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Filipinos in the Honorable Mentions List of the Year’s Best Horror

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 16 - 2009

As seen on the PGS Blog. Congratulations everyone!

Wonderful (and belated) news!

Three PGS contributors get Honorable Mentions for Best Horror Of The Year from esteemed editor Ellen Datlow. She put up her list last October 3, 2009, and I only saw it now (my thanks to Elyss Punsalan for pointing it out).

The three PGS contributors are:

Elyss Punsalan for “Thirty-Two” from Story Philippines, Volume 2.

Yvette Tan for “Seek Ye Whore” from the July issue of Rogue.

Apol Lejano-Massebieau for “Psychic Family” from Philippine Genre Stories 4.

Congratulations to you all! Thank you very much, Ms. Datlow!

My thanks too to The Bibliophile Stalker for sending PGS and other local fiction publications abroad!

Trese 3 Get!

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 15 - 2009

Guess what landed on my doorstep this morning?

Visprint has an announcement up for those who pre-ordered during the bookfair (and a contact email for any delays) but my copy was waiting when I returned home at aroun 11:30 a.m. today.

It comes with a signed sketch and signatures in the book itself from creators Budjette and Kajo. Fans will also be happy to note it clocks in at a hefty 140 pages of all-new content–almost as much as the first two volumes combined.

For those who missed out on the pre-order, Trese 3: Mass Murders will also be available at this year’s Komikon at Megamall this Sunday, October 18. Congrats to Budjette, Kajo, and all those involved! I’ll be re-reading the first two volumes before plunging into the new volume, and I should have a review ready soon.

Ideas Alive: Videos now available

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 15 - 2009

Just a screencap, not an embeded video-links are below ^_^

In case, like me, you missed the Ideas Alive talk last Saturday, J. Vincent over at Read Now has uploaded videos of the event over at youtube: you can watch Budjette Tan’s (Trese) presentation here and here, and Jomike Tejido’s (Foldabots) here and here.

In Praise of Debate

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 14 - 2009

On the World SF News Blog, Lavie Tidhar has an editorial up that encourages debate in the speculative fiction field, using as a jumping-off point the recent controversy sparked by John Ottinger’s now-deleted post.  Here’s an excerpt:

The problem with Ottinger’s post was not (or not only) his argument, but his desire to halt debate. His call to “shut up!” is unfortunate, and his removing of the original post regrettable. I don’t believe in shutting up (as my long-suffering wife-to-be will tell you), and I believe open debate is essential to all literature, and that the science fiction field could only benefit from talking about such things.

I’d like to address one particular point that seems to crop up again and again in this debate. It is to do with the nature of “Story”. Here is a quote from a blogger responding to a similar discussion over on (fantasy author) Jim C. Hines’ blog:

An editor can only choose from submitted stories. You do not necessarily know the race or even gender of an author, based on name alone.

Followed by:

I don’t think stories should be set on a quota of so many stories from white, Hispanic, etcetera, but on the quality of the fiction presented, and editor/reader appeal.

Now, quality is an interesting word. In a reply to Ottinger’s original post, for instance, someone made the argument that submissions should be anonymous, therefore removing the identity of the writer from consideration and focusing only on “the story”.

Story. Quality.

I find that interesting. This approach – which I see crop quite often in this debate – confuses me. Does “Story” exist in a sort of deep-space vacuum, an entity entirely divorced from culture, background, heritage, identity? Or does Story default to a specific set of parameters – the elusive “Quality” the commentator is talking about? And what would such a default be?

Read the rest of the article here.

PGS: Horror Issue Now Available

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 14 - 2009

PGS Horror issue cover

It’s a happy day for fans of Philippine Speculative Fiction–most particularly for fans of Philippine Horror–as the long-awaited Horror Issue of the Digest of Philippine Genre Stories is now available at Comic Quest branches at Megamall and SM North EDSA (it will also be available soon at National Bookstore). Yvette Tan takes over as guest editor for this issue, and gathers stories from Dominique Cimafranca, Alex Paman, Charles Tan, Raymond G. Falgui, Sean Uy and Joseph Nacino

You can see a preview here, and an advance review here.

