December 26, 2001

Singapore Ghost Stories 8

A compilation of pseudo-authentic ghost tales, told without sympathy for the the place, the people, or the ghosts. The best stories are slush-pile, the worst are summer-camp, by turns frigid and overwraught. There are dim hints of an interesting syncretic tradition here, but the hints are buried in writing that aspires to the pedestrian but rarely achieves it. Singapore is said to have an interesting tradition of ghost stories, but this isn't the place to look.