Russell Lee (writer)

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Russell Lee is a Singaporean author best known as the creator of True Singapore Ghost Stories, a series of books that has been among the most popular source of ghost stories in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong ever since the release of Book 1 in 1989.

As of April 2010, the 20 books in the True Singapore Ghost Stories series have sold over one million copies worldwide,[citation needed] making Lee Asia's top writer of ghost stories.[citation needed] "True Singapore Ghost Stories" has been made into a 13-part TV series, produced by I-Media Entertainment in Singapore. The TV series has also been available in VCD and DVD.[1]

Lee has had a lasting impact on Singapore publishing. His first book was the first of many that were published for the mass market. Before Russell Lee, a book which achieved sales of 3,000 copies was considered a bestseller.[citation needed] Lee surpassed 30,000 copies in three months.[citation needed]

Shortly after the success of Lee's first book, readers began to wonder about his identity. Lee has never included any photograph of himself or revealed anything about his personal life. Whenever he appears in public, he wears a mask and clothes that cover every inch of his body. Some reports[citation needed] say Russell Lee is white, posing as a local Singaporean. Others say he is Jim Aitchison (aka James Lee), but this has never been substantiated. In his book, Lee swears he is Singaporean, with the "five stars and crescent moon imprinted on each blood cell".

Works[edit]

  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories (1989, Flame of the Forest) ISBN 9810012829
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 1 (1989, Flame of the Forest) ISBN 9810013469
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Vol. 2 (1991, Native Communications) ISBN 9810025564
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 2 (1992, Flame of the Forest) ISBN 9810025297
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Vol. 3 (1992, Native Communications) ISBN 9810040016
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Vol. 4: Russell Lee's Celebrity Ghost Stories (1993, Native Communications) ISBN 9810048343
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Vol. 5 (1994, Native Communications) ISBN 9810059086
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 3 (1994, Angsana Books) ISBN 9810052243
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 4 (1994, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789813056480
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Vol. 6 (1995, Native Communications) ISBN 9810067194
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Vol. 7 (1995, Native Communications) ISBN 9810068042
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 5 (1995, Angsana Books) ISBN 9813056967
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 6 (1995, Angsana Books) ISBN 9813056371
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 7 (1995, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789813056060
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Vol. 8 (1996, Native Communications) ISBN 9810081847
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 8 (1996, Angsana Books) ISBN 981305607X
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 9 (1997, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789813056152
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Vol. 9 (1997, Native Communications) ISBN 981009146X
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Vol. 10 (1998, Native Communications) ISBN 9810402112
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 10 (1999, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789813056183
  • All New True Singapore Ghost Stories 3 (2002, Native Communications) ISBN 9810446535
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 11 (2003, Angsana Books) ISBN 9813056576
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 12 (2004, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789813056800
  • All New True Singapore Ghost Stories 4 (2004, Native Communications) ISBN 9810512651
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 13 (2005, Angsana Books) ISBN 9813056983
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 14 (2006, Angsana Books) ISBN 9814193070
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 15 (2006, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789814193191
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 16 (2007, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789814193320
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 17 (2007, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789814193450
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 18 (2008, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789814193542
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 19 (2009, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789814193771
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 20 (2010, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789814193931
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 21 (2011, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789814315135
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 22 (2012, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789814315241
  • The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 23 (2013, Angsana Books) ISBN 9789814315418

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