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Just another writer. Short fiction in The Twisted Book of Shadows and elsewhere. rohitsawantfiction.webflow.io
The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderfully spooky season 🎃👻🎃

Reggie Hey stranger, hope you‘re doing ok and all is well. And that you‘re still reading some spooky stuff. 🖤🖤🖤 3mo
batsy Hi, lovely to see you! 🖤 Hope you've been well, Rohit. 3mo
rohit-sawant @Reggie @batsy So wonderful to hear from you Reggie, Suba! Have missed you guys! Hope you are doing well, likewise 💜 3mo
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BarbaraBB So good to see you!! 3mo
rohit-sawant @BarbaraBB Great seeing you, too! Hope you've been well 💜 3mo
vivastory I missed this post! I hope you are well, Rohit. 2mo
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Night Shift | Stephen King
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Finished moving recently! Gearing up for the move is one the reasons I‘ve been MIA for a while. Been dipping into King‘s Night Shift to reread some favorite short stories while I get everything sorted. Hope you all have been well!

TrishB Nice to see you back! 11mo
rohit-sawant Thanks, @TrishB! Looking forward to being more active on here once things get settled soon! 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm All the best in settling in, and Happy Unpacking! 😜 11mo
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batsy Hello! Nice to see you back. Congrats on the move and all the good vibes for settling in to your new place! 11mo
LitStephanie i hope the unpacking and sorting is less than miserable and you have time for plenty of book breaks! 11mo
squirrelbrain Congrats on the move; hope you get all those boxes emptied soon…! 11mo
LeahBergen I hope you settle in nice and quickly! 11mo
Cathythoughts Lovely to hear from you. Happiness in your new home 💫 11mo
rohit-sawant @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @LitStephanie @squirrelbrain @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thank you for all the kind words and good vibes, everyone! And here's hoping for more book breaks! 🙌🏽 11mo
vivastory I hope you settle in! Hope you are able to get some quality reading time soon 📚📚 11mo
Centique Good luck with unpacking boxes! I‘m guessing there‘s a few filled with books 😍 Best wishes for the new place and getting settled. (Always takes me years to get to the last couple of boxes 😂😂) 11mo
Reggie Ughhh, moving suuuuuucks! Hope it all goes well and that you‘re writing up a storm! 11mo
rohit-sawant @vivastory @Centique @Reggie Miss you guys! Thanks for the kind wishes 😊 Been squeezing in some audio book time on busy days. And yes! Am looking forward to unpacking the ones with books and setting up a new shelf 📚 While I've been sending out stories, I haven't written any fresh ones of late, but I am focusing on developing some short films! 11mo
Suet624 Are you excited about your new place? What‘s the best part about it? 11mo
rohit-sawant @Suet624 Apologies for the super late reply! And yeah, I like that there's a lot of natural light, and we have some family close by. 9mo
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Cunning Folk | Adam Nevill
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Current read.
I've enjoyed Nevill's short fiction, and looking forward to reading his longer works, starting with this one.

Reggie I‘ve only read Girl on Fire by him and watched Ritual on Netflix. I dug both. Need to read more by him. 13mo
rohit-sawant @Reggie The Ritual was terrific! I saw another Nevill adaptation on Netflix recently called No One Gets Out Alive, which was pretty good. It had a sick creature design, as well. 13mo
DivineDiana That‘s one scary cover! 😳 13mo
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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Reggie We miss you around here. Happy Holidays! 13mo
TheSpineView Merry Christmas! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s been so long! Hope you‘re doing well. Happy holidays! 13mo
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AmyG Merry Christmas 🎄 13mo
batsy It's good to see you! Happy holidays and I hope you've been well 💜 13mo
Cathythoughts Happy Christmas ❤️🎄 so nice to hear from you 💫 13mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas 🎄🌟💕 13mo
LeahBergen Merry Christmas, Rohit! 13mo
rohit-sawant @Reggie @TheSpineView @erzascarletbookgasm @AmyG @batsy @Cathythoughts @CarolynM @LeahBergen Thanks! Miss all of you, too! 💜 Prepping for moving has kept me busy, but hoping to post more regularly soon. 13mo
Suet624 Happy New Year! I hope all is well. 13mo
rohit-sawant @Suet624 Thanks, Sue! Wish you a Happy New Year, too! Hope you're likewise doing well 💜 13mo
Nute Merry Christmas, Rohit! And now Happy New Year! It‘s good to see you posting again. I hope that all has been well. Welcome back to Litsy! 13mo
rohit-sawant @Nute Thank you, Kimberley! Great hearing from you. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and wish you an awesome 2022! 💜 13mo
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They Thirst | Robert R. McCammon
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Loving the tagged book on Audible. Last month marked a year since my dad passed away, so I wasn‘t in the best headspace. Aside from the garden variety work stress, the past few weeks have been particularly tense on account of some turbulence in the family business, which I‘m currently looking into to ensure we‘re not duped. Hoping to find balance and get back into the swing of reading and writing.

vivastory I'm glad to hear your managing to squeeze in some therapeutic reading time. I hope things turn out well, financially 1y
batsy It's good to see you here. Take care and I hope you find that balance and the issues can be sorted 💜 1y
Cathythoughts Good to hear from you. Sounds like a lot going on .. take care , sending kind wishes 1y
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LeahBergen I hope things turn around for you soon! ❤️❤️ 1y
CarolynM 👋 Nice to see you. Hope everything works out for you 1y
Reggie The first year after is the toughest. I hope everything falls where it needs to for you. Happy horror listening! 1y
rohit-sawant @vivastory @batsy @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @CarolynM @Reggie Moved by all of your kind words and support, everyone. Thank you 💜 1y
Centique Best wishes Rohit. I hope things are working out ok 💕 1y
rohit-sawant @Centique Thank you, Paula 💜 I'm doing much better now. Looking forward to catching up with everyone on here! 13mo
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Gateways to Abomination | Matthew M. Bartlett
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A while back I‘d shared news about my debut collection, The Endless Walk, coming out in August; however, the release has been pushed back to early 2022. In the meantime, my publisher has a new anthology called Hymns of Abomination, a tribute to the work of Matthew M. Bartlett, coming out a week from now on September 1. So pumped to check it out. And if you haven't read Bartlett's work, the tagged book is a great introduction.

vivastory That's a bummer about your book being pushed back, but I look forward to reading it 1y
Reggie Never heard of or read Bartlett but the description sounds fascinating. Thanks for the rec! 1y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Appreciate your interest in it, man. My editor has a lot on his plate at the moment. We chose to postpone it, so he can better focus on the book. 1y
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rohit-sawant @Reggie My pleasure! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on Bartlett. He became an auto-buy author for me after Gateways. @vivastory Scott, I think you‘d dig his work, too! 1y
Centique I am looking forward to buying your book next year! Hope you are well Rohit, arohanui from here 💕 1y
rohit-sawant @Centique Aw, thank you, Paula! Had a stressful few days but am better now. Hope all is likewise well with you 💜 1y
Centique @rohit-sawant it is hard having stress on top of stress in pandemic times 😢 I have to look to history books to give me some inspiration about coming through this as other generations have weathered their storms. 💕🌤 1y
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Happy Birthday to Emily Brontë 🖤

