An anthology of fantasy with some chilling horror stories. And chick lit about the horror that follows a break-up
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions And Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Hachette India; Pages: 352; Price: Rs 499
Everybody wants Neil Gaiman’s books on their shelves. He has written novels, graphic novels, short stories and more – they revolve around fantasy, sometimes inching towards science fiction, sometimes caressing horror. The critics love him, the masses adore him.
And just like trigger warnings on the Internet that warn you about potentially harmful content, which you click on anyway, Gaiman’s Trigger Warning triggers something visceral inside you, it first warns you then tempts you, because, We each have our little triggers… things that wait for us in the dark corridors of our lives.
Many of these stories will raise the hair on your neck, and make you hear creepy piano tunes in the recesses of your mind. Some will invoke powerful thoughts, others are humourous and will make you laugh.
You plunge into darkness as you walk with a tourist at midnight through an abandoned maze. An artist has a bizarre encounter with an ex-girlfriend, and you wonder if it is in fact the other way round?
As he prepares for bed, a little boy tells his babysitter about the Click Clack monsters – for the click clacks we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness – in that disturbing way that only children can.
Gaiman has 2.22 million Twitter followers, and there is a compilation of 12 very short stories within a short story inspired by his readers on Twitter. In the very beginning, he tells you how he wrote these stories, the genesis of the ideas and other anecdotes.
You may have read everything that Gaiman has ever written or this could be your first. Either way, this is a book that belongs on every bookshelf.
– Satarupa Paul
by Tina Sharma Tiwari