Nicky Moey



Nicky Moey (b. 1964, Singapore–) is a writer who specialises in horror fiction and thrillers. His first book, Let’s Play Games, a collection of short stories, was published in 1986. His other works include Songs of Suspense (1988), Princess of Darkness (1992), Army Ghost Stories and Other Tales (1994) and Lurking in the Dark: 13 Tales of Terror (2003). His collection of famous local crime cases, 999: True Cases from the CID (1987) was a national bestseller.1

Education
Moey’s interest in mysteries and thrillers began when he discovered Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes at the age of 14. He began writing his own stories in 1983 when he was 19.2 He completed his secondary school at Raffles Institution before going on to major in physics at the National University of Singapore.3

Literary career
Moey’s first book, Let’s Play Games, is a collection of 13 horror tales and was published in 1986.4 It was re-issued in 1990 as Pontianak: 13 Chilling Tales.5


After the release of Let’s Play Games, the Science undergraduate was commissioned by the Criminal Investigation Department to write some of Singapore’s most well-known crime cases.6 Moey was specifically chosen by Times Book International for the project because of his unique and snappy narrative style. Working with officers from the public relations department who provided him with material for his book, Moey was given the opportunity to experiment in a genre apart from horror fiction.7 In 1987, the book 999: True Cases from the CID, was released.8 It chronicled infamous murder cases, crimes of passion, kidnap and other suspenseful investigations, and was one of Singapore’s bestsellers in the late 1980s.9

Moey’s other works in the horror genre include Songs of Suspense (1988), his first novel Princess of Darkness (1992),10 Army Ghost Stories and Other Tales (1994), and Lurking in the Dark: 13 Tales of Terror (2003).11

Despite keeping a low public profile, Moey is regarded as one of the most prominent and popular writers of the horror genre in the Singapore literary scene.12 His stories go beyond merely entertaining readers with macabre and gory details about the supernatural. He often weaves his works of fiction with moral lessons and sports a good eye for detail on traditional folklore and cultural superstitions – traits that capture the interest and imagination of the readership.13

Although Moey regards horror fiction as the genre with which he is most comfortable, he also writes non-fiction.14 In 1991, he published a book on the corporate history of the Shell Companies, The Shell Endeavour: First 100 Years in Singapore.15

In 2001, Moey was a featured writer in the Singapore Writers Festival, organised by the National Arts Council.16 He has also contributed to the online literary journal, The Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS), and gives talks on creative writing in schools.17


Works
Moey, N. (1986). Let’s play games. Singapore: Times Books International. (Call no.: RSING S823.01 MOE)


Moey, N. (1988). Sing a song of suspense. Singapore: Times Books International. Available via PublicationSG.

Moey, N. (1988). Songs of suspense. Singapore: Times Books International. (Call no.: RCLOS S823.01 MOE)

Moey, N. (1990). Pontianak: 13 chilling tales. Singapore: Times Books International. Available via PublicationSG.

Moey, N. (1991). The Shell endeavor: First 100 years in Singapore. Singapore: Shell Companies in Singapore by Times Editions. (Call no.: RSING 338.2728 MOE)

Moey, N. (1992). Princess of darkness. Singapore: Times Books International. (Call no.: RSING S823 MOE)

Moey, N. (1994). Army ghost stories and other tales. Singapore: Promethean Integrated. (Call no.: RSING S823 MOE)

Moey, N. (2000). 999: True cases from the CID. Singapore: Times Books International. (Call no.: SING 364.15095957 MOE)

Moey, N. (2003). Lurking in the dark: 13 tales of terror. Singapore: Promethean Integrated. (Call no.: RSING S823 MOE)


Moey, N. (2014). The travelling companion and other stories. Singapore: N. Moey. (Call no.: RSING S823 MOE)



Author

Sheena Kumari Singh




References
1. Singapore: Ghost story II. (1990, November 4). The Straits Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
2. Lee, S. H. (1986, September 6). Nicky scares you into reading. The Straits Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. When facts get in Nicky’s way. (1987, June 6). The Straits Times, p. 1; Lee, S. H. (1986, September 6). Nicky scares you into reading. The Straits Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Obsession with horror and fantasy. (1988, August 31). The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Singapore: Ghost story II. (1990, November 4). The Straits Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
6. Obsession with horror and fantasy. (1988, August 31). The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7. When facts get in Nicky’s way. (1987, June 6). The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8. Obsession with horror and fantasy. (1988, August 31). The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
9. Tan, S. (1987, June 6). Crime in real life. The Straits Times, p. 1; Singapore: Ghost story II. (1990, November 4). The Straits Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
10. Chua, L. (1992, May 23). Pontianak habits. The Straits Times, p. 16. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Moey, N. (1994). Army ghost stories and other tales. Singapore: Promethean Integrated. (Call no.: RSING S823 MOE); Moey, N. (2003). Lurking in the dark: 13 tales of terror. Singapore: Promethean Integrated. (Call no.: RSING S823 MOE)
12. When facts get in Nicky’s way. (1987, June 6). The Straits Times, p. 1; Obsession with horror and fantasy. (1988, August 31). The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
13. Lee, S. H. (1986, September 6). Suspense-horror with a touch of satire. The Straits Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
14. Obsession with horror and fantasy. (1988, August 31). The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
15. Moey, N. (1991). The Shell endeavor: First 100 years in Singapore. Singapore: Shell Companies in Singapore by Times Editions. (Call no.: RSING 338.2728 MOE)
16. Oon, C. (2001, August 31). Literature can help boost productivity. The Straits Times, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
17. Kor, K. B. (2001, September 1). Letting creative juices flow online. The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; eduSTATION. (n.d.). Our teachers. Retrieved 2016, August 16 from eduSTATION website: http://edustation.sg.tripod.com/id10.html



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Moey, Nicky, 1964-
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