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Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories was one of the first true children’s books in the English language, a timeless classic that continues to delight readers to this day. Beautiful, evocative and playful, the stories of How the Whale Got His Throat or How the First Letter Was Written paint a world of magic and wonder.

It’s also deeply rooted in British colonialism. Kipling saw the Empire as a benign, civilising force, in a way that’s troubling to modern readers. Not So Stories attempts to redress the balance, bringing together new and established writers of colour from around the world to take the Just So Stories back, to interrogate, challenge and celebrate their legacy.

Including stories by Adiwijaya Iskandar, Joseph E. Cole, Raymond Gates, Stewart Hotston, Zina Hutton, Georgina Kamsika, Cassandra Khaw, Paul Krueger, Tauriq Moosa, Jeannette Ng, Ali Nouraei, Wayne Santos, Zedeck Siew and Achala Upendran, with illustrations by Woodrow Phoenix and a foreword by Nikesh Shukla.

Joseph Elliott-Coleman has been writing and telling stories since he was a child, with science fiction being his wheelhouse. Enduring and overcoming countless barriers, his work first saw print in the Not So Stories anthology. He lives in Croydon, London.

Back when she was a child, Zina Hutton once jumped out of a window to escape dance class in the Virgin Islands. Now she’s a speculative fiction writer who tends to leap headfirst into new stories and worlds the second that inspiration strikes. Zina lives in hot and humid South Florida where she’s never far away from a notebook and her precious Kindles. Zina currently works as a marketing minion, but she’s also a writer with non-fiction publication credits in Fireside Fiction, Anathema Magazine, The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, ComicsAlliance and Women Write About Comics as well as several short stories in different publications.

Cassandra Khaw writes many things. Mostly these days, she writes horror and video games and occasional flirtations with chick-lit. Her work can be found in venues like Clarkesworld, Fireside Fiction, Uncanny, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and more. A Song for Quiet was her latest novella from Tor.com, a piece of Lovecraftian Southern Gothic that she worries will confuse those who purchased Bearly a Lady, her frothy paranormal romantic comedy.

  • Publisher: Abaddon (April 19, 2018)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781781086124

“Fantastical fables about why things are the way they are, like Just So Stories… but without all the British Colonialism.” -- Alex Wells, Bookriot

– Alex Wells, Book Riot

“Funny, touching, and often profound.”

– Tor.com

"Whether you love or can't stand Kipling, this is a terrific book."

– The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

"For any adult who was charmed by Kipling as a child."

– Starburst Magazine

"There is a lot to enjoy here. A book whose time has come..."

– Suroor Alikhan, Talking About Books