Mythical Drabbles: ‘Feng Huang’ by Joyce Chng

Last month, we shared two drabbles from the upcoming Mythical Creatures of Asia anthology as part of our Women in Horror Month blog event. This month, we’ll also be posting a selection of drabbles from the same anthology (due for release in late April).

Please enjoy this first drabble, ‘Feng Huang’ by the incredible Joyce Chng!

Feng Huang

Joyce Chng

My little one,

Remember who you are. Remember the flames of your wings, the sun in your heart when you fly high. There will be times when you soar and there will be times when you fall. These are lessons to learn. And remember to keep your fire burning, when you are ashes, that you are you.

Remember you are made of star-fire that drives suns. Your ancestors blazed trails, guided and were heralders of hope. Their voices sing within the star and fire of your heart. Listen to those voices, even when you are fearful.

Your mother, Phoenix

Joyce Chng lives in Singapore. Their fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF IIWe See A Different FrontierCranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Joyce also co-edited THE SEA IS OURS:  Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. Their recent space opera novels deal with wolf clans (Starfang: Rise of the Clan) and vineyards (Water into Wine) respectively. They also write speculative poetry with recent ones in Rambutan Literary and Uncanny Magazine. Occasionally, they wrangle article editing at Strange Horizons and Umbel & Panicle, a poetry journal about and for plants and botany. Alter-ego J. Damask writes about werewolves in Singapore.

You can find them at and @jolantru on Twitter. (Pronouns: she/her, they/their)

See Joyce’s author page for a full list of her publications at Insignia Stories.

Check out Joyce Chng’s latest release at Scarlet Ferret Books!

Read more drabbles on the Mythical Drabbles page.

(Featured image from Deposit Photos)

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