Russell Lee remains an enigma.
While his identity is a mystery, his reputation as a prominent local author in Singapore is widely recognised.
Spanning generations from the 90s, 00s, 10s, and continuing into the present, his books have been a staple for many since their primary school days.
I mean, just imagine.
His first book was published in 1989, and it has been a full 35 years. Wow.
On 29 Nov, the acclaimed writer took to Facebook to announce the release of his latest book in the True Singapore Ghost Stories series.
This launch, eagerly awaited for three years, has already captivated the audience, with the post garnering 680 likes and 414 shares in just a few days.
The previous book, volume 26, was launched on 24 December 2020 and even included a story set in Coney Island.
Now, with book 27, Lee marks it as the most significant in his 35-year-old series.
This volume delves into the concept of “wokeism,” which he refers to as “the new cult.”
Wokeism is a modern term denoting the promotion of liberal progressive ideology and policy, often in response to systemic injustices and prejudices.
The book covers, shared on Facebook, hint at a narrative exploring the clash between Western liberal democracies and Asian societies, with a particular focus on how wokeism influences these dynamics.
From these visuals, it’s clear that this book isn’t just another clichéd contrast of Western and Asian ideologies but introduces a fresh, contemporary twist with its focus on wokeism.
For those interested in purchasing Russell’s new work, the blurb and price are available:
Besides online purchasing options, the book is also available in “all good bookstores,” as described by Russell himself.
Perhaps, a visit to one of these stores might even lead to an unexpected encounter with the elusive author.
After all these years, he has maintained his anonymity, never revealing his appearance to his loyal and new fans alike.
So why not take a trip to one of these “good bookstores”?
And if you happen to spot a figure clad in black, browsing the shelves of True Singapore Ghost Stories, perhaps wearing a full black head mask, you might just have the chance to greet the master of ghost stories – though, of course, at your own risk.