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Perhaps the first of its kind released in the Philippines, Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults was conceived solely with the Filipino young adult reader in mind, with stories that explore the concerns and fears of today’s youth through the lens of horror written by new and experienced authors. Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults is the first of a series of antho Perhaps the first of its kind released in the Philippines, Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults was conceived solely with the Filipino young adult reader in mind, with stories that explore the concerns and fears of today’s youth through the lens of horror written by new and experienced authors. Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults is the first of a series of anthologies covering science fiction, fantasy, and other genres, presented by award-winning editors Dean Francis Alfar and Kenneth Yu. CONTRIBUTORS Gabriela Lee Kally Hiromi R. Arsua Vince Torres Elyss G. Punsalan Renelaine Bontol-Pfister Alexander Osias Andrew Drilon Eliza Victoria Joseph Anthony Montecillo Fidelis Tan Charles Tan Kate Osias EK Gonzales Isabel Yap


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Perhaps the first of its kind released in the Philippines, Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults was conceived solely with the Filipino young adult reader in mind, with stories that explore the concerns and fears of today’s youth through the lens of horror written by new and experienced authors. Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults is the first of a series of antho Perhaps the first of its kind released in the Philippines, Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults was conceived solely with the Filipino young adult reader in mind, with stories that explore the concerns and fears of today’s youth through the lens of horror written by new and experienced authors. Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults is the first of a series of anthologies covering science fiction, fantasy, and other genres, presented by award-winning editors Dean Francis Alfar and Kenneth Yu. CONTRIBUTORS Gabriela Lee Kally Hiromi R. Arsua Vince Torres Elyss G. Punsalan Renelaine Bontol-Pfister Alexander Osias Andrew Drilon Eliza Victoria Joseph Anthony Montecillo Fidelis Tan Charles Tan Kate Osias EK Gonzales Isabel Yap

30 review for Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults

  1. 4 out of 5

    Isaiah Talens

    Is it just me or do some of the stories fall under middle grade rather than young adult? My favorites, in no particular order: Honesty Hour Eat Me Mommy Agnes Lola's House Misty Bubbling under: Dan's Dreams Frozen Delight --- Just so you know, one of the stories written in this book was written by my CW 10 professor! How cool is that?

  2. 5 out of 5

    dantheolumona | aviecayl uy

    Overall, I had been fascinated with the idea of this anthology, “Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults”, which involved an original interpretation of horror. The stories did not focus on ghosts, demons, spirits, haunted houses, evil magic, or manananggals; the stories did the opposite – instead on focusing on these various entities, this anthology highlighted the horror of being a human being: our fears, failures, lies, and deepest desires. It emphasized how the living could be haunted by th Overall, I had been fascinated with the idea of this anthology, “Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults”, which involved an original interpretation of horror. The stories did not focus on ghosts, demons, spirits, haunted houses, evil magic, or manananggals; the stories did the opposite – instead on focusing on these various entities, this anthology highlighted the horror of being a human being: our fears, failures, lies, and deepest desires. It emphasized how the living could be haunted by their own existence. And the living, these who we call “human beings” could also be the same beings doing the haunting. Out of the fourteen (14) short stories in this anthology, I had two favorites: First, “Education by Ate Flora” by Renelaine Bontol-Pfister, which, I suppose, was also influenced by the fact that I enjoy stories about manananggals. Second, “Frozen Delight” by EK Gonzales; this short story was creepy. It reminded me of the movie “Get Out”; plus, I found the concept of the story to be very original in the way the ideas were executed. Most stories had really good twists; some had nice concepts or scary endings. Although not every story was perfect, I still enjoyed reading this collection. It had been quite a unique experience, since it offered various definitions of horror. Lastly, I would just like to commend the cover of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dominique Yap

    It's the first time I've encountered a young adult horror short story collection. It's literary but accessible. It tackles horrors relevant to the contemporary Filipino young adult- both the traditional folklore stories we are familiar with and the horrors of being a teenager.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shaniqua Lizardo

