Our Supernatural Skyline Series: Between Gods and Ghosts (Book 1)

 
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Singaporeans have a unique sense of the supernatural that blends the beliefs of several races. The focus of this series is to trace some of the more prominent threads that make up this island’s complex supernatural weave. We will look at some early supernatural beliefs on this island and consider the gods and the ghosts (and the countless spirits in between) that filled the imaginations of our forefathers, and see how they have developed into the supernatural skyline that we see today. In this first book of the series, we explore the Chinese supernatural beliefs, on top of giving you some spooky local ghost stories. From Chinese immortals and demons, fairies and fox spirits, we take you through some rich cultural beliefs and heritage left behind by our Chinese forefathers. This book also offers valuable insights on ghosts and the wider supernatural, and the way they are represented. Walk through the haunted schools and hotels with us, and meet our National Service ghosts. As you journey through this book, you will find yourself peering into these part-open doorways of the supernatual. However, each time you step into one of these rooms, remember not to let the door shut behind you. You’ve seen enough horror films to know what happens if you let the door shut behind you. Keep the corridor in sight – that’s where the rest of us are. And now, welcome to Singapore. Spooky island set in the sea.

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Jonathan Lim is a freelance actor, director, playwright and occasionally, writer and poet. He graduated from the Directing Course at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), and prior to that, the Theatre Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore. He is also artistic director of the theatre company, STAGES. His theatrical works (writing and directing) that have explored the supernatural include : October and Other Disquiets (STAGES) – an adaptation of four classic ghost stories; The Re-turn of the Screw (as part of The Necessary Stage’s Names Changed to Protect the Innocent series) – a theatrical exploration of our relationship with ghosts and spirits; On The Verge – a partial dramatization of the Stone Tape theory; A Right Ritual (Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble) – a Mandarin play about ancestral spirits and family rituals, performed during the 7th lunar Month; Pontianak – A Love Story (NUS TS Programme) – an outdoor performance inspired by Nicky Moey’s short story exploring the human side of the pontianak; and People Say Got Ghost (Action Theatre). For TV, he helped conceptualize the Channel U mini-series Seventh Month with Eric Khoo, and provided stories for the episodes Bridge, Kum-kum and Old Woman. His other writing works include the verse drama White Sails Over Blue Blue Seafor Toy Factory, the musical Women On Canvas, the yearly live parody show Chestnuts, the short-lived The New Paper satire column Scribblepad, and the lyrics to Royston Tan’s short film CUT. He intends to write a ground-breaking, hip TV series about local ghosts, and is now working on the second book of this series.

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“His accounts are scary because they are actual and so close to home. I’m eagerly awaiting the next piece..” --Eric Khoo, Film-maker

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