LeahBergen Yes! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
rohit-sawant @LeahBergen 😀🙌🏽 1y
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This is one of my most looked-forward-to books, so I'm beyond excited to finally start with this!

vivastory I *really* need to read more Langan 1y
Reggie I started on the first one a while back and then just switched books. I need to get back to it. 1y
rohit-sawant @vivastory @Reggie Can't get enough of his stories! He's grown into such a huge influence on my work. I love how unabashed he is in his love for monsters. 1y
Reggie Oof. His collection Sefira and other tales of betrayal speak to this nonsense fear I have as a single person that when I finally get with someone they will cheat. It‘s ridiculous but it hit all those fear buttons. Lol 1y
rohit-sawant @Reggie I know what you mean about him pushing buttons! SGJ was spot on in his introduction for Children of the Fang when he said something along the lines of how the stories leave you wondering is this what I signed up for? 😆 1y
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I've worked myself to exhaustion recently, so I've decided to take some time off and spend the entire weekend reading. The tagged book contains four of James's works. I read the The Turn of the Screw some years ago and recall not quite connecting with it, but having reread it now, I enjoyed it a lot and found much in it to appreciate. Excited about the other stories.

DivineDiana Enjoy your weekend of reading! The best medicine! ❤️ 2y
LiteraryinLawrence So smart to take a pause to read and recharge! 2y
rohit-sawant @DivineDiana @LiteraryinLawrence Thanks! And absolutely, no better medicine to recharge! 2y
Cathythoughts Enjoy your time ❤️ 2y
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Crawling Horror | D. Butcher
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Starting with this as research for a story I'm working on.

LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to buy a couple from this British Library series. 2y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Not book-related, but sharing a work update I‘m excited about. Creating this Skillshare class consumed my time these past months & stoked that it‘s finally live! If you‘d like to check it out, use the link below to sign up for a free trial, which you can cancel anytime, & view a bunch of other classes apart from mine, as well, on everything from drawing to photography to fashion. I‘m delighted with how it came out & hope people find it helpful.

rohit-sawant Now back to regularly scheduled reading 📖 2y
DivineDiana 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 2y
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BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
LeahBergen Well done, you! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats! 👏👏 2y
Reggie What are you reading? 2y
NikkiM5 Yay congrats 😊 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie Rereading The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and almost done with Adler and Van Doren's How to Read a Book! 2y
Cathythoughts Fantastic 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
rohit-sawant @Cathythoughts Thank you! 😀🙏🏽 2y
Suet624 Fantastic! I hope you are doing well. 2y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 Thank you, Sue! Hope you are doing well likewise. Things have been hectic but taking some time off to read this weekend 😀 2y
Suet624 Things are busy here too. Son getting married in a few weeks, Billy Joel in a few weeks, and work, work, work. But life is good. 2y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 That's great to hear. And congrats on your son's wedding! My best to you and your family. 2y
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Knock Knock | S. P. Miskowski
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The first book in a series called The Skillute Cycle, Knock Knock is a coming-of-age story about three girls, who unwittingly invoke an entity in the woods, that unfolds not only into a generational drama that‘s stepped in terror and dread, but also ushers in hazardous ramifications for the town they live in. As much an exploration of the darkness in the human heart as the heart-stopping darkness that haunts the characters. ⬇️

rohit-sawant Having loved S.P. Miskowski‘s short stories, I was looking forward to her longer fiction, and this was a treat and helped me get out of my reading slump. 2y
rohit-sawant On a side note, for once I‘ve been away from Litsy because of something productive (I‘m almost done developing a Skillshare class on web design!) rather than my mental health woes. Concerning the latter, I‘m feeling better than I have in months, largely the result of limiting my use of the internet, being mindful of what I let inside my head, which has allowed me to focus on work, both design and writing related. 2y
vivastory I'm so happy to hear that you're doing well, Rohit! 2y
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rohit-sawant @vivastory Thanks so much, Scott! 2y
Reggie This sounds great. Stacked and also glad you‘re doing well. 2y
Gissy I‘m glad that your are feeling better and doing things you like!❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
rohit-sawant Thanks a lot, @Reggie! Hope you find the book engaging. 2y
rohit-sawant @Gissy Thanks very much! 💜 Grateful to be in a good headspace. 2y
Alfoster This one looks good!🥰 2y
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I've been slogging through some of my recent reads, which has more to do with my headspace rather than the books themselves, so started reading this to switch things up, and enjoying it.

erzascarletbookgasm Hi there 👋 2y
rohit-sawant @erzascarletbookgasm Nice to hear from you! 😊 2y
Centique Thinking of you Rohit and hoping you‘re doing ok 💕 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique Paula! Appreciate your thoughtfulness in dropping a line 💜 I‘m better than I‘ve been in a while and was just writing a review to post later today! 2y
Centique @rohit-sawant yay! I‘m so glad 😍 Always wonderful to read your reviews and hear how you‘re going with your writing 💕 2y
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Pumped to start with this collection.

BekahB I recently purchased this. It‘s sitting on my TBR list for this month. 2y
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Started with this yesterday. Thought I'd read a few pages but wound up reading ten chapters. Can't wait to dive back in. Also, for some reason, I'm subvocalizing in Rahul Kohli's voice as I read, which is making it a lot more compelling.

vivastory Hey, Rohit. Thinking of you with the situation in India. Hope everything is okay with you & your family. I just saw some of your recent posts. Hope that you're still in a good place & staying healthy. 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Appreciate you checking in, Scott. Beyond fed up at how the situation has been botched by politicians. My family and I are all right, trying our best not to freak out, to be honest, about everything that‘s been going on, and are continuing to take precautions. After all the thought-sorting, I‘m in an okay place mentally and hope the okayness lasts. 2y
Centique Hi Rohit. I‘ve been thinking of you and worrying for you too. I keep writing supportive sentences in this box but everything I say falls massively short. Kia kaha my friend, I pray there will be improvement and may you somehow draw extra strength from all your friends and fans here 💕 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts, Paula. I‘m very moved. Appreciate the big dollop of positivity! 💜 I spent a lot of time inside my head of late, and not in a fun way, but I‘m gradually coming out of it. Knowing I have you and some of our Litsy fam in my corner means a lot to me. 🙏🏽 2y
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The Twisted Book of Shadows | Christopher Golden, James A. Moore
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This happened earlier today. To say it brightened my day would be an understatement. Have enjoyed Sam's work in various anthologies, and especially loved his piece in Nox Pareidolia, so coming from him, it means a lot. Can't wait for you all to read the collection, which is currently in the editorial phase.

batsy The best kind of praise 😁🙌🏽 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Whoa, congrats! 2y
JessClark78 🖤 2y
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dylanisreading Congratulations! 2y
Reggie Yayyy!!!!! 2y
Suet624 I can‘t tell you how many times I have searched on your name in Litsy and nothing comes up. It‘s so frustrating. I often want to see what you‘ve posted lately and I can‘t find you. So it was a delight to see you liking my posts. That‘s often the only way I can get to you is if you like what I‘ve posted. All of this is to say that I‘m thinking of you, am worried for you, and happy for the praise you are getting. 2y
Centique This is amazing to see. I can‘t wait to buy your book. 💕 2y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 I‘m touched by your concern, Sue. Recent months have been an emotional rollercoaster, and I'm only now beginning to reintegrate online. Hoping to be on Litsy more often! Really heartened by your thoughtfulness and kind words. 💜 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique Looking forward to hear what you think! 😃 2y
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Had one of the most crippling instances of depression in the last few weeks. I‘m beginning to crawl out of it only now. I‘m very self-aware, and while I can spot triggers and toxic thought patterns, I‘m often unable to stop them from unfolding. It‘s often like watching a collision. This book about mind-management has been really helpful in that regard, addressing how one can “catch and edit” thoughts before they spiral down a drain of negativity.

