“Am I dead?” Mebuyen sighs. She was hoping the girl would not ask. Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap’s debut collection jumps right off the page, from the joy in her new novella, “A Spell for Foolish Hearts” to the terrifying tension of the urban legend “Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez.”
Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California and London. She holds a BS in Marketing from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, and since 2016 has served as Secretary for the Clarion Foundation. Her work has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. Her debut short story collection, Never Have I Ever, was recently published by Small Beer Press. She is @visyap on Twitter and her website is https://isabelyap.com.
Read: An Ocean the Color of Bruises, Uncanny Magazine
Review: Never Have I Ever, Tor.com
Prompt: You book a hotel for the weekend but when you arrive it’s nothing like you expected. Start by describing the scene when you first step foot into the lobby, then head in any direction you wish.