GLITCH PRESS is the literary home ofglitch-in-the-matrix tales, folklore, and other stories about the strange housed at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. What makes us different in our approach to those with similar interests is that we are interested not in only strange fiction but strange NONFICTION, at least prose that presents itself as being records of actual events--both ancient and modern.
This body of literature goes by many names. In China, it's historically known as zhiguai. In Japan, it's called Kwaidan. In the West, it's known as forteana or glitch-in-the matrix tales. And one can find examples of it in the categories of ghost stories, folklore, and in biography and autobiography as well.
Like Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian scholars of old, we are dedicated to putting these pieces in conversation with one another. We do so in order to unsettle ontological sureties and to dismantle too-easy divisions between myth and truth, fiction and nonfiction, the physical and the spiritual, and the waking and dreaming worlds. Our aim? "Boxue (博学)," a term that refers to the illumination of the deep principles of self and reality.
Read these pieces and enter the Matrix with us.
Yi Izzy Yu
A devotee of all things weird, Yi Izzy Yu teaches Chinese and English Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also a creative director for Pan Gi Mi Dao foods. In a previous incarnation, she was a translator for Microsoft in Shanghai and a professor at Qingdao Technological University.