5 Horror reads for this Halloween!

Halloweens are incomplete without a horrifying tale. So what if you don’t have the perfect monster costume, you have a wide variety of book monsters to chose from!So, get your most comfortable pillow and get ready to celebrate Halloween – PepperScript style!

1)  The Shining by Stephen King:

No list of spooky reads is complete without Stephen King. He is the absolute king of horror and “The Shining” is his magnum opus. Danny is only five years old but has a gift or the curse of being a “shiner” i.e he has the ability to see the future and understand the hidden thoughts of another’s heart.  When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control. This book will make all your childhood fears come back alive! Word of Caution to all the readers: Don’t turn off the lights while reading!

2)This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee-

If you love Frankenstein, Steampunk genre, sibling rivalry, clock work men and good books- You are going to absolutely love this one! Set in Geneva, it is a classic YA re-telling of Frankenstein written by  Mary Shelly. It revolves around two siblings, one of whom dies and is brought back by the other- using clockwork pieces! But the resurrection doesn’t go as planned and the brother returns more as a monster than a man.Absolutely perfect for this Halloween! Available on Kindle and hardcopy both! 

3)  The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R Carey:

When you first pick up this book, you think: ” Okay, so this girl might have some super-human powers”. But, you are wrong. This book is a great example of not judging a book by it’s cover or even it’s blurb for that matter. “Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair.”  The blurb never gives out what this book is actually about. One word. Zombies. A fascinating read for all age groups!

4) Song of Kali by Dan Simmons: 

Song of Kali recounts the horrifying events of an American publisher, Robert Luczak, sent to India to pick up a manuscript. The manuscript is supposed to be the latest work of a famous poet who disappeared years earlier and is presumed dead. However, upon his arrival in Calcutta, Luczak is rapidly drawn into a bizarre series of events that lead him into contact with the cult of Kali, goddess of death, and the plot to unleash this demon-goddess upon the earth. This book ain’t for the faint hearted. It makes you squirm as much as it horrifies you. Perfect ( horrifying ) October read for all Indian having had celebrated Navratri!

5) Dracula by Bram Stoker :

Well, before Twilight romanticized the idea of vampires for us, they were scary. Bone-chilling scary. Why not remind us of this fact again by reading Dracula? The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the curse of the undead. Remember, vampires are supposed to be blood Thirsty, soul sucking monsters, not your next boyfriend!!

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To Autumn, with love

Autumn, often said to be the season of dried leaves is the time when leaves show their true colors and it ain’t just green; It’s an amalgam of colors. Yellow, red, orange; The kind of colours which when fallen on the ground, makes it look so colorful! It reminds you that beauty isn’t just in the sky, it lies here, on the ground too. But above all, beauty lies in your heart.  You may also see some crimson, golden coloured leaves flying with the gush of wind. Ever wondered what ghosts are they running from?
If winters are lazy, autumn is melancholy. The kind of sadness you write poetry about. No wonder, autumn is also the season of poetry, filling your pages with the pain inside your heart! The trees let go of the clinging leaves just so to tell you, that getting rid of the old makes a way for new things in life. If the trees aren’t enough inspiration for you, the autumn rain will surely do the trick. It has the magic to make you gently grieve and wash away your sorrow till they no longer exist and you are born anew!
Autumn is a time when you realize that everything is changing. The dried up flower petals shall flourish again and so will you. If you are sad today, you will be happy tomorrow. This belief is what keeps us and our life moving. It is this belief that constantly helps us grow. Nature has so much to teach us.  All you have to do is become a student- for life!
There is one more special thing about Autumn. It is the season in which PepperScript’s very first novel ” The November Note” is set. It is the perfect book to read this season.
Check out it’s blurb to know more!

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In a known place, techie and funny, they were being played with, tossed during the days, huddled during the nights, stomach full of complaints, and souls earnestly desiring to make the imperfect alright. Two boys, minds so unlike, but there is something that ties. Midhansh and Sidhesh are busy crossing the labyrinth of engineering, young doers, believers of fate, or maybe not, dependent on luck and crazy lover boys. Their past comes back to them in the most unforeseen ways, with intentions so unsought. What different will November offer? Are mere notes made up of meaningless facts or is some sort of philosophy supposed to decide how one has to feel? Is there a better explanation to revenge? “The November Note” is a tale about friendship, emotions, and true love. 
Happy Reading! 🙂

Do you want your book to be judged by your name?

Today, a published book is not just the text, it is also the backdrop in which it was written. The time period, the social and economic situation and many such factors. To not taking these factors into consideration prevents us, the readers, to completely understand the novel. One such factor is the name of the author. A name tells a lot of things about a person. Now, there are certain authors who do not want their books to be judged by their own names. Here, a pseudonym, also called a  “pen name” comes into their rescue.
Let’s dig deeper and try to understand the reasons why certain authors wouldn’t want their own names on their books.

