M’sian teenager’s fantasy horror novel launched
Posted on June 24, 2012, Sunday
KUALA LUMPUR: Kathryn Chua Min Xi appears set to give famed international horror novelist Stephen King a run for the money. She has launched a fantasy horror novel, ‘Midnight Walking’, which took seven months to complete.
The 222-page book aims to give goose pimples to the young reader as it centres on Lucy Pine, an average teenager who unexpectedly finds herself caring for a crow after it has smashed into her widnow, one night.
What she does not know is that the mysterious bird, in reality, is not a crow but a young man named Cyrus, who drains the soul of teenage girls. Chua is not a hotshot author. At least, not yet. Our very own home-made teenage fantasy horror novelist is only 17, having recently graduated from high school.
The Malaysian who was born in Hong Kong, said she took seven months to complete the novel, despite her busy school days.
“I have always wanted to publish a book, since I was six or seven years old. For this particular book, I was having my summer holidays in 2010 and reading a couple of horror fantasy genre novels for inspiration.
“I then realised that I could do better than these (novels),” Chua said at a press conference here yesterday, after the launch of ‘Midnight Walking’ by CIMB group chief executive Datuk Seri Nazir Razak. — Bernama
Chua, who spent her first 12 years in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Beijing where she lived for the past five years, aspires to be a full-time author.
Meanwhile, the bank’s head of retail financial services, Peter England, said CIMB YOUth, a unique banking experience launched last year to encourage saving in a fun and rewarding way for those aged between 12 and 23, was glad to introduce the book to young adults.
“Through books like ‘Midnight Walking’, we hope to cultivate a reading culture amongst youth, as the bank will give out complimentary authographed copies of the book to selected CIMB YOUth customers next month,” he said.– BERNAMA