Author Desk Wednesdays 16.8.17 51 sleepless nights by Tobias Wade

There are three types of horrors, one that Alfred Hitchcock dealt with when he filmed psycho, another Bram Stoker when he wrote Dracula and the third is of course Lovecraftian horror I will say. I am a drop-dead fan of horrors, horror movies and stories are my guilty pleasure I will say! Can’t do without them! As a result I am quite fussy about horror stories/movies especially the former, because horror movies are either good, sufferable or downright disgusting, and mostly you can assess them within first fifteen minutes, and decide whether you will actually watch them, give them a chance or just delete the file! Stories are much tougher- it takes quite some skill to scare your readers! Create that scene in their mind that will make them feel uneasy. A skill which very few authors can master! They don’t have the actors in scary masks or eerie music to help them, or the deserted graveyard or building on the screen to suck viewers in… so becoming a scary story writer is much much harder!!

Now, Tobias’s stories are a blending of Hitchcock and Lovecraft I will say! They are more about human mind. They will often leave you confused if it was actually something paranormal or just a disturbed mind! That snapped or was always that way!

Ghost or not, this book is a gift at $0.99! Believe me! They are sometimes a little explicit, beware but that does not ruins the stories (even for me- someone who skips the gory parts of movies and never watches torture porns like saw or texas chainsaw massacres)! There is a nice number of stories too- quite nice I will tell you!

He has dealt with many aspects of human psychology- and very deftly I think! None of his stories sound far-fetched or surreal! The way he builds his story by the time it reaches the climax you can feel that the character is quite capable of doing those things- no matter how despicable they are!

The supernatural creatures that have showed up in his stories are quite new, not the same vampires, zombies …. That shows up in most of ghost stories (including mine)! He has given us a fresh set of paranormal beings! Well, even though they are really explicit for my mild taste (sometimes) still I finished the book in two days, so I will say in my records it is good enough! Some stories will stay in your mind! For quite some time before fading away!

The book is for all types of horror addicts I will say, Hitchcockian, Lovecraftian and Stokerian- though more for the first two categories. If you ask my suggestion-go for it! The first story will refund your $0.99!

I will be looking forward to some Stokerian stories from Tobias in future, the stories that will scare simply with the hint of fear! Just think about Bram Stoker’s Dracula- I don’t remember one head rolling in the whole story! The only violent death in that story was most probably of Renfield! But it scared me as a child, and as an adult it ran a shiver down my spine when I read some parts of it! Now, of course after watching horror movies like tree outside my window those effects are gone forever but still… that is to me is real horror!

I will wait for some such works from Tobias and I am sure he has full power to write a few such stories, if he tries!

How many stars will I give it? I think four, I would have merrily given it five stars if it was a little less explicit! But if you love Lovecraftian horrors (which I don’t) you will love it!!!!!

New FREE horror stories every Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
Group of like-minded horror enthusiasts. Join us for author updates, contests, public appearances, and more.
Author shares his latest work, writing tips, and the inspiration for his stories.
Buy the book here

FEW WORDS FROM THE CRITIQUE: If you want me to critique your book feel free to contact me, I will need the pdf file though, no ebook or other formats! I will critique your book, send you a copy and highlight it in and, two facebook pages ( and one facebook group- sharmishthabasu and my Ezine Agnishatdal (monthly ezine).

Author Desk Wednesdays 9.8.17 is for Tobias Wade

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself.
Tobias Wade: Former neuroscience researcher, born again horror writer. During my studies, it struck me as odd that I could learn so much about why humans behave without understanding the intricacies of human nature. It occurred to me I learned more about the depths of human experience from reading Dostoyevsky than I ever had from my text books, and I was inspired to write. After several years of selling scripts in Los Angeles, I have turned my focus toward my own publications. Full time novelist, script writer, and horror blogger.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Where can we get you on social media?
Tobias Wade: Facebook l Twitter l Horror Blog l Mailing List. I’m continuing to add 3 new horror stories every week to the horror blog. I’ll share them on my facebook, but following the mailing list newsletter is the best way to automatically receive them as well as get free promotional copies of my latest books.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: How can we buy your book?
Tobias Wade: Buy it here ( I’m currently enrolled in KDP, so the book is exclusive to Amazon. It’s available as an eBook or paperback, with an narrated audiobook in production.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Background story of the book?
Tobias Wade: On a dark and stormy night I was bored and surfing reddit. What else are you supposed to do on dark and stormy nights, go look at haunted houses? We all know how that ends.

