Cold Sweat & Other Tales of Fear
Shantesh Sunil Row

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Synopsis

I've seen a ghost once. It was my father's. He had passed away suddenly, when I was just 12 years old. And he decided to manifest himself in front of me, a few days before my SSC examinations when I was 15. I was studying late at night, solving some Navneet 10th Standard Papers, on my dining table at home, when I saw him pass the area that separated my dining room from my bedroom passage. His apparition, or whatever it was that I saw, smiled at me as it went by. I sat transfixed, a strange mix of fear and happiness accosting my senses. I dared not get up and investigate. To this day, I wished I had. But I knew that all he wanted to do was to comfort me that he was always around me. Yes, I've seen a ghost once. Maybe I will see more before I become one myself. So, I can say that there are ghosts, at least based out of the singular experience I've had. Whatever the debates for and against corporeality or the lack of it, there is no denying that ghosts, spirits and tales of the supernatural hold a sway over all of us. This is simply because 'fear' as an emotion is the purest for human beings. One can love someone out of an ulterior motive. But one gets scared without condition, without motive. It's that fear of the unknown that gives this emotion its primal essence. I present to you 15 tales of fear. Not all of them have ghosts. None of them have vampires. One of them features werewolves. And some of them are just simple tales of the supernatural that simple people have experienced at a point in their lives. But together, as a whole, they seek to delve into what we do not know, and in their collectivity, they endeavor to keep you entertained, when you are curled up in bed, with a light patter of rain on your windows and a slight shiver of fear down your spine.

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Tanmay Boravke

Gripping!

Oct 25 '14
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Ameya Raut

great book ! keep it up !

Oct 01 '14
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Sep 12 '14
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Aliyah Kassam

liked all the three stories.. especially the first one and second one.. ... would love to read some more ...

Sep 11 '14
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Lopamudra

Not a big fan of horror stories but since it was Shanty, had to read. Have been a fan of his adeptness of story telling, whether its through the advertising sphere or just through the chats and discussions. Reading through the book, was validated with my thoughts once again. Had goose bumps and a chill in my spine. Reminded me of what Rudyard Kipling had said, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” OH what a drug this is - cant wait to see it get published and be on the hot sellers list asap

Sep 11 '14
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Damini Majumdar

Enjoyed all three stories, the third one being the best! I was awestruck by the ending of the last story. Totally unpredictable and left me gasping for a second!
The stories are more likely to be categorized as suspense than horror as the former dominates the latter. The writing style is admirable and so is the way of story telling. Would like to read more!

Sep 02 '14
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vidhya devaraj

I personally liked all the three stories. what amazed me is that you have a very good writing style as that of famous writers. keep up the good work!!!

Aug 24 '14
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MS

Thrilling read. Enjoyed every bit. The author has the ability to keep the reader gripped all through.

Jul 21 '14
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Zahir Ansari

The last story was the best.

Jul 18 '14
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Denley Vas

Awesome read, especially Story 3. Very well written, Shantesh! I would definitely want to read more.

Jul 17 '14
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Aviral Singh

The writing style and the depiction of the scenes is at par with a decent writer. Use of characters is also commendable. However, the suspense in some of the stories becomes ostensible as in the first story, if the writer tries and control the suspense and unveil it like a magician, this manuscript for sure will be the best in the list. But till now, i found this manuscript interesting and well written. Probably it is the best in the lot. Well done. Keep it up..!!

Jul 11 '14
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Sherin Ponnanna

Very well written, liked the twists. Cheers!!

Jun 24 '14
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Saurabh Jaywant

Nice! I liked The Rickshaw best.
Best of luck!

Jun 19 '14
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Ashok Bhat

Write your review here Very Crisp and apt to the title of the book

Jun 18 '14
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Sanjana Parikh

Loved the first two stories especially the first one. The only thing that pulled me back from giving it 4 stars was the third story. It wasn't as exciting as the first two. Also, it was quite predictable. The imagery in the first two was great but was not the same for the third one.

