Tunku Halim

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In 1997, Tunku Halim published two books simultaneously, a collection of short stories
and a novel:


The Rape of Martha Teoh & Other Chilling Stories (1997) & Dark Demon Rising (1997).

He had began a collection of short stories five years before.

One story, called "The Inheritance", grew into the novel. It was inspired by KM Endicott's book entitled An Analysis of Malay Magic (1970).

Dark Demon Rising was nominated for the 1999 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was also analysed by University of Sterling Professor Glennis Byron in her essay "'When Meaning Collapses': Tunku Halim's Dark Demon Rising as Global Gothic" in Asian Gothic (edited by Andrew Hock Song Ng, 2008)

A short story from the collection, "Biggest Baddest Bomoh", was republished in Malaysia Airlines's magazine Going Places (1999) and in an anthology The Apex Book of World SF (edited by Lavie Tidhar, 2009)

Tunku Halim's second collection of short stories
included the The Fellowship of Australian Writers prize-winning and surprisingly mainstream story "This Page is Left Intentionally Blank".

BloodHaze: 15 Chilling Tales (1999)

This was followed a year later by a second novel :

Vermillion Eye (2000)

The book was used as a study text in the Language and Literature course at The National University of Singapore and was analysed as a "masterpiece" in the NUS's Professor John Phillips in his essay "Torn Pieces: A New Aesthetic of Trash" in Postmodern Singapore (edited by William SW Lim, 2002).

Malaysia's national newspaper, unknowingly, gave the novel a huge compliment:

“... one of the most unpleasant books I have read in many years.”
New Straits Times

In 2001, another collection of stories was published:

The Woman Who Grew Horns and Other Works (2001)

The collection, for the first time, included a play; a short one entitled "Pig Heart" which has yet to find its way on stage. "I wanted these stories to be longer, so that they could have a better resonance," says Tunku Halim. "I also wanted to create some connection between the stories. Most of these tales were a deliberate move away from horror".

A twin-volume retrospective of Tunku Halim's short stories was later published:


44 Cemetery Road (2007) and Gravedigger's Kiss (2007)

Both volumes included several new stories. One entitled "Hawker Man" found its way into the anthology Dark City 2.

A 20,000 word story from The Woman Who Grew Horns and Other Works was republished as a novella:

Juriah's Song (2008)

Tunku Halim has also published in various magazines including Men's Review, Commentary, Going Places and Quill.

He has also written several non fiction books.

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