ABOUT THE BOOK:
“If you live near the jungle, you will realize that what is real and what is not real is not always clear. In the forest there is not a big gap between the two.”
A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.
Straddling the worlds of the mundane and the magical, SPIRITS ABROAD collects 10 science fiction and fantasy stories with a distinctively Malaysian sensibility. Zen Cho won the 2015 Crawford Award for Spirits Abroad.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Zen Cho was born and raised in Selangor. Her short stories have appeared in various publications in the US, UK, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Zen won the Best newcomer the Sydney J. Bounds Award at the British Fantasy Award. She won the 2015 Crawford Award for Spirits Abroad.She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Selangor Young Talent Awards and the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and honour-listed for the Carl Brandon Society Awards. She currently lives in London, where she spends a lot of time trying to avoid writing.