LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction – Issue #8
- About the Editors
This eighth issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand.
Inside these pages, you’ll find: fishing for mermaids in the Mekong River by Alyssa Wong; a tense and otherworldly ancestral homecoming by Michael Janairo; a rebellion against inevitable eugenics by Clara Chow; snapshots of the fantastic in the mundane by Wilfred Cabrera; and speculative poetry by Tilde Acuña, Bernise Carolino, Judith Huang, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Christina Sng, Sharlene Teo and David Wong Hsien Ming.
Also included is a special supplement: part one of Dean Francis Alfar’s brilliant novel Salamanca, winner of the Palanca Award Grand Prize for the Novel and the Gintong Aklat Award for Literature, serialised here for the first time anywhere.
LONTAR is the world’s only biannual literary journal focusing on Southeast Asian speculative fiction. Our many contributors have won major literary awards in Singapore, the USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines.
Jason Erik Lundberg, founding editor, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author of a dozen books, including the collection Strange Mammals (2013) and the Bo Bo and Cha Cha children’s picture book series; he is also the series editor of the Best New Singaporean Short Stories anthology series, editor of Fish Eats Lion (2012, 2014), and co-editor of A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (2008) and Scattered, Covered, Smothered (2004).
Kristine Ong Muslim, poetry editor, is the author of nine books, including the short story collections Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), and The Drone Outside (Eibonvale Press, 2017), as well as the poetry collections Lifeboat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015), Meditations of a Beast (Cornerstone Press, 2016), and Black Arcadia (University of the Philippines Press, 2017).
Adan Jimenez, comics editor, became an immigrant himself when he moved to Singapore after graduating from New York University with a Literature degree. He previously co-wrote a children’s book, Twisted Journeys #22: Hero City. He loves comics, LEGO®, books, movies, games (analog and video), Doctor Who and sandwiches, and one day hopes to own a store that sells all these things.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 160
Year Published: 2017
Size: 215mm x 165mm