Immersion: An Asian Anthology of Love, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction

Publication Date: September 27, 2019


E-book ISBN: 978-1-988416298

print ISBN: 978-1988416298

Series: Ricepaper Magazine Books Volume 2


Immerse yourself in unexpected worlds.

Your janitors are secretly part of an underground society. Craigslist shamans are available for shape shifters. Hopping corpses terrorize a small town while an aging samurai embarks on his final quest. These are just a glimpse of the fantastic scenes within the pages of this book. Journey to places where your understanding of reality is inverted in this new speculative fiction anthology featuring fifteen stories by Asian writers from the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop and Dark Helix Press.

This is Volume #2 of Ricepaper Magazine Books, a collection of anthologies featuring Asian literary works.

About the Publishing Team

JF Garrard – Editor

JF is the founder of Dark Helix Press, Co-President of the Toronto branch of the Canadian Authors Association, Deputy Editor for Ricepaper Magazineand Assistant Editor for Amazing Stories Magazine. She is an editor and writer of speculative fiction (Futuristic Canada, Trump: Utopia or DystopiaThe Undead Sorceress, Ricepaper Issue 19.3), non-fiction (The Literary Elephant). Her latest published short stories includes The Curse in the Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals and Gizmos anthology,  The Metamorphosis of Nova in the Blood Is Thicker anthology by Iguana Books and The Perfect Husband in the We Shall Be Monsters Frankenstein anthology by Renaissance Press.

Allan Cho – Editor

Allan Cho is an academic librarian at the University of British Columbia and an instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley.  Allan is actively engaged in a number of initiatives in the community and has served on the board of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Society (ACWW), Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC) and Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS). He has written for the Georgia Straight, Diverse Magazine, and Ricepaper.  His fiction has appeared in the anthologies, The Strangers and Eating Stories: A Chinese Canadian and Aboriginal Potluck.    

William Tham – Editor

William Tham Wai Liang was the Senior Editor of Ricepaper. He is also the author of Kings of Petaling Street and his second novel is due for release in early 2020. He is currently based in George Town, Penang.

Lea Duck – Cover Designer & Illustrator

Lea Duck has creative mind with a nerdy soul. She is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her obsession with design (and fantasy) started long ago when she was four years old at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She wasn’t a child prodigy already attending college, but rather, her mother was a professor of graphic design. She always looked forward to the days her mother would take her into work because she would get full run of the art room. She is now following in my mother’s duckprints. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Vancouver Island University and has six years of experience in the graphic design industry. You can follow her on instagram or check out her portfolio online at

About The Authors

Lily Chang – We Are All Ghosts

Lily Chang is a writer, editor, and filmmaker based in Montréal, Québec. She is a graduate of Concordia University’s MA program in creative writing. Her work has appeared in Headlight Anthology, Frog Hollow Press’s The City Series, Dark Helix Ezine, and elsewhere. She is a finalist for the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize and the Speculative Literature Foundation’s 2018 Diverse Writers Grant. 

Urania Fung – A Debate over the Hopping Undead

Urania Fung is an English professor who grew up in Texas with 1980s Hong Kong entertainment as her babysitters. Monsters and martial arts have been swimming in her head ever since. For more on what she does besides grading papers, please see Urania Fung’s Blog.

Carlo Javier – Janitors

Carlo Javier is a writer, web developer, and communications specialist based in Vancouver, Canada. He likes to write about issues surrounding the Filipino diaspora, social media, and relationships. Janitors marks his first published fiction piece.

Anais Jay – This Other Water

Anais Jay is a Filipino entrepreneur who reads and writes fiction to keep her sanity. When she was a little girl, she wanted to be a doctor, a lawyer, and a soldier. Fortunately, she can be all of those and more by being a writer. Her short stories have been published in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, The Vignette Review, and in Curtiss Bausse’s anthology, Second Taste. She currently has a post-apocalyptic short story forthcoming in Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 12. Get more doses of strange fiction from her Facebook Page (@AnaisJayWrites) and her IG (@AnaisJay_Writes). 

Gabriela Lee – So You Want a Revolution?

