There is something intriguing about reading horror tales. Unlike horror visuals where the directors’ imagination is thrown in viewers face to be accepted as is; reading a book based on horror/suspense is different as the reader is left to draw an imagination based on those words. And if the words are strong enough, they will create a pretty vivid mental picture. Wreath and Other Stories does this job very efficiently and you are left to imagine, in your own creative and scary way, as to what is going to happen now.
Wreath and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Sangeeta Mahapatra. Each story is unique in plot and narration. Usually horror tales are strewn with grotesque and gory descriptions of corpses, evil spirits or weird looking people with an aim to generate fear in readers. But this book, thankfully, does not resort to any such means. However, the writing does make a chill run down your spine very often. Every story has a totally unpredictable ending and leaves you gasping for a while. There are a couple of them which could have had a better culmination but overall read through the story more or less makes up for the loss.
Red moon, Wreath, Captive and Déjà vu are the stories which need a special mention here; Wreath being my favorite of the lot. These stories beautifully bring out the emotions, uncertainties, inner battles and struggles and sheer helplessness of a human mind. More than once you are left wondering how you would have tackled the said situation.
About the Author:- Sangeeta Mahapatra is the executive editor of a national business magazine. She has a doctoral degree in International Relations and has previously worked as a research fellow, specializing in Terrorism Studies. She is currently based in Kolkata, India, working on a book on the counter-terrorism strategies of India, Israel, and the United States of America. In 1999, her first book of short stories, Miasma, was published by Chowringhee Prakashini Press, Kolkata. Wreath and Other Stories is her second collection of short stories. (Source: https://notionpress.com/read/wreath-and-other-stories#sthash.juWVY4zG.dpuf)