/nosleep on reddit is the worlds largest community devoted to horror stories at over 11.5 million subscribers. I started out writing stories there for fun, but I received such an incredible reception that I decided to turn my stories into a horror blog and share them regularly. After winning /nosleep story of the month in May (for this story), I decided that my collection was becoming legitimate enough to publish.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Another one coming up?
Tobias Wade: 51 Sleepless Nights is currently ranked #3 in the horror collections category behind only Clive Barker and Lovecraft, so I plan to continue releasing collections as I continue to amass stories. Before that I will be releasing the fantasy trilogy The Last Man which follows a girl traveling through seven surreal worlds, each representing an aspect of enlightenment. The final book should be available within the month, although Books 1,2 are currently free for my Mailing List subscribers.

New FREE horror stories every Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
Group of like-minded horror enthusiasts. Join us for author updates, contests, public appearances, and more.
Author shares his latest work, writing tips, and the inspiration for his stories.

From the Author Week Wednesdays: Agnishatdal Author Wendel Brown

I was born on the 22nd day of the month.  That is considered the number of the spiritual master builder.  I am also a May Gemini, and born in the year of the Dragon. I have always had the ability to love all others, and have never hated no one.  God has always blessed me with that ability from my beginnings.  My Psalm is the 22nd, which my Religion Professor said represents me.  From a young age, my mother said when I would scribble it was always on Crosses on hills, and His star  at his birth in the sky in clouds.

I have a Degree with a double Major in both Religion and Business Administration.  I am always move early in the morning to read Gods word, and never commune in prayer with Him.  Many poems are inspired by those moments spent with Him as I feel the power of His grace and love.  

I have dyslexia, and i usually have to write a poem many times. I view things with a spiritual eye, a blessing from God.  I am moved daily to write Psalms, and poems as King David was also.  What I am blessed to write is always influenced by His grace and love and have been doing it since 1971, a special gift he gave to me to share His love around the world.  My poems are Spiritual and spiritually romantic, and romantic for my wife of 40 years…this year!  I have never been able to stop writing since 1971 when a spiritual encounter changed my life forever.  

I forgot to say I am a disabled veteran, with many disabilities. Chief among them is Multiple Sclerosis, and breathing disorders, COPD, Asthma!.  They limit my time I spend on the computer, 

My sister, I do not like to write about myself, so I hope this would do!  All I do with the gift of writing is to help others spiritually, and trying to help others forge a stronger relationship with their significant others.  God made woman and man to be able to become one.  So they should love each other the way they want to be love and treated.  And treat humankind the same way.   Hugs to you!

