Malaysian fantasy author Zen Cho's world of ghosts, gangsters and gods

Zen Cho used to comb through the Oxford English Dictionary looking for archaic words.
Zen Cho used to comb through the Oxford English Dictionary looking for archaic words.PHOTO: DARREN JOHNSON

SINGAPORE - Malaysian fantasy author Zen Cho has brought South-east Asian ghouls such as the pontianak and the polong to Regency England in her books.

But she returns home with her latest novel, Black Water Sister, about a young Malaysian woman who moves from the United States back to Penang, only to be possessed by her late grandmother and dragged into a dangerous world of ghosts, gangsters and gods.

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