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A road they should have never taken

A Flat -- My take on the movie with spoilers!

Horror movies have always been made. It takes one good movie for people other than horror fans, to take notice of this niche genre.
For Bollywood, it was Bhoot- a movie that had well-known faces and a revered director attached to it.
The movie did great business and garnered a lot of good reviews. After that, it seemed everyone wanted to try their hand at horror, hoping to achieve the same success that the cast and crew of Bhoot did.
Personally, I didn't like Bhoot at all mainly because of the terribly slow pacing.
However, I did enjoy some of the other horror movies Bollywood came up with, encouraged by the response Bhoot received.
Sadly, A Flat is not one of those movies that can be categorized as anywhere near good.
My expectations were already low when I saw the poster. The cast too has known faces but not superstars which is fine. Sometimes underrated actors do excellent movies and I was hoping this one was just a misunderstood horror movie. That it was well made. That the story wa…

The Haunted Empath--Her powers were about to lead her to her doom.

Written by Palvi Sharma     Published by Solstice Publishing 

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Forest of the Dark


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Marrowbone-- my take on the movie with spoilers!

Marrowbone is one of those movies that delivers shocks and surprises. From the outside, it looks like a period drama. But that’s only the first scene.
We are introduced to the Marrowbones- a family consisting of a mother and four children (three boys and a girl). They move into a new house, actually a manor, and as they enter, the mother tells them one simple thing- the minute they cross the threshold, they leave the past behind.
Immediately we are made curious as to what this seemingly ordinary family must have gone through. What exactly was the mother alluding to? Never a dull moment, the scene shifts to the introduction of Allie, a very important character in the movie as we find out later. Afterward, we are shown the mother to be on her deathbed, leaving her children with only a letter detailing the roles they must undertake.
Jack, the eldest, makes a pact with his siblings that nothing will ever separate them. In the next scene, the mother is buried. Jane is in the mother’s room…

Aadita-- A dangerous family secret


Raina Winters was being bullied at school. On top of everything, she was being neglected by her family and punished by her Uncle who seems determined to reform her. 
It is when she finds an old photograph of a girl, that Raina discovers that her family has been hiding a terrible secret. 

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Forest of the Dark

One of them made a mistake. Now all of them will have to pay for it.

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When Night Falls...


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Ten Horror Movie Cliches-- My Take!

There was a time when horror movies would shock and scare. Nowadays, all they manage to do is cringe and be funny. Okay, to be fair there are still some good movies out there. But more often than not, they adhere to these cliches. Here's my list of what I've observed in some of the recent movies I have watched.  Everyone has large houses: Very few movies show ghosts or demons haunting families that live in a shack or even an apartment. Favoring the rich, ghosts find it pleasurable to run rampant in houses with extravagant fittings and spacious rooms. These houses appear to be valued in thousands or millions. Complete with attics, basements, swimming pools and a large garden. But we are made to sympathize with these families who complain about having nowhere else to go and have no money. Yet, they have fully stocked fridges. And the latest phones and laptops.

Families usually have one bratty teenager who has a kid sister who immediately befriends a demon:The teenager in quest…

Cupid's Arrow Vol. 2: Break the Spell

Check out my story BREAK THE SPELL in this love-themed anthology!

Break the Spell by Palvi Sharma 

Pia Scribbers just had her dreams turn into reality. Her screenplay is being made into a movie. And she gets to act in it! Once filming begins, however, Pia realizes nothing is easy and to top it all, her co-star Aryan Malik hates her.
Little by little, Pia learns the ways of the film industry and is spellbound by it. But when she starts falling for Aryan, she realizes she needs to fall back into reality and break the spell that has caused these feelings to surface.
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Tina's Gimmick-- Re-released!

Excerpt from Tina's Gimmick chapter three...

LATE! You can't walk in late in my class young woman!" she bellowed. I stared at Mrs. Parker and nodded dumbly. She was in her mid-forties and really angry looking. Her gray hair seemed to bob every now and then as she spoke and her glasses were dangerously perched on her head. I kept wondering if they were going to fall on the floor and break into a million pieces. As soon as I had entered class, she had begun screaming. I was gasping for breath and most of her screaming was lost on me because I kept hearing the loud thud of my heart beating against my ribs and I was sure my ears had turned bright pink. I had never been so embarrassed in my life! "I…I'm sorry," I said timidly. She stared at me and I was pretty sure she was going to hit me right now. But instead, she nodded her head.
"Detention after school. Now go to your desk," she said and turned back to the board. "But…but?" I started to say …

Aadita -- Behind the story

You know what's creepy? Writing about curses and feeling like the curse may have come true in reality.

