The village of Rudrakshapalem awakens, and tells her tale.
Five friends return to the village of their childhood to find that nothing seems to have changed, and at the same time everything has. Whose voice is it that called them back, and whose hand is it that now hunts them down, one by one?
Palem’s grand old man, a Brahmin landlord, their childhood storyteller, makes one last ditch attempt to save his village from ruin at her hands. Will he succeed or will his past catch up with him and demand fair price?
Two boys, one blind and the other lame, skirt the village borders at the old Shivalayam, listening, staring. On their faces they wear smiles of contentment. They sleep well. They see happy dreams.
A TV reporter arrives to study the village, only to sink deeper into the mystery with each passing day.
And hovering above all of these is the shadow of Lachi, who is believed to haunt the old Shivalayam on full moon nights. Some say she’s consumed by lust, others call it madness, but all catch the red glint in her eye and the icy calm in her voice as she croons a sad, lonely song. The one thing she hungers for, that will satisfy her soul, is the fire that will burn Palem down to ashes.
The village of Rudrakshapalem awakens, and tells her tale. Listen closely. It will chill you to the bone.
Are you scared yet? Even if you aren’t, you will be nice and say that you are. Because this is supposed to be a horror novel.
It is out in October 2014, so you will definitely hear more in the coming month. More specifically, I will be looking out for reviewers, contest participants and lots of honest feedback, so I hope at least some of you will sign up.
For now, just read the blurb. And stare at the cover for a while. And when October and Halloween rolls in, keep in mind that Palem will be calling out for you.