have known Gods spirit all of my life, I was not perfect, but I have always loved and trusted and God, and read his word intensively. I have Spiritual encounters through my life many from an early age.  My life was saved by the lord several times, I have never doubted his promises, and my love has never changed for him..  There is none in this world without sin in their lives, and i also am that way.  But God is my Lord and I will always praise him and his grace and love.  What I have written over 45 years and what I share is because of him and want to let others know that with Him one can do more than without him.  We all have gifts, and many do not know what they are, I was at a time like the prodigal son, and when I saw the world had nothing to offer me I begged for His love to embrace me and never leave.  I can write of love, because I know the greatest love, for it is of the creator, and God rewarded me with the gift of writing, of sharing and loving all as He has loved all he created.  I love you my sister, and I am so proud of what you do and share.  God is our father and we share that same spiritual love which he endows to those who know him aplenty.  My love for him, my devotion for him all comes because I know His love and grace.  There is no treasure greater than His love.  My sister I do not like to talk about myself, I have always been shy and humble, and I do not talk about many things but I will talk about my Heavenly Father and with my last breath I will praise him.  I was lonely in my dorm room over a holiday, with no one in the dormitory, being 25 miles from the nearest town.  I was lonely and crying, and there was a knock on my door, and when I opened up the door a man entered and told me “Wendell, God loves you.”  As he turned to leave I followed him out the door, and he was no longer there.  I went back into my room and I had a vision of a glowing bible floating in my room, from that moment on I wrote  poems for God and his love,  that was 1971.  And I still do it!  They say I write pretty good, but I always had a problem understanding and learning when I was younger, but one thing I never had a problem reading and understanding was the Holy Bible, I never had a problem understanding spiritual things.  As I told you I was blessed to be a 22, born on the 22nd day of a month.  I know no other way but to serve God and serve others, by sharing his love with all!   Hugs and blessings! You see 6 books, and I have another that is in process of being done, Called ReaLity, and it has a Musical Cd with me reciting it but new changes need to be made to it.   I also have about 43 submitted and copyrighted, completed  manuscripts at the United States Copyright Office.  I have binders full of poems written in them that I need to type up and get copyrighted.  I never can stop writing.  and my wife inspired many, she is a gift from God also, I asked God to choose a wife for me, and I would wait for His answer, and she said she also did the same, and he brought us together. my birth numbers are 52252, her address over 1000 miles away was 51252.  More than coincidence.  I wrote down my prayer that I prayed to God, the poem is called ‘Alone’  It is the first poem in the book ‘When Each Day I Write of You.’ It’s also on my blog!  Once i asked God who would read what I write about Him and Love,  i was told my gift is freely given and you freely received it.  I told Him I could not write big flowing words, and he said simply write, and the right hearts will understand!   God bless!

The list and details of Wendel’s works:

From the Author Week Wednesdays: Agnishatdal Author Juliette Roques

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Welcome to Agnishatdal Juliette, tell us something about yourself please.

Juliette Roques: I am Hungarian by birth. Which sounds like a very easy statement to make, but not when you’re a cross-cultural child trying to live out her French identity in a country you don’t like (Germany), while taking on the traits and identifiers of a third (America), while told to suppress any and everything that has to do even remotely with your mother’s country and culture. It becomes akin to holding a loaded gun. Growing up my father’s Hungarian side was extremely visible, and yet it was very hush-hush. Welcome to the metaphorical schizophrenia / schizophrenic world of a Cross-Cultural Kid. And if you’re wondering why I’m capitalizing the term now but not earlier, then you’re already on the road to understanding how fragile and constantly questioned our identity is, questioned not just by us, but by everyone else. It’s a term that fascinates as much as it alienates, if you’ll allow the awful play with cliches. And it lends itself to the immediate use of stereotypes, stereotypes we don’t just create ourselves, but also feed into when they are made by others. We act the way others see our country or region: if we are American, we must be happier and more optimistic, if French, we are extremely fashion-conscious and always meticulously put together. We fit into the cliches because they make it easy for us, just give people what they expect.

For a Cross-cultural Kid that becomes so much harder. Acting like one ethnicity or country is easy when you’re using the language. But when you’re describing yourself in a language that is not connected to your ethnicity, how do you act then when describing where you are from? Do you go into French mode (whatever that may mean), or opt for the American (again, meaning what? A Midwesterner / New Yorker / Californian? Your audience wouldn’t even know the difference). I say you even though I would never presume to speak for everyone in our little group of perpetual aliens. We all have our own experiences, our own little quirks. Think of it as a classroom or a school, you have people that fit together based on interests, and many get lumped into or choose to be part of the same group. But they are still all very different. On the whole they may agree on which music they like, but scratch a little deeper, and you will find they all have individual interests and attitudes towards whatever is thrown at them. We are all meant to love everybody and get along, after all we are the pioneers, the experts and writers tell us, because we know what it’s like to simultaneously be different and yet fit in. And I can tell you straight away that I’m capable of a lot of dislike for certain people. The region we lived in when I was in Germany? Can’t stand the place. My mother’s place of origin? Ditto. In fact, I couldn’t tell you which I abhor more. On the other hand, I can easily become fascinated with a country or region simply because I heard a song, heard something, or read a good book from a local author (I still blame a combination of outstanding children’s movies alongside Dvorak and Smetana for my initial interest in the Czech Republic, and later, Arnost Lustig’s Lovely Green Eyes for reviving that interest).

