t posted a story for awhile, so came up with this little piece-perfect for summer! The cicadas are out in force here in Nagoya now, and one was right outside my window the other day, going to town. How rude, interrupting my writing time 🙂
Love them or hate them, it’s not a Japanese summer without a million semi surrounding you.
Here’s an interesting article about Japanese cicadas if you’re interested to learn more: Japan Times link.
And thanks to my sister Beth for challenging me to write a cicada-themed story.
The Girl Who Ate Cicadas
by Kelly Matsuura
Until her third birthday, little Himeko never ate a thing. She only drank water and refused anything else.
The doctors were baffled, but as the child was healthy, they insisted her parents not worry.
Then one summer, Himeko was out in the garden and found a cicada stuck…
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Hey everyone, hope your weekend is going great! Today's poem is from Celestine Trinidad, a regular Insignia Stories contributor who writes really fun Filipino myth-based fantasy. Her story 'Horse Feet' in our Southeast Asian Fantasy anthology is one of my favorites! Celestine also has stories featured in our upcoming Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles and Insignia... Continue Reading →
Hey, how's everyone going? I've had my ups and downs during Lockdown, but Insignia projects are giving me a reason to get out of bed and get busy every day! I actually have THREE new anthologies in production: a second drabbles anthology; a new Insignia Series (Vol.8.) short story anthology; and a reprint collection for... Continue Reading →
Welcome to June's edition of INSTINCTS! I'm very excited to share a poem from Mary Soon Lee's epic fantasy collection, ''The Sign of the Dragon" today! This is one of two poems she has graciously submitted for INSTINCTS. Several of her poems are also featured in 'Insignia: Asian Flash Fiction & Poetry. MIDNIGHT Tsung... Continue Reading →
Today, let's celebrate the newly released 'Dragon's Physician' by Joyce Chng! Joyce creates the most exciting worlds, I love her work and think you will too! ~Kelly~ Can Jixin succeed in a world of dragon racing run by powerful women? Can he fight the system and fulfil his dream of becoming a dragon... Continue Reading →
We haven't had a poem in awhile, so here's a lovely piece by a regular Insignia projects contributor, Vonnie Winslow Crist. 'Lee Chung-Chung's Painting Tells a Story' By Vonnie Winslow Crist Sky: blue grey, cloud laden, seasonal birds wing their way northward, beaks splitting air as genetic memory sounds a fevered blood call. Tree:... Continue Reading →