Signal 8 Press

Publisher info

Signal 8 Press was founded in Hong Kong in 2009. We are now based in Cornwall, England, and are a registered company in England & Wales. Although we have long focused on publishing books about Asia and the Middle East, and still do, we are a British press run by three guys with an assortment of passports and are therefore interested in all kinds of things.

Where to find Signal 8 Press online

Monkey in Residence & Other Speculations
Pre-release—available November 1, 2022. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 51,640. Language: English. Published by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / General
Observations of contemporary life that make monkeys of us: this existential disbelief thrums through speculative stories and essays in Xu Xi’s latest collection.
When Your City Vanishes
Price: Free! Words: 30,970. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2022 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / General
A free sampler of writing by Xu Xi, one of Hong Kong’s leading English language writers.
Laila
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 39,070. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2020 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Trapped in a marriage to a man she finds physically revolting, Laila begins to realize secret truths about her sexuality, about her very identity as a modern Jordanian woman. In Laila, Fadi Zaghmout gives voice to the Arab woman to put men in her society on trial.
This City Is a Minefield
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 63,490. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2019 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Biographies, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Essays
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.
Heaven on Earth
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 50,060. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2017 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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.
The Last Gods of Indochine
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 91,570. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2016 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Jacquie Mouhot and Paaku the Lotus-Born are divided by six centuries but linked by a common curse. Jacquie follows the footsteps of her grandfather, a famous explorer, to Indochina, where she becomes immersed in the tragedy of Paaku's history: a story simultaneously unfolding in the intertwined present and past, a story in which she still has a vital role to play.
The Bride of Amman
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 55,630. Language: British English. Published: July 21, 2015 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
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 taboos. Five young lives come together and come apart in ways that are distinctly modern yet as unique and timeless as Amman itself.
The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 93,270. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
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. Whether he’s losing his lunch on the boat ride to the disputed Dokdo islets or surviving a bus wreck on a Korean highway, Tharp delivers his tales with a mixture of honesty, wit, and humor.
The Prism of Life (Chinese Edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 740. Language: Chinese (traditional). Published: October 5, 2014 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Spiritual awakening, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
The Prism of Life contains passages channeled directly through the Akashic Records, to help you find your purpose in life. 生命的稜鏡,乃透過直接聯繫上阿卡西記錄接收得來,冀能幫助你找到人生目的。
The Prism of Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,450. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2014 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Spiritual awakening, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
The Prism of Life contains passages channeled directly through the Akashic Records, to help you find your purpose in life.
Always Forever (Chinese Edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,090. Language: Chinese. Published: September 20, 2014 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Gay & lesbian
From the depths of sorrow begins a journey of hope. 從悲傷深淵出發,展開希望之旅。
The Memory of a Face (Chinese Edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,400. Language: Chinese. Published: September 20, 2014 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Set in Hong Kong and China, where the ultra-modern live in a traditional society and struggle to find love, the story shall resonate with anyone who has loved, lost somebody or had to let go. 以中港兩地為背景,超現尚一代活在傳統社會桎梏裡,努力尋覓愛情,本書會與曾相愛,失去或不得不放手的每一位產生共鳴。
Habit of a Foreign Sky
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 85,540. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
Somewhere between Hong Kong and New York, life does an abrupt shift for Gail Szeto, when her mother, her last family member, is killed in an accident. For Gail, a mixed-race, single mother who had buried her young son less than two years prior, all she has left is a hard-won career at a global investment bank. Life rapidly goes into free fall for this woman with a complicated past.
How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 96,880. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region » Asia, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests » Essays & Travelogues
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 stereotypical. Together, they create a portrait of the modern expatriate experience that will both resonate and inspire.
Speaking in Forked Tongues
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 75,140. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
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 sort of thing that you can leave at the office when the clock hits five.
Firelight of a Different Colour: The Life and Times of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 127,740. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Gay & lesbian
When Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing threw himself to his death from the terrace of Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel in 2003, he was the greatest star of his generation in the city. At the forefront of almost all the cultural changes Hong Kong saw during his lifetime, Leslie came to embody the unique spirit of the city. Firelight of a Different Colour commemorates a life that continues to inspire.
A Muslim on the Bridge: On Being an Iraqi-Arab Muslim in the Twenty-First Century
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,150. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Theology
A Muslim on the Bridge is an essential read for our times, a book that takes a close, informed, and rational look at problematic issues in Islam like polygamy, violence, divorce, homosexuality, veiled women, interfaith marriages, apostasy, and the perception of other cultures and religions.
Shanghai Dancing
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 135,580. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
A "fictional autobiography," Shanghai Dancing is a dazzling meditation on identity, language and disorientation that combines photographs and written images in the style of W.G. Sebald. The winner of some of Australia's top literary prizes, Shanghai Dancing has been praised by its judges as "a work of major significance [that] challenges our expectations of storytelling..."
Pussy's Bow
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 70,350. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Murder, ghosts, and runway modeling. The basic ingredients: a wealthy 34-year-old gym junkie doctor with a taste for steroids; a pompous and tarnished English expat with a master's in expediency; a successful, sexy young Vietnamese artist; a glamorous if somewhat nosy female neighbour; a gorgeous, ambitious young country stud of uncertain sexuality; the ghost of a Jewish architect from the 1930s..
