Will Read for Feels’ ‘5 Filipino Speculative Fiction Authors to Watch’

Hands-down, one of our most prolific authors in the field is Eliza Victoria. Whether you crave science fiction, fantasy, or horror, Victoria has a story for you. She’s also written in a variety of formats, whether it’s short stories, novelettes, novella, poetry, and soon, comics. The only format that currently eludes her is the novel, but she has a large body of work to tide you over. It’s not just the sheer volume that makes Victoria stand out, but how consistent she delivers interesting and compelling stories.

Selected Bibliography:

A Bottle of Storm Clouds (Visprint/Flipside Publishing)
Project 17 (Visprint/Flipside Publishing)
Unseen Moon (Eliza Victoria)

From “Guest Post: 5 Filipino Speculative Fiction Authors to Watch” on Will Read for Feels. Thank you Charles Tan, Anne, Liana, and Marian! Please click through for more links and recommendations.

‘unseen moon’ now available for free on smashwords

Thank you for all your support.

Download away, spread the word, and please leave a book review if you have the time and inclination.

I have other books also available on Smashwords via Flipside Publishing. Happy reading!

some love for ‘unseen moon’, ‘project 17’, ‘the viewless dark’, and ‘lower myths’

Here are new reviews for Unseen Moon and Project 17.

From Cassandra Javier (a review of the paperback, which contains The Viewless Dark):

A collection of Horror Stories from Eliza Victoria, a brilliant and undeniably good Filipina Author, Unseen Moon is something that every Horror/Mystery/Crime fan must read.

First in the collection is Needle Rain. A story of a barkada and how they try to uncover the mysteries of a murder that happened in their hometown. One of the most mysterious stories in the pack, this is a good way to build the tension and suspense that one should feel while reading the book. However, aside from being scary, there’s bit of sadness and surprise here, too. What’s good is that the author was really able to capture the old-skool Filipino neighborhood–she was able to build the feel and imagery that was needed.

And then comes my favorite story in the book: The Ghosts of Sinagtala. Oh, god, this is the perfect thing to read right now as the Holy Week is coming up soon, and aside from being “Holy”, we all know that it’s also the time when they say that bad spirits are all over the place. This (and I told the author about this) SERIOUSLY. CREEPED. ME. OUT. It’s not about monsters or the usual white ladies or whatever, but the kind of horror depicted in this story is so psychological that it would really rack your brain. (And I’m getting goosies again while writing this). Read it and you will know what I mean. It’s really something you’d have to put down and continue once the sun shines again (yeah I read it late, late at night and god my mind worked so bad) because it’s so scary. Watch out for rats.

Summer Evening, meanwhile, is brutal. You never know how twins’ minds’ work these days. You might be disturbed by this story and by the brutality, but all in all it was good. I like how different and creative the author can get.

A tale that will surely tug at your heartstrings without losing its mystery, December, is about an orphan named December, who makes friends with a boy named Gabriel. Together, they discover secrets and mysteries about a dead body in the lake, an abandoned mansion and the people around them.

Finally, there is the Viewless Dark. If you’re a student and are frequenting the library, you’ll be afraid. Okay seriously, this was one of the best. It’s about finding out about someone’s death and learning what you need to learn about that person. It’s scary, it’s suspenseful and it’s a work that’s just definitely top of the line. If you’re fond of trying to solve mysteries, this story is for you.

Give this book a chance because you will not regret it. And you know what? I think I’m going to re-read these stories sometime soon. They’re THAT good.

From Cathriona Lethal:

This is the second book by Eliza Victoria that I’ve read. The first one was Project 17. Whenever I read her stories I [think], “This author must have killed somebody to be able to write gripping tales like these.”

There are four short stories in this book. Reading the first, “Needle Rain”, is like watching true crime. I felt like I was praying hard as my windpipe hang on the second, “The Ghosts of Sinagtala”, and only after I reached the ending was I able to breathe – finally relieved. After reading the third, “Summer Evening”, I was convinced Miss Victoria must have really murdered somebody to be able to pull this story off, like she’s in a vengeance. And lastly, the final fresh-dead-cat present from the book, “December”, is just sick. Sick. I want to run from it, however, I was coaxed to go on…

From Tricia:

Ever since I’ve read Eliza Victoria‘s Unseen Moon, I became a fan. When the news broke that she published a new book last year, I really wanted to get a copy but I missed it during the book fair. Initially, I [didn’t] have any idea about Project 17, but I was so attracted [by] the book cover (cover and illustrations by Jap Mikel) and Victoria’s books are now an auto-buy for me, [that] I got a copy. I am glad I was able to grab one last Summer Komikon!

