Horror Fiction Giveaway: Leave a Comment and Win a Bundle of Four Great Novels

Book Bundle Giveaway

Our mythology giveaway of last month went so well that I thought I should make it a regular fixture on this blog. This month, we’ve brought together four authors of horror and psychological suspense.

Like before, there are five bundles of these four books up for grabs, for five lucky winners.

Scroll down to the end of the post – after all the descriptions of the books and their authors – to see how you can participate in this giveaway.

Book 1: The Persecution of Madhav Tripathi (by Aditya Sudarshan)

Persecution of madhav tripathi

Aditya Sudarshan is a full-time novelist, an occasional writer of plays and scripts, and a regular critic of our literary establishment. He’s a strong supporter of an Indian English fiction scene that actually takes itself seriously. Having lived in Delhi and Mumbai for extended periods, he’s now plotting away in Goa.

Book 2: Maya’s New Husband (by Neil D’Silva)

MNH Cover (Front)

Neil D’Silva is best-known as the creator of Maya’s New Husband, a book that he admittedly wrote only in the daytime. He followed it up with two short story collections: The Evil Eye and the Charm and Bound in Love. His stories have appeared in anthologies by Wrimo India and Readomania, and regularly feature on his blog at NeilDSilva.com. His writing has worked for him to such an extent that he is soon giving up his two-decade long teaching career to pursue his love for it. He is the founder-admin of For Writers By Authors, a Facebook community of 9000 writers, authors, and literature enthusiasts. Using this platform, he spearheaded the litfest Litventure in Mumbai. He is also the co-founder of the editing company, Pen Paper Coffee.

Book 3: I See You (by Aindrila Roy)


The writing bug bit Aindrila Roy at the tender age of eleven and she has been scratching that itch ever since. She likes to mix fantasy and horror and create a blend of dark fantasy with complicated, twisted characters. She is also a fairly adept romance writer and enjoys writing children’s books as well.

When not writing, she can be seen nursing, fighting, running, building Lego tunnels and hospitals, and driving toy school buses- all for her three and a half year old. And in the odd chance that she finds a moment free, she likes to read. An erstwhile voracious reader, she is now perpetually yearning to read more.

She is also a paleontology lover and can be seen going on long monologues about prehistoric creatures that have been extinct for millions of years.

Book 4: The Puppeteers of Palem (by Sharath Komarraju)



Sharath Komarraju is an author of fiction and nonfiction based in Bangalore, India. Once a software engineer, now he writes professionally, and on lazy days he watches cricket and talks to his wife (often at the same time). His most well-known work is the ‘Hastinapur’ series, in which he tells the story of the Mahabharata from the point of view of the epic’s lesser known female characters.

How does the giveaway work?

Quite simple:

  • There are five book bundles up for grabs. Each bundle contains each of the above four books.
  • In order to throw your name into the hat, leave a comment under this post.
  • In your comment, EITHER tell us about your personal favourite horror memory (real, imagined, something you dreamed of, anything that chills you to the bone), OR you can ask any of our featured authors a question about their works.
  • There are no bad questions. Treat this as a panel where you’re meeting the authors in person; we’ll answer all the questions that come in.
  • We will randomly select five out of all the comments that we get and announce them as winners.
  • You can leave a maximum of two comments. We will count both comments as entries, meaning that your chances of winning will increase if you leave two comments instead of one.
  • When you click on ‘Leave a comment’ below, you will be prompted in a separate field to enter your email address. Please enter a valid email address here, because all winners will be contacted on the email address they leave behind. Note: Please don’t enter your email address as part of your comment, because then it will be publicly visible to everyone.

When does the giveaway end?

The last date for your comment is Monday, 29th February, 2016. Any comment that we receive after that will not be counted toward the giveaway.

When are the winners announced?

Winners will be announced on or by Monday, 07th March, 2016. They will be announced as a comment to this blog post, so please keep a tab on it. Winners will also be contacted via the email they leave behind when they enter the comment. Please, therefore, make sure it is an email that you check regularly.

What is the purpose of the giveaway?

