Author: Charles Chiam

Meet the lass behind Malaysia’s J-Rock band, The CrestFall Band

All images credit Jasmine Minori Meet 27-year-old Ng Swee Yin, aka Jasmine Minori of Malaysian J-rock band, The CrestFall Band. This KL-born financial analyst has been doing music since the age of 6, and is wowing her audiences with her talents in Japanese, Chinese and English vocals through multiple musical instruments. Starting off with the piano, and then the Chinese harp (23 strings zither) when she was 10, she eventually expanded her skill set to include the electric guitar, keyboard and ukulele. “I started performing music on stage by accepting various jobs in Japanese related events, corporate gigs and...

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This 19-year-old cosplayer not only arts but has written a 450 paged novel!

All images by Ning Yasmin For many video games serve as a respite from their mundane lives. Others compete in video game competitions. But not Ning Yasmin Abdul Rahim aka Lucidity. The 19-year-old lass got into drawing fanart thanks to a now defunct online game called Club Penguin. For those who don’t know, Club Penguin was an online game where players can interact with other players, doing activities like hold parties, play mini games, dress up and decorate. “I faintly remember drawing a mall of anthropomorphic dogs where windows were on the floor. I even had a whole comic...

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Why do some people love reading and writing horror fiction?

All images credit Remang: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales  “Reading a scary story is like playing a little trick on your mind,” writer Heidi Shamsuddin says. Heidi, who authored a short story, “The Twins of Rumahku” in the recently released Remang: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales adds that horror stories can actually elicit a chemical response in our brain. “We can literally feel our hearts beating faster. It’s a bit like riding on a roller-coaster and many people find this exciting.” Since last month was Halloween, I managed find some time to read a copy of the anthology edited by Daphne Lee...

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Tunku Halim and 20 years of writing Malaysian horror fiction

The Stephen King of Malaysia, Tunku Halim. Image credit Remang.  “Don’t you know a bomoh when you see one?” That’s what author Tunku Halim, touted the Stephen King of Malaysia, said jokingly, upon being asked to describe himself during the MYWritersFest 2017, where he launched the 20th Anniversary Edition of his first published novel, Dark Demon Rising. It is a feat not many other writers can claim to achieve. Tunku Halim originally intended for it to be a short story, but after having so many rich ideas within it, he decided to put it aside and focus on other...

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74-year-old publishes his debut novel, Strings, 34 years later

“All of my characters come from my head, and parts of the protagonist is based on myself. Many novelists create characters that way.” That’s what author and musician Peter G. Brown has to say about his characters in his over 800 page long historical novel, Strings. Peter, or Hassan Abdullah (a name he received from a Sufi sheikh in London, to marry his wife Markiza) started writing his novel in 1985, and finally self-published it in 2017. That’s a whopping 32 years! Even our editors are a year younger. “During the 80’s I couldn’t find a publisher willing to...

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