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Signal 8 Press is an independent publisher founded in 2009. Our books focus on topics of Asia-Pacific interest, with some excursions to the Middle East and places even farther afield. Starting from 2021, we will begin publishing LGBTQ-interest titles (without the regional focus) as Gutter Stars Press, and we will continue to accept and publish under both imprints. Generally speaking, we’re interested in publishing the books that we like reading (and the ones we think will sell). We run our press with a commitment to integrity: we do our best with details such as the design of the books and the editorial process, we get things done when we say we will (more or less), and we pay royalties on time (as day-job schedules permit) and in full. We also reply to our emails and try very hard not to leave authors hanging. Do you have a manuscript that you think would be a good fit? Or are you just looking for something interesting to read? If so, you might just be in the right place!

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Laila

Laila

Synopsis: Although the Arabic world is as diverse as any other region, customs and traditions endure. Injustices continue. And then there is Laila. Trapped in a marriage to a man she finds physically revolting, Laila begins to realize secret truths about her...

Saving Sun Bears

Saving Sun Bears

Synopsis: In Asia, adult sun bears are poached for body parts which are thought to have medicinal properties. Many orphaned cubs, with their small size and endearing features, are kept illegally as pets. Malaysian ecologist Dr Wong Siew Te, or ‘papa bear’, has...

This City is a Minefield

This City is a Minefield

Synopsis: This City is a Minefield is a collection of reflective memoir and personal essays told from a genuine and unique voice about growing up and coming of age as a young gay Chinese man in Vancouver. Thoughtful and honest, the stories and essays recounted are...

Intimate Strangers

Intimate Strangers

Intimate Strangers: True Stories from Queer Asia Edited by Carmen Ho and Gregg Schroeder Family, love, friendship, acceptance—none of these pillars of happiness are certainties for LGBTQ+ people. Yet, despite social and legal conventions, the fifteen writers collected...

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Sanctuary: Short Fiction from Queer Asia Edited by Libay Linsangan Cantor and Ng Yi-Sheng Gathered in this book are nineteen tales of queer lives in Asia: stories of humour and heartbreak; magic and murder; love, lust and living happily ever after. Meet an altar boy...

Insignificance

Insignificance

Synopsis: Sometimes what is remembered is best forgotten. This is the feeling that permeates Insignificance. The protagonists in these stories cannot help but recall their former Hong Kong existence, one that shimmers with beauty and pain. On September 26, 2014, the...

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

Synopsis: The year: sometime in the 2090s. The location: Jordan. Aging is reversible thanks to major advances in bioscience and nanotechnology. But in a world where eternal youth has become a reality, complications arise. Journalist Janna Abdallah is at the forefront...

Rural Liberties

Rural Liberties

Synopsis: Moralla, a fading seaside town on the ‘beautifully uncivilised’ Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, has won Australia’s Tidy Towns award for two years running. Now Rebecca Moore—the most beautiful, talented girl in town—is dead and there’s nothing tidy about...

A Garden Fed by Lightning

A Garden Fed by Lightning

Synopsis: Marshall Moore’s short fiction is propelled by a scathing wit and a dark imagination, and he does not shy away from taking readers down roads that are less traveled and rarely even mapped. In the title story, a con man cons a beguiling con artist… or does...

The 100-Pound Gangster

The 100-Pound Gangster

Synopsis: Henry Lin spent most of his precocious youth involved with the international criminal underworld. By the age of fourteen, he was involved with a notorious San Francisco triad with links to Hong Kong and mainland China, and by the age of eighteen, he had...

The Last Gods of Indochine

The Last Gods of Indochine

Synopsis: Jacquie Mouhot and Paaku the Lotus-Born are divided by six centuries but linked by a common curse. In medieval Cambodia, Paaku is an orphan whose community believes he may be a reluctant incarnation of a god, causing sectarian turmoil for the kingdom's...

The Bride of Amman

The Bride of Amman

Synopsis: The Bride of Amman, a huge and controversial bestseller when first published in Arabic, takes a sharp-eyed look at the intersecting lives of four women and one gay man in Jordan’s historic capital, Amman—a city deeply imbued with its nation’s traditions and...

Funereal

Funereal

Synopsis: Soobin Shin is an aspiring young woman in a near-future version of Seoul. Ever since her college graduation, she has struggled to escape from her dead-end job in a doughnut chain. Her twin sister Hyewon is one of Korea’s most recognizable models, but Soobin...

The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia

The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia

Synopsis: In The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, author Chris Tharp recounts his misadventures in countries across the region he’s called home for the last ten years. He takes us to the back-alley restaurants of Vietnam on a quest to eat cobra; to the...

The Prism of Life

The Prism of Life

The Prism of Life contains passages channeled directly through the Akashic Records, to help you find your purpose in life.

Summer of the Long Knives

Summer of the Long Knives

Synopsis After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist’s model in Berlin, suffers brain damage that gives her psychic powers. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest secretly involved in...

Speaking in Forked Tongues

Speaking in Forked Tongues

Synopsis Bren Barran is a normal guy in most ways. All he really wants is a sweet girlfriend and enough time and money to play videogames, but his job keeps getting in the way. After all, opening trans-dimensional gates to hell and summoning demons for money isn’t the...

