Thanks everyone, submissions for Mythical Beings of Asia are now officially closed. View the list of contributors on the new Mythical Beings of Asia page.


Our second Author Spotlight this week introduces Maria S. Picone. Maria is a new Insignia contributor, joining us for Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles. She has 3 drabbles featured: 'A Royal Request', Uneasy Alliance' and 'The Dead Can Only Haunt You'. Hopefully we'll see her work in future Insignia anthologies too. Please enjoy Maria's 'Twenty Questions'... 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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Author Spotlight: EISUKE AIKAWA

  It's my honor to introduce Eisuke Aikawa, contributor to our newly-released anthology, Japanese Fantasy Drabbles. Born in Chiba in 1977, Eisuke Aikawa is a writer based in Fukuoka. He has published two collections of short stories, Hiking (2017) and Kumo wo hanareta tsuki (2018). His short fiction has appeared in venues such as Bungakukai,... Continue Reading →

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