A shiba inu summons the divine by way of ritual. An MRT train goes underground, but never comes back out. A series of hauntings affects a rat-infested army bunk over three nights. This is Track Faults and Other Glitches, a collection of ten short stories by author-journalist Nicholas Yong, whose book was launched at the Singapore Writers Festival 2016.
Don’t just take his daytime job as a mark of his prowess: the senior correspondent for Yahoo Singapore is, by night, the same author responsible for Land of the Meat Munchers (2013). And in this collection, you’ll be transported to Singapore in an alternate reality, pumping with zombies and an egg-shaped machine set in either a utopian or dystopian society, depending on which way you look at it.
Track Faults and Other Glitches: Stories of the Impossible in Singapore ($18.60) is available at all major bookstores including Kinokuniya, Times and Popular.