I was casually scrolling through the horror genre section on an online shopping store when i stumbled upon this book named ‘Frankly Spooking’ by blogger & author (of course) Sriramana Muliya. The book was just 192 pages so I ordered one thinking that i might have some good weekend horror action. Let’s break down this post into parts:
Cover Page & Title
The cover page was simple and eerie at the same time; however, what piqued my interest was the title of the book, which is a slight modification of the very-commonly used phrase ‘Frankly Speaking’. Thus, full marks to the author for selecting a catchy title.
But, the title would have been more apt and fully justified had the stories been ‘true incidents’ rather than fiction. Nevertheless, the title looks fine and we have no complaints whatsoever!
Content & Price
The book is a collection of 30 very short horror-tales with each story lasting around 4-5 pages except the last two which are comparatively long. If you are an avid reader, you can easily finish the book in 1-2 days. However, finishing a book that comes at an MRP of 299/- in just 2 days might pinch some readers who have low budget for buying books and want the most out of the amount they spend.
‘Frankly Speaking’, the book started with a mediocre story like most of the short stories out there, but failed miserably as it progressed. In fact, in my opinion, this is not a short story book that hardcore horror fans will enjoy. Rather, the book is more suitable for teenagers, who neither have much experience of reading horror nor many expectations, provided the present state of the ‘genre’ in our country.
The writing is fine; however the publisher could have sported a larger font size for readers who have trouble reading tiny-sized words. Some of the stories like ‘The Cable’ looked absurd to me and failed to invoke any kind of fear or eerie feeling in my mind.
The book should appeal to children and teens but it is definitely not the right choice for adults.