First Look: The Puppeteers of Palem


Back Blurb

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.

More soon!


  1. I am signing up as a reviewer Sharath, and I am assuming you already knew that πŸ˜€

    The back blurb is saucy and juicy enough that I am already licking my lips in anticipation of the blood fest that this book seems to be ready to unleash πŸ™‚ Jokes apart, Rudrakshapalem and its characters seem intriguing enough to make me want to pick up the book as soon as it is out. Let me know whether I need to pre-order or if you would be sending me an advance review copy.

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    • I’m setting up a blog tour for this, Jairam, and you’re the first blogger on my list πŸ™‚ You will hear from me soon. Thanks for all the support you’ve been giving me.

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      • I am just doing whatever little I can to promote an author whose work I immensely enjoy. And in the bargain, if I can get his books free of cost (autographed by him, if possible), then that truly is the icing on the cake for me, isn’t it πŸ˜€


  2. WOW, its seems intriguing πŸ™‚ looking forward to grab few of your books. Suggest me few others one to order. Congrats & Good wishes.

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  3. OMG!!!! I was soooo wishing you would write a horror novel!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I am signing up for reviewing too, Jiju! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  4. Soumini Mukherjee says:

    Both the front cover as well as the storyline are highly interesting! looking forward.. πŸ™‚


  5. Bhavesh Jeewani says:

    The cover has an organic rustic charm to it. Congrats and all the best Sharath….!!!


  6. manjulikapramod says:

    I will be reviewing your book soon through Writersmelon πŸ™‚
    Loved your last work..


  7. Sharath, I wanted to tell you I am totally hooked by your books. I read Murder in Amravati, Crows of Agra and now I am reading Banquet on the dead. Reading in a very very stingy way, making it last a long time, very slowly. Just waiting to get the others. I love your mysteries. Please keep on writing!


    • Hi Flynn! Thanks for the nice words. I’m going to be writing some mysteries this year, so I hope I will get them through to you soon. Do let me know what you think of Banquet, once you finish it.


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