Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales all gathered together in one fabulous bundle.


“Am I dead?”
Mebuyen sighs. She was hoping the girl would not ask.


Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap’s debut collection jumps right off the page, from the friendship and fear building in “A Canticle for Lost Girls” to the joy in “A Spell for Foolish Hearts” to the terrifying tension of the urban legend “Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez.”


“For those who love urban legends, Yap’s debut collection is one for the top of the TBR pile. From stories about high schoolers to goddesses to androids, Publishers Weekly hails Yap as a powerful new voice in speculative fiction, and Tamsyn Muir (Gideon the Ninth) calls the book a masterclass collection.” — Lyndsie Manusos, Book Riot, 10 Speculative Short Story Collections to Enjoy in 2021


“Drawing from science fiction, Filipino folklore, fantasy and horror, these thirteen stories are monstrous, scary, joyful, unexpected, inventive, eerie and weird.” — Karla Strand, Ms. Magazine


“A debut collection from Small Beer Press, Never Have I Ever combines fabulism, horror, and science fiction. Charlie Jane Anders says that “these gorgeous stories will help you to glimpse a world that is both stranger and more immense and varied than any you’ve visited before.” — R. O. Kwon, Electric Lit: 43 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2021


Never Have I Ever overflows with life and magic, and if you are not familiar with the vibrant literary scene in the Philippines, let this serve as a worthy introduction.” — Washington Post


“Once they get going, they always peel off a few layers to reveal something incredible—or incredibly dark, mysterious, or strange—that’s living right beneath the surface.” — Gabino Iglasias, Nightfire


“A wondrous and impressive collection from a gifted writer with a fresh voice.” — Paula Guran, Locus


“Every story in this book is filled with magic and legend and power. My favorite thing about a short story is when it captivates me so completely I forget that only a fraction of the book is dedicated to this one world, and Never Have I Ever accomplished this again and again. Fans of folklore and myth will be swept up in this wonderful collection.” — Katherine Nazzaro, Porter Square Books

Never Have I Ever: Stories by Isabel Yap

  • Small Beer Press 2021

    New paperback

    320 pages