tells the story of Nira, a young woman trekking the dark interiors of Sarawak with a sick child on her back to get to Kuching General Hospital, a hundred kilometres away. On the way, she meets a whole host of demons, spirits, ghouls and ghosts, and gets a little help from above, in the form of magical feathers from the seven omen birds of legend. Nira and her son, Aji, get caught up in the middle of an epic war aeons in the making, between the
antu utai tumboh
plant spirits and
huntsman ghosts, along with the
river spirits and the
tattoo ghosts, which threatens to rip apart the very fabric of reality.
is a dark tale of blood and tears, horror and hope, loyalty and enduring love.
Tan Jit Seng is an award-winning creative director of an advertising agency. He started out as the co-creator of Malaysia’s first English comic book,
Heroines of Darkness
, and a children’s book writer before publishing a compilation of short stories,
Get Spooked: Terrifying Tales Untold
. Abandoned Gods is his first full-length horror fantasy novel.