Charles Tan‘s fiction has appeared in publications such as The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories and Philippine Speculative Fiction. He has contributed nonfiction to websites such as The Nebula Awards, The Shirley Jackson Awards, The World SF News Blog, and SF Signal. In 2009, he won the Last Drink Bird Head Award for International Activism which is described as “In recognition of those who work to bring writers from other literary traditions and countries to the attention of readers in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia…” You can visit his blog, Bibliophile Stalker, or the Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler.

Elbert Or is a comic book creator, whose most recent work includes Lola: A Ghost Story from Oni Press. He also conducts creativity and communication training under his company, Brain Food, and can be found at

Dominique Gerald Cimafranca teaches computer science and literature (with two separate departments) at Ateneo de Davao University. He maintains the web sites of Dagmay, a regional literary journal for Mindanao, and of The Farthest Shore speculative fiction anthology. Visit his blog at

Adam David lives in Cubao, Quezon City. He has been a zinester and a bookmaker by trade since 1999. He writes criticism for the Philippine Online Chronicles, a Pinoy culture webzine. He regularly maintains a weblog called Oblique Strategies, which can be monitored every now and then on


Francezca C. Kwe has published her short stories in various anthologies and publications. She teaches at the University of the Philippines and is married to a poet.

Camsy Ocumen lives at the foot of a mountain in Taytay but she can be visited online at

Dean Francis Alfar is a leading advocate of speculative fiction in the Philippines. His novel, Salamanca, won the Book Development Association of the Philippines’s Gintong Aklat as well as the Palanca grand prize. He has also earned ten more Palancas, two Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards, and the Philippines Free Press award. His short fiction has been collected in The Kite of Stars and Other Stories, and published in venues both national and international, including The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, Rabid Transit: Menagerie, Latitude, A La Carte, Exotic Gothic 2 & 3, and The Apex Book of World SF. With Nikki Alfar, he edits the Philippine Speculative Fiction annuals. He is currently working on this sophomore novel and collection.

Apol Lejano-Massebieau was originally a newspaper reporter and magazine editor before making the jump to writing fiction- and creative non-fiction a few years ago. She has since published her short stories in magazines such as Philippine Free Press and Philippine Genre Stories, and in book anthologies, such as the Philippine Speculative Fiction volumes (Kestrel), Sawi (Milflores), and A Time for Dragons (Anvil). For her creative non-fiction, she has won a Palanca Award, and in 2009 launched a collection of essays, Provenciana (Visionaria Publishing), currently available in Philippine bookstores.

Paolo Gabriel V. Chikiamco has placed in the Palanca Awards (Short Story for Children category) and his stories have been published in the Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, The Farthest Shore, A Time for Dragons, and Philippine Speculative Fiction V. He is currently the editor of Metakritiko, the arts and culture section of the Philippine Online Chronicles ( Rocket Kapre, his digital publishing imprint dedicated to publishing and promoting speculative fiction by Filipino authors, can be found (along with USOK, his online Pinoy SF webzine) at

Marianne Villanueva is a short story writer from the Philippines. Her stories have appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Sou’wester, ZYZZYVA, Juked, The White Whale Review, the Santa Fe Writers Project, and Cafe Irreal. Work is forthcoming in 2010 from Hotel Amerika: The TransGenre Issue and Necessary Fiction. She has had two collections of short fiction published in the Philippines: Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila and The Lost Language.

Mia Tijam is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program of the University of the Philippines (Diliman) and a fellow for Creative Nonfiction in the 2007 National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete.

Her work has been printed in Playboy Philippines, Pulp, Dark Blue Southern Seas, The Philippines Free Press, the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies, and Digest of Philippine Genre Stories. Likewise, they can also be found in online websites like The Farthest Shore: Fantasy from the Philippines ( and WritersConnect (

Her speculative fiction had been given an Honorable Mention in The 2008 Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant) and was a finalist in The 2009 Philippines Free Press Literary Awards. She is the resident critic of the Happy Mondays Poetry Readings and the co-editor of Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler (

Yvette Tan is a Manila-based horror writer. Her works have been published in The Philippines Free Press, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Manila Times, Uno magazine, Rogue magazine, Story Philippines and Philippine Genre Stories, among others.

