Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken. │Lee Murray, Christina Sng, Geneve Flynn, Angela Yuriko Smith


The willow is femininity, desire, death. Rebirth. With its ability to grow from a single broken branch, it is the living embodiment of immortality. It is the yin that wards off malevolent spirits. It is both revered and shunned.

In Tortured Willows, four Southeast Asian women writers of horror expand on the exploration of otherness begun with the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women. Like the willow, women have bent and bowed under the expectations and duty heaped upon them. Like the willow, they endure and refuse to break. With exquisite poetry, Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, and Geneve Flynn invite you to sit beneath the tortured willow’s gravid branches and listen to the uneasy shiver of its leaves.


Lee Murray is an author, editor, poet, and screenwriter of speculative fiction and horror from Aotearoa-New Zealand. A USA Today Bestselling author and four-time Bram Stoker Award winner, she is her country’s only recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award for psychological horror. She lives in the sunny Bay of Plenty with her well-behaved family and a naughty dog.

Christina Sng is a poet, writer, and artist. Her work in Japanese short form poetry, science fiction, and horror has received numerous accolades, most notably, Second Prize in The 2016 San Francisco International Competition for Tanka, Third Prize in the 2016 Annual Harold G. Henderson Award for Haiku, nominations in the Dwarf Stars and Rhysling Awards as well as Honourable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She is the author of several collections, including A Constellation of Songs (Origami Poems Project), Catku (Allegra Press), and Elgin Award nominees, An Assortment of Sky Things (Allegra Press), Astropoetry (Alban Lake Publishing), and A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press). Visit her at

Geneve Flynn is a two-time Bram Stoker Award winner and a winner of a Shirley Jackson Award and an Aurealis Award. She is a freelance editor from Australia who specialises in speculative fiction. Her horror short stories have been published in various markets, including Flame Tree Publishing, PseudoPod, and Crystal Lake Publishing. Her works have been nominated and shortlisted for the Locus, British Fantasy, Aurealis, Australian Shadows, Rhysling, and Elgin awards, and for the Pushcart Prize. She is a recipient of the 2022 Queensland Writers Fellowship. She loves tales that unsettle, all things writerly, and B-grade action movies; if that sounds like you, check out her website at

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu/Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of newspaper experience. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and an HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Authortunities Press (Yuriko Publishing)
  • Published : October 7, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 156 pages
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.37 x 10 inches


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