Tamra I never realized how it can come out of seemingly nowhere and the degree to which it is debilitating. I hope you continue your progress! 2y
AmyG Happy to read you are coming out of it. 2y
Cathythoughts Take care ❤️ 2y
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Gissy Are you looking maybe for some help? It‘s ok when we need some extra support. Take care, receive a big hug from Litsy friends!🤗❤️❤️❤️ 2y
MayJasper May you be back in the light soon. 2y
LiteraryinLawrence 💗💗💗 2y
kspenmoll Sending ❤️❤️ 2y
squirrelbrain Sending ❤️ - we‘re all here for you if you need us. 2y
batsy Take care and hope you are well. Am always here to talk 💜 2y
dariazeoli So sorry to hear but glad you are coming out of the dark. Be well! 2y
Adil_khan Do you have eBook of it which u can mail me ? 2y
LeahBergen I‘m sorry to hear that! Sending lots of ❤️❤️❤️. 2y
CaptainCold1984 I too have been going through this the last couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing this great find, I‘m going to look it up! 2y
Reggie Is this book secretly based on me at work? Lol Glad your coming out of it and sending nothing but good thoughts, man. 2y
BarbaraBB Wishing you the best 💚 2y
rohit-sawant @Tamra @AmyG @Cathythoughts @Gissy @MayJasper @LiteraryinLititz @kspenmoll @squirrelbrain @batsy @dariazeoli @LeahBergen @Reggie @BarbaraBB Thank you, everyone 🙏 I'm so moved by your thoughtful words 💜 Litsy is the only place on the web where I feel comfy talking about this, and that's solely because of the wonderful individuals who make up the community. 2y
rohit-sawant @Adil_khan Kindle books are DRM locked. The ebook is available digitally on Amazon. 2y
rohit-sawant @CaptainCold1984 I'm sorry to hear you went through something similar. And of course! I discovered the book via Jim Kwik's podcast. Hope you find it helpful. Take care. 2y
Suet624 I‘m so sorry to hear of this. I‘m feeling a bit tipsy emotionally and trying not to take that deep dive. Glad to hear you may have figured a way out of it. 2y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 Thank you, Sue. I‘m sorry to hear you‘ve been emotionally tipsy. I hope the feeling subsides. Oddly, the act of reading the book rather than the content itself (which is great, too) helped me along the way, but it was facing the Gorgon, so to speak, that ultimately got me through to the other side. I realized a lot the anxiety that fueled my depression was a tangle of things dating back over a decade, 2y
rohit-sawant and identifying the root, helped me deal with it. I still have downers, but having a support system in a good friend, and Litsy, as well, helps. Do reach out if you ever wish to talk. 2y
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Vintage Cheever | John Cheever
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Dipping back into this book. The last few days have been far from good. Felt depressed and overwhelmed, and yesterday, I was laid up with a kidney stone. It was a first for me, and one of the most horrendous pains, made worse by the nausea and vomiting, I‘ve experienced. Thankfully, I passed the little bastard around evening and am much better now, focusing on healing.

LiteraryinLawrence I‘m so sorry you went through that! Hope that better days are ahead. 2y
rwmg Horrible, aren't they? 2y
batsy Gosh, that sounds so painful. I hope you're doing much better. 2y
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Megabooks So sorry! Glad you passed it and are feeling better. 2y
Gissy I‘m glad you are feeling better!❤️I know how awful it could be and as soon it is released, the recovery is almost immediately. Now, just take your time in this process of healing🤗 2y
NikkiM5 Kidney stones are no joke, glad you‘re doing better 2y
readordierachel No fun. Hope tomorrow is better ❤ 2y
rohit-sawant @rwmg Incredibly so! 😵 2y
rohit-sawant @LiteraryinLititz @batsy @Megabooks @Gissy @NikkiM5 @readordierachel Really appreciate your kind words, everyone! 💜 Thanks for the healthful wishes 😊 2y
Reggie Ohhh, I‘m sorry man. I hope you feel better. And Cheever, I know I have a bad aftertaste of him from college but I can‘t really remember why. Is he worth the read? 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie Thank you, bud 💜 About the book, I started this one a while back but got side-tracked. It has dozens of stories and have yet to finish them all, but so far, some pieces I've loved and some have been comme ci comme ça, which has more to do with personal taste rather than quality, really. I'm mainly reading it for the craft rather than content, especially since I'm in the middle of a rewrite. Loving how tightly packed his sentences are. 2y
rohit-sawant Haven't quite 'clicked' with him the way I did with other masters of the short form like Sherwood Anderson or Wallace Stegner. I'll hopefully have a better answer once I wrap up! 2y
Reggie Hey, man. I keep seeing the news out of India and it just looks brutal. Hope you and your family are ok. I thought you‘d like this video. One day, people will be wondering who your influences and what your favorite books are. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=14IZfyZ6v7U 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie So thoughtful of you to drop a line, Reg. It‘s been distressing, to say the least. Plus, I‘ve been grappling with some personal demons, & only just recently managed to pry them off me. We‘re in the middle of a state-wide lockdown, which hasn‘t helped my mental health any. My family & I are all right. Grateful to have a roof over my head & just enough resources to get by. 2y
rohit-sawant And that was a wonderful vid with wonderful recs. Not exaggerating when I say how deeply I appreciate you cheering me on in my writing journey. While I enjoy writing, publishing is another matter, and despite being used to rejection, dwelling on not having landed some of the markets I‘ve been aiming for can be a downer sometimes. I try not to think about it, and just keep writing, which is one thing I do have control over. 2y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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✒Writing update!✒ I‘m about a day or two away from wrapping up the first draft of a new short story. Was going to make a post about it later, but today was a good writing day, so felt like sharing 😊

LiteraryinLawrence That‘s exciting! Congrats on your progress! 2y
rohit-sawant @LiteraryinLititz Thank you! 😃 2y
vivastory Looking forward to your short story collection! 2y
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TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts That‘s great news 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
LeahBergen Wonderful! 2y
Kenyazero Nice! 2y
saresmoore Woohoo! 2y
batsy Nice!! 🙌🏽 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory @TrishB @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @Kenyazero @saresmoore @batsy Thanks so much, all! 😃 🙌🏽 This one's for an anthology that'll be open for submissions next month🤞🏽 2y
Suet624 💕💕💕 2y
kspenmoll Fantastic! 2y
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Dolores Claiborne | Stephen King
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Up next.

