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Blood Runs Cold by [The Hive]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08D1YRPP2
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 664 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 442 pages
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Reviewed in India on 31 July 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look out for these writers!
By Shankar Hosagoudar on 9 June 2021
As the title suggests, I expected to read stories in which there would undoubtedly be murder, but that was not the case in this case, and I enjoyed the element of surprise. There wasn't a single bad story among them, and some of them were extraordinary. There's a fair mix of conventional whodunnits, noir and pseudo-noir, and a few truly insane stories in this collection.

5 stars from Me for sure.

Here are my top 3 picks:

Family Man by Sreeparna
Such a wonderful narrative that defies traditional narrative and leaves me speechless at the conclusion. Brilliant.

ABCD by Varad
The less I say about it, the better because the concept was completely unique and terrifying. It picks you right from the first few lines and relentlessly plays with your mind and ends on a high. Respect

Tango In The Woods by Srivalli
I enjoy short stories with strong world-building since they present a significant challenge owing to the limited number of words available, and when writers succeed, it always strikes the target. In this atmospheric thriller, I like the way the characters are presented and play their role. Loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing anthology
By Sonal on 24 August 2020
Tell me, what is it that makes your blood run cold? I mean, we all have our hidden fears, born out of our traumas, do we not? Some of our fears could be seemingly irrational ones and yet they stem from those reaches of our soul were rationality does not dwell.
So what is your hidden fear?
Is it the thought murder or mayhem? Does blood make you cringe? Or, is it the thought of stagnating and suffocating in matrimony? Do you suffer from an irrational fear of the unknown? Or, do you believe that there are some things beyond the realm of this world that control you? Yes, I do mean the supernatural. Do you believe in that?
Hmm…my questions probably got you thinking. That’s what happened to me when I read ‘Blood runs cold’ by the Hive.
The book is a collection of 17 short stories and also some mini-tales. The interesting facet is that all 17 stories are written in the thriller genre. But, is it really ever possible for a writer to write a story in one genre without the overlap of others? Can a thriller be complete without the dose of drama, or without the infusion of horror? I think not. And, that is what comes across in this book as well. So, we have ‘whodunits’ that are injected with sarcastic humour and we have murders that have been infused with a dose of drama. We have stories in which the dramatic thrill comes from the linear build up of horror. But, what is most evident is the hard work that went into this compilation.
Personally, I have always believed that thriller is the most difficult genre to write. There are too many loose ends to tie up in the story. And, unless you tie those ends up, the story falls flat. Another important component in a thriller, for me, is the role suspense plays. That to me is vital.
I loved all the stories in this book but I do have some that stood apart for me.
- An Insidious Affair by Ratnakar Baggi – This is a brilliant piece of work. The story opens in a whodunit and yet as you read, the seemingly unrelated incidents tie-up to gobsmack you. The misdirection that the writer has built in the story, keeps the suspense alive. That riveted my interest.
- Swipe right to Die by Ell P – I loved this story for the Punjabi Aunty in it. Spot on characterization. In fact, anyone who has been raised in North India would know that the fabric of our upbringing is incomplete without the presence on such an aunty.
- ABCD by Varadharajan Ramesh – By the time I came to the end of this story, I could guess who the killer was. But, it was not because the writer left me a clue. It was solely because I adopted a process of elimination. This is the story that I loved most since I am extremely partial to detailing. I love it when a writer not just describes things but also gives a reason for the description. I found that in this story. Brilliant concept!
If you love thrill and are planning to pick up your next read soon – do check this book out. The one advice I shall impart is that enjoy the stories one by one, one at a time. Don’t rush through the book. It’s not a novel; it’s an anthology. Read a story, savour its flavours and let them sit with you a while. Let it percolate, taking you though the emotions that were intended to be conveyed. So, take the entire essence of the story in, before you move onto the next.
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The Hive is a platform dedicated to publishing anthologies of short stories, a category typically underestimated by traditional publishers. We aim to bring out anthologies of short stories, every year, starting from 2020.

Being ardent readers of short stories, we also realized the dearth good anthologies out there. So, for the love of storytelling, we decided to co-create The Hive, a non – traditional publishing collective, focusing at this point only on anthologies.

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