1) To write cross genres: It becomes necessary for authors to use pen names to switch between genres. Imagine the surprise when people came to know that a new crime novel called “The Cuckoo’s Calling” was in fact written by the one and only J.K Rowling, She used a pseudonym of “Robert Galbraith” to publish her new crime novel -” The Cuckoo’s Calling”  not just because she wanted to be have a normal writer’s life for once ( which didn’t work, of course) but also because she didn’t want to confuse her readership. She felt it better to create a distinct following instead instead.

2)  Demand of AudienceStephen King gave life to “Richard Bachman” and wrote many books under this name because according to the  publishers  publishing more than one book by a single author would be unacceptable to the public at that time. Stephen King was himself willing because he wanted to test whether he was popular because of his talent or because of a stroke of luck. He alas, could never find out the reason as he was outed as “Bachman” too early to know. Well,  at least we know that it was his writing skills.

3) To prevent gender biasThe Bronte sisters- Emily and Charlotte Bronte used pen names “Ellis Bell” and “Currer Bell” respectively because during the Victorian era, women were not respected as authors and they  hardly had any readership. Now, even though women writers garner the same appreciation as men, certain genres are still considered male dominant. Nora Roberts chose to write under the name of “J.D Rodd “to write detective fiction even though when this was revealed, her fans accepted both the authors’ identities equally.It is also interesting to know that J.K Rowling had earlier published her famous harry potter series under the name of “Joanne Rowling” but was asked to change her pen name for the publisher felt young boys may not read the works written by a woman.

4) Establish credibility: Would you ever pick a suspense novel written by “Dick Roast”? Sometimes, it becomes necessary for writers to create pen name to establish credibility. Do you know who “Mark Sinclair” is? But you know who “Vin Diesel” is, right? They are both the same person!

5) Mask previous failures and controversiesWriters often use a pen-name to prevent the publishers to paint their works with the same brush as their earlier not-so -famous works, It gives a fresh new start to an authors and seldom authors need it, desperately. Some writers live a dual life and hence do not want to be associated with their books maybe because of the controversial subject matter or fear of judgement. Hence, they decide to hide under a false name more or less like a ostrich who puts her head into the sand with the hope that it’s prey doesn’t find her, but obviously, they do.

Can you keep a Secret?

I envy those who have a physical deformity. Though they may not have legs, hands or eyes, people look at them with sympathy. I have all well-functioning body parts yet they look at me as if I am a cockroach like the one crawling outside my window on the drainage pipes. They hate me or even worse; they are scared of me.
I wonder if my daughter would be scared too if she saw me right now. Hair uncombed for months, tattered clothes, barefoot- I look absolutely wild. I left her when she was barely three years old. I was declared a threat to her. My own child! Maybe, I was. It’s all foggy now. I try to forget my life before I was started being called “insane”. Sometime after I was declared “mentally fit”, I wished that she come visit me. Now, I hope that she no longer remembers me, just like everybody else.
I know I sound morbid, even depressed ( Ah, the irony) but the fact is; I am happy here.
The four walls in which I thrive is my home and my neighbors are patients like me. “Mentally fit” but too scared to go out. It has been fifteen years. I don’t know what the world looks like anymore. It will swallow me up. I know it.
Like our lives, the food here is bland. I have asked for salt so many times. But they never listen to us. That’s the story of our lives, I guess. They never listen! There’s a care-taker whom we all hate. He comes only at night to lock “insane” women in so that they don’t go out. But sometimes, he comes inside and touches them in places we don’t like to be touched by a strange man. They scream so much but it falls on deaf ears.  If I ever find a knife, I will kill him and eat his flesh and bones till none of it is left. They already call me mad, don’t they?
Some of the care-takers are really nice though. There’s one with whom I seldom play puzzles and even Ludo. It’s great fun! I smile the most when I am with her. She tells me stories too. Stories which I must have told my child.
I must have. As I said, it’s all hazy now. My caretaker brings me books. I like to read. It helps me remain sane. So, this is my world and no matter what my friends would say, I am happy here. Don’t send me away. I don’t want to live anywhere else. I don’t know how.

This World Health Day, let’s fight the stigma associated with mental illness. Let’s make people realize that mental illness is like any other illness.The people fighting such an illness are people like you and me and they need our support and love. We are equally responsible for their mental health.

Who’s Ruby?

She could be a force gushing through the wind,
or
She could be your last breath.
She could be a dream which is yet to be seen,
or
She could the face of your recurrent dreams.
She could be a tune which is only yours to be heard,
or
She could be the song you sing  everywhere you go.
She could be your destruction,
or
She could be your salvation.
Whoever she is, Whatever she says,
she is out there,
and she is waiting for you.
Why?
She wants to tell you her story.
She craves a ear who will listen to her,
She demands eyes who can read her.
She is lonely out there, somewhere.
All she wants is a chance.
Will you give it to her?