Cathythoughts I have this on kindle for years ... meant to be good ! Enjoy ! 2y
rohit-sawant @Cathythoughts It was languishing on my kindle, too! Loving it so far. 2y
vivastory I've heard his newest is one of his best. I was planning on reading Institute & If It Bleeds first, but I think I'm going to make it my next King 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Heard the same on Twitter. So looking forward to it. And hope you check out The Institute and If It Bleeds soon. Especially can't wait to hear what you think about "Life of Chuck," which features in the latter. 2y
Suet624 It‘s amazing how prolific and fantastic this guy is!!! 2y
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#RantTime Wish I was unaware of the existence of the book on the right. The Goodreads review on the bottom sums up my feelings. I loathe stories that portray colonialism through a rose-tinted lens. The tagged book, which I started a while back but couldn‘t finish on account of how triggering I found it, is a great place to start for anyone interested in the grim reality of the era. Based on Dr. Tharoor‘s speech at the Oxford Union (Link Below)

rohit-sawant Inglorious Empire makes for a very bleak, infuriating and heart-wrenching read. The video is a good overview of some of the things he covers in the book. https://bit.ly/2PZGkQp 2y
rohit-sawant As someone who loves the English language, I have a complex relationship with some aspects of the literature. Not the content itself, in some cases that, too, but the global geo-political backdrop against which it was conceived. For instance, I love Austen, the Brontës, Doyle (Hell, I even published a couple of Holmes pastiches), but it pains me to think that the Victorian age, which was, to the west, the ‘age of reason,‘ 2y
rohit-sawant (and also saw the rise of a contrarian strain of stories about the strange, paving the path for weird fiction as we know it today) remained a period of strife in my corner of the world. Dickens, someone whose work I revere and reread, once said if he were commander-in-chief in India, he‘d do his best to exterminate the race. https://bit.ly/38FNS1m
You can bet reading that made me rethink Tiny Tim‘s, “God Bless us, everyone.”
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rohit-sawant I think any POC who loves to read sooner or later learns to recontextualize certain things about some classics, and it dims your enjoyment of it. I can‘t enjoy The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with the kind of zest I did as a kid. History ushers in weight. I still admire the literature of the period, am inspired by it, but not without being critical of the era that produced it. And seeing a dark period of history minimized, 2y
rohit-sawant relegated to the backdrop just rubs me the wrong way. Decrying imperialism doesn‘t equate hating present-day England, which, sadly, needs to be put out there because the internet. I also have a version of this rant in me concerning horror literature, but that‘s for another time. I try to keep things light on Litsy, and in general, really, but felt compelled to speak about this. If you made it till here, thanks for your time. 2y
meghathecloud Well said👏 2y
batsy Yes, and thank you for saying it 🙌🏽 2y
rohit-sawant @meghathecloud @batsy Thank you, both 🖤 🙌🏽 2y
saresmoore Ugh, this is sadly true and so important to bring to light. I resonate with your feelings on having a complex relationship with literature. “History ushers in weight.” You‘ve articulated it so well. It‘s disheartening, but it makes me all the more thankful for thoughtful reader-artists like you, Rohit! 2y
rohit-sawant @saresmoore Aw, thanks, Sara! 🖤 Right back at you! Glad to know I have company on that front. Disheartening is right. It mostly just makes me sad. Here's hoping more people are willing to read and reflect rather than read and react. 2y
dylanisreading Very well said. 2y
rohit-sawant @Bianca Thank you 🙏🏽 2y
Reggie Well said, Rohit!!! 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie Thank you, man! 🖤 2y
vivastory So well said, Rohit! 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Appreciate it, Scott! Thanks! 🖤 2y
Centique Excellent rant Rohit! Well said and much needed. 🙌🙌 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique Thanks so much! 🙌🏽🙌🏽 🖤 2y
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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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This cracked me up more than it should have 🤣

llcoolnate 🤣 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🤣🤣🤣That's great! 2y
LeahBergen 😆 2y
NikkiM5 😂 love it! 2y
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The Fisherman | John Langan
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Fishing becomes something of a solace for two widowers, but a trip to Dutchman's Creek changes everything. Can‘t remember the last time I was so consumed by a book. A portrait of grief, deep & raw, woven with the trappings of cosmic horror in a fashion that‘s fresh, phantasmagoric. I especially enjoyed the story nested within the story, which read like a novelette of historical horror & had some deliciously creepy moments. Both epic & intimate.

BarbaraBB This sounds very intriguing. Totally not in my wheelhouse and yet I‘m tempted to read it. 2y
Cathythoughts Brilliant review! I‘m tempted too 2y
rohit-sawant @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! Langan does a terrific job marrying the literary and the weird. Hope you both check it out! 2y
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batsy Gosh, what a review. I've had this on my radar for ages. Need to bump it up! 2y
Reggie The story within the story within the story was driving me a little crazy at times but I really liked it overall. John Langan always leaves this film of muck on me when I read his stuff. Like the sun is less bright. Glad you liked it! 2y
bthegood I'm sold, it's on my TBR list - thank you. 2y
rohit-sawant @batsy Thank you, Suba! Can't wait to hear what you think about this one! 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie That's very nicely put! After King, he's probably my biggest inspiration. I love that someone with his literary prowess embraces the monstrous, putting it in the spotlight rather than backlighting it (which is cool, too). His work has informed a lot of what I try to accomplish in my own writing. Looking forward to his latest collection! 2y
rohit-sawant @bthegood Fantastic! Hope you find it enjoyable. 2y
Suet624 Wow! What a review. And somehow this is already on my TBR. 2y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 Thanks, Sue! Hope you get to it soon! 2y
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The Fisherman | John Langan
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The Fisherman has been on my TBR for a really long time. So pumped to finally dive into it.

vivastory You're in for a real treat! I think you'll love it 2y
Reggie Yayyyyy, you‘ll like it! 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory @Reggie It was such a blast! 🐉🐉🐉🐉🐉 2y
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The Nightside Codex | Stephen Graham Jones, Richard Thomas, Brian Evenson, Jessica McHugh, Rhys Hughes, Christine Morgan, Devora Gray, Philip Fracassi, K. A. Opperman, Nadia Bulkin, Sarah Walker, S. E. Casey, Alistair Rey, Michael Fassbender, Scott J. Couturier, Selene dePackh, Luciano Marano, Austin James
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Recently started this anthology about haunted manuscripts and really enjoying it.

vivastory Sounds interesting. Looking forward to your thoughts! 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory It's definitely in your wheelhouse! Loving the various approaches. 2y
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The Call of Cthulhu | H.P. Lovecraft
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Love this so much. 😂

vivastory 😂😂 2y
Karkar This is great 🤣🤣📚❤️📚 2y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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📚Cover Reveal!📚 Thrilled to share the cover for my debut horror collection! The book will contain eleven short stories. So excited that this will be out in the world in August 2021.
Grateful to Silent Motorist Media for making this happen.
A lot of you on Litsy have always been super supportive about my writing, and I can‘t wait for you all to read it! Do check out the link below to read the official announcement.

