Many of you may (or may not) know about my second book, “The Mine” (publisher: Tata Westland), set to release January 2012. So since I will be off for a little vacation, I thought of leaving you with something about it.
After “May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss”, I was sure about two things. First of all, my next project would be radically different in tone and content from anything on the blog. Second there would not be even a bit of “humor” in it. I use quotes around humor because I have always been wary of being tagged as a humor writer. Humor, for me, has been principally a device, certainly not a ends in itself. Putting it in another way, I write on a variety of topics. Sometimes I use humor to make my point. Many times I do not. For MIHYAP I had used humor. For the next, I had decided I would not.
I have always been fascinated by the horror genre, mainly because of how viscerally people react to it, almost as physically as they react to humor. You never choose to be scared in the same way that you never choose to laugh. They both happen. Just like that. So horror it would be for my second novel. More precisely horror-suspense.
“The Mine” is based on an idea that had first come to me during a long, dreary Greyhound bus ride from Buffalo to Detroit, the perfect atmosphere for a scary yarn, way back in the winter of 2004. In 2010, right after MIHYAP was released, I started expanding on that idea and soon I had a fully fledged story-line. Since I am not a full-time novelist and also write in fits and starts, “The Mine” took me about a year to finish, through multiple revisions, edits and “Oh damn I should re-write this scene once again”s. It is still not finished as it now will go to the editor for the first round of editorial comments. The draft as it is now is about 81,000 words and should come out to about 325 pages or so.
So what is the book about? Well I am keeping things intentionally vague here but here is what the book blurb, as it stands, says.
During dig activities at an ultra-secret mining facility, an ancient place of worship with disturbing carvings on its dome emerges from the depths of the earth.
Soon terrifying waking dreams are pushing the miners to mutilate themselves.
Five experts are called in to investigate these strange occurrences. Sucked into a nightmare deep underground, they embark on a perilous journey; a journey that will change them forever, bringing them face-to-face with the most shattering truth of them all…
The greatest evil lies deep inside.
As part of promotion efforts, I have also made a short “movie-style” trailer . There is also a website for the book
I guess I am a bit nervous as release-date gradually approaches. Horror-suspense is a genre not much explored in Indian publishing and we (i.e. the publisher and I) are, in a way, stepping into the commercial unknown. Perhaps even more importantly, as an author, I am exploring a side of my writing that I never have and there are always a few butterflies associated with wandering outside one’s comfort zone.
There will be further updates on my blog as the book progresses through the publishing process. Please support me and “The Mine” by spreading the word (a share on Facebook of this post would be nice) and oh, as an aside, please join (i.e. “Like”) the new “Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind” page on Facebook (they are removing the old group).
And please do wish me luck. Lots of it.