Here’s my take on Right Behind You by Neil D’Silva.
Right Behind You is a collection of 13 horror stories of different genres. 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. Neil D’Silva is an Indian author of six published books. His debut novel Maya’s New Husband earned him a lot of things, including the sobriquet ‘the scariest man in Mumbai’ and an international movie deal. Since then, he has written three short-story collections titled The Evil Eye and the Charm, Bound in Love, and Right Behind You. His other full-length novels are Pishacha and Yakshini.
About the Author
Neil D’Silva is an Indian author of six published books. His debut novel Maya’s New Husband earned him a lot of things, including the sobriquet ‘the scariest man in Mumbai’ and an international movie deal. Since then, he has written three short-story collections titled The Evil Eye and the Charm, Bound in Love, and Right Behind You. His other full-length novels are Pishacha and Yakshini.
Neil was the recipient of The Entertainer of the Year award at The Literary Awards 2015 which was organized by Authors’ Ink Publications and Inside Stories. He also won at the Short Story Competition 2015 hosted by the Delhi Literature Festival in association with Readomania.
In 2017, he was named as one of the top 7 Indian horror writers by UK’s DESIblitz magazine.
Along with his writing, Neil also owns a film production company and an editing services company named Pen Paper Coffee. He is the founder of one of India’s largest literary groups on Facebook, For Writers, By Authors. The annual Mumbai literature event Litventure, which debuted in 2015, is his brainchild.
Neil D’Silva isn’t a new name for me or for anyone who is following the Indian Horror Literature scenario.
His debut, Maya’s New Husband, still rocks the bestseller charts even after more than two years of its release. Having reading Maya’s New Husband and The Evil Eye and The Charm, I had high expectations while picking up Right Behind You. And to my delight, the book indeed lived upto its expectations, and set a new bar in the Neil D’Silva’s journey as an Author.
I had seen the cover when it was launched. And trust me, it looks much more beautiful and apt in print. I very much liked the representation, so much so that I couldn’t keep the front cover up in the night. It spooked me out!
Coming back to the book review, let me state that I am an avid reader of horror in Marathi literature. When I picked up Right Behind You, I already knew that I was in for a ride. I won’t lie, I tried predicting the climaxes of all the stories, and to my surprise, I failed at most of them. Kudos to the Author for writing engaging plots and unpredictable climaxes!
Speaking of the stories, the book consists of 13 short stories – which is already specified in the blurb above – but I won’t go into much detailing of the stories. Rather, I will speak about the stories and book complementing each other as whole.
All the stories in the book have a blend of suspense and horror. The writing is lucid and understandable, and is prolific. The Author has been improving since his first book, and that clearly shows up in Right Behind You.
The horror stays. It makes you think. It makes you shudder. And it makes you imagine. At the end of each story, you are left scared. The Author has managed to weave engaging storylines, while taking care that all the characters complete the stories.
The Author has developed a unique writing style of his own, and has also made sure that he doesn’t seem repetitive in the stories. That’s one thing I liked very much about the book. All the stories are distinct, and spooky at the same time.
Out of all the stories,’The Beggar’s Hand’ and ‘Mani’s Masterpiece’ became my instant favorites.
I didn’t much like the short bites ‘Soap’ and ‘The Icebox’, because maybe I was craving for more of them. However, ‘The Midnight Chat’ didn’t amuse me at all. That’s my personal taste, again.
I rate the book 4.8/5 stars.
The writing, the editing, the formatting, the book quality, the horror, the terror, the stories, everything is top notch, so there isn’t much to speak about Right Behind You. But there is very much to read in the book. So don’t waste your time and grab your copy today!
Neil D’Silva is truly redefining the quality of Horror in India.
Thank you and regards,
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