Hungary fell somewhere in between. Like I said, it was both a presence and a huge secret in my life. A presence, because my dad made no secret of his native tongue. He’d speak it with his friends, and any Hungarians he happened to encounter. A secret, because it was never explained to me what this language was, I was just meant to go along with it. Conditioned by my mother’s behavior of only using her native tongue when we were at home (or with her friends), but never outside, and never to admit I was from there, or that she was, I think I just went along with it. When I was seventeen, sitting on a bench with my mom, in the same German town I hate so much, I saw a three-year-old girl with the same conditioning. Her mother would hiss at her in their native tongue (which just happened to be my mother’s as well, so I understood every word), but when I asked her (in German) where she was from – “Germany,” and if she spoke any other languages, she kept repeating “nur deutsch. Nur deutsch.” Over and over again, telling me she spoke (or was allowed to speak) only (in) German. I’d like to say she looked pained, but all I remember really was that look of determination on her little face. It was her identity, whether she wanted it to be or not.

My father was French, that’s all I knew. The friends and acquaintances he spoke the strange language with were inconsequential, even if one was my doctor, the other my dentist, and some came to visit, or we went to see them in Paris. The ones living in Paris all had French names, and were referred to by those names when spoken about. But when addressed, they would use their Hungarian nicknames for each other, and my father, who was of the school of, “you’re an intelligent person, look it up, you know where to find it,” merely muttered “that’s just the way it is,”/ “it’s their nickname,” when asked. I did realize as a child that his French sounded different to that of the locals’ but that wasn’t explained to me either. I was French because he was, my mother had become a French citizen when she married him, and again, that was that. It was a testimony as much of her Catholic upbringing as her country’s regime. Until the day she was mad at me and showed me his passport with the words, “see how French your father is? He’s not.” I had to look up Cluj-Napoca, and nearly got a heart attack when I found out it was in Romania. The only thing I knew about that place was that a lot of kids from the school I went to had emigrated from there, returning to the region as Aussiedler, ethnic Germans, and I didn’t like them. Never mind that one of my best friends had been an Aussiedler as well. I knew she was born in Romania, of course, but she wasn’t like the other ones who were so patriotic they could have been (and frequently were) borderline Nazis. I didn’t want to have anything to do with that, even if I knew that Romania wasn’t all German, and the language sounded more like French. My father explained once he’d calmed down about the whole thing, how he was part of the Hungarian minority in the region, but by then I considered all Hungarians to be misogynists, nags, and liars. It took me ten more years to realize that Cluj, Klausenburg, and Kolozsvár were the same place, just that everyone referred to it in their own native language. My father did offer to take me to Hungary when I was fifteen though, and that turned things around until the family we stayed with visited us in Germany, their daughter had trouble fitting in with my friends (due to a language barrier Hungarian kids were more willing to bridge on their turf than Germans), and I got embarrassed and started hating Hungarians all over again. It took me three years to get rid of the combination of hatred and embarrassment and start exploring my Hungarian identity. And then I made up for lost time. But I had a lot of help from some good friends. Even my über-patriotic German friend, who was my best friend at the time and readily lent me a willing ear while dispensing very logical and sound advice. The main helpers though were Hungarian, just a little bit older than myself. We met at the right place at the right time. And I can honestly say if it hadn’t been for them, I never would have found myself in every way that counts.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Juliette Roques: I’d like to be the kind of person who can help others with what I’ve learned. I’d also like to think that I’m achieving that goal as we speak. Hopefully, ten years from now I can continue doing that, inspire others and help them with my experience and writing.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Do you have any suggestions for Agnishatdal?
Suggestions for Agnishatdal: I really love what you’re doing! So, it’s hard to come up with suggestions to make it even better. 🙂 one thing I can think of, and this will take up a lot of time and – to be perfectly honest – I’m not sure about the logistics involved, but I can imagine a forum where writers and readers can exchange ideas and chat.

