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Comment by Paper Monster Press on April 19, 2012 at 2:03am



Asuang is an umbrella term for creatures that people our imagination. As blood suckers, they engender in us, a fear of the dark, of morbidity, of paleness, of incense. The fear that desires, the fear that suffocates, not just creatures but open spaces and high places. Fear of beings that when looked at mirrors or through other eyes, resemble perhaps, ourselves? Then here maybe, there be monsters?

Asuang then calls not just for darkness but for hallucinogen, psychedelia, kaleidoscopic narratives in whatever genre.

Specifically, we ask for:
1. 1-3 poems/ essays/ flash fiction (less than 500 words, English or Filipino)

2. 1-3 artworks in black/ white (in JPEG format)

3. 1-3 sound pieces in MP3 or Wav format

4. Critical essays about the small press/ underground publishing/ the culture of fanzines (also under 500 words)

5. Reviews of any issue of Paper Monster Press (and we’ve done 6 so far)
a. Pyrotechnic Poetry 1
b. Pyrotechnic Poetry 2
c. S/trip-hop
d. Dream(pop)
e. Queer Punk
f. SANDIGmaan

6. A theme for 1 print year
a. Issue 1: Atlantis (about forgetting/ resurfacing/ the abyss/ depths/ drowning/ swan diving)
b. Issue 2: Free Tibet (about culture clash/ Buddhism/ heights/ climbing/ pure dizziness of clouds)
c. Issue 3: Time-space Warp (about timezones/ cultural differences/ time and space/ reincarnation/ and the endless echoes we can never reach)
d. Issue 4: Labyrinths (canals/ road bridges/ the strange and devious routes we take to fantasy/ intoxication/ escape)

1. Send all submissions to papermonsterpress@yahoo.com with the heading: ATTN: ASUANG SUBMISSION
2. The deadline for submissions is on May 31, 2012.
3. Payment is one contributor copy and that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from seeing your name in print. ;)

Comment by LadyDorian on March 30, 2012 at 7:28am

BLACK HOLE BRAINS #5 is out!! The "Bare-Ass Birthday" issue! Up for trade or buy a copy on Etsy!


Comment by Hannah Robinson on March 20, 2012 at 11:32am

Any Old Iron #2 is out, with colouring in, a wordsearch, recipe, photos, whimsical writing and plenty of doodles. Contact me to arrange a swap, or if you want to fund my tea-drinking lifestyle, you can buy it here. Comes with a free illustrated sticker!

Comment by Necro Neil on March 8, 2012 at 4:20am

Issue 22 of my fanzine about horror films is out now on Etsy, its a personal fanzine about the retro horror films of my youth written in a personal and chatty style and is more like a journal about all the horror films I watch. people say they really feel they know me through reading it.Its a genre Im totally geeky and fanatical about.


Comment by Sarah Hoffman on February 26, 2012 at 4:23pm

Anyone have birthday themed essays/art/poems to contribute to "Make a wish..." deets: http://wingedsnail99.blogspot.com/p/submission-20-feb-2012.html Deadline: Feb 28th!

Comment by Elizabeth J. M. W. on February 19, 2012 at 3:11pm

Hello upbeat perzinesters! Do you make a cute zine? I am starting a zine of the month club called Cute of the Month and I'm looking for cute zines to include in monthly care packages. It can be perzines, litzines, artzines, craft zines, gardening zines, etc. I would be interested in buying them in groups of 10 like a distro. Send me a message if you publish something you think I might be interested in. Thanks!

Comment by Hannah Robinson on February 6, 2012 at 4:19pm

My first perzine is out, Any Old Iron. It includes musings on nude modelling, colouring in for grown ups, an original lino print, stuff I like and comics and other jollity! Message me if you'd like to trade, I'd like to gain some readers. Cheers!

Comment by LadyDorian on October 24, 2011 at 10:43pm

BLACK HOLE BRAINS #3 is out!! The "Cool Earthworms" issue! Up for trade or buy a copy on Etsy!

Comment by LadyDorian on September 2, 2011 at 8:53am

DOODS! Summer's almost over but the zine work never ends! In honor of one of the year's crappiest months, I'm having a "SEPTEMBER SUCKS" sale on my Etsy! Enter the code "SSUCKS" at checkout to receive 50% off! And look out for BLACK HOLE BRAINS #3, coming in October!


Mind Ufck on Etsy

Comment by Preston Pulliam on August 30, 2011 at 2:40pm
Hello Upbeat Zine group. I have a whimiscal upbeat zine for free or for trade (quite the deal don't you think?) It's essentially whatever i want it to be which is fun and silly and amusing and a waste of time and I love it!!!! please contact me for one!!!!!-Preston

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