In the confluence of light and darkness in human hearts, a superior truth called poetry is born.
Opium Hearts is a compelling rendition of this truth…thrilling, engaging, thought-provoking, and sensuous in its rhythms, revelations, and delivery. In their skillful attempts at lighting candles in the dark, the trio of Aditya, Mayank, and Shama weave images of profound imagination. This book touches the core of our sensibilities, daring us to think differently, to come to terms with the starkness of reality, while relishing in the dreams of hope propelled by visions of the ideal. At this, it comes across as a breath of fresh air, alluring and sedating. If not outright stoned, Opium Hearts will definitely leave you stunned.
Horror awaits within this collection of nine tales.
A man in search of his co-worker on a strange planet, haunted by an even stranger being who has no physical attributes other than a maddening buzz. An unyielding queen of fire defending her kingdom. Two teenagers exploring the abandoned woods that house a primordial power. A conflicted alien at the center of a mission to murder mankind. A young boy confronting a sinister lake deity. Kids venturing to a witch’s door on Halloween and getting something they didn’t ask for. A slayer hellbent on protecting his family against all odds. A love-stricken man falling for a supernatural entity who knows no love. A forgotten god rising from the oceans to erase governments and spread its dark reign on our world once more.
Leave a light on before beginning to read. You’ve been warned.
Love the world of fiction, but not enough time for reading? Then this book is perfect for you!
Drabble is a form of fiction writing that focuses on packing the most in very little space. A drabble is only 100 words long, but it has all the important elements that make a string of words a meaningful story. The best part? You can read them like usual in bed, while commuting, in boring lectures or meetings, anytime, anywhere. And no, you won’t get expelled or your boss won’t fire you. A drabble will take hardly a minute. No one will notice you reading them, but they might see the after effects on your face: that beautiful glow of satisfaction of slipping into a fictional world and giving your brain a much needed break.
While some of the stories featured here invoke a feeling of positivity, others however, carry a dark tone. Each revolves on the serious things in life. You will definitely feel the vibes while reading, but even when you’re done, some unfinished thoughts will continue lingering in your mind. The drabbles are of multiple themes and genres, so this small book will bring you a variety of experiences. You might even discover your new favourite genre and perhaps also a new favourite form of fiction (drabbles!)
100 Words Of Void is a compilation of some of the best drabbles (100 word stories) written by the award-winning internationally published author Aditya Deshmukh. Some of these have regularly been featured in Dastaan World Magazine, while some are original works, specially written for this project.
And that’s not all!
Each drabble comes with a brilliant full page illustration by the amazing artist Shakaib Feroz. The drabble and the illustration complement each other, making the experience twice as fun.
100 Words Of Void is going to be a quarterly series. This is the first volume and we sincerely hope it touches your heart, sometimes gently and playfully, while at other times when it is needed, with a waking punch. And we sincerely wish whatever experience you will have reading this collection, it will be a memorable one.
It’s a beautiful world. Utopia is here.
You control not only the lights in your room, but also the shade of sky. Illness and poverty are things of the past. Drugs of all sorts are available, so you’re in charge of how you feel.
But even in mankind’s greatest dream, something must go wrong. No version of society can be perfect for us, for we are creatures of light and shadows, and shadows don’t stay hidden for long.
Razia cannot believe her brother died in an accident; in Utopia, there are no accidents. She has spent five years in search of someone who may not be alive. But she doesn’t give up, because for the first time in a very long time, something even stranger than her brother’s disappearance has happened.
An ominous figure called The Scarlet Killer has left a string of hauntingly beautiful artworks made of corpses in the heart of New World. Plastic Nightmares, who, at first, remain stationary, but soon start to walk. No amount of cameras, AI processing, and any kind of dreamlike Utopian technology can trace the Scarlet Killer. Not heeding to what her husband or her therapist say about her psychology, Razia makes the Scarlet Killer her new obsession.
There aren’t enough clues, but she knows someday it will lead her to her brother. Or her death. Whatever the outcome, it will break the loop that consumed her childhood and her future.
“For the Martians, watching a dying Earth is entertainment. For Uru, their cruel game is her only hope for life—a dark adventure from an imagination that sees our world in its bleakest terms.”
Scot Noel, owner of DreamForge Magazine.
Welcome to New World! This story belongs to Allworld, Aditya Deshmukh’s collection of stories that explores future worlds and the dynamics between them. New World is a series of short stories set in a dystopian world, where human civilization has won Mars, but lost something in its pursuit of glory: humanity itself.
Everything changed after the Shift. A small population found its heaven on Mars. The rest were left behind to rot on a decaying Earth. Gray sky, gray ocean. Everything was dying.
However, a flower called Uru bloomed in this gray sickness.
And she dared see a beautiful dream of escape.
A derelict research facility. A lost Martian warship. A cluster of intelligent particles. Dormant, but alive.
After facing defeat in the war of Pluto Belt, a Martian warship finds itself at the fringes of the solar system, with not enough fuel to return. So they venture further, even beyond the dwarf planet Goblin, where no human race could ever erect a foundation. At least, that’s what everyone thinks.
Welcome to The Field Of Reality, where space-time warps and new realities are born.
Are these distortions only mind games? What is the difference between illusions and reality? What is real?
If you cannot tell, does it matter?
The Field Of Reality is a standalone novelette that belongs to Aditya Deshmukh’s sci-fi universe Allworld.