Jun 16 '14
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Prashant Naik

I must admit that this is something different I read in recent years. Its episodic, well framed plot with easy-to-forget characters entangled in wry wit and pinch of horror in each story. 15 stories would be a treasure to buy. However, I would have much liked the utopian version of the third. First two were no doubt the best. Well, first things first. Where is my paperback ?

Jun 09 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Thanks Prashant for your kind observations and for reviewing the book. Not so sure if 'easy-to-forget' characters is a compliment though! Paperback? Well, that deserves the luck and wishes of friends like you!

Jun 10 '14
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Uday Satpathy

Nice story-telling!

Jun 07 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Thanks Uday.

Jun 08 '14
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Ravi Krishnan

Lovely stories. As a writer I understand that the flow varies on different sittings and that is what I observed. The first story had a beautiful story telling but the last one even though had a better plot was lower in quality of story telling comparatively. What I like the most is the style of story telling in general. I hope to see this as a book.

Jun 06 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Thanks for reading and the comments, Ravi. Yes, the flow does vary because the protagonists and situations vary. Have tried to give each story its own flavour, pace and unfolding. Whether this is a book at the end of it or not, have enjoyed writing it. Appreciate your time and kind words.

Jun 08 '14
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Rajesh Shankaran

Superb atmosphere and Narration, Shantesh. Story 3 is a stand out though all are highly readable. Well done.

Jun 05 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Thank you Rajesh, glad you liked it.

Jun 08 '14
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Hetika Sanghani

As was reading through I had decided that i will give this book 3 stars but story #3 made me change my mind....just loved story #3...yes i also agree that the stories are more suspense kind than horror but i enjoyed reading them...something different..would want to read more stories if they are as interesting as the 3rd one....

Jun 04 '14
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Hetika Sanghani

your welcome :)

Jun 05 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Thanks Hetika. Well, there are a total of 15 stories in the book and you've read just the first 3. The other stories are more aligned towards horror/ghosts, etc. These 3 on site had a mix of a ghost story, a werewolf tale and a thriller. Thanks for your comments and rating. Appreciated, Shantesh

Jun 05 '14
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Meghana Joshi

I'm a sucker for the supernatural! So this was the first book I accessed on the site apart from my own! Great effort Shantesh. The first story has totally believable characters, but could predict where it was headed. #2 was out-of-the box and #3's twist is classic! Would like to read more for sure!

Jun 03 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Thank you so much, Meghana. I will be reading your book (and others on the site) starting this weekend, since I haven't had the time for a few days. Thanks for your comments and rating.

Jun 05 '14
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Tanay Sareen

Written very well, but its more of a thriller than a horror. Didn't find it scary at all but very nice effort.

Jun 03 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Thanks Tanay. Well, 15 stories in all in the book, and a few of them are thrillers. But the book does have a lot of horror/ghost stories. Couldn't publish more than 3 to begin with on site. Thanks for your appreciation.

Jun 05 '14
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Avinash Sathey

spooky. This was actually the first book I read here. Very nicely written. Looking forward to reading the entire book.

Jun 03 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Thank you for reading Avinash. And for your kind words.

Jun 05 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Brilliant Mr. Sow! You revive a fine craft with deft touch. The words feel as cold and ashen as they should in just the right places in a ghost story!

May 27 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Lllllll....ol, Sir!

Jun 08 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Ss... Sincere..Apologies....I was stuttering with the chill in my bones perhaps!

Jun 06 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

It's Mr Row, Sir :-) And I will be reading your book soon as well. Waiting to read it actually. Thank you for your very kind words. Appreciated.

Jun 05 '14
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Niyati Shinde

Good ones! Looking forward to the rest of the stories. Although, I hope I am able to sleep without nightmares tonight!!

May 27 '14
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Shantesh Sunil Row

Thanks Niyati. The first 3 stories weren't so scary, so you won't get nightmares! But thanks for reading and commenting. Will read your book soon as well.

Jun 05 '14
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About the author

Shantesh Sunil Row Follow

I am an Executive Creative Director in Advertising. As a wordsmith for more than 17 years, I find my inspiration from my wife, Sumita and daughter, Kaavyaa. I am a keen observer of life, and my muse emerges from a myriad different random things.