Whispering in the Dark

by Ruskin Bond

  1. ISBN: 978-93-5304-127-4
  2. Pages: 221 pages
  3. Date: 20 July 2018


‘One by one the clocks of the town struck midnight, when the sounds died away the deep silence of windless night fell again over everything…’

A great imagination makes for terrific ghost stories—stories that go beyond the tapping on the doors in the middle of a night or a whistling thrush or even a squeaky swing in the wind. This is a collection of some such horror stories selected and compiled by Ruskin Bond that will send shivers down your spine.

There is Flaxman Low, the Sherlock Holmes of the supernatural, and his psychological detection by his creators E. and H. Heron; Algernon Blackwood’s ‘The Decoy’ and ‘The Empty House’ taking suspense to unbearable lengths; a friendly hoax in Perceval Landon’s ‘Thurnley Abbey’ that turns into real horror; Alice Perrin’s jungle thriller ‘The White Tiger’; and many more such tales that will spook you with the very best of suspense, mystery, and the supernatural.


Ruskin Bond is known for his signature simplistic and witty writing style. He is the author of several bestselling short stories, novellas, collections, essays and children’s books; and has contributed a number of poems and articles to various magazines and anthologies. At the age of twenty-three he won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first novel, The Room on the Roof. He was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 1999, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delhi Government in 2012 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.

Born in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Shimla, New Delhi and Dehradun. Apart from three years in the UK, he has spent all his life in India, and now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.

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