In this highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s A Bottle of Storm Clouds, award-winning author Eliza Victoria returns with seventeen stories of displacement, disillusionment, desperation, and loneliness.
In Seventeen Prayers to the Many-Eyed Mother, characters seek solace—wittingly or unwittingly—in forces beyond human comprehension. A young woman agrees to make a blood sacrifice in exchange for an American visa. Strangers find themselves stuck in a fatal time loop in a convenience store. A plane crash survivor on a deserted island believes a deity’s name has been carved into the rocks. A broke tourist meets a being untouched by time and space. Diwata, in hopes of assimilation into human society, agree to have their wings surgically removed. And within the darkness of an old mansion, a figure in white appears by the doorway…
This collection includes stories that have previously appeared in critically acclaimed publications including Apex Book of World SF, The Dark, Fireside Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Philippine Speculative Fiction, Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, and LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction.
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Published by Avenida Books, May 2022