vivastory Congrats 👏👏🍾🍾🎉🎊📚📚 I just read the announcement & thought, I know this guy! I'm thrilled for you, Rohit! 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Hahaha, that's awesome that you came across it! 🙌🏼 Thank you so much, Scott! 😃 💜 2y
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batsy That cover is both super intriguing and creepy! 👏🏽💙 So exciting! 2y
rohit-sawant @batsy It's such a great design! Especially love the raven up top. Thanks, Suba! 😊💜 2y
Cinfhen Congrats 🍾🎉 ❤️So excited for you!!! And us, we get to read your work!!! You have much to be proud of. 2y
ishan0986 The cover looks so awesome. Congratulations man 🎉🎊🎊🎉 2y
rohit-sawant @Cinfhen Aw, that's really kind of you say, Cindy 🙏🏼 💜 Thanks so much! 😊 2y
rohit-sawant @ishan0986 Thanks a lot, Ishan! 😀💜 2y
LeahBergen It looks amazing!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
TrishB How cool 👍🏻 well done 2y
Simona Looks good❣️ Congratulations 🍾🥂 2y
BarbaraBB I can‘t wait to read what you‘ve been working on all this time! Super cool cover too! 🖤 2y
Kalalalatja So cool! Congrats on the book and great cover 👏🙌 2y
Reggie I‘m so happy for you, man. The moment it drops I‘m picking it up. And lol, because I was so focused on the square portal and the creepy guy with the blue eyes I didn‘t even see the raven. The cover is so great! Congrats!!! 2y
CarolynM What a great cover! Well done👏👌 2y
rohit-sawant @BarbaraBB Thank you, Barbara! 💜 I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts! 😊 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie Thank you, Reggie! 💜 I'm as anxious as I am excited, but seeing all the positivity is heartening. Can't wait to hear what you think 😀 The bright square and shining eyes really snag your attention. I didn't notice the raven until later, as well 😆 2y
readordierachel Omg, this is so cool. Very exciting! 2y
rohit-sawant @readordierachel Thank you, Rachel! 💜 So stoked about it! 😃 2y
Centique This is AMAZING. I‘m so excited for you! Let me know when it‘s available so I can buy it 😍 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique Thank you, Paula! 💜 Will be sure to share the release date. I'm forever struggling with imposter syndrome, and your kind words about one of my earlier stories still mean a lot to me. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the collection! 😀 2y
TheKidUpstairs Love the cover design. Intriguing and thoughtful! Congrats on seeing your hard work come to fruition. Can't wait to read it. 2y
rohit-sawant @TheKidUpstairs Thank you, Megan! 💜 The way it all came about was a pleasant surprise. Really appreciate your interest in checking out the book. 😊 2y
Suet624 This is fantastic!!!! Congratulations! 2y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 Thank you, Sue! 💜 So excited! 😃 2y
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First heard about this book in a short story by John Langan & was looking forward to it since. It hit all the right notes of a possession story, but I enjoyed the telling more than the story itself. The latter was straightforward, which I don‘t mean as a negative; in a way it lent the story a certain inexorableness, which suited it well, but made for a monorail narrative. SG does a terrific job weaving the demon into the mental fabric of the MC ⬇️

rohit-sawant & then gradually ripping it apart. The loss of agency she depicts is terrifying. There‘s some wonderful, creepy imagery. Rather than just feeling sympathetic, it would‘ve hit emotionally a lot more had there been another POV, but I get the intentionality of limiting the lens. At its core, it comes across as a study of the mental landscape of someone being gaslit into an abusive relationship. In that sense, regardless of the supernatural 2y
rohit-sawant elements, it operates with the bleakness of reality. You‘ll find no familiar story beats where the power of love momentarily chinks the demonic (which I kinda dig, actually. Think the “false face” moment from The Shining by SK). Just the steep slide down. Even if it strayed a bit from my expectations, it‘s a pretty solid horror novel. 2y
rohit-sawant And @vivastory, I agree about it benefiting from 50 or so more pages. 2y
vivastory Excellent review! I definitely thought the most disturbing aspect was the parallel that Gran drew between exorcism & hypnosis ie that you'd never do something under the influence of either that is completely alien 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Sorry for the late reply! And Thank you! Loved that aspect. It reminded of Tom Ellis's Lucifer where he says something similar. 2y
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Last novel I read was du Maurier's Rebecca back in November. Since then I've mostly read short stories and non-fiction so I'm looking forward to diving into this one.

vivastory I *really* liked this one 2y
Reggie I think it was my mood at the time but I gave it a so-so. So hope it‘s good for you. 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory @Reggie I'm about a quarter of the way from wrapping up and liking it so far! 2y
vivastory @rohit-sawant @Reggie I liked it, but I do think it would have benefited from about 50 more pages. 2y
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If Arthur Miller took a stab at writing horror fiction, the result would likely be similar to the stories in this collection. Wow. I love the restraint NB employs in the telling, focusing on the feelers of darkness that brush the human heart, rather than any external horror. The point at which he chooses to snip the narrative thread adds more gravity to the story, leaving you with a sense of lingering unease and resounding pity. Masterful.

vivastory Agreed. Such a smart collection. 2y
ElleSkel Great review! 2y
batsy I've missed your excellent reviews! 2y
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Reggie My favorite part in this book is when he connects the horses trampling the family to the future Nazi and the girl crashing into horses. I loved this book. And my 2nd favorite part is in the last story where the guy wakes up and the city fever has “broken” out of him during the night. Great review! 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Absolutely. I can see myself rereading this one. 2y
rohit-sawant @ElleSkel Thank you! 2y
rohit-sawant @batsy Aw, thanks, Suba! 😊 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie Thanks, man! Those were terrific moments. Awed by the way he worked the horses in. And that city one was so Neil Gaiman-esque. A lot in the book to love. I have a soft spot for vampire stories so was glad to come across a solid specimen. Also, I'm still not over that first story. 😄 2y
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Reggie Lolol 2y
LitStephanie Yup! 2y
CarolynM Love this book. Instructive and funny! 2y
rohit-sawant @CarolynM Absolutely! Loving the tone. 2y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Have some writing-related good news to share. My debut short story collection, The Endless Walk, was accepted for publication by Silent Motorist Media.
Grateful to Editor Justin Burnett for his kind words and interest in my work.
SMM has a terrific line-up of books, and I couldn't be more honored to be a part of it.
Been missing my dad especially since he always encouraged my writing and would've been really excited.

Mitch Congratulations 🎉 2y
alisiakae Congrats! 🎊🎉 2y
Simona 👊Congratulations❣️🍾🥂 2y
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CarolynM Congratulations Rohit👏🎉 So exciting for you! 2y
Megabooks Congratulations!!! 🎉🎉 2y
Reggie I‘m so happy for you!! Congrats and I can‘t wait to read it! 2y
Tanisha_A Congratulations, Rohit! Yayy! 🎉🎈🎂 2y
Lesanne Congratulations!!! So happy for you! 2y
JessClark78 Congratulations! 🎊🎉🎊🎉 2y
FelinesAndFelonies Congratulations!! 2y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
ishan0986 Congratulations 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
MicheleinPhilly Such excellent news! Congrats! 2y
batsy This is such wonderful news and so deserved, Rohit! Congratulations and I'm thrilled for you!! 🎉🎉 ❤️ 2y
Laughterhp Congratulations 🎉🎉 2y
fredamans 👏Congratulations! 2y
AmyG Congrats!!!! How wonderful. 🙌🏻 2y
rohit-sawant @batsy Thank you, Suba! You're too kind. 💜 2y
vivastory This is fantastic, Rohit!! I can't wait to read it 🎊🎉👏🍾 2021 releases continue to look up 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Thank you, Scott! 💜 Excited to hear what you think! 🙌🏼 2y
LeahBergen What wonderful news!! Congratulations to you!! ❤️❤️ 2y
BarbaraBB So well deserved Rohit, I am very happy for you and can‘t wait to read it! Congratulations 🎈 2y
rohit-sawant @LeahBergen Thanks so much, Leah! 💜 2y
rohit-sawant That's very kind of you to say, @BarbaraBB. Thank you! 💜 2y
readordierachel How wonderful! Congratulations!!! 2y
rohit-sawant @readordierachel Thanks so much, Rachel! 💜 2y
Suet624 This is awesome!!! Congratulations! 2y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 Thanks so much, Sue! 💜 2y
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Currently reading.

