True Singapore Ghost Stories

The Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories (also True Singapore Ghost Stories or TSGS) is the bestselling book series in Singapore. With over 1.5 million copies sold,[1] the series has become a household name since its inception in 1989. Russell Lee, a Singaporean author, compiles reports, stories and interviews about the supernatural. Light and entertaining, each book, which comprises about 30 stories, appeals to both children and mature readers. The latest book (26th book) in the series was released in 2020.[2]

True Singapore Ghost Stories
TSGS Book 26.jpg
AuthorRussell Lee
Original titleThe Almost Complete Collection of True Singapore Ghost Stories
CountrySingapore
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Drama, Comedy, Non-Fiction
PublisherAngsana Books, Flame Of The Forest Publishing (flameoftheforest.com)
Publication date
1989 (Earliest, Book 1)
2020 (Latest, Book 26)
PagesRoughly 160

Most of the stories take place in Asia but some take place in other parts of the world. Lee also includes articles about the paranormal, featuring detailed investigations into the occult, witchcraft, vampires and other similar topics. The books are sold in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and some other neighbouring countries.[3]

Russell Lee is the author of the series. He has been writing about the supernatural since 1989.[4]

BooksEdit

Below are a list of books published under the series:

The Complete List
S/N Book Year Published
1 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 1 1989
2 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 2 1992
3 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 3 1994
4 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 4 1994
5 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 5 1995
6 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 6 1995
7 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 7 1995
8 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 8 1996
9 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 9 1997
10 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 10 1999
11 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 11 2003
12 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 12 2004
13 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 13 2005
14 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 14 2006
15 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 15 2006
16 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 16 2007
17 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 17 2007
18 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 18 2008
19 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 19 2009
20 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 20 2010
21 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 21 2011
22 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 22 2012
23 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 23 2013
24 True Singapore Ghost Stories 25th Year Special Edition 2014
25 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 24 2015
26 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 25 2017
27 True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 26 2020

Television SeriesEdit

A 13-part TV series, True Singapore Ghost Stories, has been produced by I-Media Entertainment in Singapore.[5]

USS CollaborationEdit

In 2015, Russell Lee and Universal Studios Singapore collaborated in the production of Halloween Horror Nights at Resorts World Sentosa. Stories and characters from the book series were used in the month-long event. It was like experiencing True Singapore Ghost Stories with a Hollywood twist.[6]

ReceptionEdit

According to the Singapore Book of Records, the True Singapore Ghost Stories is the best-selling local series by a team of writers, and the all-time best-selling local book series, in Singapore.[7]

The Straits Times mentions "Russell Lee’s True Singapore Ghost Stories has been a mainstay on Singapore bestseller lists since they hit shelves in 1989. The material is just so incredibly rich... You just want to read on". While the South China Morning Post stated that "Russell Lee is Singapore’s most popular writer by a long stretch. His prose is clear and his titles snappy." The Star reports that "True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 1 is Singapore’s all-time number one bestseller".[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "True S'pore Ghost Stories sold at S$9.90 per book for past 33 years". The News Singapore. 2022-07-01. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  2. ^ "True S'pore Ghost Stories sold at S$9.90 per book for past 33 years". mothership.sg. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  3. ^ "What Ever Happened to Russell Lee, the Mysterious Author of 'True Singapore Ghost Stories'?". www.vice.com. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  4. ^ Ho, Olivia (2021). "Unsung S'pore icons: Home-grown horror tales spook a new generation". The Straits Times. Retrieved 7 July 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Fear factor". The Straits Times.
  6. ^ Sile, Aza Wee (2015-10-29). "This is horror, Singapore-style". CNBC. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  7. ^ "Best Selling Local Series By A Team Of Writers". Singapore Book of Records.
  8. ^ "Flame Of The Forest - Books by Russell Lee". www.flameoftheforest.com. Retrieved 2022-07-20.

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