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The Speckled God

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Forty years ago, auditor Joki de Souza disappeared in the sweltering jungles of southern India, during the Hindu festival of Nag Panchami. Whilst pursuing accounting irregularities in the Mansholi estate of the Sarpal Tea Corporation, it is as though he heard a whisper in the dark – enough to raise his suspicions, but not his guard…

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Published February 6th 2017 by Unsung Signals
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Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it

The nitty-gritty: A short but foreboding story about the reincarnation of gods, and one unlucky man who finds himself in the middle of it all.

I’ve come to appreciate solid writing and storytelling from the folks at Unsung Stories, and so I was excited to accept The Speckled God for review, which turned out to be much shorter than I expected. The Speckled God apparently falls into the “novelette” category, a work that is longer than a traditional short story, but shorter than a novella. And it tu

Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended. I never got close to Joki, I felt closer to the sad old friend and the damaged wife of that old friend, but this was a tall order in a short novelette, and this is an excellent, elegantly presented and atmospheric horror/mystery. *Shudder.* The reader becomes the helpless witness of the laying and springing of an eldritch, and as with all great antiquarian horror stories, seemingly inexorable trap.
Vimal Thiagarajan
A fine fine piece of speculative fiction, set in the verdant Manjolai hill tea plantation in TamilNadu of the eighties. An unnamed narrator tries to trace the plight of Joki de Souza, an accountant working for the Sarpal Tea corporation, who visited the cicada-humming southern hill plantation 40 years ago for an audit and died under vague circumstances. Dark, dense and eerie, the narrative progresses using the data that is gleaned from diaries,pencil sketches,corporation and newspaper archives, ...more
Seregil of Rhiminee
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Marc Joan's novelette, The Speckled God, is a fascinatingly written weird fiction story that takes place in India. I enjoyed reading it, because it has been written in the tradition of classic weird tales that focus on strange and mysterious happenings.

The Speckled God is a fascinating blend of literary storytelling, mystery elements and classic weird fiction elements. It's a story about the strange fate of a young man called Joki de Souza who travels to one
Peter Haynes
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this. Its a compact, well-written supernatural mystery. Great scene-setting & characterisation (you can really feel the heat and taste the dust) hook the reader into an efficient onion-skin peeling of the central mystery. Joan's writing deftly turns the reader into an investigator, with satisfying results. ...more
Lulu // the Book Rookery
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Speckled God by Marc Joan is such a great mystery that feels almost like a Conan Doyle story. Joan does a tremendous job creating an air of mystique around the Mansholi estate and surrounding jungle village. The prose is fantastically lush and descriptive, setting the atmosphere. The author’s use of story framing via interviews and investigative digging enhances the intrigue, while engaging the reader in the story. You want to know more, know what happened, which is amazing considering how s ...more
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Indian Readers: Request for review: Weird fiction set in South India 1 15 Feb 07, 2017 06:58AM  
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Marc Joan spent the early part of his life in India and Europe, and the early part of his career in biomedical research. He draws on this and other experience for his fiction, which has been published in Hypnos, Madcap Review, Danse Macabre, The Apeiron Review, STORGY, Bohemyth, Literary Orphans, Smokelong Quarterly, Bookends Review, Sein und Werden and Structo. His novelette, The Speckled God, wa ...more

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