Arnab Ray

Shakchunni: a demon from Bengali lore, one who possesses married women.

The Great Famine scours Bengal. Armies of the starving walk the lands, fighting for scraps of food.

Yet none of that pain seems to touch the Banerjees, the lords of Shyamlapur. They rule their fiefdom in all the pomp and pageantry of the Raj at its height.

When Narayanpratap Banerjee, the eldest son of the ruler of Shyamlapur, abandons his education in London and returns home, his heart broken by an Englishwoman, he is married off to a poor girl from a distant village, the ethereally beautiful Soudamini.

But on the day of the wedding, a tantrik sounds an ominous warning.

‘The Shakchunni dances tonight, and you shall all drop dead like flies.’

Soon it starts. The terror.

And a haunting of dark secrets that refuse to stay buried in the past.

  • Classification : Thriller, Crime & Mystery
  • Pub Date : FEB 15, 2024
  • Imprint : Hachette India
  • Page Extent : 336
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357318211
  • Price : INR 499

Arnab Ray

Arnab Ray, better known as Greatbong, is one of India's most widely read bloggers ( He is also the author of six books, including the horror classic: The Mine. Two of his books have been made into web-series on major OTT platforms: Sultan of Delhi in Hindi on Disney+ Hotstar and Mahabharata Murders in Bengali on Hoichoi. A Ph.D. in Computer Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook, he graduated from Jadavpur University in Kolkata and is currently based out of Los Angeles. Arnab Ray has a running column in Times of India and can be found on X (formerly Twitter) at @greatbong.

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