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Not So Stories

  • Authors: Adiwijaya Iskandar, Joseph Elliott-Coleman, Raymond Gates, Zina Hutton, Georgina Kamsika, Cassandra Khaw, Paul Krueger, Stewart Hotston, Tauriq Moosa
  • Edited By: David Thomas Moore
  • ISBN: 9781781086124
  • Publisher: Rebellion Publishing
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2018
  • Format: Paperback – 288 pages
  • Language: English


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.


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

“Funny, touching, and often profound.” ― Tor

“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

Authors Biography

David Thomas Moore is the editor of Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streetsalt.sherlock.holmesMonstrous Little Voices and Dracula: Rise of the Beast.

Zina Hutton is an aspiring fantasy writer who tends to leap headfirst into new stories and worlds the second that inspiration strikes. She works as a freelance editor and writer with publication credits in Fireside FictionThe Mary SueStrange HorizonsComicsAlliance and Women Write About Comics .

Georgina Kamsika has spent most of her life explaining her English first name, Polish surname and Asian features. She graduated from the Clarion West workshop in 2012, and her current novel, The Goddess of the North, is with her agent.

Paul Krueger is the author of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, a novel about bartenders who fight demons with alcohol magic. He lives in Los Angeles.

Tauriq Moosa is a contributor to the GuardianDaily Beast and other publications. His work has been referred to by The New York Times, the Washington PostForbes and other places. He once debated Desmond Tutu about god.

Ali Nouraei is a qualified barrister, a practising mediator, and has written fiction for fifteen years. His passions include history, literature, and cake.

Zedeck Siew used to work in Malaysian media, covering art, culture and parliament, and co-designed Politiko, a card game about Malaysian party politics. He is currently working on an illustrated catalogue of imaginary Southeast Asian animals, Creatures of Near Kingdoms, out in late 2017.

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