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Unquiet Spirits: Essays By Asian Women in Horror

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Unquiet Spirits

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.

Black Spot Books  / Order HERE 

Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Asian Studies

9781645481294, 1645481298

Table of Contents

  • Nadia Bulkin: Becoming Ungovernable: Latah, Amok, and Disorder in Indonesia. Comparing male versus female “berserker” states in Indonesia.

  • Grace Chan: Holy Revelations. Juxtaposition of Christian spirituality and Asian expectations in the Asian-Australian immigrant experience.

  • Eliza Chan: Lucky Numbers, Or Why 28 > 58 East versus West numerology and the converging influences of superstition.

  • doungjai gam: tethered chokeholds The naphiron (tree with women-fruit to be consumed) and conflicting Thai American expectations of filial duty.

  • Tori Eldridge: The Agency of Modern Kunoichi: The Women of Ninja Stealth and Perseverance Empowerment and agency of the Kunochi warrior woman: historical and modern perspectives.

  • Geneve Flynn: Some Things Are Dangerous, But Can Be Lived With: The Ghost Baby of Malaysian Mythology A personal experience of the kwee kia ghost baby as a symbol of generational grief.

  • Vanessa Fogg: Hungry Ghosts in America Expectation, education, and self-actualisation observed through the lens of Asian hungry ghost mythology.

  • Kiyomi Appleton Gaines: Plant a Cherry Tree over my Grave Japanese mountain witches and notions of motherhood and monstrous.

  • Ai Jiang: The Unvoiced, The Unheard, The Unknown, The Unquiet Exploring Asian traditional expectations of womanhood and identity.

  • K.P. Kulski: 100 Livers Identity and loss as seen through the shapeshifting kumiho (Korean Fox spirit)

  • Gabriela Lee: Sightings Predation and consumption of Asian women as evidenced in current events and the White Lady of Balete Drive (Philippines).

  • JAW McCarthy: Thai Spirits & Longing to Belong Krasue, pret, and phi pop, and lived experience of identity and otherness at the intersection of culture.

  • Rena Mason: Lady Nak of Phra Khanong: A Life Inspired by the Female Duality Archetype Thai ghosts, phi, Mae Nak (the lady of Pra Khanong), loss, expectation, and filial guilt.

  • Lee Murray: Displaced Spirits: Ghosts of the Diaspora Displacement, generational loss, and persecution as hungry ghost spirits.

  • Celine Murray: Fox Daughter Through the huli jing (Chinese fox spirit) a young woman reconciles identity, otherness, and belonging.

  • Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito: Belonging to Fear Horror and myth as an integral part of the Asian immigrant experience.

  • Angela Yuriko Smith: Tearing Ourselves Apart: The Nukekubi Displacement, sacrifice, and authenticity as experienced through the disembodied head of the nukekubi.

  • Christina Sng: The Demon-Haunted Girl The Pontianak as a symbol of vengeance for centuries of abuse and predation of Asian women.

  • Yvette Tan: Fallen Leaves, New Soil Blending of Christian and Chinoy cultural values as observed in a Filipino upbringing

  • Benebell Wen: Ghost Month in Taiwan A family suffering generations of longing and loss is rescued from the clutches of hungry ghost demons.

  • Yi Izzy Yu: The Substitute Marriage and our authentic selves as viewed through the tisigui (substitute-seeking ghost). 

Praise for Unquiet Spirits

"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

Unquiet Spirits is a literary social inspection that should be in the libraries of a diverse range of collections, from those featuring horror literature to libraries looking for expanded insights into women's history, Asian women's experiences, and the power of supernatural forces in cultural representations. A powerhouse of cultural revelation.—Midwest Book Review

Unquiet Spirits is an intimate, emotional read. It should be adopted for courses on myth and/or on horror as it is compelling, accessible, and insightful.  It should also be on the shelf of anyone interested in feminist literature. Unquiet Spirits does the important work of providing voice and agency to the mothers and grandmothers who have stories that must be told but were never permitted to tell them.—Elaine Pascale for Horror World

“... Just a brilliant and thoughtful work.—Matt Cavanagh for Runalong the Shelves

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Articles, Interviews, Reviews, and Blogs

Sci-fi Now: Unquiet Spirits: Asian Women in Horror Cover Review and Sneak Peak
https://www.scifinow.co.uk/books/unquiet-spirits-essays-by-asian-women-in-horror-cover-reveal-and-sneak-peek/

Gingernuts of Horror: Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror, excerpts and cover reveal
https://archive.gnofhorror.com/features/unquiet-spirits-essays-by-asian-women-in-horror.html


The Horror Tree -- Epeolatry book review by Amanda Headlee
https://horrortree.com/epeolatry-book-review-unquiet-spirits-essays-by-asian-women-in-horror-ed-lee-murray-and-angela-yuriko-smith/

Panel Interview: Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn, Angela Yuriko Smith, Christina Sng, Rena Mason, and K.P. Kulski

by Frances Lu-Pai-Ippolito
https://www.nightmare-magazine.com/nonfiction/panel-interview-lee-murray-geneve-flynn-angela-yuriko-smith-christina-sng-rena-mason-and-k-p-kulski/

Unquiet Spirits: Monster Librarian Review

https://www.monsterlibrarian.com/TheCirculationDesk/book-review-unquiet-spirits-essays-by-asian-women-in-horror-edited-by-lee-murray-and-angela-yuriko-smith-foreward-by-lisa-kroger/

