Book Review: ‘Tales of Horror’ by Nikesh Murali

Explore the Shadows, Embrace the Chills


Book Title: Tales of Horror
Author: Nikesh Murali
Publisher: Fingerprint! Pub
Number of Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-9358561104
Date Published: July 15, 2023
Price: INR 198

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Book Review

In “Tales of Horror” by Nikesh Murali, readers are treated to a compelling anthology of four short stories that meticulously scrutinize the virtues and vices of humanity under extraordinary circumstances. The narratives delve deep into the recesses of the human mind, exposing the darkest desires carefully hidden away. Addressing critical issues such as traumatic childhoods, the impact of grief on families, open relationships, body shaming, and homophobia, the stories offer a thought-provoking exploration of the human experience.

Crafted in accessible language, these stories weave a tight web of secrets and spine-chilling discoveries, holding readers in suspense. The plot unfolds steadily, guided by well-detailed and brutal writing that establishes a profound framework, transporting readers to the heart of each tale. Including illustrations at the beginning of each story adds an extra layer of intrigue to the overall reading experience.

This spooky novella presents four distinct and blood-curdling stories, steering away from traditional ghost stories to explore less-discussed horror topics often found in folklore. The book successfully generates a lingering sense of unease, offering a different kind of chill than typical ghost stories. While the stories are somewhat predictable, the writing style remains engaging and accessible, creating an immersive reading experience.

In horror fiction, Nikesh Murali’s “Tales of Horror” stands out as a chilling exploration of fear, dread, repulsion, and the supernatural. The book takes readers on a journey into the darkest corners of fear, promising an edge-of-your-seat experience. Perfect for horror enthusiasts seeking a thrilling and thought-provoking read, these stories offer more than traditional scares – they delve into societal issues and explore characters with depth and complexity.

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Author Nikesh Murali, a Commonwealth Short Story Prize-winning writer and bestselling horror author, brings his expertise to “Tales of Horror.” This collection of four novellas draws inspiration from Indian myths and the international horror literary tradition. Reflecting current horror writing and filmmaking trends, the stories aim to discuss grand themes in life, explore societal issues in India, and delve into characters with intricate arcs.

Tales of Horror” challenges characters to confront their inner demons and grapple with existential and philosophical questions, making it a must-read for those seeking a nuanced and impactful horror experience. Reading this on the eve of Halloween weekend is as surreal as it gets!

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