SF in South Korea

A category to hold posts about science fiction in South Korea (cinematic, literary, and other) and about the SF community there.

The Music of Jo Hyeja: Now on DVD!

I couldn’t be prouder of my wife, whose first short film, “The Music of Jo Hyeja” is now available on DVD, as part of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Classics Vol. 1 Short Film Collection.

HPLPCV1_cover__63911.1471295648.1280.1280Well, technically it’s been out a little while, but a week or so ago, I think it was, she received her contributor copies of the DVD. How spectacular: images from all the films adorn the cover, but hers take a prominent place.

What’s more exciting to me is: this is South Korea’s first Lovecraftian adaptation to the screen, and it did really well in that capacity. Certainly it showed something I myself wasn’t certain of, when I started out on the script: that Lovecraft could be adapted to a specifically contemporary, South Korean setting.

There’s other great stuff on the DVD, too. Here’s a complete roundup of the films included:

  • Call of Nature – director Rick Tillman
  • Static Aeons – director Gib Patterson
  • From Beyond – directors Andrew Migliore & Ken Avenoso
  • The Necronomicon – director Joseph Nanni
  • A Short Nap… Ever Elongating – director The Amelus
  • Black Goat – director Joseph Nanni
  • Derailed – director Nicolas Simonin
  • Frank Dancoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer – director Andrew Jones
  • Bedtime for Timmy – director Thomas Nicol
  • To Oblivion – director Robert Cappelletto
  • Elder Sign – director Joseph Nanni
  • The Music of Jo Hyeja – director Jihyun Park

For a first time director, that’s pretty good company, and a lot of fun stuff—some of which I’ve seen before, here and there!

Anyway, if you’d like to get yourself a copy, they’re on sale over at the Arkham Bazaar. Get one now, and inoculate yourself against the mind-shattering effects of old lady Jo’s deadly haegeum music.

(Oh, and yes, the Brutal Rice Productions website is in dire need of an update. Soon… soon!)

An Evolutionary Myth by Bo-Young Kim

This entry is part 66 of 66 in the series SF in South Korea


I’m very happy to announce that a translation of Boyoung Kim’s “An Evolutionary Myth,” — co-translated by yours truly and Jihyun Park — has just been published in the current issue of Clarkesworld, issue #104 (May 2015), alongside a diverse selection of authors including Chinese author A Que, and the Finnish author Hannu Rajaniemi, as well the American authors James Van Pelt, Matthew Kressel, Andrea Pawley, and Ian Muneshwar.

As for Jihyun and myself, this is our first published co-translation, and we’re pleased as punch. Hopefully it is only the first of many…

The original story contained some footnotes that didn’t make it into the online publication, as well as some references that might be missed by Western readers. I figured I might as well write a few annotations about those, and some information about Boyoung, here, for those interested in the easter eggs they might have missed.

Note: the story notes contain what might be very mild spoilers, so you should probably read the story first before checking them out.

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