Let’s admit it, there are only a few science fiction books by our local authors in the Philippines—or maybe I’m just not that well-read when it comes to Filipiniana—and this is a good news that our local authors are now venturing and writing different genres (most of our local writers are into chick-lit and literary fiction).

Project 17 is set in the immediate to near future in the Philippines where robots are now among humans. Cellphones, no-hands, high-technology devices are part of being a human to survive. In this story, our protagonist, Lillian was hired as a babysitter for summer job by a man named Paul Dolores. Her duty is to look after his younger brother, a 28-year old guy suffering from a schizoaffective disorder named Caleb. The situation looks harmless and soon she accepted the job. Boring day after boring day, she starts being curious about the lives of these two brothers as well as Caleb’s medications that  are nonexistent online.

What I like about Project 17 is how Victoria created a world that is new and familiar at the same time. She didn’t dwell too much on being science fiction or on using epistaxis-inducing geeky high science/technology terms for a non-science-fiction-fan like me. It’s just on the right combination of science fiction, mixed with mystery and thrown in bits of humor. What piqued my interest is the mental disorder mentioned in the book. I really like books with health or mental disorders because I had close encounters with people with mental problems when I was a college nursing student. It was a memorable experience and I am forever interested and curious on such topics. Although the book only has few mentions about the mental case, the flow of the story didn’t disappoint. It was well-paced, although I found myself being impatient because it’s a thin book and there’s too much going on! But then, it was all right because things fell into places and I’m all ohhhs and ahhhs after connecting all the details. I like that the book gave off a feeling like I am a detective on [the] run chased by some big, unknown, all-seeing person ala Big Brother for discovering such information Lillian learned. I felt bits of paranoia and was on a look out for heavily-tinted cars that might, you know, kidnap me. Ha ha.

Here are reviews for two of my earlier releases, The Viewless Dark and Lower Myths, both available on Amazon, Flipreads, and other fine places.

Lower Myths: I’ve always loved Eliza Victoria’s works for having a strong Filipino feel. Some people might see the words “diwata” or “mambabarang” in these two stories and automatically classify them as fantasy works, but what really gives both titles an impact is a common emotion that is skillfully weaved into it: love of siblings, love of family. That is something any reader can relate to, and I find that these are what makes both memorable. They are supernatural stories to be sure, intriguing but also very touching for it features something that hits close to home for all of us.

The Viewless Dark: The story was creepy and hair raising at times, but still managed to be incredibly touching with the twist at the end. A fantastic mixture of the supernatural, tragedy, friendship and family all in one short story. I’d loved Eliza Victoria’s works ever since randomly picking up “A Bottle of Storm Clouds” and if there’s only one complaint I have about this author, it’s that her stories always leave me wanting more.

Thank you very much to readers who take the time to write their thoughts about my work. I love how most readers pick up one book of mine, and check out my other books. Returning customers! I must be doing something right.

Unseen Moon can be purchased on Smashwords and Amazon.

Project 17 is in all major Philippine bookstores. (And soon as an ebook! Watch out for that.)

The Viewless Dark is available on Amazon and other places.

Lower Myths is available on Amazon and other places.

Disclaimer: I don’t kill people, just cockroaches.

closing the print-on-demand store (for now)

Publishing via print-on-demand is tiring and expensive. You can’t really earn much as the margin for overhead is narrow — unless you want buyers to pay for a slim volume of stories with the price of the Codex. And it’s certainly not for the lazy, or the very very busy.

But I did it for readers who requested for physical copies of The Viewless Dark, and also to see a small number of my poems in print. There is narcissism involved, a fair bit of mania, and love, too. And you know what, I enjoyed every minute of it. It made the selling of my books more personal, more meaningful.

So thank you to those who ordered copies. The last copies were handed out in December 2013, during the Readercon, and now we’re closing the store.

However, Unseen Moon (a dark fiction collection containing three novelettes and one short story) can still be purchased online for your Amazon Kindle and on Smashwords for only $1, and soon Apocalypses will be available in online stores via Flipside Publishing.

I would love to see physical copies of these titles in bookstores, but I’ll probably have a publisher handle that for me, if only to drive down the cost per book. Or I can continue printing in small batches for special occasions. We’ll see.

‘unseen moon’ for sale at the 2013 komikon

I will be selling limited (VERY LIMITED) paperback copies of my collection, Unseen Moon, at the Komikon 2013.

Unseen Moon

Each copy will come with a FREE copy of the 1st issue of Metro Serye, published by UST Publishing. This first issue was illustrated by Manix Abrera, edited by Mookie Katigbak Lacuesta, and includes some of my poems, as well as poems by Mark Anthony Cayanan, Joseph de Luna Saguid, Lawrence Bernabé, and Marie La Viña.

I will also throw in a card in there, so you’ll have a bookmark. 

