gratitude for 2014

I’m thankful for this year, despite the storms, the world’s tragedies, the bone-weariness caused by city living.

Let me share some photos I forgot to post here.

On Nov. 22, we attended the Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 9 Launch Party and the National Book Awards.

The PSF launch was held at Shangri-La CBTL, hosted by Dean Francis Alfar. Here’s J pretending to be someone else.

Philippine Speculative Fiction and the National Book Awards

Flashback! An hour before that we bumped into fellow writers, beauties Elyss and Tin, and sat down for lunch at Duck & Buvette.

Philippine Speculative Fiction and the National Book Awards

I really loved their food.

Philippine Speculative Fiction and the National Book Awards

Philippine Speculative Fiction and the National Book Awards

So right after the launch we had to run to the Marble Hall of the National Museum for the National Book Awards.

Philippine Speculative Fiction and the National Book Awards

Philippine Speculative Fiction and the National Book Awards

With Ricky de Ungria, Poetry Award Winner for his book, M’Mwry Wire.

Photo by Joel Pablo Salud.
Photo by Joel Pablo Salud.

Philippine Speculative Fiction and the National Book Awards

My book on display.

Philippine Speculative Fiction and the National Book Awards

While I was in Batanes, J won a Netrunner Tourney!

Batanes 2014

And here I am with people from work, enjoying our Christmas dinner.


Photos from V.
Photos from V.

My 2014, in stories —

Dwellers, published by Visprint

“The Missing.” Maximum Volume: Best New Filipino Fiction 2014, Feb. 28, 2014.

“Glass Jar.” Interactive story hosted on, July 10, 2014.

“Remembrance.” Alternative Alamat (Print Edition), July 25, 2014.

“When I die, I want you to have all of my stuff.” Interactive story hosted on, July 29, 2014.…/when-i-die-i-want-you-to-have-all-…/play

“1:40 AM.” Daily Science Fiction, Aug. 8, 2014.…/time…/eliza-victoria/140-am

“Morning (‘She waved but the child’)”
“Morning (‘She folds the sheets’)”
“Note to – (‘The terrifying thing about this is’)”
“Note to – (‘You will reach across the distance’)”
Kritika Kultura, August 31, 2014.…/literary-sect…/five-poems

“Deliver Us.” Philippine Speculative Fiction 9, October 9, 2014.

And some acceptances that will see the light of day next year.

Happy Holidays!

buy an ebook from flipside publishing and pay in cash

You want to buy that ebook online, but you don’t have a credit card or PayPal account.

No problem. You can pay for an ebook card in cash and download the ebook on your device by using the access code listed in the card. Simple and easy. These cards will be on sale TOMORROW at 2 pm at the launch of Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 9. I have a story in it!

Here’s a post from Flipside Acquisitions Editor David Ong.

ebook cards

So we’ve been trying out this new ‘model’ (if I may call it that) — selling ebooks via ebook cards. Here’s how they work: instead of paying via credit card, PayPal, etc, you can pay us in cash for the title you want, and we give you a corresponding card. Then, when you get home, you log in to your Flipreadsaccount (or make one if you don’t have one yet), go to the URL indicated on the card, enter the access code (also listed on the card), and voila! You may now download the ebook! (Yeah, I really want this to catch on, particularly since not a huge percentage of Filipinos have credit cards.)

While I’m at it, join us for the official book launch of Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 9 tomorrow at CBTL, Shangri-La, 2-4pm! We’ll have ebook cards for ALL volumes of PSF available for sale, though only in limited numbers!

philippine speculative fiction 9 launch party + national book awards

Just dropping by very quickly to share this:


If you’re free, do join us. :)

After that, I will be hurrying to the National Museum for the 33rd National Book Awards. I will be attending with my publisher Visprint as a finalist. The winners have been announced early on. I see some friends on the list — congratulations!

Busy Saturday. I hope we get good weather.

philippine speculative fiction vol. 9 released!

The ninth volume of the Philippine Speculative Fiction series is now available! Look at that gorgeous cover. This anthology includes my story, “Deliver Us”. Please grab a copy!

Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 9 edited by Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan





A young tikbalang auditions at the country’s largest TV station; a priest travels the universe to officiate sacraments in outer space; a murdered girl returns unscathed to the home of her perpetrators. The Philippine Speculative Fiction series showcases the rich variety of Philippine literature. Between these covers you will find magic realism next to science fiction, traditional fantasy beside slipstream, and imaginary worlds rubbing shoulders with alternate Philippine history—demonstrating that the literature of the fantastic is alive and well in the Philippines.

Stories from this series have been included in the Honorable Mentions list from The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant.

philippine speculative fiction 9 toc revealed

I’m going to have a horror story called “Deliver Us” in the upcoming volume of Philippine Speculative Fiction, edited by Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan.

Announcement here:

And here’s the TOC!


Philippine Speculative Fiction 9

Blood of Iron by Christian Renz Torres
Panopticon by Victor Ocampo
A Cha-cha with Insanity by Vida Cruz
Only Dogs Piss Here by Michael Aaron Gomez
Last Race by Jenny Ortuoste
Oscar’s Marvelous Transformation by Kat Del Rosario
Stations of the Apostate by Alexander M. Osias
Sikat by William Robert Yasi
Deliver Us by Eliza Victoria
Miracles under a Concrete Sky by Franz Johann Dela Merced
The Unmaking of the Cuadro Amoroso by Kate Osias
The Woodsman by Cedric Tan
And These were the Names of the Vanished by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
Anthropomorpha by Crystal Koo
Sofia by Marianne Villanueva
Transcripts from the Investigation on the Life and Death of Alastor de Roja by Vincent Michael Simbulan
TG2416 from Mars by Nikki Alfar
Mater Dolorosa by Marc Gregory Yu
Scissor Tongue by Elyss Punsalan
Cogito by AJ Elicaño

news on the writing front + an excerpt before the year ends

1) Project 17 is featured in the December issue of SPEED Magazine! 

Go pick up a copy. :)

2) I will also have a column article in Speed Mag’s upcoming January 2014 issue. Something about robots. Watch out for it!

3) This photo from a friend, where my book sits beside Enrile’s inside Fully Booked’s Greenbelt branch.

4) This wonderful news: I will have a horror story called “Deliver Us” in Philippine Speculative Fiction vol 9! Can’t wait to share it with readers. :) PSF 9 is edited by Charles Tan and Andrew Drilon.

Here are the (unedited) opening paragraphs. I hope this excerpt will intrigue you enough to drop by the launch next year. Cheers!

Continue reading news on the writing front + an excerpt before the year ends