Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Based Black Friday/Cyber Monday Book 2022 Sale!

Hans Schantz's annual Based Black Friday / Cyber Monday Book sale is here again! In a world dominated by tradpub gatekeeping and woke propaganda, the Based Black Friday / Cyber Monday Book sale curates titles from the finest established and emerging non-woke authors in the field. This year's edition features over 190 titles priced at $0.99 or free! The sale is so large, it is split into 4 sub-pages: fan favorites, new additions, non-fiction and Terror House Press.

Many fan favorites are back. Declan Finn's Saint Tommy, John C. Wright's Somewither, Christopher G. Nuttall's The Empire Corps, and more. Other titles by up and coming talent are also on sale for the first time: Shoot the Devil, Chris Kennedy's Red Tide, Henry Brown's Hell and Gone. And of course, there are a number of free books, including a collection generously offered by no less a publisher than Baen.

The sale has traditionally encompassed science fiction and fantasy. This time, there's a solid lineup of thriller and mystery authors as well. You can find them in the new additions page.

I would of course be remiss if I did not mention my own titles:

Pulp on Pulp; Dungeon Samurai Vol. 1: Kamikaze; Singularity Sunrise 1: Edenet; and Saga of the Swordbreaker 1: Dawn of the Broken Sword are all available for $0.99!

Support indie authors and check out Hans Schantz's book sale now!

And if you're the mood of something radically different—a horror story told as a diary novel set in Singapore—check out Diary of a Bomoh here!

Friday, November 18, 2022

The Lies of Diary of A Bomoh

 

Fiction tells truth through lies.

The writer knows the story is make-believe. The reader knows the story is make-believe. Yet when the story is told, both parties agree to treat it as real. The events in the story are real. The characters are real. The world is real. Everything within the pages of the story are real—but only in the confines of the story.

Then along comes DIARY OF A BOMOH.

The setting is real—real-world Singapore. The dates are real—the characters mention significant events that took place in the real world on those dates. The culture is real—or, at least, real enough for the purposes of the story.

And the story itself?

It could be real—but for the following lies.

Monday, November 14, 2022

DIARY OF A BOMOH is live!

In a quiet neighbourhood in Singapore, a body is found inside a locked apartment.

Tasked with identifying the deceased, Inspector Ibrahim has his work cut out for him. With no identity documents at the scene, and no neighbours who remember the resident, his only clue is a set of diaries written in English, Malay and Arabic.

Partnering with Station Inspector Jafri, Ibrahim translates the diaries. They discover the story of a bomoh, a traditional Malay shaman. It is a story of sorcery and occultism, vice and sin, madness and damnation.

But the diaries won't give up their secrets so easily. A terrible evil lurks within their pages.

And now, it is awake.

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Written in the vein of The Picture of Dorian Gray, DIARY OF A BOMOH is an unflinching dive into the heart of sin. It reveals, step by step, the slow self-destruction of a man who has chosen the path of black magic and blasphemy—and the quiet courage of ordinary people who come face to face with extraordinary evil.

Buy it on Amazon now!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Diary of A Bomoh is available for preorder!

In a quiet neighbourhood in Singapore, a body is found inside a locked apartment.

Tasked with identifying the deceased, Inspector Ibrahim has his work cut out for him. With no identity documents at the scene, and no neighbours who remember the resident, his only clue is a set of diaries written in English, Malay and Arabic.

Partnering with Station Inspector Jafri, Ibrahim translates the diaries. They discover the story of a bomoh, a traditional Malay shaman. It is a story of sorcery and occultism, vice and sin, madness and damnation.

But the diaries won't give up their secrets so easily. A terrible evil lurks within their pages.

And now, it is awake.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Diary of A Bomoh: The Locked Apartment Mystery

The clock is counting down to the release of my next book, Diary of A Bomoh.

Diary of A Bomoh is a departure from my previous stories. The story is an epistolary novel, told entirely through emails and diary entries. It is the life story of a bomoh, a traditional Malay shaman. Except that this bomoh is decidedly untraditional, and the choices he makes during his lifetime leads him down the road to decadence and damnation.

Don't let the experimental format fool you. It's still a Cheah novel through and through. There is plenty of action to go around, featuring the Malay martial art of pencak silat. The occult practices described in the story is a mirror image of the spirituality embodied in my previous works. The bomoh fancies himself a deep thinker, and makes many references to world literature and philosophy. Diary of A Bomoh has all the signature elements of my writing style, expressed through the paradigm of a diary novel.

Where this book differs from my other work is psychology. It dives into the psychology of a man who chooses to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven. It explores why he chooses the path of black magic and blasphemy. And it portrays the consequences of going down this road.

Diary of A Bomoh is a horror novel through and through. It is also a SingLit novel, written by a Singaporean, set in Singapore, featuring Singaporean characters, with Singaporean culture and geography playing prominent roles. It is the deepest story I have written yet.

Here is the first chapter of the novel, told through the perspective of Inspector Ibrahim, the police investigator assigned to investigate a strange death—a death that is set to get even stranger.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

The Definitive SingLit Genre

 

SingLit. Singapore Literature. Literature by and for Singaporeans. Every year, the publishing industry and the Establishment team up to push homegrown literature. Every so often, the media reports on SingLit specimens gone global. Most of these SingLit stories are mainstream fiction. The Lit in SingLit. Stories that touch on relationships, culture, drama, life in this tiny city-state, or otherwise themes relevant to a Singaporean audience. But such stories aren't the quintessential Singaporean genre. That honour goes to another genre altogether.

Horror.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Pulp Legend J. Manfred Weichsel talks about The Calydonian Boar Hunt

 



Pulp legend J. Manfred Weichsel recently sat down with the Blasters and Blades podcast to discuss his mythological adaptation The Calydonian Boar Hunt. If you are interested in learning more about Weichsel, his thoughts about his books, and his writing, give it a listen. You can find the podcast on YouTube or on your favorite podcast or streaming service


Surely some of you are thinking, "I already read Weichsel's books. Everybody does! What more do I need to know?" 

Well, it's important to be able to place what you read within some sort of context, and that's why Weichsel has been doing these interviews, to help his readers understand where he is coming from and what his attitudes are towards his work, in order to elevate people's understanding and appreciation of his books.

So definitely, give the podcast a listen! 

In other news, Weichsel's latest book Planet of the Wage Slaves just got a great new review from Benjamin Espen! Check the review out, and if you haven't yet, pick up the book today. It's a short read and only costs 99 cents.

And if you missed it, check out the blog interview Weichsel did last month with DMR Books where he discusses the influence of classical satire on his work. It's a super-interesting read. 

That's about it. Check out the podcast! And if you haven't already, pick up The Calydonian Boar Hunt and Planet of the Wage Slaves at your favorite bookstore!