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Novel Projects

You may find information on some of my current novel projects below.

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She Who Gazes Upon the Dead

an adult literary speculative novel

SIXTH SENSE x SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Lucky Le, begrudging spirit-medium and equally begrudging post-apocalyptic survivor, unravels an intergenerational secret with the help of a mysterious boy. Inspired by the role spirit mediums played in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, SHE WHO GAZES UPON THE DEAD is both a post-apocalyptic ghost story and diasporic tale of grief.

Lovely Holy Drowned

an adult speculative horror novel

BLACK WATER SISTER x BUILD YOUR HOUSE AROUND MY BODY

Cal Ha and Aria Pham couldn’t lead more disparate lives. Cal is an heiress and fitness influencer while Aria's dropped out of college to care for her sick aunt.

 

They have something in common: both their mothers went missing twenty-two years ago. Now, both women’s remains have been identified, and Aria and Cal are being beckoned to a town neither of them has heard of. When the two arrive in sleepy Les Eaux, Minnesota and meet for the first time, a moment of confusion befalls the investigation. The women are identical twins, and suddenly, the gravity of their mothers’ deaths takes on new meaning. 

 

Inspired by the Vietnamese myth of Ma Da, LOVELY HOLY DROWNED explores grief, greed, and broken family ties amidst a small town plagued by drowned ghosts.

[drafting]

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These Dreadful Gods

an adult horror

  • part epistolary, told through letters & diary entries from 1941 French occupied Vietnam

  • an eerie child who knows more than she should

  • a disaster academic on a forced leave-of-absence

  • the horror of empire manifested into a literal haunting

[researching & outlining]

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