Her short fiction has also appeared in anthologies such as Sleepless in Manila and Philippine Speculative Fiction II and III.

Adam David lives in Cubao, Quezon City. He has been a zinester and a bookmaker by trade since 1999. He writes criticism for the Philippine Online Chronicles, a Pinoy culture webzine. He regularly maintains a weblog called Oblique Strategies, which can be monitored every now and then on

Elyss Punsalan is based in Manila and works as a brand manager for a company that sells millions of lipsticks every year. When she’s not crunching numbers Elyss spends her time bonding with her family, joining Quiz Nights, and watching romantic comedies. Her other published works can be found in A Time for Dragons, Philippine Speculative Fiction III, Philippine Genre Stories 3, First Love, Heartbreak, Match Made and Story Philippines.

Kenneth Yu is the publisher/editor of The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, or PGS. Locally, his fiction has been published in Philippine Speculative Fiction IV, The Philippine Graphic, and The Philippines Free Press; online, on AlienSkin, The Town Drunk, and Usok. He also won Fantasy Magazine’s 2009 Halloween flash fiction contest. He has two horror stories forthcoming, one in the print anthology D.O.A. published by Blood Bound Books, and another at Innsmouth Free Press.

Crystal Koo holds a BA in English literature from the Philippines, an MA in creative writing from Sydney, and is now working in a university in Hong Kong. Her work has been published in the Philippines, most recently in The Farthest Shore, Usok, and Ruin and Resolve, as well as in various international venues such as unsweetened Literary Journal, RUBRIC: Creative Writing Journal of the University of New South Wales, Short Stories at East of the Web, and Salu-Salo: An Anthology of Philippine-Australian Writings. In 2007, she received a Palanca Award for her short story “Benito Salazar’s Last Creation”, and in 2009, her play The Foundling was performed in the Fringe Theatre in Hong Kong. She has forthcoming publications from North America in DAW Books’ The Dragon and the Stars anthology and in the Ink-filled Page Literary and Arts Journal. She is currently working on a screenplay for a short film to be produced in Hong Kong in 2010. She maintains a blog at

Alexander Drilon graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in mending people and a fascination with entertaining them. He is currently pursuing the former at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, jogging to medical codes at 2 a.m. to dispense drugs (legally) and deliver timely electric shocks under bright fluorescent lights.

Kate Aton-Osias is an auditor who believes that love, hope, and good chocolate can save the world. She has earned a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature and a citation in the international Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her stories have been published in Serendipity, Philippine Speculative Fiction, The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, and soon, Bewildering Stories and A Time for Dragons. She’s a proud founding member of the LitCritters writing and literary discussion group, and is happily swimming in the structured chaos of being wife to fellow writer Alex Osias and mother to their newborn son Hector.

Born in 1984 in Manila, Philippines, Gabriela Lee earned her degree at the University of the Philippines and completed her master’s at the National University of Singapore under an ASEAN scholarship. She was a Fellow for Poetry in English at the Dumaguete Writers’ Workshop, the longest-running creative writing workshop in Southeast Asia. Her stories and poems have appeared in literary magazines such as The Sunday Inquirer Magazine and the Philippine Free Press, and anthologies such as Philippine Speculative Fiction, Vol. 1, Crowns & Oranges: New Philippine Poetry, and A Different Voice: Fiction by Young Filipino Writers. She currently works with teenagers in an online virtual environment in Singapore.

Andrew Drilon was first published at age 14 in The Philippine Daily Inquirer for an illustrated children’s story about a dead bovine called “Moo Moo the Ghostly Cow”. This depiction of a postmortem ruminant was lauded as heartwarming and earned him praise from his teachers, though his name was misspelled as “Andrew Drillon”. Despite this oversight, he was not discouraged from making stories and continues to do so to this day via comics, illustration and prose. His most recent works have been featured in The Philippine Star, Top Shelf 2.0, The Virtuous Medlar Circle and the Bamboo band’s music video, “Muli”.