Lee Murray author, editor
Essays by Asian Women in Horror
Lee Murray & Angela Yuriko Smith (eds)
Foreword by Lisa Kroger
From hungry ghosts, vampiric babies, and shapeshifting fox spirits to the avenging White Lady of urban legend, for generations, Asian women’s roles have been shaped and defined through myth and story. In Unquiet Spirits, Asian writers of horror reflect on the impact of superstition, spirits, and the supernatural in this unique collection of 21 personal essays exploring themes of otherness, identity, expectation, duty, and loss, and leading, ultimately, to understanding and empowerment.
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Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Asian Studies
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"Unquiet Spirits is a collection of intimate, insightful essays that will become essential reading for those looking to understand the voice of women of the Asian diaspora in horror. I can’t overstate how important this book is."
—Priya Sharma, British Fantasy award-winning author of Ormeshadow
"As an expert in the paranormal I’ve researched ghosts around the globe, but there’s a vast gulf between studying hungry ghosts and fox spirits in scholarly journals, and reading first-hand experience of these extraordinary stories. The pieces in Unquiet Spirits are beautiful, enlightening, poignant, and yes, haunting. This is a must-have book for anyone who is interested in the folklore of Asia and how it has impacted the lives of the women actually living it." —Lisa Morton, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Ghosts: A Haunted History
"A haunting and phenomenally intriguing undertaking. With the variety of perspectives, Unquiet Spirits is powerful, poignant, and very, very moving. An emotionally draining experience in the best way possible!"
—Steve Stred, Splatterpunk-nominated author of Sacrament and Mastodon, and reviewer at Kendall Reviews
“To be heard is a very powerful thing indeed, but first we have to speak. The unique voices in these essays take us into the ways each author’s culture honors troubled spirits who enter their homes and souls. There are no simple ghostly shadows here, but a captivating collection of hungry, neglected, abused ancestral beings, with each piece ending in a treasure trove of reference material to inspire and teach. I freely embrace being an unquiet human.”
—Linda D. Addison, award-winning author, HWA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and SFPA Grand Master.
“Fierce and fervid, Unquiet Spirits is a grand achievement in its honesty and emotional depth. The pieces within range from academic to conversational and in between—but all shed light on identities and struggles which our world has often tried to quiet. But more than a grand achievement, this collection deserves ascent to the literary canon for both the Asian diaspora and feminism. I’ll be shelving my copy alongside the essays of Joanna Russ. Murray and Smith have assembled what could very well be the defining next generation of voices for these intersectional topics. For those interested in horror, women in literature, the Asian diaspora, equality and identity -- this volume is a must.” —Austin Gragg, Editor-in-Chief at Space & Time Magazine
“Raw, emotional, honest, and empowering.” —Amanda Headlee for The Horror Tree