When Anthony found Flo dead, locked overnight in one of the reading rooms of the university library, he knew it must have something to do with Mary. Mary Prestosa, fourth year graduating Philosophy student, whom they had been investigating. Mary, who surprised her roommate one night by suddenly standing up from her bed, throwing the windows open, and jumping down, headfirst, to the dormitory grounds below. Mary, whose memory marked the trail of mysterious deaths and bizarre occurrences that followed her own fateful fall: the fifth-year Computer Engineering student who prowled the campus on all fours, thirsty for blood, believing he was a wolf; the revelation of an all-girls’ satanic cult; the demonic possession of a fourth-year student from the Department of Psychology; and now—Flo, dead.
The students traced it all to Mary. They believed Mary didn’t commit suicide. They believed Mary tapped into something dark, and released it, and was consumed.
And Anthony was determined to pry out the truth.
When I was a kid, I've never tried reading Goosebumps, mainly because I get nightmares when I watch scary movies, what more if I read it and the gory details'll get stuck in my head?
Up to this day, the only horror books I've gotten to read were the Philippine Horror Stories books. Then I saw posts from a friend (Hi, Kristel!) about Eliza's novels. Still I didn't give it a try. Not until I joined the #Strangelit writing class so I needed inspiration.
I love how beautifully dark Eliza's writings are. This book is about Flo, whom upon reading the first few pages made me believe she's not from this world but she is, normal, like the rest of us. Only that she is more curious, about the afterlife.
Another thing that I liked about this novel, is that I really didn't expect the ending. And to think I have read a lot of books already. This one blew my mind.
Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications, including the Philippines Free Press, Expanded Horizons, The Pedestal Magazine, Stone Telling, Story Quarterly, High Chair, Kritika Kultura, Usok, Philippine Genre Stories, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology series.
Her work has been recognized by the Pushcart Prize, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards.
She lives and works in Makati City.