Here be Writers and Artists. Read at your peril:
1. Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon was a fellow for English Fiction in the 47th Dumaguete National Writers Workshop, the 8th Iyas Creative Writing Workshop, and the 6th Ateneo National Writers Workshop. Her short stories have seen print in various publications including the Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, the Philippine Speculative Fiction Anthology Vol. 3, the FHM Erotica Anthology, Playboy, Pulp, and Story Philippines. She is currently the in-house copywriter for a hospital. She is not allowed in the morgue.
2. Eliza Victoria was born in 1986. Her fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various publications based in the Philippines and abroad, including the Philippines Graphic, Philippines Free Press, Philippine Speculative Fiction IV and V, Story Quarterly, Writers’ Bloc, Expanded Horizons, Cantaraville, elimae, and The Houston Literary Review. She received a Palanca Award in 2009 for her poetry collection, “Reportage”. That same year, her short story for children, “Jeremy’s Magic Well”, was named a winner in the Gig Book Story Writing Contest. Her fiction piece, Lower Myths: Two Stories, also won in the Horror/Crime & Suspense category of the National Book Development Board’s Pinoy Story Writing Contest. Visit her at http://sungazer.wordpress.com.
3. Adam David lives in Cubao, Quezon City. He has been a zinester and a bookmaker by trade since 1999. He writes criticism for the Philippine Online Chronicles, a Pinoy culture webzine. He is the author of the El Bimbo Variations, which won the Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award for the years 2007 and 2008. His books can be downloaded through a weblog he regularly maintains called Oblique Strategies, which can be monitored every now and then on http://wasaaak.blogspot.com.
4. Catherine Batac Walder left the Philippines in 2005 for a two-year European MPhil. scholarship program at the University of Oslo, Norway. The program had period studies in Finland and Portugal. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Sage Literary Review, Philippines Graphic, Ruin and Resolve Anthology, Eyeshot, Expanded Horizons, Inscribed, Philippines Free Press, Practical Boat Owner, A Taste of Home (Anvil Publishing, Phils.), Study Abroad, and Youngblood 3 (Philippine Daily Inquirer and Anvil). Catherine lives in Berkshire, England with her husband and works as a research group administrator at the Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London. She blogs at http://deckshoes.wordpress.com.
5. Karren Renz Sena once dreamt of becoming an astronaut by day, and a superhero with super powers by night. Realizing that she could not be both, she instead turned to Literature, which has been the one constant thing in her life since the day she read and wrote her first word. She graduated Cum Laude from the Bachelor of Arts and Letters, Major in Literature program of the University of Santo Tomas. Her published works include two juvenile short stories published by a local magazine right after she graduated from high school, both of which are forgotten and buried in history. Two of her poems entitled ‘Text UNLI to 8888′ and ‘Testamento’ have recently been published in Responde, a local publication in Cavite. She won an Honorable Mention Award for her Malikhaing Sanaysay entitled ‘Kontemplasyon ng Balahurang Estudyante sa Tapat ng Benavides’ for the 21st USTetika Annual Awards for Literature. She is now taking up her MA in Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines, whilst dreaming of becoming a professor by day, and a superhero with super powers by night. Visit her at http://orewatensai.wordpress.com, where you can read her musings about dreams and rainbows, butterflies and demons, life and love, as well as her published and unpublished works, most of which are dedicated to an entity affectionately referred to as ‘B’.
6. Rommel A. Santos is a graduate of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. When not writing, he is valiantly trying to live up to his promise to halve his backlog of unread books before buying a new one. He is doomed to fail. He lives in Manila with his family and seven noisy dogs.
7. Dominique Gerald Cimafranca teaches various subjects for the Computer Studies Division and Humanities Division of Ateneo de Davao University. He also manages the technology concerns for the Davao Writers Guild. Visit his blog at http://villageidiotsavant.blogspot.com.
8. Tyron Caliente (at least the real one) reinvented himself this time as a graphic designer and photographer, often working under the heading “labor of love”. In his previous incarnation as Oscar Alvarez (a name he shares with about a thousand Filipinos, Mexicans and Peruvians) he is known mostly for his stories which appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 1 and 2, Story Philippines, A Time for Dragons and Very Short Stories for Harried Readers. Inspired by his daily views of Mt. Makiling before going to work, he set up South by Design (http://therealtyroncaliente.wordpress.com), which extols his love-hate relationship with suburban living.
9. Carljoe Javier is present the editor of Metakritiko, the Arts and Culture page of the Philippine Online Chronicles. He has worked as a journalist and sometime educator. His first book, a collection of essays called And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth, was published by Milflores in 2009. His second book, a short story collection will be published by UP Press.
10. Don Jaucian is part of the film blog Pelikula Tumblr. He also contributes film and book reviews of various publications elsewhere. He likes coastal towns, indie/folk music and pizza. He lives in a shack somewhere in Zambales.
11. Ed Geronia Jr. is a gaming and technology journalist, performance artist, photographer, and poet. He has worked as the former editor-in-chief of the first PC and multi-format gaming magazines in the Philippines. His other stints include being the editor-in-chief of a technology lifestyle magazine, writing for TV and writing TV documentaries for a former Philippine president. His works have appeared both in local and international publications.
12. Gani Simpliciano is a multi-media artist, illustrator and musician for death metal bands loss of control, and doom/sludge/stoner metal band surrogate prey. He graduated with a liberal arts degree in Psychology in De La Salle University and a certificate course in sound design from the Mowelfund Film Institute. After a series of drug-related arrests (including urinating in public, methodically explaining his thesis “ang pananaw ng ugnayan ng sarili sa kapaligiran” in Psychology) and being hospitalized twice for acute parotitis from regularly drinking Seagrams 7; the boredom and comfort of sadness gave birth in his mind a founding into the erotic-grotesque (ero-guro) art that of inspired by Suehiro Maruo, and the fantastic anatomical landscapes of Richard Corben. He drew his debauchery instead of living it (namely because his liver will crumble into shit).Fed up from the consistent active role of a psychologist, the doctor that Gani was is now a patient of the insane human device he once studied. With his series of collaborations with Karl de Mesa he learned to apply sigil magick as abstracted by the science of Austin Osman Spare. Little did he know his borderline personality further incarcerated him into being a recluse.
But seriously though, it wasn’t until Gani broke up with his bounty hunter and ex-pinup model lesbian girlfriend that he took a seething toll into making art and invention. which led to him working as a scat porn actor. Fornicating while listening to Death metal was the perfect escape. Though a recluse, he is very private on practicing his virtues of extreme sadistic bondage, keeping it to cheap whores and strippers from Quezon Avenue.
His works in illustration include: Manual magazine 2002-2003, Literotika cover “foursome”, “angelorio” by Visprint, and “puketae” cover of Scrawlshop.Really though, gani just smokes weed, edits videos for a living, draws and should get laid more…
13. Karl De Mesa is the sick SOB who co-edited this monstrosity you’re reading. He also co-edits the Pinoy Transgressive fiction site (http://pinoytransgressive.blogspot.com) and is the author of Damaged People — Tales of the Gothic-Punk and the forthcoming News of the Shaman.
He also plays guitar for Biscochong Halimaw, Ninja Empire and Gonzo Army. You can check out the debut episode of the Magdalene Fist comic, niftily included in this book for your delectation. He believes that Satan helps those who help themselves.
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