True Singapore Ghost Stories

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True Singapore Ghost Stories
True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 25 Book Cover.jpeg
Author Russell Lee
Original title The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories
Country Singapore
Language English
Genre Horror, Drama, Comedy, Non-Fiction
Publisher Angsana Books, Flame Of The Forest Publishing (flameoftheforest.com)
Publication date
1989 (Earliest, Book 1)
2017 (Latest, Book 25)
Pages Roughly 160

The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories (also True Singapore Ghost Stories or TSGS) is one of the bestselling book series in Singapore. With over 1.5 million copies sold,[citation needed] the series has become a household name since its inception in 1989. Russell Lee, a Singaporean author, compiles reports, stories and interviews about the supernatural. Light and entertaining, each book, which comprises about 30 stories, appeals to both children and mature readers.

Most of the stories take place in Asia but some take place in other parts of the world. Lee also includes articles about the paranormal, featuring detailed investigations into the occult, witchcraft, vampires and other similar topics. Lee stresses[citation needed] that the articles are for reading pleasure, not research.

So far, 26 books have been released. Each book has a specific theme and an artwork on the front cover that characterises the book.

Russell Lee's latest book is Book 25. Its lead story, The Cat Man, is a tale of how cats inexplicably rally for their hero. Other stories include The Mad Monk, Golden Oldies, and "Nama Saya Iblis". Russell Lee also documents the religious rituals used to "cleanse" homes.

The books are sold in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and some other neighbouring countries.

Author[edit]

Russell Lee is the author of the series. He has been writing about the supernatural since 1989, for about 28 years. Some of his claims are controversial but he writes as one having a great deal of authority.

Books[edit]

S/N Book Year Published
1 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 1 1989
2 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 2 1992
3 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 3 1994
4 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 4 1994
5 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 5 1995
6 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 6 1995
7 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 7 1995
8 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 8 1996
9 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 9 1997
10 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 10 1999
11 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 11 2003
12 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 12 2004
13 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 13 2005
14 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 14 2006
15 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 15 2006
16 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 16 2007
17 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 17 2007
18 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 18 2008
19 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 19 2009
20 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 20 2010
21 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 21 2011
22 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 22 2012
23 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 23 2013
24 True Singapore Ghost Stories 25th Year Special Edition 2014
25 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 24 2015
26 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 25 2017

Television Series[edit]

A 13-part TV series, True Singapore Ghost Stories, has been produced by I-Media Entertainment in Singapore.[1]

USS Collaboration[edit]

In 2015, Russell Lee and Universal Studios Singapore collaborated in the production of Halloween Horror Nights at Resorts World Sentosa. Stories and characters from the book series were used in the month-long event. It was like experiencing True Singapore Ghost Stories with a Hollywood twist.

Recognition[edit]

According to the Singapore Book of Records, the True Singapore Ghost Stories is the best-selling local series by a team of writers, and the all-time best-selling local book series, in Singapore. [2]

What The Media Said[edit]

"Russell Lee’s True Singapore Ghost Stories has been a mainstay on Singapore bestseller lists since they hit shelves in 1989." - THE STRAITS TIMES (2017)

"Russell Lee is Singapore’s most popular writer by a long stretch. His prose is clear and his titles snappy." - SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

"The Almost Complete Collection Of True Singapore Ghost Stories series continues to capture the imagination of Singaporeans." - THE STRAITS TIMES

"The material is just so incredibly rich... You just want to read on." - THE STRAITS TIMES

"True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 1 is Singapore’s all-time number one bestseller." - THE STAR

"Angsana’s Russell Lee is Singapore’s biggest-selling author by a long, long way!" - THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION

"The results of a Forbes survey commissioned by the National Library Board show that as many as four out of ten Singaporeans prefer to read horror-ghost stories... the most popular fiction is Russell Lee’s True Singapore Ghost Stories (Angsana Books)." - THE STRAITS TIMES

"The True Singapore Ghost Stories by Russell Lee is to Singapore what manga is to Japan." - THE OFFICIAL SINGAPORE GUIDE & MAP

"Angsana’s Russell Lee and his team of ghost writers are highly popular, judging by the number of times that the volumes in the True Singapore Ghost Stories series — published by Flame Of The Forest — have hit the bestseller lists of major bookshops in town since the series was launched in 1989." - THE STRAITS TIMES

"Morality and the positive have a firm place in Angsana’s True Singapore Ghost Stories. Good triumphs over evil, always." - THE NEW STRAITS TIMES

"The True Singapore Ghost Stories series has put local fiction at the top spot and opened up possibilities for other home-grown stories and authors. It’s publisher, Flame Of The Forest Publishing, is a Singaporean English language press that has built its name by publishing Singapore authors. Its books, such as the True Singapore Ghost Stories, speak to the Singapore psyche." - CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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