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit?

How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit?

Synopsis In this collection, twenty-six women reveal the truth about expatriate life in modern East Asia through original works of memoir and creative non-fiction. Their experiences are varied and unique, demonstrating that expat women's lives go far beyond the...

Handover

Handover

It’s 1997 and three very different expatriate Britons are living and working in Hong Kong. Sally, a sophisticated, thirty-something magazine editor, finds her life plagued by a ruthless bully. Tess, an idealistic young graduate, embarks on an unlikely office romance. And Rob, the most recently arrived of the three, is haunted by an enigmatic ex-lover. As the date of the Handover draws closer, and each of the three falls further under the spell of their adopted city, their lives criss-cross and start spinning out of control.

Tomorrow City

Tomorrow City

After an armored car robbery goes horribly wrong and leaves four people dead, young ex-con Brendan Lavin flees New York City and attempts to start over again in Shanghai.

Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange

Seth Harrington can be invisible or undetectable, but he is not a superhero. The ability only works in morally grey situations; the rest of the time, he can’t turn it on and off at will.

Drought

Drought

E-book reprinted and distributed in partnership with the Lontar Foundation. Synopsis Drought, a translation of Iwan Simatupang’s novel, Kering (1972), is a joyous celebration of life and human commitment. Its hero is an ex-student, ex-soldier, and ex-bandit, who...

Earth Dance

Earth Dance

E-book reprinted and distributed in partnership with the Lontar Foundation. Summary: Earth Dance, the story of four generations of Balinese women, centers on conflicts that arise between the demands of caste and personal desires.Narrated by Ida Ayu Telaga, a Balinese...

An Old Man’s Rules for Hitchhiking

An Old Man’s Rules for Hitchhiking

John A. McGlynn’s favorite motto was “never let the truth get in the way of a good lie” – but as is revealed in his imaginative tales of travels to Mexico, Indonesia, and other exotic ports of call, it is often in the fantastic that truths are found.

The Painter of Lost Souls

The Painter of Lost Souls

A fast-paced, intensely emotional drama of Indonesian life high and low, set against the tumultuous backdrop of the reformasi era, after the fall of Suharto in 1999.

Chronology of an Egg

Chronology of an Egg

Chronology of an Egg is a mini-collection containing five short stories — two from Watering Heaven (“Gradients” and the title story) and three others.

Looking for Estrellita

Looking for Estrellita

Looking for Estrellita is a dazzling collection of essays full of new and important ideas.

The Unwalled City

The Unwalled City

Xu Xi, one of Hong Kong’s preeminent novelists, examines the lives of four of the city’s residents amid the tension and uncertainties leading up to the 1997 handover to China.

The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim is one of the most unusual novels to have ever been published in Indonesia. It is a complex mixture, uniting a poetic lyricism with meditation on life, death and art.

Hellbent

Hellbent

Hellbent is a collection of short stories by Paul Blaney, author of Handover.

The Fall and the Heart

The Fall and the Heart

The Fall and the Heart by S. Rukiah is one of the lesser known classics of the Indonesian revolutionary era and arguably the strongest piece of prose writing by an Indonesian woman author before the 1970s.

The Bath Fugues

The Bath Fugues

From one of Australia’s most lauded writers, comes a wonderfully wrought work, melding intrigue, romance, comedy and deception, taking the form of three interwoven novellas.

Telegram

Telegram

Putu Wijaya’s novel Telegram, published in 1973, has been heralded as a milestone in Indonesian fiction and as a trendsetter in its synthesis of reality and fantasy.

Supernova

Supernova

E-book reprinted and distributed in partnership with the Lontar Foundation. Summary: Supernova: The Knight, The Princess and the Falling Star presents a series of intertwined and unconventional love stories, straight and gay, with a bit of science and spirituality...

Stepper

Stepper

Tokyo, 1933. Tall, broodingly handsome, Victor Stepper is a consummate ladies’ man, a brilliant journalist…and spy.

Sitti Nurbaya

Sitti Nurbaya

A Love Unrealized, by Marah Rusli, retains the poignancy that made it a modern Indonesian classic.

Shanghai Dancing

Shanghai Dancing

After 40 years in Australia, Antonio Castro packs a bag and walks out of his old life forever. The victim of a restlessness he calls “Shanghai Dancing,” Antonio seeks to understand the source of his condition in his family’s wanderings.

Shackles

Shackles

Doctor Sukartono, able and devoted to his work, and his wife, Tini, a beautiful and independent woman, find their marriage devoid of communication and warmth.

And the war is over

And the war is over

The final days of World War II serve as the backdrop for this novel by Ismail Marahimin.

Chinese Walls

Chinese Walls

It’s the sixties. US sailors on R&R prowl the streets of the waterfront in Hong Kong where the Indonesian-Chinese Hsu family lives.

Daughters of Hui

Daughters of Hui

This collection of a novella and three stories was named one of the top ten “best books of Asia” of 1996 and won wide critical acclaim.

