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Demons of the New Year: An Anthology of Horror Fiction from the Philippines represents horror written by Filipino writers elaborating on the unique perspective of local horror. These are more than just rehashed tales from the provinces about Filipino mythological monsters like the aswang and the tikbalang. Nor are these your run-of-the-mill ghost stories told thrice over during sleepovers, with a flashlight shining in your face and your kumot pulled over your head.Read More
The University of the Philippines Press launched twelve new titles last August 23, 2013 at the Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman.
Fiction made by Filipinos for Filipinos are featured in Diaspora Ad Astra: An Anthology of Science Fiction from the Philippines edited by Emil M. Flores and Joseph Frederic F. Nacino and The Farthest Shore: An Anthology of Fantasy Fiction from the Philippines edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Joseph Frederic F. Nacino.
[Closing remarks of J. Neil C. Garcia, UP Press Director, during the UP Press year-end launch last November 29, 2013 at the West Wing Gallery, UP Vargas Museum]
Okay, team UP Press: that’s three book launchings in 2013.
Meaning: three times the panic and glorious exhaustion, but also three times the sense of accomplishment for a job well and cheerfully done (a job that—we never for a moment forget—is a singular and immensely relevant one).
For me, in specific: three launchings means that much more speechifying! Seriously, I can’t help but regard this obligatory part of the program with a sense of immense privilege, but also of trepidation and, well, plain and simple anxiety: just what am I going to talk about, this time?
Let’s see… Over the past couple...