Spirits Abroad

Collection by 
Zen Cho
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Binding: Paperback
Published: Aug 2021
Cover: Wesley Allsbrook

A collection of nineteen sparkling stories weaving between the lands of the living and the lands of the dead

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.

The original print edition of Spirits Abroad was published by Fixi Novo in 2014. It was also released as an ebook containing extra stories and author’s notes. The new edition published by Small Beer Press in the US and Pan Macmillan in the UK is an expanded version published in August 2021, containing nine additional stories including Hugo Award winner “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again”.

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Praise for Spirits Abroad

  • Joint winner of the Crawford Fantasy Award
  • Winner of the LA Times Book Prize/Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction

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