Author Archives: Danton Remoto

About Danton Remoto

Danton Remoto has published a novel called Riverrun, which allowed him entry at last year?s Bread Loaf Writers? Conference in Middlebury College, Vermont. He has also published three collections of poems in English and Filipino, which was honored with a Gawad Balagtas Achievement Award by the Writers? Union of the Philippines. He has been writing a column called ?Remoto Control? for the last 20 years, and it was also the title of his popular radio show at Radyo 5, which ran for six long years. He is now a Full Professor of English and Head of School at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia. He has published a baker?s dozen of books of his own, and either edited or translated another dozen. When he can tear himself away from administrative work, he can be found writing his second novel, a supernatural tale.

Two Women of Bantayan

A block away from our house stood a wood-and-stone house beside the river.

Our housemaid told us to avoid this house. “Aling Barang,” she said, referring to the woman living in the house, “kidnaps children and keeps them in her house. She has closed her windows,” she added, and before us rose the image of her windows tightly shuttered even in the hottest days.

“It’s because she keeps the children inside her house,” she continued, “and then she would stab them in the chest, drain their blood, and drink it.” Gooseflesh crawled on our skin. “And you know what she does to the bones of our children?”

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