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SEA writers – Malaysia

A Guide to Southeast Asian Authors of the Fantastic:

The following is a non-comprehensive list of authors in or from Malaysia.

This page will forever be under construction.


  1. Agustin, K.S. (based in Australia) – prolific SF (The Perdition Series: “Quinten’s Choice“, “Assassin’s Way“, “Quinten’s Revenge“, “Balance of Terror“, “Quinten’s Story” and “War Games“; SF Romances like “On Bliss“) and Fantasy Novelist (“The Check Your Luck Agency” – a story set in Malaysia and Singapore,  “Tainted Love“), Short Story Writer and Editor (“Europa, Europa” in the Erotic SF Anthology “Seeing Stars“) . Founder of Sandal Press.  Blog Interview
  2. Bakeri, Khairulnizam – Novelist and short story author writing in Bahasa Melayu who writes mostly thrillers with the occasional foray into SF (“Puncak”  or “Top” in “FUTURA“) Blog
  3. Chin, Ai-May – short story author (“October 11” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  4. Cho, Zen – (based in the UK) Speculative Fiction novelist (“Sorcerer to the Crown“), Short Story Writer ( “起狮,行礼 Rising Lion—The Lion Bows” in Strange Horizons, “Balik Kampung (Going Back)” in the anthology “End of the Road“,  “The House of Aunts” in Giganotosaurus, “Love in the Time of Utopia” in LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, “The Guest” in Expanded Horizons, Zen also recently released a fine collection of short stories “Spirits Abroad” published by Fixi Novo.); as editor (Cyberpunk: Malaysia) – Blog, Bibliography Smashwords
  5. Chong, Kathryn – Graphic Novelist/Manga Book author writing in Japanese (Fantasy-themed “Puppet Eyes” won second place in Morning International Manga Competition organised by Japanese manga publisher Kodansha)
  6. Choo, Yangsze (Based in the US) – Novelist who uses many Supernatural and Fantasy elements (“The Ghost Bride“) Blog
  7. Chua, Kok Yee – short story writer with Horror and Dark Fantasy elements (His collection “Without Anchovies” includes the surreal Speculative Fiction work “A Circus Interview” and the Horror pieces “Dead Cougar”, “Moving”, “An Untrue Love” and “A Cemetery Story” . Another Horror story “The Penalty” appears in “Dark City 2“)  Review of “Without Anchovies”
  8. De Faiote, Marc – short story author writing with Fantasy and Supernatural elements (“Last Time Kopitiam” in “Fish Eats Lion“, His collection Tropical Madness, published by Fixi Novo, was long-listed for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award) Blog
  9. Elyas, Rafil – SF short story author (“One Hundred Years: Machine in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  10. Fadzlishah Johanabas – Speculative Fiction writer of short stories (“Equatorial Snow” in Crossed Genres , “Kuda Kepang” in Expanded Horizons, “In Memoriam” in  Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction and “Flight of the Ibis” in The World SF Blog) and Flash Fiction (“The Question“) Blog Interview
  11. Fatrim, Muhammad – Horror/Ghost Story novelist writing in Bahasa Melayu (“Asrama” is a supernatural novel set in Sabah)
  12. Foo, Sek Han – short story author (“Extracts from DMZine #13” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  13. Ganesan, Sharmilla –  short story writer and literary reviewer (SF story “Personal” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  14. Goh, Jaymee (based in Canada)  – SF/Steampunk editor ( co-edited with Joyce Chng The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia) and short story author (“Lunar Year’s End” in Crossed Genres, “Between Islands” in Expanded Horizons, “What You Fuel” in “The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter: A Steampunk’s Shakespeare Anthology“, and “In the Heart of Yellow Mountain” in “Steam-Powered 2: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories“) Blog
  15. Hafizi, Amir – SF short story author (“Forms and Functions” in “FUTURA“)
  16. Halim, Tunku  (based in Australia) – Horror and Dark Fantasy novelist (“Dark Demon Rising” and “Vermilion Eye”), Playwright (“Pig Heart”), and short story author (collections “44 Cemetery Road”, ” Blood Haze: 15 Chilling Tales”, “Gravedigger’s Kiss”, “The Rape of Martha Teoh & Other Chilling Stories” and “The Woman Who Grew Horns and Other Works”. His short story “Biggest Baddest Bomoh” appears in The Apex Book of World Sci-Fi)  Blog
