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About Neil D'Silva
Neil D'Silva is an author of over twelve books, including bestsellers such as Yakshini, Haunted: Real-life Encounters with Ghosts and Spirits, and the Maya's New Husband trilogy. His publishers include Penguin Random House, Rupa, Puffin, HarperCollins, and Hachette among others. His books have won screen adaptation options and are at various stages of development.
Named as one of the Top 7 Indian horror writers to be read by UK’s DESIblitz magazine, Neil has featured in several leading publications and is a prominent speaker at literature festivals across the country. He is the creative director of a litest named Litventure, and its horror off-shoot, FrightVenture. He has spoken at the TEDx platform and conducted masterclasses at IIT Kanpur and on Wattpad among others. He has judged the horror category at Wattpad India Awards in 2019 and 2020.
Neil has spoken about his paranormal writing on several podcasts and other avenues in the media. He was also invited for an episode with celebrity podcaster, Ranveer Allahbadia, famously known as BeerBiceps, on The Ranveer Show.
Neil was a winner at the Delhi Literature Festival Short Story Competition of 2015. His book Maya’s New Husband won the title of Entertainer of the Year at the Literary Awards 2015.
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sentence for her folly.
Down on earth, a couple in Maharashtra is expecting their seventh child, and is performing a special
yajna to fulfill their desires.
By a strange quirk of fate, these two distinctly different lives are soon to be intertwined.
Fifteen-year-old Meenakshi is no ordinary girl. Blessed with celestial attributes, she has beauty that
would rival a goddess’, a unique communion with nature, and a supernatural being living inside her.
Even so, Meenakshi lives amongst men and eventually, the evil eye falls upon her. That’s when the
Yakshini inside her awakens. As the Yakshini takes control, Meenakshi is catapulted into a world
of passion and violence that even threatens her husband’s life.
Neil D’Silva’s Yakshini is a toe-curling, spine-tingling tale where mythology comes deliciously alive
on the page. With its fantastic creatures and unforgettable characters, the book highlights the tussle
between the supernatural and the human, sure to enchant all readers.
Horror lurks in your city at every bend, and it is waiting to leap at you in your solitary unguarded moment.
And when it does, all the commotion of the city wouldn’t be enough to stifle your screams.
These 15 stories come from the grisly and ghastly underbellies of our cities. From a young man fighting his mortal fate to a foreigner encountering a ghost in a hotel room, from an urban legend that comes alive by repetition to an online game that seeks real blood, from a demon causing an infectious sleeping illness to a salon that pampers the living daylights out of its clients — these are stories that will make your skin crawl.
Dive into this horrific world then…
But know that your city isn’t the city of dreams that it is touted to be…
In truth, it is the City of Screams.
In the suburbs of Mumbai, the atmosphere is grim. There is an evil shadow lurking around, stalking and snatching away able-bodied people. The hapless victims are never found again, their bodily traces lost forever.
Embroiled in this is Maya Bhargava, a schoolteacher trying to forget a past personal tragedy. Focusing on her promising career, she is learning to pick the broken pieces of her heart and move on.
While still trying to cope, love comes her way. It comes from the most unexpected of quarters, from a man named Bhaskar Sadachari who is despised and feared for his weird ways.
The sensible and cautious Maya has her head in the right place, but it is her heart that refuses to obey.
She chooses her new husband. And then the horrors begin to unfold.
Maya's New Husband is a regular #1 bestseller on Amazon India (horror) and is the novel that arguably redefined Indian contemporary horror literature. It won the Entertainer of the Year title at the Literary Awards 2015 organized by Authors Ink Publications with Inside Stories.
This is Book 1 of the Maya's New Husband trilogy.
More than a century later, when he discovers that his lover has been reborn in a rich Mumbai household, and is now a beautiful woman named Neetika, his heart begins to beat again with a happy rhythm.
There are monumental obstacles in his path though, the least of which is the fact that Neetika loves another man. But the biggest challenge is that she is human and he is demon.
To make her his, the Pishacha will have to become human again, and to accomplish that he will have to fight holy men and witch-mothers and giants, and challenge the gods themselves.
From the bestselling author of Maya’s New Husband comes a tragic tale of forbidden love ‚ Pishacha.
This standalone story is the Book 1 of the Supernatural India Series. Book 2 of the series is Yakshini, also by the same author.
The thing that connects these stories is the emotion of our inner fears that resides in all
of us. We might mask these fears, we might even deny them, but they emerge when
least expected and then they begin to encroach upon every aspect of our lives.
In this collection of assorted horror stories, you will find noir horror, urban myths,
fantasies, campfire tales, stories of phobias, gore, and even a story that takes place
entirely on chat. An e-horror story, if you could call it that.