Eliza Chan in The Herald Scotland: My Journey into Myth and Motherhood

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/23306104.eliza-chan-journey-myth-motherhood/

Book Review: Unquiet Spirits, by Elaine Pascale for Horror World

https://horrorworld.org/book-review-unquiet-spirits/

Book Review: Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror

https://www.libraryjournal.com/review/unquiet-spirits-essays-by-asian-women-in-horror-1793899?fbclid=IwAR0gOFhhZH32KPCyKaGs7RQqoEOQPOwPHln584JGjkXy9NYqFfMUXM_Li1M

Run Along the Shelves: Book Review: Unquiet Spirits: Essays By Asian Women in Horror

https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/blog/2023/3/12/unquiet-ghosts-essays-by-asian-women-in-horror-edited-by-lee-murray-and-angela-yuroko-smith

Kendall Reviews Interview series - ASIAN HERITAGE MOnth 2023

Exclusive Interview with Ai Jiang

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-ai-jiang/

Exclusive Interview with Angela Yuriko Smith

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-angela-yuriko-smith/

Exclusive Interview with Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-frances-lu-pai-ippolito/

Exclusive Interview with Eliza Chan

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-eliza-chan/

Exclusive Interview with Geneve Flynn

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-geneve-flynn/

Exclusive Interview with JAW McCarthy

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-j-a-w-mccarthy/

Exclusive Interview with KP Kulski

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-k-p-kulski/

Exclusive Interview with Yi Izzy Yu

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-yi-izzy-yu/

Exclusive Interview with Rena Mason

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-rena-mason/

Exclusive Interview with Tori Eldridge

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-tori-eldridge/

Exclusive Interview with Yvette Tan

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-yvette-tan/

Exclusive Interview with Lee Murray

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-asian-heritage-month-an-exclusive-interview-with-lee-murray/

Nine Must-read Asian Horror Titles

https://kendallreviews.com/feature-nine-must-read-horror-titles-from-asian-writers/

Online Panels and Vlogs

SPEAKING FOR UNQUIET SPIRITS, PART ONE: 

Join Asian woman horror writers Yvette Tan, Frances Lu Pai Ippolito, Geneve Flynn and Ai Jiang as they reflect on the impact of superstition, spirits, and the supernatural from their essays in UNQUIET SPIRITS, a collection of 21 personal essays exploring themes of otherness, identity, expectation, duty, and loss, and leading, ultimately, to understanding and empowerment.

Purchase UNQUIET SPIRITS here

Yvette Tan: https://yvettetan.com/

Ai Jiang: https://aijiang.ca/

Geneve Flynn: http://www.geneveflynn.com.au/

Frances Lu Pai-Ippolito: https://francesippolito.com/

SPEAKING FOR UNQUIET SPIRITS, PART TWO: 

Join Asian woman horror writers Alma Katsu, Celine Murray, K.P Kulski, and Lee Murray, with moderator Angela Yuriko Smith, as they reflect on the impact of superstition, spirits, and the supernatural from their work, including the essays in UNQUIET SPIRITS, a collection of 21 personal essays exploring themes of otherness, identity, expectation, duty, and loss, and leading, ultimately, to understanding and empowerment.

Purchase UNQUIET SPIRITS here

Alma Katsu: https://yvettetan.com/

KP Kulski: https://aijiang.ca/

Angela Yuriko Smith:

STILL UNQUIET WITH LEE MURRAY 

Valentine's Day 2023 is the release day for UNQUIET SPIRITS: ESSAYS BY ASIAN WOMEN IN HORROR from Black Spot Books. Joining us today is one of the women responsible not only for this upcoming book, but for beginning the "unquiet" movement that began with the multi-award winning anthology BLACK CRANES. Find out how this movement started and where it's going with special guest Lee Murray.

UNQUIET AUTHOR READINGS - PART 1

Join Elaine Pascale, reader, reviewer, writer, and literary commentator at Hell Notes, as she moderates this Women in Horror live reading  and subsequent discussion on Asian mythology and horror with Unquiet Spirits authors Tori Eldridge, Geneve Flynn,  Ai Jiang, Gabriela Lee, and Yvette Tan. Each author reads an excerpt from their work (not necessarily from Unquiet Spirits). 

Purchase UNQUIET SPIRITS here

Tori Eldridge: https://torieldridge.com/

Yvette Tan: https://yvettetan.com/

Ai Jiang: https://aijiang.ca/

Geneve Flynn: http://www.geneveflynn.com.au/

Gabriela Lee: https://sundialgirl.com/

Moderator: Elaine Pascale

UNQUIET AUTHOR READINGS - PART 2

Join Elaine Pascale, reader, reviewer, writer, and literary commentator at Hell Notes, as she moderates this Women in Horror event, a live reading  and subsequent discussion on Asian mythology and horror with Unquiet Spirits authors Kiyomi Appleton Gaines, Grace Chan, Lisa Kroger, Lee Murray, and Celine Murray. Each author reads an excerpt from their work (not necessarily from Unquiet Spirits). 

Purchase UNQUIET SPIRITS here

Kiyomi Appleton Gaines: https://twitter.com/thatkiyomi

Lisa Kroger: http://www.lisakroger.com/

Grace Chan: https://gracechanwrites.com/

Moderator: Elaine Pascale

MOTHERS DAY WITH LEE MURRAY & CELINE MURRAY

Angela Yuriko Smith hosts mother and daughter duo, Lee & Celine Murray, both award-winning writers, for a discussion of Asian motherhood, writing, and relationships.  

Purchase UNQUIET SPIRITS here

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