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In Arcx, our six episode mini-series, Anjali Alappat talks to six South Asian sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction writers about literary inspiration.

The Subverse - Season One

Season 1 of The Subverse contains eight conversations that range from the intricacies of origami and protein folding, to flow and play, to understanding bioacoustics, renewable energy, protecting our commons and the dark side of aesthetics in neoliberal cities.

The Subverse - Season Two

In Season 2 of The Subverse, ‘water’ is our main theme. Join us as we explore the multifaceted dimensions of this life giving molecule.


Arcx, episode five: Kuzhali Manickavel

Content warning: This episode contains discussions of abuse and the depiction of traumatic events. Listener discretion is advised.

In this episode, I talk to author, editor and columnist Kuzhali Manickavel.

Kuzhali’s short fiction is beautiful, bizarre and haunting in the best way. Her short story collections Things We Found During the Autopsy and Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings explore a complex mix of themes that span genres.

Kuzhali has also written chapter books like How to Love Mathematical Objects and Eating Sugar, Telling Lies and picture books. Additionally, she has written for Granta, Strange Horizons, Agni, Subtropics, Michigan Quarterly Review and DIAGRAM.

We discuss her love of scary movies, the reality of unresolved trauma, dark humour, and everyday horrors.

You can follow Kuzhali on Twitter @storycakesaudio.

Read Kuzhali’s work:

  • Insects Are Just Like You And Me Except Some Of Them Have Wings
  • Eating Sugar, Telling Lies
  • Things We Found During the Autopsy
  • The Lucy Temerlin Institute for Broken Shapeshifters’ Guide to Starving Boys
  • How to Love Mathematical Objects
  • Item Girls
  • Stories from the Radio

Media referenced in this episode:

  • The Exorcist (film)
  • The Exorcist (TV show)
  • Evil (TV show)
  • From (TV show)