Shoumin (1902-1961) known by this penname Huanjhu Loujhu was born in an official family in
Changshou County in Sichuan Province. He was clever and had very good memory. He read many
books in various areas, not only the pre-Cin scholars' books, which were highly regarded
in Chinese society, but also Buddhist and Taoist texts, and Chinese medicine,
fortune-telling, as well as astrological books. He visited all the famous scenic spots and
rivers, even more he stayed at both the Emei and Cingcheng Mountains for eighteen months.
His traveling experience stimulated his imagination and became the resource for his later
novels. Shushan Jiansia Jhuan was published as a series in the newspaper, Tianfong Bao, in
Tianjin in July 1932. It was a great hit, and he became famous immediately. The publisher,
Lili Chubanshe, issued the story in separate volumes. His other works include Cingcheng
Shihjiu Sia, Yunhai Jhengci Ji, Hei Mayi, and Hei Senlin.
Shushan Jiansia Jhuan is an immense novel. It has fifty
volumes and its sequel has five volumes. Altogether this book has about five million words
in 329 chapters. Wars blocked the process of its publication from time to time; it was not
yet finished when the Communists gained the power in 1949. This book contains mythology,
illusion, the immortal jian sian, and sia. It creates a fantasy world, where there is no
conflict like those taking place in the martial arts circle, and the residents are gods,
goddesses, monsters, fairies, birds, animals and insects. The main characters are jian
sian, who are neither gods nor humans, but are immortals.