The main purpose of the giveaway is to allow authors and readers a platform to converse about the topic they like: in this case, fear. So whether you leave a comment about your fears or whether you ask a direct question, expect one (or more) of our featured authors to respond. We hope this will be a great way to bridge the gap between us and you. More than anything it’s the conversation and discussion that these events throw up that make them worth the time. We hope you enjoy it.

Tell your friends

If you have friends who enjoy horror fiction, tell them about this. Sharing is caring, don’t you know? See you all in the comments section!


  1. I am assuming that a pre-written story of my own is eligible for this under the “imagined” category of the list.

    I have already asked a question below that whether the spirits (being free form souls) can communicate with each other. However, this questions had appeared in my mind long back. Of course, I could not find answer to this. However, I have written a short story based on this question.
    You can read it at my blog – https://salankegourav.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/vacant/

    Hoping this is a valid entry for the contest.


  2. My question to the authors – After being typecasted for its run-of-the-mill plots, Horror genre has now taken a leap forward with innovative plotlines and extraordinary characters. How can a Horror story be woven interestingly without the usual jumpscares, lady-in-the-white, howling dogs, anklet sounds or haunted houses? How to keep the readers at the edge of the seat without having stereotyped storylines?


    • Aindrila Roy says:

      I believe the human mind is dark enough to bring out some of the worst horrors anyone has ever read. A writer does not need to rely on the tropes to bring out horror, just exploring the darkness of the human mind is enough.

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    • Hi Kavya. I answered this as part of another question before. What brings out originality is not the tropes or subjects or themes per se, but the voice of the author. For instance, if you look at the career of Stephen King, he has made modern classics on subjects such as telekinesis (Carrie), vampire towns (Salem’s Lot), haunted houses (The Shining) and mad rabid dogs (Cujo).

      As a reader, if you’re noticing the tropes, then in my opinion the author is yet to develop a voice that he is confident in. An experienced storyteller can tell you an engaging, fresh story with the old tropes and you won’t even notice it.

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  3. Anjali Yadav says:

    Hi, my question is for Mr. Sharath Komarraju.
    Sir I have read your novel Winds of Hastinapur and it was an amazing read. I even have your ‘Nari’ in my shelf.
    So my question is how much pains you need to put in while writing a novel on a mythological story. And how was you experience writing a mythological tale? What difficulty did you face?
    Thank you.


    • Hi Anjali. No difficulty at all. At least nothing I can remember. The main difficulty with the mythology retellings was that I wanted to bring in an angle never before seen with these stories – the angle of the women, and also tell the stories of the ‘silences’ in the main story. I wasn’t particularly interested in retelling Draupadi’s disrobing again from another point of view (though I suspect I must, when I reach that point of the tale).

      So most of the difficulty with the Hastinapur books was BEFORE the writing began, to find an angle that will make them stand out. After the writing began, like it is with most books, it was all good fun 🙂


  4. My question is also for sharath komraju,your book winds of hastinapur depicted gandhari as a women with eyesight problem and shikandani as the daughter of amba…i really want to know whether these are your imagination or realated to any original scriptures.
    p.s:I loved the explanation of how hastinapur stole gandhar’s wealth..and meru’s evil plan of sowing seeds of revenge into Gandhari’s mind.Eagerly awiting your next part.


    • Hi Saranya. Thanks for the nice words. With Gandhari, I wanted to break away from the usual explanations of why Gandhari chooses to go blind. One common reason usually given is an act of rebellion for marrying Dhritarashtra. The other is that she did it out of love for Dhritarashtra. I had no problem with these two explanations, but I wanted to see if I could bring in a third angle – whereby Gandhari is given the sight of the mind in exchange for sight of the eyes. And her main motivation is revenge.

      As far as I know, this explanation is not present anywhere else. I made it up 🙂 The original text is very light on this part of the tale. Very little is explained in terms of character motivations, so your guess is as good as mine.

      Same thing with Shikhandini being the daughter/son of Amba. Since it’s never made clear who Shikhandi is exactly, I thought it would be interesting to make him the son of Amba, because it is indeed true that Amba finds solace in the court of Drupad for some time. Here, too, I was speaking into the silence in my own voice. I thought that would open up possibilities further down the series.

