Speculative fiction is not an escapist medium – even though a bunch of Creative Writing graduates vow to write at least one engkantology a month to break free from the demands of the corporate world and fatal boredom brought about by the bum life. Speculative fiction is embodied in this:
Speculative Fiction, which I will use to encompass fantasy and science fiction, blurs the line between magic and reality. In watercolor painting, fantasy is like mingling. You let primary colors intersperse with other colors to create a new hue.
Engkantology is from the words engkato, a Filipino word referring to supernatural creatures, and the Greek logos. It is a blog site founded by aspiring Filipino writers. It is a venue where friends stranded in different parts of the globe hypnotized by the office monitor and stuck with their day jobs meet.
Engkantology is a magical fortress that deals not only with characters from Philippine lower mythology (aswang, tikbalang, mermaids) but also other supernatural creatures like angels and alternate selves. The site is a treasure chest of stories that shows bridges of forking paths to a deteriorating rock star in the north. It sends a gargantuan turtle to rehabilitate a young man’s war shock. It allows a dead guy to relive his past life. It sells a drug called Past Tense to new adults who want to forget the present. It tells the real story behind the news of a dead child.
Once upon a time, we were simply kids who listened to made-up bedtime stories. Now, we fashion worlds and magical creatures. Support the site launching tomorrow 😀