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It’s Friday, and that means it is time to announce our winners of our The Navidad Incident giveaway contest!

First up is SemperMeh for the point that a lot of the distinction between fantasy and magical realism is in the mind of the reader. Also he wrote in Spanish, and the word navidad is right in the title.

Moving on, there’s JM, who just sounded very clever, and who made a more sophisticated version of the argument that fantasy takes place in some other, often past, world.

We certainly don’t want to be seen as only selecting the responses that seemed to agree with our own comments, so Shelley wins a free copy as well for her spirited defense of considering magical realism a form of fantasy, and for her point about urban fantasy.

Our fourth winner is marco who looked very closely at two different modes of magical realism. If nothing else, he’ll certainly get a kick out of The Navidad Incident so we just had to send him a copy!

Those are your winners. Check back here soon for more controversy, and prizes!

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Setsubun at VIZ!

It’s February 3rd, and that means it’s time for the annual Throwing of the Beans, or Setsubun!

Setsubun is a spring ritual that involves throwing lucky soybeans at vicious oni (ogres or demons) in order to drive bad luck out and bring good luck in. And wouldn’t you know, some oni showed up at our door this year.

They seek to gang up on us!

Red oni seems particularly formidable.

Don’t worry though—we had the situation well in hand.

Also in hand, the beans!

The oni tried to enter, but could not withstand our bean blast!


A silly ritual from the olden days? Perhaps! But just yesterday, didn’t a bunch of people in top hats gather around a large rodent and try to compel it to predict the weather?

Punxsutawney Phil photo from ABC News

Yes, yes they did.

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A sneak peek

We don’t even have a book page up for this title yet, but we’re excited to share with you this sneak peek of our forthcoming magical realist epic The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matías Guili by Natsuki Ikezawa in the current issue of Words Without Borders. WWB is a great publication, and they’ve featured us before. We’re thrilled to be a part of their International Fantasy issue.

Keep an eye out for the book, which will be coming your way in glorious hardcover in March!

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Monster postcards from Japan

Happy Halloween everyone! Check out these fun and spoooky postcards from Japan I just got! Some monsters are familiar, others may not be!

The woman on the upper left is the best, I think. She’s an ubume.

After the candy and parties tonight, you might want to sit down with a good, and bone-chilling book. I’d recommend ZOO and Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse, both by our very own Otsuichi!

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