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The Ballad of the Octopus by Simo Srinivas
“The Ballad of the Octopus” is a haunting, luscious tale of an octopus who loses an arm to a man, who in turn devours it, hopelessly intertwining their lives and existences. Read it in khōréō’s fourth issue and online.
This Is What You Came For by Phong Quan
You’ve been in this club before, because you’ve been in a thousand like it. Each night a loop. Except this one is too familiar—and not quite right. Read all about love and loss on the dance floor in “This Is What You Came For”, found in khōréō’s fourth issue and online.
Bex chose a university parsecs away from family and friends. Alone and overwhelmed, she finds comfort and history in an unlikely place. “This Excessive Use of Pickled Foods” is a warm story about sharing pasts and building futures together. Read it in khōréō’s issue 2.3 and online.
All Good Children Come Out to Play by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez
A moment of anger leaves nine-year-old Marta without her brother—but the bond between the twins has always been strong. “All Good Children, Come Out to Play” is a haunting story about grief and guilt, death and moving on. Read it in khōréō issue 2.3 and online.
Banhus by M. E. Bronstein
Alice meets a man who loves language, who consumes them as one would a delicious meal. She’s happy to teach him the Yiddish she knows—but he wants more. Read it in khōréō issue 2.2 and online. “Banhus” was selected as for 2022’s Brave New Weird: The Best New Weird Horror Vol. 1
Sin Eater by T. M. Hurree
Adam keeps his grandmother’s restaurant afloat by serving sins illegally purchased from a nearby prison—but when a customer sends back a dish, Adam is faced with questions he’s not sure he wants to answer. Read it in khōréō issue 2.2 and online. “Sin Eater” was on Tor.Com’s June 2022 “Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction” by Alex Brown.
Ours but Not Our Own (Housesitting) by Joshua Tong
Can you remember a place you’ve never been? “Hiraeth Heart” by Lulu Kadhim is a heartfelt flash fiction about personal history. Read it in khōréō’s issue 2.1 and on its website.
Electric Waterfalls by Ruth Joffre
“Electric Waterfalls” is the very beginning of a queer love story set in Alaska. Ruth Joffre offers us a kind, warm story set against a near-future cli-fi backdrop. Read it in khōréō issue 2.1 and on its website.
Sorry We Missed You! by Aun-Juli Riddle
Come aboard The Flying Potato for an intergalactic story of food, family, and chasing your dreams. “Sorry We Missed You!” by Aun-Juli Riddle was on the BSFA Award longlist in 2022. Read it in khōréō’s fourth issue and online.
Ketchup Pork Chops and Foreign Potatoes by C. H. Hung
In “Ketchup Pork Chops and Foreign Potatoes”, C. H. Hung explores how food develops identity and carries history. Read it in khōréō’s fourth issue and online.
tragedy of the sugarcane ghost by Desirée Winns
Decades after his death, a murdered man possesses the son of his killer to finally settle the score between them. “tragedy of the sugarcane ghost” is a harrowing story by Desirée Winns that explores the cost of vengeance. Read it in khōréō’s third issue and on its website.
Evelina, My Tentacles! by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas
In “Evelina, My Tentacles!”, Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas weaves a truly singular epistolary story steeped in magical realism that, quite frankly, defies description. Read it in khōréō’s third issue and on its website.
Golden Girl by A. M. Guay
Jasy never feared photographs… until she was torn from home and adopted by a ‘perfect’ family. “Golden Girl” by A. M. Guay interrogates transracial adoption by way of Get Out & The Stepford Wives. Read it in khōréō’s second issue and on its website.
Our Bones Were the Mortar by Anjali Patel
A young woman tries to escape the family business of necromancy–only to realize that Manhattan is just as rife with spirits. “Our Bones Were the Mortar” by Anjali Patel is an existential horror tackling America’s history of slavery. It was featured in Tor.Com’s “Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction” column by Alex Brown. Read it in khōréō’s second issue and online.
A Little History of Things Lost & Found by Shingai Njeri Kagunda
The trees always spoke to Muta—until she lost herself in grief. Now, Karura Forest is silent; now, Nairobi beckons with noise and life. Can she find a way back to the whispering leaves? Read “A Little History of Things Lost & Found” in khōréō’s first issue and on its website. This story was an honourable mention on Tor.Com’s “Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction” by Alex Brown.
Grandma Stories and the Gaps They Bridge by C. H. Hung
In “Grandma Stories and the Gaps They Bridge,” C. H. Hung explores the importance of accepting that stories from one’s heritage can evolve–and that it’s ok to tell them in your own voice, to create something new while paying homage to your origins. Read it in khōréō’s first issue and on its website.