My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Why does horror click? It definitely does not make us feel good. It has a totally opposite effect on us. It makes us feel terrible, depressed and we run for cover. There is a sense of impending doom and feel bad atmosphere. Still horror movies and literature works. Stephen King is a good example in books. Countless horror movies are made. In India Ramsays and Bhatts has made a name for themselves in this and have a niche and loyal audience. Even low budget even C grade horror films become super hit and make good money. I think the reason is as below.
Horror is one of the emotion in humans. As per Natya Shastra of Bharat Muni there are eight RASA. A rasa is a synthetic phenomenon and the goal of any creative performance art, oratory, painting or literature. The King of Rasa is of course ROMANCE. Horror is combination of Disgust (Vibhatsa) and Horrifying (Bhayanka). So through books and movies we can experience these emotions in the safety of our home or at multiplex.
This is not my favourite genre but movies like The Ring, Veerana, Jaani DUshman, Raaz, Ek thi Dayan, Conjuring etc held my attention and I liked them.
Anmol Rawat has made a good attempt in horror Genre. As you have guessed correctly from the title these stories starts from alphabets A to Z like Voodoo, X-Mas, Sinister, Let me in, Zapped in, Atheist etc.
The book starts with Atheist. Two friends are drinking in a cemetery and discuss about existence of GOD and in turn SATAN.
Voodoo talks of voodoo dolls and how it works. Some friends have made name in field of recording paranormal on camera and they are trying to decipher voodoo phenomenon. As explained it is different from what we see in movies.
Witch is story of a girl who is suspected to be a witch by two of his school mates.
Too much cannot be revealed about the stories as it will spoil the fun. The stories are breezy reads and book can be finished in one sitting. Stories are set in foreign locations and country is not clear in most of them. Some are set in America and Africa. The stories are ok and a one-time read.
Most of them are predictable and clichéd and there is nothing new. Still the book is good and a one time read for lovers of thrill and suspense. I give this book it 3/5 stars.
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You have been warned: This book is cursed.
ABCs of Horror is a collection of ghastly tales that binds different forms of terrors together in a riveting narrative, which feels as real as the entity sitting right behind you when you are home alone, getting freaked out by even a gust of air.
There is a dreadful treasure here for every reader: haunted houses, rise of the Devil, paranormal sightings, Voodoo, and much more. The author has put together promising stories for every alphabet that are guaranteed to scare you out of your wits and question the presence of the supernatural.
Pick up the book as the night crawls by for feeling those chills creeping up your skin and your heart beating out of your chest.
About the author:
Anmol Rawat is a writer, which, considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense. He is well known in the blogosphere for writing romance fictions, but he is always curious to explore different genres. ‘It’s challenging and challenges are nerve wracking, but fun,” he says. His debut solo book ‘ABCs of Horror’ is a collection of 26 terrifying standalone tales. His novella ‘The Awakening’, a sci-fi fiction, which was collaborated with other bloggers was elected as the best in a national competition and is published in the book ‘Game of Blogs’. He has edited and co-authored ‘A Little Chorus of Love’, an anthology of romance fictions and has co-authored Blank Space, an anthology of inspiring stories. He thinks Game of Thrones and Supernatural are the two best series ever made for television and devours on Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown, Stephen King and John Green. He would kill for a good cup of Cappuccino, as should all right thinking people.
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