The Blaft Anthology of Gujarati Pulp Fiction

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Coming December 2024!

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Selected and translated by Vishwambhari S. Parmar

Edited by Rakesh Khanna

Cover design by Nabi H. Ali

A rollicking, rip-roaring ride through the world of Gujarati pulp! This collection of short stories and novellas from Gujarat's bestselling adventure, horror, and mystery writers was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in Jan-Feb 2024. We're hard at work translating and editing and aim to have the book out by the end of this year.

The anthology will include Kaal Kundali by H.N. "Atom" Golibar, known for his supernatural-tinged crime thrillers; Varunlokma by Bansidhar Shukla, which features genetically-altered mermen in a secret undersea empire; two stories by Ekta Nirav Doshi, famous for her folk horror about khavis and haunted forts; Bar Dancer by Vibhavari Verma, a revenge fantasy set in the Mumbai underworld (read an excerpt of the translation here!); and a story by Kanu Baghdev, one of the most prolific Gujarati writers of all time. 

In addition, the book will feature a section of colour plates with a gallery of cover art, as well as original black-and-white art for Kaal Kundali by prolific Gujarati magazine illustrator G. Sandhwani.

Chaya Prachaya cover

Chaya Prachaya by H.N. Golibar, front cover by N. Manwar

Nafrat by Kanu Baghdev

Bar Dancer by Vibhavari Verma

Vishwambhari S. Parmar hails from Baroda, Gujarat, and is currently a graduate student in Bengaluru. Click here to read her blog post about growing up biliterate, and how she got hooked on Gujarati pulp novels.

 

Rakesh Khanna is a co-founder of Blaft and the editor of The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp FictionVol. 1 and 2. He is also the co-author of Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India, an encyclopædia of folkloric fiends from all over the country, recently published in an international edition by Watkins Books.