  17. Harris, Nin –
  18. Ho, Jon – Graphic Novel/Comic Book Horror writer (“Scary Ever After“)
  19. Idris, Zed Adam –
  20. Isaacs, Tina – short story author (“Undercover in Tanah Firdaus” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  21. Iskandar, Adiwijaya – short story author (“The Twins” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  22. Johanabas, Fadzlishah –
  23. Kamal, Tariq – short story author (“Unusual Suspects” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  24. Khan, Nadia –  SF short story author writing in Bahasa Melayu (“PWTC” in “FUTURA“)
  25. Khaw, Cassandra – Short story and Flash fiction author (“The Rustle of Pages” inShimmer )
  26. Kouju, Chris –
  27. Kow, Shih-Li – Short story author who uses Magical Realism and Speculative Fiction elements. Her collection “Ripples and Other Stories” by Silverfish Books was shortlisted for the 2009 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award.(“Pilling Time”, a more straightforward SF short story was shortlisted in the 2009 MPH Alliance Bank National Short Story Writing Competition) Interview
  28. Kum, Tessa
  29. Lai, Stephanie (Based in Australia) – SF/Fantasy short story writer (“The Last Rickshaw” in Crossed Genres, “One Last Interruption Before We Begin” in “Steam-Powered 2: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories“) Blog, Interview
  30. Lee, Daphne – Horror Anthology editor (“Dark Tales 2” by Xeus Press)
  31. Lee, EeLeen – (Based in Singapore) – SF, Fantasy and Horror editor/short story author (“Yamada’s Armada” in Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, “Red Balloons” read by Patrick Teoh, for #RadioRasuk — BFM’s Halloween series of horror short stories. Listen to “Red Balloons” here, “Future Gardens” published in “FUTURA” , a six-story Malaysian science fiction collection). Eeleen has a well-received short story collection called “13 Moons” published by Fixi Novo  Blog
  32. Mahsun, Ted – Speculative Fiction short story author (self-published: “The Dangers of Growing Air-cooled Volkswagens in Your Backyard“, “What the Andromaid Reads at Night” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia) Blog
  33. Mowe, Golda –
  34. Muffaz, A.M. (Based in the US) Fantasy short story author (“Into the Monsoon” in Fantasy Magazine) Blog
  35. Noor, Dayang – SF short story author (“Rehab” and the Bahasa Melayu piece “10 Bulan Sebelum Misi ke Marikh” or “10 Months Prior to Mission to Mars” both in “FUTURA” )
  36. Ong, Agnes – Speculative Fiction writer (“The Seventh Month” in  Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction) Blog
  37. Shar, Johar – SF short story author writing in Bahasa Melayu (“Muslim 2061” in “FUTURA“)
  38. Siew, Zedeck – short story author (“The White Masks” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  39. Sivagurunathan, Shivani – SF short story author (“Lungs” in “FUTURA“)
  40. Tahir, Saifullizan –  SF Short Story Writer writing in Bahasa Melayu (“Gabung Kait”  or “Join Hooks” in “FUTURA“)
  41. Tan. Anna – flash fiction and short story writer (SF story “Codes” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  42. Tham. William Wai Liang  – flash fiction and short story author (“Kakak” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia) Blog
  43. Toh, Terrence – Playwright and Speculative Fiction writer (“Bright Student” in  Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, “Attack of the Spambots” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  44. Vanderkoeck, Ika (Koeck, Ika) – short story author (“Crossing the Waters” in Ages of Wonder, editors Julie E. Czerneda and Rob St. Martin, DAW 2009)
  45. Williamson, Kris – short story author who occasionally delves in to Speculative Fiction (“Operation Toba 2049” in Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, “The Wall that Wasn’t a Wall” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia)
  46. Woon, Angeline – SF short story author (“The Domed City” in “FUTURA“, “Underneath Her Tudung” in Cyberpunk: Malaysia )
  47. Yee, Lou Joon – Horror short story writer (“Till Death” in “Dark City 2“)
  48. Zaini, Adib – Pulp/Horror Novelist (“KL Zombie”) and SF short story author writing in Bahasa Melayu (“Di Bawah Komet Halley”  or “Under Halley’s Comet” in “FUTURA“)

Artwork above by Jon Jaylo from the book “Here be Dragons

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