Aadita is a complex novel, one that was written during a dark period and some of it definitely seeped in. A death in the family had made me realize how fragile life can be and everyone I know could leave me. It was scary for me, and I grew disturbed.

Of course, something else was also going on at that point. Something a little personal. In spite of the precautions I had taken, some of those grievances seeped into the story as well.

I can't decide whose character was more difficult to write. Raina had her own problems - being bullied at school and neglected by her family.
Aadita was someone who was suppressed.
These two characters just wanted to be loved. That's what was common between them.

Their struggles to cope and survive in the world was taking a toll on them.

Now, what would you do if there was a way to protect someone could face the same dire circumstances you have?

That, …

A Waterfall of Love---Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day encompasses romance for all ages. People go out of their way to show their affection for the one they love with flowers, candy, perhaps a special meal. Just how did this day come to be?

Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the third century, when Emperor Claudius III of Rom decided young men made better soldiers than those with wives and families to care for. Valentine, a young man who preached the word, felt this was injustice at its worst. He defied the emperor and secretly performed marriages for young lovers in secret. Once his actions were discovered, the emperor ordered he be put to death. Today, we honor his memory by celebrating romance with the one we love. To honor St. Valentine, Solstice Publishing presents Cupid’s Arrow Vol. 2, a collection of tales of love.

An essence of bliss makes everything delicious.

Her last word before kissing him was, “Hush.”

Never say never...

She's not your grandmother's matchmaker.

Separated by the winds of war

They meet time af…

An ominous warning-- Forest of the Dark

“You’re not my mother,”She managed through numb lips. The energy had been zapped out of her limbs again and she was standing only because she was incapable of any other movement. “No, but I can give you a mother’s love,”The old woman said sadly. “I used to have children, two of them. A son and a daughter. I loved them so much.” “Wh-what happened to them?” Maya asked. “They wanted to leave me.” Her tone had changed though it still sounded like her mother’s voice. She turned so that she was now standing face to face with her.“So I killed them.” Maya felt a cold shiver run down her chest to her stomach. The woman’s eyes were no longer kind. It had darkened into a well of madness and a wide grin appeared on her face. Maya gasped and stepped back, but still couldn’t make herself escape this place. The old woman raised one pointed finger up at the sky. “Until I don’t bring their souls back with me. they won’t let me in.” “Who won’t let you in?” “They.” The old woman tilted her head, her silve…

Still/Born-- My take on the movie with spoilers!

I have often wondered why is it that in a horror movie, building family drama is given more importance over providing adequate scares.
While watching Still/Born, it finally hit me from the very first scene.
It's because real life is far scarier than any ghost or demon.
You could do everything right- plan everything ahead, push yourself out of bed every morning and strive to work and persist, nevertheless, you would still end up losing if it is written in your destiny.
A battle with destiny can never be won.
It is this bleak message that I felt was the key element of this movie.
A mother was supposed to give birth to twin boys. A joyous occasion, right? But nope, one of them. Is stillborn.
She goes into depression but still pushes herself to stay happy for the sake of her living son and husband. She even takes her medications and goes to therapy. Does that work for her? Nope.
She does whatever it takes to save her son, goes crazy in the process, is ready to fight a demonic figure. Does she…

Curse of the Witch's Doll--My take on the movie with spoilers!

Nothing is sacred anymore. The toys we played with when we were children are no longer made only of plastic. Their painted faces that depict cuteness and innocence are now to be interpreted as masks that hide cruel and violent intentions.
The dolls were supposed to be the first friend a girl has but contemporary movie makers have become keen to tarnish that little sense of companionship and security too.
First, there was Chucky, then Annabelle and Robert the doll.
Dolls are now officially creepy. Find one in your new home? Burn it right away.
The Curse of the Witch's Doll can best be described as a movie made up of let's say, four acts.
The first one is brief. A creepy doll is shown, a witch's hand upon it, cursing it. We hardly get a glimpse of the face as the woman is taken away presumably to be burned.
Years later, during the war times, we are introduced to a mother and daughter walking down the woods to their new home.
What happened to the father? The reason showed us ambiguo…

Horror Night


Raina Winters was being bullied at school. On top of everything, she was being neglected by her family and punished by her Uncle who seems determined to reform her. It is when she finds an old photograph of a girl, that Raina discovers that her family has been hiding a terrible secret. But unraveling the mystery won’t be easy, especially since the ghost of the girl seems intent on hurting her.

Raina must unravel the mystery before she becomes the next victim of the family curse.
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