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Penguin Random House Australia

Uncover an extraordinary world of demons and witches, where the ones you love can hurt you the most and hiding your true self can get you killed. ​


Moving and funny by turns, this is a story about what it takes to make peace with your demons – literal or otherwise. An urban fantasy spin on growing up as a second-generation immigrant, struggling under the overwhelming pressure to make others proud, while feeling trapped inside your own body.


Between surviving high school and working at her aunt’s dumpling shop, all Zhi wants is to find time for her friends... and make sure no one finds out she’s half spider-demon. 


But when she accidentally kills and eats a man in front of the most popular girl in school, she discovers she might not be the scariest thing in the shadows.

The Spider and Her Demons by sydney khoo book cover

15 AUGUST 2023

Penguin Random House "Write It" fellowship 2019


On June 27th, Penguin Random House announced the recipients of "Write It Fellowship" 2019: Annie McCann, K.L Webber, Ayesha Inoon, and sydney khoo.

sydney worked with Penguin Random House editor Michelle Madden to develop their debut novel, "THE SPIDER AND HER DEMONS", out 15 August 2023.

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