Just like a rollercoaster is a source of unexpected adventure and you won’t find its
shocks and thrills unless you actually ride on it, you won’t get the real experience of
Right Behind You unless you read it.
So, sit back, fasten your seatbelts, and plunge into the drive.
The Evil Eye and The Charm is an anthology of six short stories, all of which are themed around the lemon-chili talisman. Read on to see whether charms such as these really hold any power, or is it just a bizarre set of coincidences that cause such beliefs.
Still healing from her catastrophic marriage with serial killer Bhaskar Sadachari, Maya is no longer the same person. Bhaskar is dead, but his eerie presence lingers. At nights alone in bed, she still feels his carnal touch…
Now, as the mother of Bhaskar’s child, Maya finds herself in the most conflicted maternal relationship ever.
A widow and single mother, Maya finds herself surrounded by new men—a renegade policeman who shares deep secrets with her, an affable security guard whose eye never leaves her, a sage who is now an astute politician… Men never seem to leave her alone.
Will Maya be seduced into another toxic relationship? Will she find herself again at the vortex of the terrifying crimes in the city, which carry the mark of Bhaskar Sadachari?
Will she be able to protect herself and her infant from the demons of her past and present?
Maya’s New Husband 2: The Birth of the Death is the much-anticipated sequel to Maya’s New Husband, Neil D’Silva’s cult hit bestseller which ushered in the new wave of contemporary Indian horror literature.
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There is no time to lose.’
A forest lures men to their doom, invisible hands smash crockery in a time-worn house, machines turn malevolent in an old factory, phantom laughter, whispers from nowhere, shadows that trail people – these are just some of the experiences that Sarbajeet Mohanty, paranormal investigator and founder of the Parapsychology and Investigations Research Society, confronts daily on the job.
Tracking Sarbajeet and his team as they probe harrowing supernatural happenings across the country, these ten suspenseful tales move from a courthouse occupied by an insidious presence to a hellish riverbank where battles from the ancient Kalinga war continue to play out, to a film studio in Mumbai where a sordid past waits to be unearthed. Along the way, readers get a rare peek into the distinctive investigative methods used by the team to detect mysterious forces that exist in parallel realms.
Narrated by veteran horror writer Neil D’Silva in atmospheric prose, the chilling accounts in The Spirits Talk to Me are spine-tingling and guaranteed to make you lose sleep.
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A fort that fell to ruins due to a curse
Mines where twenty thousand miners were trapped and perished
A village where black magic is a way of life
A fair where exorcisms are performed in public
Such are the locations dotting the colourful paranormal map of India. Intrepid adventurers and regular tourists alike have often dared to visit these places to experience for themselves their fascinating lure, and to see if ghosts truly haunt these regions. However, those who have ventured there have often returned with more questions than answers-if at all they have returned.
Haunted chronicles the real-life adventures of paranormal investigator Jay Alani in ten of the spookiest locations in India. Co-authored by Neil D'Silva, these exploits provide a ringside view of these hair-raising paranormal journeys for everyone who has an interest in exploring the dark side of the normal.
Nikhil creates a replacement for his dead mother—a clay doll that has her likeness. Things take a bizarre turn when his clay mother starts communicating with him.
Nihar, a teenage orphan, has walked a long way to seek shelter in an orphanage he has heard a lot about, unaware that it is the house of a terrifying secret.
These three stories, each with a young protagonist at the core of the tale, make up Ringa Ringa Roses. But these children aren’t meek. They challenge their bizarre situations as only people with great imagination and fortitude can and face their demons and monsters.
From the bizarre and inimitable mind of bestselling horror author Neil D’Silva, comes this collection of stories that weave horror with fantasy, suspense, and a touch of magic realism, and which promise to keep you awake till you finish reading the last page.
Here are the stories that you will find in this collection:
No Chocolate For You! – The story of a mother who tries to protect her son from the suspicious overtures of an uncle.
The Shoe that Didn’t Fit – The story of a man in a strange city who falls in love with his colleague, and decides to go to any lengths to obtain her affections.
No Greater Charm – The story of a fortune-teller who falls in love with a man who is destined to die soon.
The Other Face of Love – The story of a difficult relationship between an overprotective and insecure mother and an ambitious son.
At the Next Stop – The story of a bus journey during which a man comes across a strange couple who seem to be madly in love.
New Wine, Old Bottle – The story of a young actress married with a veteran actor who is older than her father.
The Lion and the Queen – The story of a mythical queen who is taken captive by a stronger army, and falls in forbidden love with the general.
Fearing for his life, Karun confides in The Fearless Four-a freshly minted paranormal investigation agency run by four brave youngsters. As the investigators delve deep into the case, they uncover a more sinister plan at play: More vengeful toys are coming to life, attacking their owners, and turning them into living zombies.
Can The Fearless Four save Karun and the other children before it's too late?