Spirits Abroad

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Spirits Abroad is a collection of my short stories, published by awardwinning Malaysian press Buku Fixi as part of their English-language imprint Fixi Novo. The book includes three new stories, as well as stories previously featured in various zines and anthologies. It was a joint winner of the 2015 Crawford Award.

Information about the book is below, but if you’ve got any questions that aren’t addressed here, do feel free to contact me.

About the book
How to buy the paperback
How to buy the ebook

About the book

“If you live near the jungle, you will realise 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.

The print version of SPIRITS ABROAD features 10 short speculative stories, three of which are available only in this collection. The ebook includes ebook-exclusive content which does not appear in the print version, namely:

  • Five additional stories
  • Author commentary on each story in the collection.

Table of Contents

The First Witch of Damansara
First National Forum on the Position of Minorities in Malaysia
The House of Aunts

One-Day Travelcard for Fairyland
起狮,行礼 (Rising Lion — The Lion Bows)
Ebook extra 七星鼓 (Seven Star Drum)
The Mystery of the Suet Swain
Prudence and the Dragon
Ebook extra The Perseverance of Angela’s Past Life

The Earth Spirit’s Favorite Anecdote
The Four Generations of Chang E

Going Back
Ebook extra The Many Deaths of Hang Jebat
Ebook extra The Fish Bowl
Ebook extra Balik Kampung



You can buy the paperback in Malaysia online at:
Fixi’s online shop
MPH Online
GB Gerakbudaya’s Online Bookshop

Or you can buy the book in person at most good bookshops (Kedai Fixi, MPH, Kinokuniya, Borders, etc). See Fixi’s list of stockists for details.


Fixi’s books are stocked at Kinokuniya. You can order online also: SPIRITS ABROAD at Kinokuniya SG.

Everywhere else

If you live elsewhere, you can order the book online at:
MPH Online
GB Gerakbudaya’s Online Bookshop

Amazon only orders as many copies from the publisher as they need to fulfill customers’ orders, plus maybe one or two extra. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look as though there many copies available. Once you’ve placed an order you will get a book from Amazon eventually, as the book is still in print and the publisher is very efficient!


The Spirits Abroad ebook features special ebook content, including five extra previously-published stories, author commentary on each story in the collection, and a stunning ebook-only cover by artist Likhain.

You can buy the ebook at the following retailers:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Google Play

If you bought the print version on Amazon.com, you should be able to get a free Kindle ebook of SPIRITS ABROAD via the Kindle Matchbook service.