It breaks ground as the first book of Lao Lovecraftian weird poetry, with guest appearances from kaiju, obscure beasts of European, African, and Asian folklore, cryptoflora and cryptofauna, and ancient horrors and guardian spirits.
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You can also buy your copy by visiting Innsmouth Free Press which has several options including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Book Depository. DEMONSTRA features original art by Vongduane Manivong of modern updates of traditional Lao entities. She is also now taking new commissions, so if you get a chance be sure to check her stuff out.
Modern Lao culture extends back over 660 years to the ancient realm of Lan Xang and beyond, with influences from over 160 ethnic groups living within its borders, ranging from the Akha, Hmong, Tai Dam, Khmu, Iu Mien, Lahu, and ethnic Lao, each with their own myths, legends, languages and histories. With its present borders, Laos is a nation almost the size of Great Britain, with many parts still remote and unexplored. Many are familiar with Laos as the center of the CIA Secret Wars in Southeast Asia, but Laos has many more secrets beyond that.
In many ways, DEMONSTRA will serve as a first foray into Lao myth, art and culture for both Lao and non-Lao, re-examining many of our traditions while adding new ones to the tapestry. At some points a monster manual, others a cookbook, others a travelogue of the known and unknown realms, and occasionally movie reviews and social commentary, DEMONSTRA is by no means the final word, but I hope it will serve as the start of a great conversation.