Back in January 2019, Mysterion reprinted my story, “Lepers.” (This may be my most-reprinted story by now!)
Anyway, Donald Crankshaw and Kristen Janz, the editors of Mysterion, have brought out a beautiful paperback anthology collecting the stories they published in 2018-19. “Lepers” is in it.
This is a really good anthology. Its values are humane (not necessarily religious), its characters intriguing. In most anthologies, I like perhaps half the stories. In this one, I liked them all. (I also love that atmospheric cover art!)
My story “Lepers” will be coming out in an awesome new anthology from Insignia.
This is one of my most-reprinted stories, and this will be its fifth outing. Each version is slightly different from the others. In a digital world, I don’t feel the need to have a definitive text!
This anthology is
INSIGNIA 2020: BEST ASIAN SPECULATIVE FICTION
Here’s the cover:
And here are the stories:
‘Shadows’ by Celestine Trinidad
‘Moon Rabbit’ by Jo Wu
‘A Matter of Possession’ by Joyce Chng
‘Railroad to Potalaka’ by Juan Takai / Toshiya Kamei
‘Lepers’ by Keyan Bowes
‘The Enchantress Princess & the Mysterious Child’
by Massimo Soumaré / Toshiya Kamei
The Washing Machine Ate the Socks’ by Sayo Onoda / Toshiya Kamei
‘The Craving’ by Tutu Dutta
‘Kindness’ by Vonnie Winslow Crist
Meisho’s Dodo’s’, ‘Lantern Festival’, ‘The Eighth Son of Ganbataar’, ’Lotus Moon’, ‘The Wild Horses Came Hastening’, and ‘How to Weave the Stars’ by Mary Soon Lee
The publication date is to be decided, but it looks like it’ll be interesting.
I’m thrilled that my short story, Lepers, has appeared again. It’s an 1100-word horror story set in Mumbai, near VT – Victoria Terminus, now renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
You can find the story here: https://www.mysteriononline.com/2019/01/lepers.html
It was written way back, and has been republished several times – and morphed along the way.
The latest iteration is in Mysterion, “an ezine of Christian-themed speculative fiction…” I did a partial rewrite of the story for this version, and I think bringing in religion gives the story additional depth and draws out some of the dilemmas at its heart.
Big Pulp first published my story, Lepers, some years ago. That was for their online magazine.
Now they’ve reprinted it in Big Pulp 2016, in a beautifully produced paperback edition.