Isabel J. Kim is a Korean-American science fiction and fantasy writer based in New York City. When she’s not writing, she’s practicing law, and when she’s not doing that, she’s co-hosting Wow If True, a podcast about internet culture. Her work has been published in Clarkesworld and Khoreo.

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Isabel J. Kim has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

The Massage Lady at Munjeong Road Bathhouse

FICTION by Isabel J. Kim in Issue 185 – February 2022

Kim Jinah has worked at the Munjeong Road bathhouse for six years. She’s scrubbed the tiles of the large baths. She’s manned the counter that sells squeeze packs of shampoo, baked eggs, and cold drinks. Jinah is now a massage lady. It’s not a glamorous job. Jinah stands in her old underwear and scrapes the […]

Homecoming is Just Another Word for the Sublimation of the Self

FICTION by Isabel J. Kim in Issue 174 – March 2021

You are waiting for your instance in the basement of the Shinsegae Department Store. This was as good as an amusement park when you were a kid; it was a wonderland of delicious food stalls and a typical weekend haunt because your grandfather lived two blocks away. Your grandfather is dead. Your instance gave you […]
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