Centique So lovely to see you posting Rohit. These books look good too 😊 2y
Reggie Oooohhhhh I‘m so excited for you to read North American Lake Monsters. That first story really sets the tone for what to expect with the others. 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique 💜 😊 They're awesome reads. 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie Agreed. What an opener. I literally took a break and resumed reading the following day, but not before rereading the first story with the front of my brain this time. 2y
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Reading really helped with my mental health in the past few months. These two books in particular clicked with me from page one and kept my mind from wandering.

Tanisha_A So glad to hear that. ❤️ Also, Rebecca. 🖤 2y
Cinfhen So glad to “see” you ❤️I‘ve missed your insightful posts 2y
BarbaraBB I‘m happy to hear from you and glad Rebecca could be of help! 💜 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely to see you here ❣️ and I‘m glad reading has been a balm to you. 2y
batsy So glad to see you here, Rohit. And happy to hear you've found some comfort in books. 💜 2y
Reggie Good to see you again, man! 2y
Suet624 Gosh, it‘s so nice to see you. Missed you. ❤️ 2y
slategreyskies Reading helps me too when life is hard. Glad to see you back!! 💕 2y
ValerieAndBooks Good to see you here again 💖. I‘m so sorry I didn‘t see your last post; my condolences. It‘s so hard to lose a good parent— I miss my dad every day. 2y
readordierachel Nice to see you here again! 2y
rohit-sawant And thank you for your kind condolences, @ValerieAndBooks. I'm sorry it's an experience you're familiar with. It's such a difficult emotional terrain to tread. I feel likewise. Been taking solace in happy/goofy memories. 2y
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Untitled | Anonymous

My dad passed away due to a heart attack yesterday. My family and I are still shocked by the suddenness of it. Will be on hiatus for a while.

Cathythoughts I‘m so sorry for your loss. Take care X 2y
Books4Ever So sorry for you loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family 2y
OneCent76 I'm sorry for the loss of your Father. 2y
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Cupcake12 I‘m so sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers are with you xx 2y
AmyG I am so very sorry for your loss. 2y
Birdsong28 So sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love 😘 ❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm My condolences to you and your family. Take care. 2y
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry to hear this! Sending lots of ❤️❤️❤️ to you at this difficult time. 2y
swynn Very sorry to hear this. Wishing your family peace. 2y
slategreyskies So sorry for your loss. Love and peace to you and your family. 2y
Tanisha_A I am so sorry, Rohit! I wish you and family all the strength and love. ❤️ 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Sorry to hear about your loss 😔 2y
CaffeineAndCandy So sorry. Stay strong and my prayers go out to you and your family. 2y
marleed I‘m so sorry. Sending you love and strength. 2y
Booknerd2 😢💜 2y
zezeki So sorry for your loss. Sending love to you and your family. 💕 2y
MicheleinPhilly I‘m so sorry to hear this. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Avanders Oh my gosh I‘m so sorry 🖤💔 2y
sharread I'm so sorry, my Mom and Dad passed suddenly from a heart attack. Sending heartfelt vibes. 💗 2y
ishan0986 Take care of people around you and most importantly take care of yourself too. Sending my condolences. 2y
Megabooks I am so very sorry. Sending love. 💕 2y
JennyM I am so sorry. Sending you and your family much love. ❤️ 2y
vivastory I'm so sorry to hear this, friend. I lost my mom when I was in my early 20s and I don't have any words of wisdom for you other than to let you know that I'm here if you ever need to vent or talk. Take care of yourself. 2y
jmtrivera Oh no, I'm so sorry. 2y
Karkar So sorry for your loss. Sending healing thoughts your way. 2y
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 2y
Annie1215 I‘m so sorry for your loss ❤️ 2y
rwmg Sorry to hear that 2y
batsy That's devastating. I'm so very sorry, Rohit. Please reach out if you need anything. Much love ❤️ 2y
zuzia So sorry for your loss. 2y
samriti So sorry to hear reach out if you need any help 2y
802Librarian ❤️ 2y
NikkiM5 So sorry for your loss ❤️ 2y
Reggie I‘m so sorry, man. This year has been total shit. You need anything, let us know. 2y
Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry❤️ 2y
Chelleycupcakes That is terrible! I‘m so sorry for your loss. 2y
BiblioLitten I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you much love and strength. 2y
Suet624 I just saw this post. I‘m so very sorry. I wish we could all be with you right now. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔💔 2y
Centique Oh Rohit! That is so awful. Sending you so much aroha from this side of the world. I hope your wider family and friends are there to support you and your mother and siblings as you go through this 💕💕 2y
Reggie When my grandfather passed away the first holidays were the worst. He was the glue that held our family together. I know it‘s especially hard for you this year but just know we still think of you and hope you‘re having the best holidays you possibly can. I kinda hope you‘re writing up a storm. Best wishes. 2y
vivastory Hope that everything is going as well as can be expected. I'm sure it's incredibly hard to read right now but hopefully you're able to carve some time out for yourself. 2y
Centique Hey Rohit just thinking of you today and wishing you and your family peace and kindness around you as you continue to grieve. Much love from here and just for you to know you remain in our hearts and minds. Arohanui 💕 2y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you all for your heartfelt words. Your kindness and support truly means a lot. 2y
marleed I am so sorry. I hope things will look up for you soon. But know it‘s okay to be sad for a very long time. It‘s two steps forward and one step back. (edited) 2y
CaffeineAndCandy I'm so sorry to hear this. I will keep you uplifted in prayer. Be strong. 2y
swynn Very sorry to hear about your father, Rohit. Will keep you & your family in our thoughts. 2y
rohit-sawant @CaffeineAndCandy @swynn @marleed Thank you, all. Appreciate the kind words. It's very much been two steps forward and one step back, @marleed. Grateful for the reminder to process it at my own pace. 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie @vivastory @Centique Just wanted to say I really apprcaite you guys checking in. Meant to say it earlier, but I wind up feeling down if I linger on this particular post, so doing it in sips. Really moved by your thoughtful messages. Thank you for the kind wishes. 2y
rohit-sawant And @Reggie, I did manage to write one story in the time since. Doing it was therapeutic. While it wasn't a fit for the anthology I subbed to, it opened up a dialogue with the editor. I'll be sharing an update on that front soon. 2y
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Thank you for tagging, @batsy! 😊
Super late with this. Had a busy few days, trying to catch a deadline.
1. I keep them. I'm picky about buying books because the absurdly high prices at my end tend to put a dent in my budget. Lately, a majority of my reading has been on Kindle.
2. I clicked with Stegner's voice having read an interview of his a while back & have been meaning to check out his short stories since.