    Special thanks to Ma'am Gabby for giving me a copy of this for Christmas and for being an all-around great supportive smart supermegafoxyawesomehot person. Special mentions: "Gago's Got Your Back" by Andrew Drilon, "Lola's House" by Fidelis Tan, "A Yellow Brick Road Valentine" by Charles Tan, and "Misty" by Isabel Yap Not super excellent but pretty good sample of Philippine YA all the same. Maybe I'm just a few years older than the target audience but some of the stories seemed more middle grade t Special thanks to Ma'am Gabby for giving me a copy of this for Christmas and for being an all-around great supportive smart supermegafoxyawesomehot person. Special mentions: "Gago's Got Your Back" by Andrew Drilon, "Lola's House" by Fidelis Tan, "A Yellow Brick Road Valentine" by Charles Tan, and "Misty" by Isabel Yap Not super excellent but pretty good sample of Philippine YA all the same. Maybe I'm just a few years older than the target audience but some of the stories seemed more middle grade than YA and some were just kind of meh story-wise (well-written but not particularly original) and style-wise (execution needed a little more oomph). But those that went for it, went for it. I could gush about "Gago's Got Your Back" forever and I think I'm turning into an Isabel Yap fangirl, but those are words for another time. Anyway, I'm definitely excited for what's next in the series and I'm very very happy that finally finally Philippine YA is expanding into other genres--mostly because it'll make it easier for future CW majors who want to focus on YA for their thesis because hi struggle much, but also because I personally think YA is such an important genre and I'm really glad its sort of being inducted into our ~literary tradition~. (OKAY WOW I AM THE FIRST RATING AND REVIEW OF THIS BOOK DON'T LOOK AT ME TURN AWAY FROM MY RUN-ON SENTENCES AND RANTY REVIEWS)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charmagne

    From the fourteen stories, only four made me feel like I was reading a book of horror stories. And from those three, only one made me feel horrified. Honesty Hour had a lot of potential but I wasn't satisfied with the execution and the dialogue. Eat Me was the one that I found most horrific but a little too disgusting and not for the imaginative person with a weak stomach. Mommy Agnes and Lola's House were creepy. The scene where Mommy Agnes tried entering the house made me nervous for the two chil From the fourteen stories, only four made me feel like I was reading a book of horror stories. And from those three, only one made me feel horrified. Honesty Hour had a lot of potential but I wasn't satisfied with the execution and the dialogue. Eat Me was the one that I found most horrific but a little too disgusting and not for the imaginative person with a weak stomach. Mommy Agnes and Lola's House were creepy. The scene where Mommy Agnes tried entering the house made me nervous for the two children and the scene where the protagonist saw the Other Children in the lola's house would have scared me if I was still a child. Frozen Delight had a creepy factor in it and the narrative was interesting. Misty didn't have the typical supernatural premise found in the other stories, but it still had an element in it that made it feel like a horror story. The other stories felt more like fantasy or fantasy-adventure stories with supernatural elements rather than horror stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tito Quiling, Jr.

    Among the short stories included in this collection, about 70% effectively delivered the sense of dread, the strand of fear, and at some point, even a subtle surprise. The stronger pieces for me include "Honesty Hour", "Eat Me", "Mommy Agnes", "The Running Girl", "The New Teacher" "Education by Ate Flora", "Lola's House", "Dan's Dreams" and "Frozen Delight"--their common feature being able to draw the reader in the situation. The okay ones were "Gago's Got Your Back", "Itching to Get Home", "A Y Among the short stories included in this collection, about 70% effectively delivered the sense of dread, the strand of fear, and at some point, even a subtle surprise. The stronger pieces for me include "Honesty Hour", "Eat Me", "Mommy Agnes", "The Running Girl", "The New Teacher" "Education by Ate Flora", "Lola's House", "Dan's Dreams" and "Frozen Delight"--their common feature being able to draw the reader in the situation. The okay ones were "Gago's Got Your Back", "Itching to Get Home", "A Yellow Brick Road Valentine", "Misty", and "Lucia, the Nightmare Hunter".The 30% I was neutral since it took some time for me to process what I've read and I ended up having more questions. That being said, this is a fairly strong collection of horror fiction.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Devi

    Compilation of short stories always leave me wanting. Personally, I have a thing for scary reads so I guess this appeals to me. I think Filipino YA is untested waters and it would be awesome to have more books of it. My favorites from this collection are: Eat Me, Education by Ate Flora (which according to my husband scared the hell out of him), Dan's Dreams and Frozen Delight.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    There were 3 excellent stories and about, I think, 2 good ones but the rest are meh.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This is one anthology where I enjoyed reading almost all the stories. I hope there would be more books like these. We definitely need more YA books penned by Filipinos.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chai Bagasala

  11. 4 out of 5

    Francesca

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ariadna

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angel Nicole

  14. 5 out of 5

    Morals

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vince Vios

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

  17. 5 out of 5

    She Who Must Not Be Named Be Named

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alejandro

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bethina

  20. 4 out of 5

    mj

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elle

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alfred Tinawin

  23. 5 out of 5

    usui takumi

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diegowarmadow

  25. 4 out of 5

    RTR Ollaio

  26. 4 out of 5

    Justin Magno

  27. 5 out of 5

    Princess Calacala

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bob.Toronja

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dean Harvey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Sison

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