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7 Oct, 2023


FIYAH No 28 Belonging

FIYAH No. 28: Belonging published by FIYAH Literary Magazine (October 2023)

Issue #28 of FIYAH Literary Magazine 

Jade Shards

Jade Shards by Fonda Lee (May 2023)

Fonda Lee returns to the acclaimed Green Bone Saga with four prequel short stories that delve into the personal histories of the Kaul and Ayt families.

Locus October 2023

Locus, October 2023 published by Locus Publications (October 2023)

The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field

Skin Thief Stories

Skin Thief: Stories by Suzan Palumbo (October 2023)

The stories in this collection of dark fantasy and horror short stories grapple with the complexities of identity, racism, homophobia, immigration, oppression and patriarchy through nature, gothic hauntings, Trinidadian folklore and shape shifting. At the heart of the collection lie the questions: how do we learn to accept ourselves? How do we live in our own skin?


Gothikana by RuNyx (January 2024)

The eternal romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the gothic suspense of Dracula in this erotic dark academia story of epic love from bestselling author RuNyx. 

RuNyx immerses her readers in the dark worlds she builds and then injects life into them in the most hauntingly beautiful way. Her work is unique and addictive — she really is one of a kind.” – Hannah Grace, New York Times bestselling author of ICEBREAKER“Original, innovative, and unlike anything I’ve read before.”―L. J. Shen, USA Today bestselling authorAn unusual girl. An enigmatic man. An ancient castle. What could go wrong?An outcast her entire life, Corvina Clemm is left adrift after losing her mother. When she receives the admission letter from the mysterious University of Verenmore, she accepts it as a sign from the universe. The last thing she expects though is an old, secluded castle on top of a mountain riddled with secrets, deceit, and death. 

An enigma his entire life, Vad Deverell likes being a closed book but knowing exactly everything that happens in the university. A part-time professor working on his thesis, Vad has been around long enough to know the dangers the castle possesses. And he knows the moment his path crosses with Corvina, she’s dangerous to everything that he is. 

They shouldn’t have caught each other’s eye. They cannot be. But a chill-inducing century-old mystery forces them to collide. People have disappeared every five years over the past century, Corvina is getting clues to unraveling it all, and Vad needs to keep an eye on her. 

And so begins a tale of the mysterious, the morbid, the macabre, and a deep love that blossoms in the unlikeliest of places. 

A Spoonful of Malaysian Magic An Anthology

A Spoonful of Malaysian Magic: An Anthology edited by Anna Tan (November 2023)

A burong descends from Tansang Kenyalang in the midst of a dire catastrophe. A shapeshifter frees Kedah from the dreaded Raja Bersiong only to uncover a darker secret. A woman learns to channel her family’s food magic. A young huntress of supernatural creatures charts her own path of love.

This anthology of short stories offers fresh takes on Malaysian folklore and fairy tales, adds enchantment to the ordinary, and bursts with new, wonderful flavours. Stir a little spoonful of magic into your tea, whether you’re from these shores or from far away.