Family Room

Family Room

The stories in Family Room together make up a sojourn through time and space, with the reader traveling from Indonesian villages and remote islands to the capital city of Jakarta; and then to Victoria Park in Hong Kong and onwards to refugee camps in Kashmir, and expedition camps near the lakes of Finland.

Hong Kong Rose

Hong Kong Rose

In October of 1987, Rose Kho, Hong Kong girl who left home, returned and has left it again for New York to escape her life, reflects, scotch in hand, as the sun sets on the Statue of Liberty.

Mirah of Banda

Mirah of Banda

Kidnapped from Java, along with her older cousin, five year-old Mirah is taken to the Banda islands where she spends the rest of her life on a nutmeg plantation.

Never the Twain

Never the Twain

The novel Salah Asuhan, translated here as Never the Twain, is among the most popular works of modern Indonesian fiction.

After China

After China

After China, is a novel which offers lasting pleasures through its rich combination of consummate story-telling, playfulness and wisdom.

Drift

Drift

Through a fictional character, Byron Shelley Johnson, Castro ‘completes’ English experimental novelist Bryan Stanley Johnson’s unfinished trilogy.

The Garden Book

The Garden Book

Set in the Dandenongs of the 1930s, when Australia was facing a looming war, The Garden Book scrutinizes the obsessions, prejudices and sexual betrayals of the period, shedding a different light on conventional notions of Chinese migrants in Australia.

When the de la Cruz Family Danced

When the de la Cruz Family Danced

During his one and only return visit to the Philippines, Johnny de la Cruz—plagued by a sense of isolation—succumbs to a quick sexual encounter with an old flame, the attractive and beguiling Bunny Piña.

River Dragon Sky

River Dragon Sky

A novel of people far from home and far from the selves of their origins, River Dragon Sky is the story of Junping, a Taoist street seer turned arsonist, Zhuan He, the girl he is sure is the daughter he abandoned years earlier, and Kal, an American who seems to have traveled to China for girls and kung fu.

The Infernal Republic

The Infernal Republic

A lonely demon in a remote corner of Hell oversees a divine but rigged typing contest. A sentient house in San Francisco decides to become vacant once again… by any means necessary.

Access

Access

What do we think we desire? What do we truly desire? These are the two competing forces underlying Xu Xi’s latest fiction collection Access.

Gutter Stars Press

The Memory of a Face

The Memory of a Face

A novel about loving and letting go Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 What is love? Is it the craving to be with him or is it the realization that you should let him go? Is it about telling him how he makes you feel or is it about...

Always Forever

Always Forever

From the depths of sorrow begins a journey of hope. 從悲傷深淵出發,展開希望之旅。   Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 The dream of a life together is shattered when AD finds himself attending Mikee's funeral. He is overcome with grief. But Mikee's...

Never Turn Away

Never Turn Away

Never Turn Away is a collection of Marshall Moore’s work from the 10 years since his debut novel The Concrete Sky was published. Included are excerpts from that book and his second novel An Ideal for Living, short stories from the collections Black Shapes in a Darkened Room and The Infernal Republic, and the first chapter of his forthcoming novel Bitter Orange.

An ideal for living

An ideal for living

E-book reprinted and distributed in partnership with the author. Summary: Grace White and her brother Robert, overweight and affluent, are desperate to hang onto their respective love interests. Grace’s husband Rich is bonking every woman he can talk into bed. Grace...

Through It Came Bright Colors

Through It Came Bright Colors

The story of Neill Cullane, a closeted, conflicted 21 year-old that lives in two worlds that seem light-years apart, but that he travels between in a beaten-up VW car.

Trio Sonata

Trio Sonata

A chance meeting over a dropped shop key opens a new world for Janna, the bright, attractive proprietress of a Ukranian cafe in Philadelphia’s city centre.

The Concrete Sky

The Concrete Sky

While drunk at a party, Chad falls off a balcony and breaks his wrist.

Quill

Quill

A novel in two parts.

Pussy’s Bow

Pussy’s Bow

Three gay men — friends and roommates in a stunning Art Deco mansion — have their lives tossed into turmoil when one of them is set upon by a gang of gay-bashing teens.

Black Shapes in a Darkened Room

Black Shapes in a Darkened Room

Black Shapes in a Darkened Room is a collection of witty, visceral, and darkly imaginative short fiction from the author of the novel The Concrete Sky.

Glove Puppet

Glove Puppet

Glove Puppet is a modern-day twist on Oliver Twist and a harrowing illustration of how the best intentions can lead to the worst results.

Izzy and Eve

Izzy and Eve

It seems forever that Israel (Izzy) and Evangeline (Eve)—a gay man and his woman friend—have lived together while the city around them crumbles.

Six Positions

Six Positions

Written with a poet’s sense of language and the quirky voice of an outsider among outsiders, Six Positions takes the reader on a frank and entertaining international road trip of clubs, baths, and sex parties.

Rare Bird of Truth

Rare Bird of Truth

Synopsis: Virgil Mann is an Australian editor working in London who, via an unseemly brush with fate, has just become a publisher. Good luck? Bad luck? It's too early to tell. One thing is certain-nothing in his past has prepared him for the events about to unfold....