Drinks With Characters: Cassandra Khaw is Drinking With Cannibals

Today I have the pleasure of hosting my Shimmery friend, Cassandra Khaw, to the blog to talk about her new novella, RUPERT WONG, CANNIBAL CHEF. Come on, you know you're going to love it from that title alone! Here she is with the scoop on what Rupert drinks to ease his worries.

cannibal-chefYay! Guest blog! I've never done one of these before. Do I express gratitude by smashing little porcelain cats, or do we make offerings of dragon's blood? No one ever tells me these things. While we figure that out, a huge thank you for letting me on here. My upcoming novella Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef is an upcoming urban fantasy e-novella about an ex-Triad gang member turned chef for a dynasty of ghouls, and his involvement in some inter-pantheon shenanigans. It obviously doesn’t go too well for him, but I’ll leave it to the story to explain why that’s the case.

Moving on, Rupert’s nowhere near as cool as he might sound. He’s in his late thirties, his back is constantly acting up, and he works two jobs -- one of which involves negotiating demands made by little demon fetuses. As such, he doesn’t have really sophisticated tastes. When Rupert wants to get drunk, he partakes in a Graveyard, a foul-tasting concoction that used to be the cocktail of choice in my college.

Quick story: drinks are phenomenally expensive in Malaysian bars. Like, RM350 to RM400 a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. Similarly, beer could go as high as RM15. When you’re a college student with a highly limited budget, you go for what gets you drunk quickest. Graveyards were RM30, and they were … effective, as you’ll be able to tell from the ingredients list.

The recipe: 
1 - 1/2 package triple sec
1 - 1/2 package Bacardi® 151 rum
1 - 1/2 package vodka
1 - 1/2 package gin
1 - 1/2 package tequila
1 - 1/2 package bourbon whiskey
1 - 1/2 package Scotch whisky

Mix all the spirits together, before you top it off with beer and stout. Prepare to not do anything but be sick for the next week.

It’s not unusual to work two jobs in this day and age, but sorcerer and former triad soldier Rupert Wong’s life is more complicated than most. By day, he makes human hors d’oeuvres for a dynasty of ghouls; by night, he pushes pencils for the Ten Chinese Hells. Of course, it never seems to be enough to buy him a new car—or his restless, flesh-eating-ghost girlfriend passage from the reincarnation cycle—until opportunity comes smashing through his window. 

In Kuala Lumpur, where deities from a handful of major faiths tip-toe around each other and damned souls number in the millions, it’s important to tread carefully. Now the Dragon King of the South wants to throw Rupert right in it. The ocean god’s daughter and her once-mortal husband have been murdered, leaving a single clue: bloodied feathers from the Greek furies. It’s a clue that could start a war between pantheons, and Rupert’s stuck in the middle. Success promises wealth, power and freedom, and failure... doesn’t.

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