Glove Puppet
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 62,400. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Literature » Literary
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.Born 'Johnny' to a drug addict, prostitute mother in Brighton, England, Johnny becomes Vaslav when, at age seven, his mother dies from a heroin overdose and a stranger brings him to a very different life in Australia, where he passes him off as his own son.
Tomorrow City
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 40,120. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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. Tomorrow City is a riveting, literary crime novel that explores the theme of reinvention in Shanghai, the city that’s reinvented itself more than any other in the world over the past generation.
Hong Kong Rose
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 114,490. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The novel rewinds through a drama set in Hong Kong of the seventies, where Confucian family ties and British colonial society embrace Rose's "perfect" marriage to a lawyer from a prominent South African Chinese family. But even before the wedding, a dark underside to that family begins to emerge; Rose must confront the reality of her new life as it unfolds with many surprising twists and turns.
An Ideal for Living
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,970. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Marshall Moore's second novel is a scathing, hilarious look at the American obsession with weight loss, body image, and sex. Grace and Robert are overweight both around the waist and at the bank. She wants to save her marriage. He wants to win back an unrequited love. Will they get what they really want... or what they really deserve?
Access: Thirteen Tales
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 61,500. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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. These thirteen tales are at once acerbic and heartbreaking, directing our gaze at the incongruities of human relations and the persistence of wounds our hearts cannot heal.
The Infernal Republic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,700. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The Infernal Republic is the new collection of short fiction from Marshall Moore, the author of The Concrete Sky, Black Shapes in a Darkened Room, and An Ideal for Living. Comprising stories published between 2003 and 2009, as well as several unique to this book, The Infernal Republic is Moore at his best: surreal, hilarious, wise, brutal, and sometimes just plain wrong.
If You Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight: Aspects of Practice for Gay and Lesbian Buddhists
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 41,860. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Sociology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism » Rituals & Practice
Offers both male and female, beginner and veteran a discussion of those aspects of Buddhist practice which benefit gay people and which address current issues of prejudice and homophobia.
Hellbent
Price: Free! Words: 24,610. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hellbent is a collection of short stories by Paul Blaney, author of Handover.
River Dragon Sky
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 60,180. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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.
Buddhist Meditation and the Internet: Practices and Possibilities
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 36,720. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism » Rituals & Practice, Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Internet
We now know that people are trying to reproduce online much of what they do offline. So why is it that meditation is only a very small part of Buddhist Internet activity?
Dispatches from the Peninsula: Six Years in South Korea
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 90,190. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region » Asia, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests » Essays & Travelogues
Thousands of young adults pass through South Korea each year, teaching English in private schools that together make up one of the country's largest industries. Korea, long isolated by culture and geography, with a complex language and set of social mores, can be a difficult place to call home.
Chronology of an Egg
Price: Free! Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Peter Tieryas Liu’s Chronology of an Egg is a companion to his debut Watering Heaven, published in October 2012 by Signal 8 Press in Hong Kong. Chronology of an Egg is a mini-collection containing five short stories -- two from Watering Heaven (“Gradients” and the title story) and three others.
Bitter Orange
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,790. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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. There are no easy answers or expected outcomes in Marshall Moore's exploration of urban life and the ways that people can disappear.
Never Turn Away
Price: Free! Words: 47,500. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Never Turn Away is a collection of Marshall Moore’s work from the 10 years since his debut novel The Concrete Sky was published.
Handover
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 36,900. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Handover, a vivid, cinematic new novella by Paul Blaney, writer in residence at Rutgers University, peels back the skin of expatriate Hong Kong to uncover vengeance, betrayal, and madness
Always Forever
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,630. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2012 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Gay & lesbian, Nonfiction » Travel » By region » Asia
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
From the depths of sorrow begins a journey of hope. The dream of a life together is shattered when AD finds himself attending Mikee’s funeral. With help from Mikee’s family and friends, AD sets about piecing together Mikee’s story. As he begins to discover life’s lessons through Mikee’s eyes, AD finds himself falling in love with an entire nation.
The Memory of a Face
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,140. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2011 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Set in Hong Kong and China, where the ultra-modern live in a traditional society and struggle to find love, the story shall resonate with anyone who has loved, lost somebody or had to let go.
The Unwalled City
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 92,750. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2010 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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.
Black Shapes in a Darkened Room
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,550. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2010 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction
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. Revenge and eroticism, humor and despair, the supernatural and the everyday... Marshall Moore draws new contour lines and makes new connections in this nighttime map of the human soul.
The Concrete Sky
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,850. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2010 by Signal 8 Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Things are not going well for Chad Sobran. His mother is gravely ill. His creditors are circling like sharks. And he's being stalked by his violent, homophobic, and obsessive older brother Martin. You'll never look at your Prozac or your passport the same way again.

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