Chained Links (13 October 2009)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 13 - 2009

Things were a bit crazy for the past week, but here’s a round-up of recent news that you guys might find interesting:

  • The deadline of the Pinoy Story Writing Contest has been extended to October 17;
  • Pinoy Transgressive, a website devoted to the publication and promotion of “transgressive literature” has launched, with words by Carljoe Javier, Jonathan Jimena Siason, Karl de Mesa, Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon, and Norman Wilwayco;
  • Spec (and all-things-experimental) Fic author Adam David has been nominated in the National Book Awards in the Best Book Design category;
  • The Bookbabble podcast interviewed Filipina Spec Fic author Crystal Koo.
  • Underpass, a new graphic novel anthology from industry heavyweights such as Gerry Alanguilan, David Hontiveros, Ian Sta. Maria, Budjette Tan, Kajo Baldisimo, and Oliver Pulumbarit will make its debut at the Komikon. You can also check out a list of other komiks launching at komikon at the Komikero blog;
  • In other komiks news, Trese #3 has been printed and should be in the grubby hands of pre-ordering fanatics (like myself) some time this week;
  • Wired points out some functions which will not be present in the International Kindle (if used outside of the US from what I gather);
  • John Scalzi is running a quick writing contest on his AMC blog;
  • Via technovelgy, we’ve got word that parts of The Periodic Table of Science Fiction (a collection of 118 rather short stories by Michael Swanwick) are now online.
  • I’ve also received word via Yvette Tan’s Twitter that the special Horror Issue of Philippine Genre Stories (which she guest edits) is ready, although the Charles Tan informs us that the issue doesn’t appear to be out in the wild yet. Hopefully the news at least means that the release is imminent;
  • Speaking of Yvette, her story “Seek Ye Whore,” which came out in Rogue magazine’s July 2008 issue was long listed in Ellen Datlow’s new annual horror anthology. She’s also guest-editor at UNO Magazine (a men’s magazine so searching it out may be NSFW) this month, has an interview at the FHM (also a men’s magazine) website and has a feature on “”Waking the Dead” in Garage magazine. She does get around doesn’t she? ^_^
  • EDIT: Whoops almost forgot this–we can expect a new book on Philippine Folklore (can never have enough of those) soon, as the book proposal of Dianne de las Casas and Zarah Gagatiga was approved.

Scheduled Maintenance

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 9 - 2009

Just an FYI: Our site host sent us word that they’ll be doing some maintenance at 8pm EST on October 9–which means 8am October 10 here–and that might entail a short period (we’re told) of downtime.

Pepeng/Parma: How to Help

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 9 - 2009

Typhoon Pepeng (international name “Parma”) devastated Northern Luzon when it made landfall last week with wind speed of 175 kilometers per hour, forcing the evacuation of over 60,000 people and decimating the livelihoods of many more.

Then it came back.


Northern Luzon, badly in need of aid, has been practically cut off from Manila and the south. At the present 60-70% of the towns in Pangasinan are under water as dam water is released to prevent even more catastrophic flooding.  Currently, over 330,000 people–over 70,000 families–have been affected by Pepeng, which left hundreds of people dead and caused damage approaching 800 million pesos.

Coming so soon after Ondoy, relief might be hard to come by, but for those who are still able, any help will be greatly appreciated.

I’ll try to update this post in the coming days, but here are a few links that might be of assistance to good samaritans:

Photo by and (c) Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images, according to

Brainfood SFF Workshop: New Schedule

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 8 - 2009

And here’s another rescheduled event: Just received confirmation from Elbert Or of Brainfood that their Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop: “You Have Worlds In You”, originally scheduled to begin last Saturday, will instead start this Saturday, October 10.  So if you were afraid that you missed the first session and were hesitant to come in media res, then worry no longer.  Here’s the spiel once more, this time with the new dates:



Join the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Workshop and explore both genres not only as a reader but as a creator!

The workshop will help budding sci-fi & fantasy writers be proud creators through discussions, exercises and projects. Stories will be compiled into a short story anthology to bring home.

Four sessions. Php 2,000 per person.
October 10, 17, 24 and 31 @ Fully Booked (High Street).
Saturdays 4-6pm.

Sign up at the customer service area of Fully Booked High Street or email brainfoodph[at]

The Kindle Cometh

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 8 - 2009


We all knew it was coming: the Kindle is going international. A Kindle with international wireless whispernet (and yes the Philippines is covered) will start shipping on October 19 and is available for pre-order now. You can find more details at blogkindle and Teleread.

Not a bad time to be a digital publisher eh?



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