THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY
Coming from Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster in 2019
Melati Ahmad has imagined her mother’s death countless times. Plagued by gruesome thoughts she believes are put into her head by a djinn, Melati has developed an intricate set of tapping rituals to tame the monster within and keep her mother safe.
But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.
With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.
Features my short story The Tryouts, which won the inaugural DK Dutt Award for Literary Excellence.
This collection represents the best stories entered for the D.K. Dutt Award for Literary Excellence in its inaugural year, and includes the winning piece by Hanna Alkaf, and by runners-up Marc de Faoite, Saras Manickam, and Tina Isaacs. There are also pieces by veteran sports writer Tony Mariadass and journalists Rehman Rashid and Lionel Yew.
CHRONICLES OF KK
Features my short story, Hunted.
Chronicles of KK compiles 20 short stories and visual tales based on Kota Kinabalu (KK) – the capital city of Sabah and granite-fluid site of contemporary traditional myths about origins, love, sex, death, and hairstyles. This might be the first urban contemporary collection about this city but we hope it won’t be the last. Edited by award-winning playwright Ann Lee and featuring 20 writers.
LITTLE BASKET 2017
Featuring my short story, Pantang.
Little Basket 2017: New Malaysian Writing is the second book of this planned annual anthology. It includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry as well as a comic and a photo-essay. It’s a tasty smorgasbord of what Malaysians are writing and thinking about while playing with our rich linguistic landscape. Food continues to be a strong metaphor, so tuck right in. As with the first volume, this book has a print run of 3,000 and won’t be reprinted.