Not So Stories

Not the Tales You Were Told

Once upon a time, Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories—fantastical yarns of wondrous creatures in faraway places—bewitched children across the world. But times change. Today, Kipling’s writing tells us a different tale; of a love of Empire, and the troubling legacy of British colonialism.

In Not So Stories, writers of colour from around the world reclaim these stories and remake them into something new. Something different. Something that belongs to us all.

Including stories by Adiwijaya Iskandar, Joseph Elliott-Coleman, Raymond Gates, Stewart Hotston, Zina Hutton, Georgina Kamsika, Cassandra Khaw, Paul Krueger, Tauriq Moosa, Jeannette Ng, Ali Nouraei, Wayne Santos, Zedeck Siew and Achala Upendran, with illustrations by Woodrow Phoenix and a foreword by Nikesh Shukla.

Imprint
Published
23rd Jan 2020
Length
368 pages

About the author

By day, Cassandra Khaw works as the business developer for Singaporean publisher Ysbryd Games. By night, she moonlights as a freelance technology reporter for places like PC Gamer and The Verge, while still writing exorbitant amounts of fiction. Rumor has it that she does not sleep and can only be satiated with offerings of fluffy things.

About the author

David Thomas Moore is the editor of Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, alt.sherlock.holmes, Monstrous Little Voices and Dracula: Rise of the Beast. Zina Hutton is an aspiring fantasy writer who tends to leap headfirst into new stories and worlds the second that inspiration strikes. She works as a freelance editor and writer with publication credits in Fireside Fiction, The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, ComicsAlliance and Women Write About Comics.Georgina Kamsika has spent most of her life explaining her English first name, Polish surname and Asian features. She graduated from the Clarion West workshop in 2012, and her current novel, The Goddess of the North, is with her agent. Paul Krueger is the author of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, a novel about bartenders who fight demons with alcohol magic. He lives in Los Angeles.Tauriq Moosa is a contributor to the Guardian, Daily Beast and other publications. His work has been referred to by The New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes and other places. He once debated Desmond Tutu about god.Ali Nouraei is a qualified barrister, a practising mediator, and has written fiction for fifteen years. His passions include history, literature, and cake.Zedeck Siew used to work in Malaysian media, covering art, culture and parliament, and co-designed Politiko, a card game about Malaysian party politics. He is currently working on an illustrated catalogue of imaginary Southeast Asian animals, Creatures of Near Kingdoms, out in late 2017.

About the author

Joseph Elliott-Coleman has been writing and telling stories since he was a child, with science fiction being his wheelhouse. Enduring and overcoming countless barriers, his work first saw print in the Not So Stories anthology. He lives in Croydon, London.

About the author

David Thomas Moore is the editor of Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, alt.sherlock.holmes, Monstrous Little Voices and Dracula: Rise of the Beast. Zina Hutton is an aspiring fantasy writer who tends to leap headfirst into new stories and worlds the second that inspiration strikes. She works as a freelance editor and writer with publication credits in Fireside Fiction, The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, ComicsAlliance and Women Write About Comics.Georgina Kamsika has spent most of her life explaining her English first name, Polish surname and Asian features. She graduated from the Clarion West workshop in 2012, and her current novel, The Goddess of the North, is with her agent. Paul Krueger is the author of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, a novel about bartenders who fight demons with alcohol magic. He lives in Los Angeles.Tauriq Moosa is a contributor to the Guardian, Daily Beast and other publications. His work has been referred to by The New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes and other places. He once debated Desmond Tutu about god.Ali Nouraei is a qualified barrister, a practising mediator, and has written fiction for fifteen years. His passions include history, literature, and cake.Zedeck Siew used to work in Malaysian media, covering art, culture and parliament, and co-designed Politiko, a card game about Malaysian party politics. He is currently working on an illustrated catalogue of imaginary Southeast Asian animals, Creatures of Near Kingdoms, out in late 2017.

About the author

David Thomas Moore is the editor of Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, alt.sherlock.holmes, Monstrous Little Voices and Dracula: Rise of the Beast. Zina Hutton is an aspiring fantasy writer who tends to leap headfirst into new stories and worlds the second that inspiration strikes. She works as a freelance editor and writer with publication credits in Fireside Fiction, The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, ComicsAlliance and Women Write About Comics.Georgina Kamsika has spent most of her life explaining her English first name, Polish surname and Asian features. She graduated from the Clarion West workshop in 2012, and her current novel, The Goddess of the North, is with her agent. Paul Krueger is the author of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, a novel about bartenders who fight demons with alcohol magic. He lives in Los Angeles.Tauriq Moosa is a contributor to the Guardian, Daily Beast and other publications. His work has been referred to by The New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes and other places. He once debated Desmond Tutu about god.Ali Nouraei is a qualified barrister, a practising mediator, and has written fiction for fifteen years. His passions include history, literature, and cake.Zedeck Siew used to work in Malaysian media, covering art, culture and parliament, and co-designed Politiko, a card game about Malaysian party politics. He is currently working on an illustrated catalogue of imaginary Southeast Asian animals, Creatures of Near Kingdoms, out in late 2017.

About the author

By day, Cassandra Khaw works as the business developer for Singaporean publisher Ysbryd Games. By night, she moonlights as a freelance technology reporter for places like PC Gamer and The Verge, while still writing exorbitant amounts of fiction.Gaie Sebold has written several novels, a number of short stories, and a slightly disturbing amount of poetry. Her novel include Babylon Steel, the sequel Dangerous Gifts, and Shanghai Sparrow. She lives in leafy suburbia with writer David Gullen and a paranoid cat, runs writing workshops, grows vegetables, and cooks a pretty good borscht.Tauriq Moosa is a contributor to the Guardian, Daily Beast and other publications. He focuses on ethics, justice, technology and pop culture. His work has been referred to by The New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes and other places. He once debated Desmond Tutu about god.Guy Adams is the author of the Heaven's Gate trilogy – The Good, The Bad and The Infernal, Once Upon a Time in Hell, and For a Few Souls More – as well as many audio adventures for Big Finish's Doctor Who range.Jonathan L. Howard has worked as a scriptwriter and video game writer, including writing credits on the highly successful Broken Sword series of video games. His first novel, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, was published in 2009.

About the author

“I enjoyed this book, although it made me nervous. I loved the conflict it caused in me. It’s fast-paced and uncompromising, keeping true to the essence of the Judges.” -- The British Fantasy Society