Extra copies of Metro Serye will sell at a discounted price of PhP 50 each. (Not sure yet how many copies I still have, but will update.)

Unseen Moon will sell at a discounted price of PhP 420.

Okay? Okay! See you tomorrow! I will be at the Visprint Inc. booth! (Many thanks to Ms. Nida Ramirez, na pumayag i-table ako, haha!)

pre-halloween sale: get a copy of ‘unseen moon’ for free on smashwords

The 3rd Filipino ReaderCon is just around the corner now – it will be held on Nov. 9 in Ateneo de Manila University’s Rizal Library.  I will be on the Authors as Readers panel, where authors talk about what they love to read.

Halloween, too, is just around the corner (as well as my birthday), and I love to read horror, so as a treat to fellow horror fans and readers, I’m making my book of dark fiction, Unseen Moon, available for free on Smashwords.

All you need to do is create a Smashwords account, and enter the coupon code prior to completing your checkout.

Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: WC73X
Expires: October 31, 2013

Unseen Moon

The fantastic cover is designed by Biboy Royong.

Ghosts in a mansion. A home invasion. A group of friends haunted by a murder. An unlikely friendship, a dead body in an abandoned house.

Unseen Moon (ebook edition) collects four suspenseful stories by award-winning author Eliza Victoria.

“If you want to get to know Eliza’s works but you’re not a huge fan of anything that is out of the normal world, then Unseen Moon might be the right Eliza book for you. If you’ve read Eliza’s other works and you want more, then you won’t want to miss this one.”

– Tina Matanguihan, book reviewer

“There’s always something about Victoria’s short stories that make my little brain cells applaud (or so I imagine): sometimes it’s the pure whimsy of her fantasy worlds; sometimes it’s the ingenuity of the plots and twists. For this anthology, it’s the audacity with which she writes about difficult issues like suicide, murder, and incest, as well as her ability to capture a person’s deepest hopes and fears and put them into words.”

– Meann Ortiz, GMA News Online

“… there’s no question that Eliza Victoria is a master.“

– Krysty Choi, book reviewer

“This most recent work of Eliza Victoria involves beautifully woven stories of horror, insanity, and juvenile crimes. I am not exactly a fan of dark and scary novels but I found myself enjoying Victoria’s book. It was wicked and creepy. Reading this book was a new experience for me because I’d never before come across a Filipino book that touches on the sensitive themes of juvenile crime, gender, and sex.”

– Tricia Gervacio, Mangojuiced.com

“Best read in old ancestral homes, or under the sheets with a flashlight.”

– Katha Magazine (Issue 01)

“While I was prepared to be scared out of my wits, thanks to the feedback from book club friends, I was still, well, scared out of my wits.”

– Marginalia

Unseen Moon on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17852984-unseen-moon

Please take note that 1) the coupon code expires on October 31st and 2) this sale applies to the ebook version only, which contains four stories.

The fifth story, a novella called The Viewless Dark (nominated for Best Novel in English for the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards), is available as an ebook via Flipside Publishing through these markets:

Amazon.com (MOBI) | Flipreads.com (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | Barnes & Noble (Nook Book) | Kobo (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | iTunes (iOs) |ilovebooks.com (iOs/Adobe DRM/EPUB)

The paperback version, which contains all five stories, remains available from Books on Demand Philippines at PhP 450 per copy. Who knows, you might decide to get a tangible copy (which I will sign before shipping) if you enjoy the ebook. Email me if you want to order one.

Feel free to share this post. If you do decide to download the free copy, please leave a review on its Smashwords page, Goodreads, on your blog, or your social network of choice. That would be nice.

I have, of course, other titles available. Feel free to look around.

Happy scary reading.

on print on demand

unseen moon print

Apocalypses

There are readers who are looking for/waiting for Unseen Moon and Apocalypses in the bookstores. (I know because they told me.) Just to clarify: both books are published POD (Print on Demand). Meaning, if you don’t demand, we won’t print. No matter how long we wait in NBS or the other bookstores, the books sadly won’t appear out of thin air and settle on the bookshelves. Because you need to tell me first that you want a copy.

So demand away! Details here, or you may email me at victoriaeliza [at] gmail [dot] com to order a copy and to get the payment details. It’s going to be either through bank deposit or via PayPal. I don’t do meet-ups because I have a day job and a million things to do at home (like, wash clothes), but if I’m going to an event, and you’re going to the same event, then let’s do it.

For those who have already bought copies, thank you very much! Do leave a review in your website of choice (Goodreads, Amazon, your own blog, this blog); it helps in creating mileage for these titles, especially since they won’t be sitting inside bookstores.

Ah, yes; the wonderful world of self-publishing.

PS Both books are available as ebooks, if you want a copy now now now.