Ghost Story on Christmas Eve

If like me, you like to snuggle up in a razai with a hot cup of cha or coffee and a book of spooky stories during the dark, mysterious, wintry nights of Christmas, than here is something for you. There will be a festive reading of the lesser-known M R James ghost story 'There Was a Man … Continue reading Ghost Story on Christmas Eve

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Best Crime Stories Vol.3 (Ed.) John Welcome

Best Crime Stories Vol. 3, edited by John Welcome, is an anthology of 11 stories which I enjoyed a lot.The volume begins with a masterly study of terror: Max Hensing by Algernon Blackwood.  Williams, a reporter interviewing Dr. Hensing, standing trial for having poisoned his wife, is so much repulsed by the man that the … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Books: Best Crime Stories Vol.3 (Ed.) John Welcome

Short Notes: The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

Though I am sure that I must have read (at least one of) his works, sometime or the other, the first time, H.P. Lovecraft's name really registered with me was when I saw a review of a book  called The Call of Cthulhu @ Manybooks. The reviewer was all praise for the book and made me … Continue reading Short Notes: The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

First Read of 2015: The Individual and Society

I have started 2015 with an anthology The Individual and Society. Divided into five parts: Caste/ Class; Gender; Race; Violence and War; and Living in a Globalized World, this has some wonderful pieces on all these important issues. While many of the writers were familiar to me, I have also discovered new voices like Maya … Continue reading First Read of 2015: The Individual and Society

Pulp

Want to write a commercially successful novel? Here are certain guidelines to help you achieve your goal:1. The title of the book should carry a woman's name - and it should be a sexy one, like 'Miss Leela Mohini' or 'Mosdhar Vallibai'.2. Don't worry about the storyline.(!) All you have to do is creatively adapt (love … Continue reading Pulp

Forgotten Book: The Third Bullet and Other Stories by J.D. Carr

Since my new-found admiration for John Dickson Carr, I have been trying to read as many of his books as possible. Unfortunately, the library that I frequent has only a few of his books. Recently, I borrowed Carr's short story collection The Third Bullet and Other Stories.The title story is actually a novella. Justice Mortlake … Continue reading Forgotten Book: The Third Bullet and Other Stories by J.D. Carr

Forgotten Book: The Spider by Hanns Heinz Ewers

Hanns Heinz Ewers (1871-1943 ) was a German actor, poet, philosopher, and writer of short stories and novels. His 1915 story, The Spider, begins explosively:When the student of medicine, Richard Bracquemont, decided to move into room #7 of the small Hotel Stevens, Rue Alfred Stevens (Paris 6), three persons had already hanged themselves from the … Continue reading Forgotten Book: The Spider by Hanns Heinz Ewers

Short Notes: Great Detective Stories

While I love reading mystery novels, the short-story in the same genre doesn't excite me that much. However, I did like this Watermill Classic which has five stories in which either a burglary or murder is investigated by a detective (and his faithful side-kick).In Arthur Conan Doyle' s The Boscombe Valley Mystery, Sherlock Holmes and … Continue reading Short Notes: Great Detective Stories