rohit-sawant Tagging @Reggie @Mistermandolin and anyone who'd like to jump in. 2y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing and good luck! 🤞 2y
batsy I feel you re: #1! If I'm paying full price for expensive books from a regular bookstore instead of the remainders/discount store, it's usually a book I'm likely to keep. 2y
Mistermandolin 1. I tend to save them up and give them away en masse. So when I got married I gave about 800 to charity shops (then spent the next decade and a half trying to buy them all back) (see 2.) 2. Most of the books I gave away when I got married (see 1.) Giving stuff away has cost me plenty (but look what I got back!) (edited) 2y
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In the Land of Punctuation | Christian Morgenstern
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Normalize the demicolon! 🤣

LeahBergen I‘m totally bringing this back. 😂 2y
sudi 😂 2y
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Reggie Lololol 2y
Tanisha_A 😂 2y
CarolynM 😂 2y
kspenmoll This is a riot!!! 2y
MariaW 🥰 2y
Nute Just became my favorite punctuation mark!😂 2y
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The Reddening | Adam Nevill
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Up next! I've enjoyed Adam Nevill's short stories so excited about checking this out.

Sace That's a rather creepy, disturbing cover 😳 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 😱 This cover startled me! Hope you enjoy! 2y
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All the nopes.

TheKidUpstairs 😨😨😨 2y
Reggie I used to have this friend I worked with. After work, I‘d usually go back to her place and we‘d watch movies and play cards. On the way to her place that night she showed me texts of her ex saying that if he ever caught her with another guy he‘d kill them both. And so we got to her place and I walked to her kitchen to drape my coat on a chair when she screamed bloody murder. I immediately thought ‘I‘m dead.‘ He‘ll have just shot me and not even 2y
Reggie know that I‘m gay and we‘re just friends. Any moment now a bullet will go through me. When it didn‘t happen, I turned around and she had jumped on to her couch and there was this long ass centipede just crawling along her floor like nobody‘s business. I laughed on the inside thinking I‘d take the centipede over the boyfriend‘s bullet any day. (edited) 2y
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rohit-sawant @Reggie Yikes! In that context, a centipede is definitely the lesser of two evils. Minus the looming threat of the crazed ex, that sounds like such a nice time, movies and cards. 2y
EliLiszt Omg I love this lol 2y
Suet624 @Reggie I love your stories, Reggie. 2y
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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After receiving a distressing letter from her cousin, a young socialite is sent by her father to gauge her cousin‘s health & fetch her should she find it amiss, but things go sideways during her visit. This was a solid horror novel that weds the weird tale with its gothic origins. It‘s been described as Lovecraft meets the Brontës, which, I think, is inaccurate. It‘s more of a mash-up between Shirley Jackson, Arthur Machen & Jordan Peele. ⬇️

rohit-sawant A complex female character at odds with a tyrannical ‘nobleman‘ residing in a ruinous house affords all the Gothic trappings for drawing parallels to the Brontës, but the journey M-G takes her lead character, an antithesis of the typical gothic heroine, on is a much harrowing one, exploring gender and class, race and sexuality in a vein more Jackson-esque, the latter combo especially unsettling in places, amping up the ever-present dread. 2y
rohit-sawant The elements of dark fantasy are reminiscent of Machen in the sense that they spring from the natural world as opposed to the cosmic, which is generally the core of most Lovecraftian stories; however, certain themes have an undercurrent of the latter but being handled by a POC, the optics are very different. 2y
rohit-sawant In terms of pacing, a good part of the book feels like an Oz Perkins film, more an observation than a critique, & even in moments when the narrative sags a bit, the tight prose tides you over. While the story & visuals are fascinating, the armature they‘re strung on is all too familiar, which saps some of the suspense. It‘s the sort of book you either like or hate. 2y
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rohit-sawant I liked it more than I enjoyed it, if that makes sense. And if you've read this far, here's a cute internet doggo: https://bit.ly/31x1LvC 2y
batsy Great review! Comparisons to Shirley Jackson *and* Jordan Peele have me super intrigued (haven't read Machen). And thanks for the super cute reward of internet doggo for us 😄 2y
LeahBergen Great review. 👏🏻 2y
Reggie Thanks for the cute dog pic! And I‘ll get to this sooner or later. Sounds good. 2y
Centique Great review! I had to see the doggo of course. So cute! I was a little worried - I am sure in your place @Reggie would have linked to a zombie poodle or something. 😂😂 2y
rohit-sawant @batsy @Reggie @Centique Thank you, all! Looking forward to hear your thoughts on it. And my pleasure! Half the bookmarks on my phone are corgi pics so happy to share the wealth 😄 And zombie poodle! 🤣🤣 2y
rohit-sawant @LeahBergen Thank you, Leah! 😊 2y
vivastory Stellar review, friend! Also chiming in with the thread thanks for the pic! Reminds me of my online animal fascination: red pandas 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Thank you, Scott! Glad you liked the 🐶! Gosh, red pandas are so stinkin' cute. After that reminder, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna lose at least a good thirty minutes scrolling through pics of them later today 😄 2y
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I was going to pick up an ebook of this next month, but I recently joined Kindle Unlimited and was stoked to find that this was one of the titles available. Two stories in and it's every bit as fantastic as I was expecting.

Centique That cover is gorgeous! 2y
Reggie Did you get to the story of the teacher when all the zombie kids come in? Lol I love that story. 2y
Reggie Short and bloody. 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique Right? It's such a unique design. The same artist did a very cool cover for the collection following this one, which I'm also looking forward to. 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie What a way to kick off the collection 😆 That was an awesome piece! 2y
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Happy 100th Birthday to Ray Bradbury.
His inimitable, dark, and deeply human stories are timeless in their capacity to entertain, inspire, and linger in the reader's mind, often prompting reflection.
This short story by Neil Gaiman is such a fitting tribute. 🖤

erzascarletbookgasm Cool! Thanks for sharing, saving it for listen later. 2y
kspenmoll Thanks for sharing this story! 2y
Nute Yay! Ray Bradbury! Very cool of Neil Gaiman! Wonderful...I wish that I could “remember forward!” Thanks for sharing the link. 2y
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Linsy I love Ray Bradbury! And Neil Gaiman! Need to read this!! 2y
vivastory Did you see that Farenheit 451 is being read in it's entirety by various people as part of the celebration? 2y
rohit-sawant @Linsy It's such an awesome piece! 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory I saw Neil Gaiman's tweet about it late last night! What a cool idea. Will be checking it out later today.🤘🏼 2y
Mitch13 @lehnuh you might like this 2y
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Excited to dive into this one.

