INSIGNIA Vol.2 includes 7 Chinese fantasy stories with a mix of urban, literary, contemporary, myth-based, and historical fantasy pieces.
PART I: Young Adult / Adventure Tales
'The Bones Shine Through with Light' by Joyce Chng
'Looking for Trouble' by Joyce Chng
'The Great Qilin' by Kelly Matsuura
PART II: Adult / Literary Tales
'The Red String of Fate' by Holly Kench
'Maidens of the Yangze' by Kelly Matsuura
'Black Smoke and Water Lilies' by David Jon Fuller
'The Ghost Bride' by Kelly Matsuura
About the Author
Kelly Matsuura grew up in Victoria, Australia, but always dreamed she would live abroad. She has lived in northern China and Michigan in the US, and over ten years in Nagoya, Japan, where she now lives permanently. Kelly has published numerous short stories online; in group anthologies; and in several self-published anthologies. Her stories have been published by Visibility Fiction, Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing, A Murder of Storytellers, and Ink and Locket Press. She majored in Asian Studies at university, and currently studies Japanese, Chinese and German. Her other hobbies include cooking, knitting, sewing, and traveling. As the creator and editor for The Insignia Series, Kelly uses her knowledge of Asian cultures to help other indie authors produce great diverse stories and to share the group’s work with a new audience.
Born in Singapore, but a global citizen, Joyce Chng writes mainly science fiction and YA. She likes steampunk and tales of transfiguration/transformation. Her fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Her YA includes a trilogy about a desert planet and a fantasy duology in Qing China. Joyce has also co-edited a Southeast Asian steampunk anthology titled THE SEA IS OURS: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. Her Jan Xu Adventures series, an urban/contemporary fantasy set in Singapore, is written under the pseud. J. Damask which she will tell you it's a play on her Chinese name. Joyce's bibliography, updates, rants and (occasional) photography can be found at A Wolf’s Tale (http://awolfstale.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@jolantru). If you are interested, she has also a Patreon for her medical fees: https://www.patreon.com/jolantru?ty=h. Samples of her work are posted on her Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/jolantru.
Holly Kench is a writer and a feminist, with a classics degree and a fear of spiders. She lives in Tasmania, Australia, where a lack of sun provides ample opportunity for hiding indoors and writing off-kilter stories. Holly writes about her life as a stuffed olive on her blog Confessions of a Stuffed Olive (www.stuffedolive.com.au) and manages the website Visibility Fiction (www.visibilityfiction.com), promoting and publishing inclusive young adult fiction.