Magazine Review: khōréō Vol 1, Issue 3

Good morning! This is a bit late of a review but just in time to celebrate their next issue, I’m telling you how incredible their last one was. I highly recommend this magazine to anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong where they live, or that home is elsewhere. Even for those of you that don’t feel that, this is a delightful way to look into your friend’s souls.

Make sure to subscribe to khōréō for yourself here, or just buy one issue to see if you love it.

Magazine Review

Some of you may already know this is my favorite short story magazine, but I’m here to tell you again. khōréō is absolutely stunning and every story feels like a love letter to diaspora somewhere. It’s an incredibly special thing to feel diasporic but know that other people feel the same. It’s a shared feeling that creates a deeper feeling of connection because the type of yearning we feel can only be felt by each other. Somehow by getting different perspectives of this feeling of unbelonging and yearning we create a family amongst all of us who have been scattered in the wind all around the world. I’m incredibly happy that it exists and I love the work that they do over at khōréō. If you haven’t checked out this magazine yet, make sure to subscribe as soon as you can!

Vol 1, Issue 3

Cultureship by Esther Alter

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This story brilliantly plays with the commodification of art and culture in a distant future. It puts a bright spotlight on people claiming expertise of another people without ever having been to their land. What is it about us that makes us want to put past culture on a pedestal without allowing it to flourish, grow, and evolve? Is stagnated culture better? We still grow our culture even if we are working to stagnate it.

About Esther Alter: Esther Alter is a trans Ashkenazi Jewish writer and game designer. Her short fiction has been published in Baffling Magazine. Her games and miscellaneous software projects can be found at https://subalterngames.com. She lives in Massachusetts.

Nine-Tailed Heart by Jessica Cho

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“Sometimes we are bound by our stories. Sometimes we bind our stories to ourselves.”

I loved how this story was about reshaping our own stories and our own legends to what makes sense for us today and for us. This is a solemn but hopeful story about how our stories don’t have to be stagnant and they are available to us however we need them.

About Jessica Cho: Jessica Cho is a Rhysling Award winning SFF writer of short fiction and poetry. Born in Korea, they currently live in New England, where they balance their aversion to cold with the inability to live anywhere without snow. Previous works can be found at Flash Fiction Online, Fireside, Daily Science Fiction, Apparition, and elsewhere. They blog infrequently at semiwellversed.wordpress.com and have slightly more frequent feelings and opinions on Twitter @wordsbycho.

tragedy of the sugarcane ghost by Desirée Winns

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I’ve been thinking about this story a lot since I read it. This story balances so many emotions in a heartbreakingly beautiful way. It gets so many emotions perfectly right: The way that the past comes to haunt you even when you have moved on. The way that we hold on to things long gone when we are no longer around. But also the constant reminder of things you cut off in order to move forward.

About Desirée Winns: Desirée Winns is a rising senior at the University of Central Florida. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and Bonn, Germany. She has placed as a writing finalist in the National YoungArts Foundation and won several awards for her screenwriting. She aspires to write novels with black characters in fantastical situations of magic realism and speculative fiction.

You’ll Understand When You’re a Mom Someday by Isabel J. Kim

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This story kept me guessing the entire time. There seemed to be something wrong but the characters kept throwing me off as to what was wrong. I knew from the beginning but then was almost convinced it was something else. It was a riveting mystery that I couldn’t put down with a perfectly crafted undertone of the longing we know all too well.

About Isabel J. Kim: Isabel J. Kim is a Korean-American science fiction and fantasy writer from the fantastically futuristic New Jersey suburbs. Her fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed. Isabel received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. When she’s not writing, she’s either attempting to pursue a legal career or co-hosting Wow If True, a podcast about internet culture—both being equally noble pursuits. Find her @isabeljkim on Twitter or at http://isabel.kim.

Evelina, My Tentacles! by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas

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An absolutely turbulent and jarring story that kept me curious and on my toes the entire time. It didn’t act in the way I anticipated (in the most delightful way) and I was absolutely captivated by the wonderful weirdness. This story will pull you along in an experience that feels like being in the car with a reckless driver but for some reason you know you will get to your destination safely. Buckle up and prepare for the experience.

About Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas: Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas is a Mexican immigrant and a graduate of the Clarion West class of 2019. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Nightmare, the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology She Walks in Shadows, and elsewhere. She can be found online at nellygeraldine.com and on Twitter as @kitsune_ng.

What South Asian Sci-Fi Can Tell Us About Our World by Nudrat Kamal

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This piece summed up so many things that I’ve been thinking about science fiction lately. I have gotten much more enjoyment form sci-fi since I started reading books by people of underrepresented groups. I didn’t realize why at first, but slowly, over time, I realized how much of science fiction is just incredibly white, imperialist, and often with a weird fascination with Asia, which naturally hated. This piece puts my thoughts on paper so well and so beautifully that I now feel a sense of peace for having it verbalized.

About Nudrat Kamal: Nudrat Kamal teaches comparative literature and writing, and is based in Karachi, Pakistan. Her academic research focuses on the intersections of postcolonial theory, gender and South Asian science fiction and fantasy. Most recently her chapter “The Postcolonial Cyborg in Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome” was published in Palgrave Macmillan’s Ethical Futures and Global Science Fiction. She writes on literature, film and television, and culture for various publications such as Dawn, Newsline and Soch Writing. She tweets @nudratkamal and can be reached at nudrat.kamal@gmail.com.


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Check out my review for the first issue: Short Story Magazine Review: khōréō Magazine volume 1, issue 1 and Magazine Review: khōréō Vol 1, Issue 2. I told you, I’m a huge fan! I can’t recommend this magazine enough. It is so important.


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wow @KhoreoMag sounds like a truly wonderful magazine!!

*I received this issue for free and am leaving this review voluntarily*