vivastory I hope you like this one! 2y
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Survivor Song | Paul Tremblay
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Freshly infected by a hyper virulent strain of rabies, Nats reaches out to her doctor friend, Rams, & they set out on a quest to seek help. Survivor Song sinks its hooks into you very fast, setting up an unrelenting tone, & just carries you away. Aspects of it read like a docu-drama at times, mirroring the current global crisis. The bond between the protagonists is the book‘s heartbeat. Intense, harrowing, terrifying, & tender. ⬇️

rohit-sawant I went into this cold on purpose & it was the emotional equivalent of walking into a boxing ring blindfolded. 2y
rohit-sawant As for cameos from a duo of characters, this image captures my feelings:
rohit-sawant Having recently watched S2 of The Umbrella Academy, I couldn't help but picture Ritu Arya as Rams. 2y
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TrishB It was a good read 👍🏻 2y
rohit-sawant @TrishB @vivastory @Reggie Just read all your awesome reviews of SS! I quickly scrolled past your posts earlier since I wanted to dive into the book with zero idea of what to expect. 2y
Reggie Because I‘m old, my frame of reference for Rams was Parminder Nagra or the girl who play Ria in Monsoon Wedding, Shefali Shah. But I think they‘re older now. Lol. And yes to the cartoon. He really exacts an emotional toll. Especially when the girl listens to the audio in the end, feeling something akin to anger that she knows she shouldn‘t feel. The unfairness of it all. 😭 nice review. 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie Thanks! And man, that scene where she plays it back really hit me too. 2y
vivastory @rohit-sawant @reggie Stellar review! That image. 😂 😭 Although I still feel like I prefer his novels with ambiguous endings I loved a novel where the emphasis is on friendships. It's so rare & refreshing! 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Thanks! And couldn't agree more! His ambiguous endings are in a league of their own, but this book and its focus on friendship was indeed refreshing. 2y
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The opening of the tagged book 😄 Few pages in and loving it. I wish I'd picked it up sooner.

Peaceable Kingdom | Jack Ketchum
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Up next.

Dracula's Guest | Bram Stoker
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I think I fall somewhere in between. On a side note, would read both. 🤣

vivastory I was obsessed with reading author's responses to this yesterday. Several of them I was like “Now you must write that“ 😂 2y
LitStephanie Dread Singles, haha! 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Same! Did you see the mock up someone made of it later? 🤣 2y
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rohit-sawant @vivastory @Reggie @Centique @batsy Guys, I had a quick question. Do you have any idea about the legality of using a line from a poem as a short story title? I'd love to call a WIP piece "I am Sliver and Exact" -- the opening line of Sylvia Plath's poem "Mirrors." ⬇️
rohit-sawant I titled another recent story (about vampires and honor killing set in rural India) currently out for consideration (🤞🏼) after the title of a Dickinson poem. I checked prior and titles can be reused but can't find anything relating to a single line. 2y
rohit-sawant Update: Found a writing stack exchange post that says while it has been done in some cases in the past, it's better to avoid it. After reading through all it, I'm thinking of withdrawing the vampire story with the Dickinson title and resubmitting it under an original one. What a bummer. Not to mention the bad impression it'd make on the publisher 😖
vivastory @rohit-sawant I think that as long as the author acknowledges the source material & it's only a title or a line then it should be fine, but I've heard authors estates reacting very poorly to perceived plagiarism 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Ya, that's a possibility. Better to be prudent and avoid it all together. Man, the Plath line especially would've been a cool title, but oh well. Brainstorming original titles for both stories now. I still have a while before I submit so will hopefully come up with something befitting. 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory And thanks for the input, Scott! 2y
Reggie Maybe use it as an epigraph instead? And not that honor killings are great or anything but that story sounds fantastic. 2y
rohit-sawant @Reggie I just checked and apparently that can count as infringement too unless the work is in public domain. Nevertheless, appreciate the suggestion, man. And glad to hear you find the story interesting! Some years ago, an Indian director I like tweeted a video in which this girl mentioned she and her partner were on the run from her family who were out for blood and she was pleading for help. It was disturbing and I never forgot. 2y
rohit-sawant I wanted to write something on the subject, and it only came together recently. The vibe I tried to go for was Gillian Flynn meets 70s Stephen King but in a desi setting. 2y
Centique Any chance you could change out the adjectives but still achieve a similar feel? Then it would have inspired you but not be plagiarism. Or do you have a poet friend that might have a great line in a poem you could use? Good luck Rohit! 2y
Centique PS isn‘t Emily Dickinson in the public domain now as she‘s been dead for over 100 years? I think in the US that means you could use it but not the Plath. 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique Thank you! And that's a great idea, Paula! Will think along those lines as well. "Exact" just seemed perfect since it has an implacable vibe to it that goes well with the story and "Silver" because mirrors. One that first came to mind was "The Vivisector of Visages" but it's a little on the nose ? Sadly I don't have a poet friend. I have to send this one out by the first week of September so there's still time. 2y
rohit-sawant I thought likewise about Dickinson's work being in the public doman, but only early editions of her work fall under that category. The copyright was renewed by Harvard University Press for an edition they printed in the 90s. The poem "Because I could not stop for Death" is included in the edition so despite copyright laws allowing the reuse of titles in most cases, I'd rather not take a chance. 2y
rohit-sawant Came up with an alternative title for this one just earlier: "The Ripper of Kaap." Kaap being the fictional village from the story. It's a little Penny Dreadful-y but ??‍♂️ 2y
Centique I am Mirrored and Precise ..... Pearlescent and Cold ..... 2y
Centique @rohit-sawant Penny Dreadful ain‘t bad! 2y
Centique I should say ignore my riffing on the poem, I am no ED 😂😂 Good researching on the copyright issue. You‘re right - it‘s just a headache you don‘t need. 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique They're definitely more interesting than my working title -- "The Session" ? Appreciate you giving it a think! And absolutely! Penny Dreadful is pretty much my brand ? I was thinking more in terms of the venues. Vampires are kinda anathema "unless done well" and my piece is slow to unfold and you know, you just want to give the story every advantage you can. But I think I'm gonna stick with the Ripper title????‍♀️ 2y
Centique @rohit-sawant it sounds awesome 🙌 2y
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No contest there 😄

rockpools Ha! 2y
j.rye Agree. I dislike e-books 2y
rohit-sawant @j.rye Love both! But the best way to read is definitely with a book in your hand. 2y
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HonoraryGilmoreGirl I hate ebooks. There just not the same as hold a book in your hand. 2y
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I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say this, but no harm in repeating: Read and let read. 😊 💜

vivastory You speak the truth 2y
Reggie Rupaul‘s Drag Race Allstars 3 the reading challenge. Ben de la Creme tells Thorgy Thor who btw was dressed almost like a clown, “Thorgy it‘s so nice to see this whole outfit today because we only get to see this much of you(she motions that it‘s just the eyes) when you‘re passing out balloons from behind that sewer crate.” When drag queens reference your work in their shade. You‘ve made it. Lol seriously though, great post. 2y
Reggie Side note it does make me sad when people hate on zombies. They and everything in horror is used to talk about something bigger than what they are. (edited) 2y
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LeahBergen Well said! 👏🏻 2y
vivastory @Reggie I completely agree. A few years ago at a family dinner I sort of went off on a relative because they kept talking about how they thought anything with zombies was stupid. 2y
rohit-sawant @vivastory @Reggie @LeahBergen Thanks, guys. And wasn't aware of that King shout out, Reggie! Thanks for sharing. I likewise agree about zombies and other beasties being a motor for something bigger. 2y
Suet624 What a great post. 🥰🥰 2y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 Thanks! 😊 2y
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