Blurring the lines between fiction or fact, we stumble upon quotable lines about how people don’t realize what they’ve always been looking for is right in front of them – buried beneath the layers of cheese is a cold, hard truth waiting to be said. January may be a month of promises and new things, but maybe we can lower it down a notch and start as early as December. With a fascination for western narratives, December is that time of the year to flip the script and get to know what’s being passed on down the streets with these local stories. Looking for a new reading list to add to your Christmas wish list? Here are our must-haves for some local reads you need to get your hands on. – King Jon
Naermyth by Karen Francisco
A Sci-fi novel by Francisco, it is set in a post apocalyptic Manila brought about by the mythical monsters told to us as a child that turned out to not be a myth at all. The monsters waged war against the human race and their only hope of survival is through the Shepherd, whose mission is to look for survivors and bring them to sanctuaries.
The Beauty by Jeremy Haun
In the world of The Beauty, being beautiful is just one sexually transmitted disease away. The story is set in the modern world obsessed with being beautiful. The majority of the population took advantage of the disease, but soon realize that it comes with a terrible cause.
Killing Time in a Warm Place by Jose Dalisay Jr.
The novel maybe told through the eyes of a middle-class filipino college student during the Marshall law era, but it is a story of everyone who lived through reign of Marcos’ orders. A story of internal conflict, rebellion, betrayal and understanding.
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
A literary horror novel, it revolves around the Barretts family and their struggles to cure Marjorie Barrett, who they think was possessed by hosts of evil spirits. Broke and desperate, the family agreed to be the star of a reality show about exorcism called The Possession.
Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata by Ricky Lee
The novel revolves around the life of Amapola, a transgender impersonator who happens to have a multiple personality disorder, and became a “manananggal”. He received the prophecy that he will be the one to someday save the Philippines .