BLACK SAND IN GLASS BOTTLES | Emma Hutson
NOTE: The story can be found in ISSUE 3: WANDERLUST. You’ll have to view the piece in ISSUU — it’s on page 14.
I like when journals publish themed issues. The themes are typically conveyed in a single word so full of cultural and psychological implication that there’s no telling where the enclosed works will go. Such is the case with the “Wanderlust” issue of SEVERINE. Continue reading
RED MASK | Jessica May Lin
SPOILERS BELOW, AS USUAL. READ THE STORY FIRST.
There is a lot going on in this fantastic, emotionally charged story by Jessica May Lin. “Red Mask” has its feet planted in two different speculative camps (let’s not say ‘genres,’ which seems too compartmental a term): sci-fi and ghost stories. While it might be unusual to have futuristic technology and a folkloric ghost-presence working in tandem, the juxtaposition works incredibly well–thanks to the author’s painstaking world-building (on both the futuristic and supernatural sides of the story) and the matter-of-factness with which our narrator depicts this far-out world. Continue reading
PENANGGALAN | Eric Williams
There will be spoilers. Read the story first.
Now that you’ve read Eric Williams’s dark yet surprisingly upbeat story about an ambitious woman who sucks the blood of one of her coworkers, you probably have a good sense of what a Penanggalan is. But I’ll quickly give you a little background on this monstrous creature (via Wikipedia, of course): Continue reading