Excerpt: ‘Moon Rabbit’ by Jo Wu

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 →

Happy Release Day: ‘Insignia 2020’!

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 →

‘The Girl Who Ate Cicadas’ by Kelly Matsuura

Black Wings & White Paper

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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Coming Soon! Insignia Books in Progress

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 →

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