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Strange creatures that appear as if from nowhere, travelling companions with hair-raising supernatural tales, people with terrible deep dark secrets—these are some of the common threads in the stories in this collection. I must admit I am partial to stories where the suspense is heightened by the writer’s use of exotic locations. Some poor man or woman dropped into this mysterious locale has to contend with terrible uncanny spectacles.
‘The Empty House’ is a classic story of this kind, though there the writer-narrator doesn’t have to travel anywhere too far. His aunt summons him to come explore the empty house with her. It looks like every other house on that street but has a dreadful past and holds its secrets close. As soon as the narrators enter the house, they know that something or someone is watching them. A someone who clearly doesn’t like their presence there.
The story of ‘Chuniya, Ayah’ is from Alice Perrin’s highly readable and engaging collection of tales from her travels during the Raj. East of Suez is full of exciting and eccentric characters and the account of this ayah, in particular, shows that if she had stayed well away from children, it would have ended on a happier note for everyone.
Vengeful animals or those that carry the spirit of something out of the ordinary appear in a few stories. In ‘The Return of Imray’ there are plenty of such creatures, from deadly kraits to a dog who can sense the malevolent presence of a dead man. ‘The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains’ is a particularly hair raising story set in a stark landscape. The extreme anxiety of the children in the story, the desperation of the father dealing with poverty and his own instincts and then the appearance of the white wolf in their lonely and friendless lives have the makings of an exotic story of revenge and retribution.
I have included here some authors I have read extensively over the years—Kipling, Perrin, R.L. Stevenson. I do hope they are still read today, for their stories though old, contain ideas and thoughts that have lived on. They will appeal to anyone who likes a good tale. As for some of the others whose works are included here, maybe reading them in this book will make you go out and search out their other writings.
This collection is for every reader who has been mesmerized by the possibility of something extraordinary living and breathing out there that we barely sense as we go about our everyday lives. I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I had reading these stories once again while choosing them for you.
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- Item Weight : 181 g
- Paperback : 161 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9788129142399
- ISBN-13 : 978-8129142399
- Product Dimensions : 12.95 x 0.94 x 19.79 cm
- Publisher : Rupa Publications India (21 November 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 8129142392
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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