Tuesday, December 31, 2013

#BookReview : The Other Side by Faraaz Kazi, Vivek Banerjee

On the jacket:

"A slow rasping sound made me turn. I jumped back, the cell phone leaving my hands and smashing against the concrete floor. Someone was seated on the chair, rocking back and forth. Through the fallen light, I could see those hands placed on the arms of the chair, two gruesome wrinkled limbs with ugly boils plastered over the black skin. The red bangles on its wrists shone in my eyes, momentarily blinding me. That thing and I call it a thing because I could sense it wasn't human as no human could have such a hideous form, as vile an existence as the one seated opposite to my horrified self."  From a honeymoon in the hill that goes horribly wrong to an obsessed lover who wants his first love in life and in death; From a mentally deranged man who collects body parts of various women to stitch together his dream girl to a skeptic who enters a mansion of horrors to win a bet and much more, this book is filled with scenarios that are guaranteed to give you goosebumps and sleepless nights.  'The Other Side' is a collection of thirteen tales of the paranormal; a world that our eyes refuse to see, our ears deny hearing and our senses ignore the feel of. This is a book for someone who is brave enough to take up this invitation to journey through uncharted waters along with the authors, who were inspired by some bizarre experiences to pen down this work where the lines of reality have been blurred by the footsteps of imagination.  Each story takes you on a tour de force of unadulterated horror and draws upon the deepest fear in the human mind- the fear of the UNKNOWN!


This is the first ever book on the paranormal that I have written by an Indian author. I was very curious about this book and the moment it arrived, I dug in. I love short stories and I love horror tales. To add to this, the book is co-authored. 

The book begins with a Prelude, in which Vivek and Faraaz, have travelled to Mussoorie, to relax and write together. While travelling, they get talking and start sharing their own spooky experiences, and discussing if they believe in ghosts. Thirteen short stories, each in different backdrops, leave your spooked as a reader.

Talking about any of the stories individually, would mean delving into the climax, but I want to say that both the authors equally excelled in spinning horror tales with absolute ease. Few stories didn't scare me (doesn't mean they are not scary), some scared the wits out of me and some were weird. No themes were too repeated, plots are new all throughout. The Man Who Did Not Fear is my personal favourite of all the stories.

Rating: ****.5/5

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