      Next part coming up next year. Though I may write an eBook extension for the series this year and publish it on my own. Do stay in touch so that you don’t miss the announcement 🙂


  5. This is a great offer. I love horror stories. What do you think is the scariest story you’ve ever read?


  6. I am in love with Palem. But I think I will also reach there only after a car accident. Sigh. …might as well read about it till then….

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  7. My 1st question is for Sharath Sir…
    Hello sir,
    Congratulations for the success of The Rise of Hastinapur. Since the book is written keeping in mind a women’s perspective, did you face any difficulty in writing it?


    • Hi Dhruv. I didn’t find it that difficult. The general approach I take to writing women is that I assume they have much the same desires as men, but their strategies for achieving their goals are different. So I write them as people, not as ‘women’. And of course, I draw upon personal experiences of the women in my life – my mother, my wife, my female friends. Lots of material available 🙂


  8. My 2nd question is for Neil D’Silva Sir…
    Hello sir,
    How was your experience writing ‘Maya’s New Husband’ and what are your thoughts on writing a book series?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. My question is to all authors and pardon me If I am asking too many things 🙂 This is one of my favorite genres to read. What kind of research do ou to write horror fiction? I am not asking about usual references to experiences we have had or hear from others, but details regarding the actual situation or action. I was read about someone who wrote an entire chapter about voodoo magic practiced in Kerala. How can one go about writing such events accurately? Also when you write horror, is there some kind of message that yo would like to convey? Do you feel that god always wins over evil? Is it possible that sometimes good cannot win the battle over evil?And what do you think is a reason why there are so many bad spirits around us (if they are)


    • Hi Shweta. The amount of research a writer does is a personal choice. Some writers LOVE researching, and it shows in the writing. Others – like me – don’t particularly like researching, so they do more targeted research based on the story. Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages.

      Personally, I don’t believe in messages in fiction. With fiction, I primarily seek to entertain, and hopefully enlighten about certain aspects of the human condition as I see them. But no, no message. As for good and evil, who can tell what is good and what is evil? And who can tell what is a ‘win’ or a ‘loss’?


  10. My first entry is a question to all the writers. If I get even two replies den its ok too. Just need to know what this genre writers think.
    Well, what made you choose this genre. Generally people pick topics which are relatable or close to dem. So is horror so close to u guys? Or it took some special attention thru any source or inspiration in ur lyf?


  11. What makes you go on when you are writing horror. Normally people see reflection from surroundings. Readers can get in writer’s brain or heart. But what’s with horror writers? What make you all keep moving?


  12. Manjula Moorthy says:

    Horror has always been my favourite along with Suspense stories…My attention towards horror started when I started knowing about spirits..It is so fascinating that I relate to horror stories abit(might be my imagination). During childhood days, Cartoon Network even showcased a lighter side of ghosts/spirits on shows like Adams Family and Scooby doo..I believe one have to believe as well as have a decent amount of knowledge about ghost/spirits/life after death etc, in order to write intelligent and fascinating horror stories..I hope to read good books more..I leave an open question to all authors..Kindly describe what makes you write Horror stories or what goes on your mind when you prepare for such stories..DO share you thoughts.Take Care..God bless you.


  13. Hi guys!

    Thanks for all your comments and questions. It’s Tuesday morning where I am now, so I’m calling an end to the giveaway. All entries that come in after this comment will not be counted toward the bundle. Winners will be announced soon – both as a comment to this post and as a new post – so please keep tabs on this page. Thanks.

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  14. Hi guys! Winners for this giveaway are listed below. I will make a new post announcing them, and will contact them individually through the email addresses they’ve left behind.

    1. Deeps Menon
    2. Anjali Yadav
    3. Shweta Ravi
    4. Richa Nidhi
    5. Kapil Dev Kumar

    Yes, you will have to take my word for it that I chose the above five ‘winners’ randomly. No partiality, cross my heart.

    A big thank you once again to ALL OF YOU who saw it fit to participate in this discussion with our authors. We hope you had a good time 🙂


  15. the shining is something i have reread many times.


  16. rohit dhamija says:

    amazing read of hastinapur series!


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