Static

Static by Raydon L. Reyes *originally published in the March 23 issue of Philippines Graphic magazine   If Nelly could liken Dr. Dumo’s face to that of an animal, it would be that of a mole. His face seemed to protrude forward like a small hill growing from the ground. His eyes, although not entirely…

We need to see more psychotherapy in fiction

Why don’t we see much psychotherapy in fictional works? I surmise we mistakenly believe that a fictional character going into psychological therapy doesn’t make for a good story. Talk therapy, the most known form of psychotherapy, doesn’t generate much imagery or movement. And besides the common thinking that a well-adjusted character isn’t all that exciting,…

Crackers

Crackers by Raydon L. Reyes WHENEVER I repeated a word my master said, I got a cracker. This was how things worked for me ever since I started living in my master’s house. I never liked the taste of crackers. Dried-up bark would probably taste better. But ever since I was placed in a cage,…

Windows and Writers

Why do writers love windows? So many wordsmiths have told stories about windows, placing their writing desks beside windows, and gazing out windows and suddenly having words come rushing to them. Goodreads has over 3000 quotes from literary works that use windows as imagery for poetry or as a plot device for prose. Saying, “That’s…

Philosophy vendors and conscious cadavers: a review of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s ‘Memories of the Future’

Russian writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (try saying that out loud) is one of those artists who find recognition post-mortem—after death. He literally did not live long enough to see his collection of short fiction Memories of the Future (Editions Verdier, 2006) see print and get appreciated by readers of speculative fiction. Speculative fiction encompasses written works that highlight…