Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women


Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women

Edited by Lee Murray and Geneve Flynn

Omnium Gatherum

Almond-eyed celestial, the filial daughter, the perfect wife. Quiet, submissive, demure. In Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, Southeast Asian writers of horror both embrace and reject these traditional roles in a unique collection of stories which dissect their experiences of ‘otherness’, be it in the colour of their skin, the angle of their cheekbones, the things they dare to write, or the places they have made for themselves in the world.


Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women is a dark and intimate exploration of what it is to be a perpetual outsider.


Featuring 14 stories by Nadia Bulkin, Grace Chan, Rin Chupeco, Elaine Cuyegkeng, Geneve Flynn, Gabriela Lee, Rena Mason, Lee Murray, Angela Yuriko Smith, and Christina Sng, and a foreword by Alma Katsu (The Deep). Includes Grace Chan’s Aurealis-nominated story ‘The Mark,’ shortlisted for Australia’s Norma K. Hemming Award which recognises excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work.


228 pages, cover art by Greg Chapman

ISBN-13: 9781949054279

Praise for Black Cranes

“As haunting and versatile as the Chinese erhu, the stories in Black Cranes pluck and bow the strings of the Southeast Asian experience with insightful depth and resonance.” —Tori Eldridge, author of the acclaimed Lily Wong novels, The Ninja Daughter and The Ninja’s Blade.

“This anthology has a power to it. An instant classic.” —Nightmare Feed.

“A bloody-toothed smile hidden behind the hand of propriety and social expectation.” —Pseudopod

“Lyrical and haunting prose... This is dark, reflective fiction at its best.” —Tomes and Tales

“Resonates with  bold originality throughout.” —Space & Time Magazine

Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women was a first-rate, totally arresting ride.” —Horror Bound


The general tone of the book made my heart ache, and I mean that as high praise. There was a melancholy to it that came out of a very strongly represented notion of ‘otherness’. I want to feel for the characters when I read, especially when I read horror, and I felt for every one of the characters living in these pages. The unique anxieties experienced by Asian women were so masterfully penned here that reading it really was an eye-opening experience. The themes were seamlessly woven in to the narratives in a way that both tugged at my heartstrings and filled me with dread.—Gingernuts of Horror


Articles, Interviews, Reviews, and Blogs

Tomes and Tales

Nightmare Feed

The Horror Tree: WiHM Asian-Western Perspectives of Being the Perpetual Outsider (Lee Murray & Geneve Flynn)

Horror Fuel (Interview with Lee Murray)

Black Cranes:Tales of Unquiet Women: Review Gingernuts of Horror

Gingernuts of Horror: Black Cranes Blog Series - Part One

Gingernuts of Horror: Black Cranes Blog Series - Part Two

Gingernuts of Horror: Black Cranes Blog Series - Part Three

The Horror Tree: Black Cranes Blog Tour - Part One (Lee Murray and Nadia Bulkin)

The Horror Tree: Black Cranes Blog Tour - Part Two (Geneve Flynn and Grace Chan)

The Horror Tree: Black Cranes Blog Tour - Part Three (Elaine Cuyegkeng and Christina Sng)

The Horror Tree: Black Cranes Blog Tour - Part Four of Four (Rena Mason, Gabbriela Lee, and Rin Chupeco)

Horror Bound

Run Along the Shelves

Of Hunger and Fury by Grace Chan

Reading from Phoenix Claws on the Atlanta HWA Southern Nightmares Reading Series #4

Black Cranes Release day Panel with Publisher Kate JOnez


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