Born and bred in Manila, Philippines, Gabriela Lee’s first collection of short stories, Instructions on How to Disappear: Stories, was published in 2016 by Visprint, Inc. Prior to this, her work has been published in anthologies and publications in the Philippines, the United States, Australia, and Canada, including in LONTAR: The Southeast Asian Journal of Speculative Fiction and Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories. She currently teaches English literature, composition, and creative writing at the University of the Philippines. You can find out more about her at

Serah Louis – Unveiling the Night

Serah Louis is a 21-year-old Canadian writer of Indian descent. She is currently studying Biology and Professional Writing and Communications at the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus. She loves homemade biriyani and a good cup of chai and you’ll find her bookshelf cluttered with works ranging from J.R.R. Tolkien to Rabindranath Tagore.  

Lillian Lu – Heirlooms

Lillian Lu is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, gender, and imperialism. She has also written for The Rambling.

Derwin Mak – The House of Hagfish

Derwin Mak’s story “Transubstantiation” won the Aurora Award for Best Short Fiction. The anthology The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin and Eric Choi, won the Aurora Award for Best Related Work. Another anthology, Where the Stars Rise, edited by Lucas Law and Derwin, won the Alberta Book Publishers Award for Speculative Fiction. The anthologies have stories by overseas Chinese or Asian writers to get their viewpoints and experiences in science fiction and fantasy. His novels The Moon Under Her Feet and The Shrine of the Siren Stone are available again from Dark Helix Press. Derwin’s stories have a range of topics, especially the interaction of religion with science and politics (“Transubstantiation”, The Moon Under Her Feet), political power (“Songbun”), and LGBTQ+ issues (“XY-Girls”, “72 Virgins”). His website:

J.A.W. McCarthy – Luksaw

J.A.W. McCarthy goes by Jen when she is not writing. She lives with her husband and assistant cat in the Pacific Northwest, a place that inspires her dark tales. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including She’s Lost Control, Nightscript, Vastarien, and Flame Tree Publishing’s Lost Souls. Find her at, or on Instagram @jawmccarthy.

Joseph F. Nacino – On The Road to Biringan

Joseph F. Nacino writes for a living, but he also creates stories that have been published in international (Fantasy Magazine, City in the Ice, Kitaab’s Asian Speculative Fiction) and local publications (the Philippine Speculative Fiction series, A Time of Dragons, Friendzones, etc.). He’s also had three anthologies featuring fantasy, science fiction, and horror in the Philippines published online, as ebooks, and in print.

I.J.P. Ruiz – Waking Fire

I.J.P. Ruiz is a Filipino writer raised in Hong Kong and Singapore. Having graduated from the University of British Columbia, he currently works and lives in Vancouver, Canada. Jacob seeks to explore the concept of Liminality through his work; drawing inspiration from his intercultural background, science fiction, high fantasy, history, and world mythology. In his spare time, Jacob loves exploring the local dining scene, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and diving into a good single player RPG. He also dabbles in logo design.

Sylvia Santiago and Jenny Wong – The Winter Sister

Sylvia Santiago and Jenny Wong pooled the dark depths of their imaginations to conjure up The Winter Sister.  Sylvia envisioned Misa as the tortured artist, while Jenny was determined to name Vic after his ultimate fate as . . . the victim.  Sylvia’s work will be featured in upcoming issues of Uncanny Magazine and Liminality.  Jenny’s work has found happy homes in places such as Luna Station Quarterly, From the Depths, and Multiverse – an international anthology of science fiction poetry.  This is their first (but not their last) literary collaboration.   

Bianca Sayan – Capable Man

Bianca’s blender-ancestry made her spend too much time figuring out whether she qualified for this anthology. She resides in Toronto, where she tries to, by day, persuade people to share their data, and, by night, write half-way decent speculative fiction. She and her main character in Capable Man tend to worry about the same things.

Kwan-Ann Tan – Scenes From the Night Market Across the Sea

Kwan-Ann Tan is a writer from Malaysia and a student of English at Oxford University. She edits for Rambutan Literary, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in places such as The Poetry Annals, Porridge Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine and The First Line. You can find her on Twitter at @KwanAnnTan and more of her work at

Vincent Ternida – Not All Bears Drink Mead

Emerging author Vincent Ternida’s pieces have appeared in Ricepaper Magazine, Dark Helix Press, and was longlisted for CBC Short Story Prize in 2019. Ternida’s first novella, The Seven Muses of Harry Salcedo, was published by Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop and Dark Helix Press. He currently has an anthology of short stories in development. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.