Eliza Victoria is the author of several books including Dwellers (2014), Project 17 (2013), A Bottle of Storm Clouds (2012), and the self-published collection Unseen Moon (2013). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications, including Daily Science Fiction, Stone Telling, Room Magazine, Story Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, High Chair, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies. Her work has won prizes in the Philippines’ top literary awards, including the National Book Awards (Best Novel in English for Dwellers), Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards. She has also been nominated for the Philippines’ National Children’s Book Awards (Jeremy’s Magic Well). A story of hers (“Dan’s Dreams”) is included in The Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013, featuring the best young adult stories from around the world.
Dwellers by Eliza Victoria
Best Novel in English
Dwellers is available in all major Philippine book stores. Also available in Uno Morato.
Available in digital format.
Cover art and design by Aldy Aguirre
Rule No. 1: You don’t kill the body you inhabit.
Rule No. 2: You should never again mention your previous name.
Rule No. 3: You don’t ever talk about your previous life. Ever.
Two young men with the power to take over another body inhabit the bodies and lives of brothers Jonah and Louis. The takeover leads to a car crash, injuring Jonah’s legs and forcing them to stay in the brothers’ house for the time being.
The street is quiet. The neighbors aren’t nosy. Everything is okay.
They are safe, for now.
Until they find a dead body in the basement.
“By the time I got to page 20 or so, I was gripped. There’s a delicious mystery, which leads to a satisfying revelation. The ending, I thought, was perfect.”
“Another thrilling page-turner from my favorite Filipino author.”
“…clearly it does what it promises on the tin: it is frightening and exciting and just a little bit claustrophobic – in a good way.”