Gods, monsters and everything in between, from the depths of the oceans to the shadows under the bed. The flicker at the corner of your eye and the candles guttering. Myths. Legends. Folklore. Fantasy, fables and faeries. Dragons, deities and daemons. Everything with a speculative edge.
One day, the great philosopher Phan-ho (also officially named Xuria) was strolling through his garden. While lost in thought, he was suddenly surprised by a green viper, less than a hand’s span from his sandaled foot, coiled and ready to strike. Phan-ho froze and dared not breath, knowing that if he moved the viper would… Read more Phan-ho and the Viper
Screaming, I’m yanked away from the Horned Lady as she is dragged towards the pyre. ‘Shush, girl,’ orders Father, clamping me around the waist as men haul her over to a wooden stake and bind her to it. ‘One day,’ she’d said, looking into my eyes, ‘They’ll come for me.’ ‘She’s a witch,’ Mother says.… Read more The Horned Lady
Adori is not a shadow. Though she now owns a large outlet to sell them, the price still at sixty-five. Adori sells them per-piece basis, not by kilos, and they sell briskly. Her swanky place was once a warehouse, then space enough for the weekly farmer’s market that the local government thought wise to set… Read more Ombromanie
I don’t know what sort of bird it is. Porter’s Complete Field Guide would tell me, but it’s years since I opened it. Could be anywhere in this anti-Kondo vortex. You used to stash it on the mantelpiece, beneath the bronze eye of Horus. Eye, book – both gone. Rummaging, I glance at the bird… Read more Dialogue Between a Woman and Her Ba