Sharmishtha Basu@Agnishatdal: Any suggestions for Indie Adda or fellow indie writers?
Juliette Roques: Indie Authors? I’ll keep my eyes open, because there are a lot of talented writers out there, and it would be great to give them a platform, and share their work with others.

Juliette blogs at:

From the Author Desk Wednesdays: Agnishatdal Author Sweta Sarangi for you!

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Tell us something about yourself [Add your contact details on social media please (FB Gmail etc anything you want to share with readers)!]
Shweta Sarangi: Current I am pursuing Mtech in chemical engineering from IIT(ISM) Dhanbad. I have a keen interest in writing and singing. I feel more connected to myself when I write down things. Writing provides me instant relief by giving direction to my untamed thoughts and wings to my imagination.Though I am not a regular writer, yet I pursue this hobby in my leisure hours. I have completed four years in classical music. Music and writing are just inextricable part of my life. Apart from these, I enjoy drawing and collecting quotations of eminent personalities.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Are you an accidental writer or it is your dream coming true?
Shweta Sarangi: I have never imagined that I would step into the world of writing. This is something happened out of my imagination. As I developed the habit of writing during my undergraduate course (may be poetry, short stories or articles), I become more passionate about it. Then I realize that I can be a writer too. And whenever I go through the works of my sister, I get motivated.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Where do you see yourself as a writer ten years from now? Will you be writing or your career may kidnap you?
Shweta Sarangi: Writing is one of my hobbies and I will try to preserve it.I would like to see myself as a writer who has published a couple of best-selling novels ten years from now.

Sharmishtha basu@ Agnishatdal: Will you tell us a little about your blogs, their contents, and URLs?
Shweta Sarangi: I and my sister write in a blog called “Creative Constellation”( We have been blogging here for more than four years. This blog is comprised of poetry, short stories, articles, book review, movie review, essays.

There is also another blog maintained by us in wordpress named, “Worlds-to-World” which is a collection of Haikus and flash fiction.
This one is the recent blog.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Are you more of a reader or writer? Which one is your bigger love writing or reading?
Shweta Sarangi: I am more of a writer than reader. I can not deny the fact that reading is what make me more inclined towards writing.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Your favorite genres and writers? Tell us the whys too! Why do you love to write/read them!
Shweta Sarangi: My favorite genre is ‘self and ‘self-help’ and ‘non-fiction’. I have a list of favorite writers and they are – Robin Sharma, Paulo Coelho, Rhonda Bryne, self helpDeepak Chopra, Ashwin Sanghvi, Preeti Shenoy, Nick Vujik, Zig Ziegler. I loveself-help book as these books are too motivational and I draw out positive vibes.

Sharmishtha Basu@ Agnishatdal: Any suggestion for Agnishatdal?
Shweta Sarangi: I have already read this e-magazine before and I like the digital printing. More emphasis should be given to the cover page design.

Sharmishtha Basu@Indie Adda: Do you have anything to say, suggest Indie Authors? As a successful author who has made publishers accept her works?
Shweta Sarangi: Indie Authors are really talented. They have amazing writing skills which always inspire me.

Meet Eleanor Leonne Bennet – amazing photographer!

Dear Sharmistha,
As Freya was so kind to put me in touch with you I thought that I should send you some of my work.
I first started to win awards at the age of eleven and I have had my work consistently shown around the world since the age of thirteen.

I am an internationally award winning photographer and visual artist. I am the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 and I have also won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography and The National Trust to name only a few.

My photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, The British Journal of Psychiatry, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and as the front cover of books and magazines extensively throughout the world.

My art is globally exhibited, having shown work in New York, Paris, London, Rome, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Washington, Canada, Spain, Japan and Australia among many other locations. I was also the only person from the UK to have my work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity 2010.

Thank you very much for your time.

Kind regards,

Eleanor Leonne Bennett