Short Story Sunday #1: Writer Spotlight featuring Alyssa Wong

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It is only appropriate that I start off Short Story Sundays with a post about my absolute favorite short fiction writer, Alyssa Wong. I am completely enamored with everything she does. When I found out about her in early 2016, I knew it was a match made in heaven. I’m always amazed at the work she produces. She crafts such rich, enchanting settings with diverse characters.

I love everything she has written, which is a rarity. I never like every story written by the same author, but she is the exception. Narrowing down my favorites was hard, but these short stories definitely stand out from the rest.

My Favorites:

issue10_mayjune16_coverfinal_med-340x510Title: You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Uncanny Magazine
Genre: Western, Historical Fantasy

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Synopsis from Alyssa:  A Weird Western Cinderella story about a young necromancer, a dying silver-mining town, and the mysterious men who ride in on a westbound train.

Why I love it: You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay is my favorite piece by Alyssa. Typically, I’m not one for Westerns or stories told in second person. Alyssa pulls it off beautifully. There is generation xerox, desert lullabies, and bittersweetness.


Title:
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Published: October 2014
Publisher: Strange Horizons
Genre: Folklore

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Synopsis from Alyssa: Filipino folklore, Catholicism, and dead gods.

Why I love it: Santos de Sampaguitas has rich folklore and supernatural inheritance. It was one of the first stories I read by Alyssa, and I still count it as one of my favorites.


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 The Fisher Queen
Published: October 2015
Publisher: Nightmare Magazine
Genre: Horror, Folklore
Content Warning: Rape

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Synopsis from Alyssa: As they say on the Mekong, mermaid fishing is nasty business.

Why I love it: The Fisher Queen is brutal. There is wish granting, retribution, and wounds that won’t heal.


Title:
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Published: November 2016
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine
Genre: Science Fiction

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Synopsis from Alyssa: A girl obsessed with plastic surgery goes hunting for a mythical flesh doctor who can make all of her dreams come true..

Why I love it: Vibrant, Science Fiction setting with a character on the quest for beauty with a high price.


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Published:
 October 2015
Publisher: Nightmare Magazine
Genre: Horror

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Synopsis from Alyssa: It’s about lonely monsters living in the big city and eating love in all the wrong places.

Why I love it: Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers is the prefect amount of creepy, and has that type of humor you can only get from Alyssa Wong. If you’ve ever dreamed about stealing your date’s Tesla, this story is for you.


Alyssa has also written some amazing essays that I recommend reading like The H Word: The Darkest Truest Mirrors (Content Warning for Sexual Assault), They Love Me Not: How Fictional Villains Saved My Life, and Here’s How It Goes (Deals with being Queer & a writer).

About the Author: Alyssa Wong-1.jpg

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. She was a finalist for the 2016 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” won the 2015 NebulaAward for Best Short Story and the 2016 World Fantasy Award for ShortFiction. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others.

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