Rakesh Khanna - Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India (Corte Madera Store)

Rakesh Khanna

Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India

Corte Madera Store

Sat., December 9, 2023 • 11:00am PT

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An illustrated guide to the folktales and real-life stories of the ghosts, monsters and demons of India, a culture famously rich in tradition and legends. Perfect for fans of Eli Roth's Urban Legends and Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities.

"I was not prepared for how deeply this book captivated me ... 
Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India is exemplary of what a book can be, how it can operate. It’s a bridge across space, time, and language" —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

An encyclopedia of evil entities and folkloric fiends from across India, from Ladakh to Kerala, Lakshadweep to Nagaland, Naraka to Tuchenkwaka, complete with 60 spooky illustrations. Inside this book you will find ...


  • Killer robots built with stolen Roman engineering technology that once guarded the relics of the Buddha 
  • The ghost of a 21-year-old motorcyclist whose Enfield Bullet is venerated at a highway temple in Rajasthan
  • A Himalayan drum-playing spirit-teacher whose wife is a fearsome Yeti
  • Diabolical entities conjured into existence by the simultaneous deaths of seven tigers
  • Triple-rooted night-flying Vedic necromancers
  • Call-centre employees from beyond the grave
  • The dreaded Ngalei Ahmaw of Maraland, whose victims’ heads detach themselves from their bodies at night and go wandering in search of blood ... AND MORE

Rakesh Khanna grew up in Berkeley, California, of mixed Punjabi and Anglo-American heritage. He co-founded Blaft Publications in Chennai with his wife, Rashmi Ruth Devadasan, in 2008. The company publishes translations of bestselling Indian-language pulp fiction, folklore, and graphic novels.  

J. Furcifer Bhairav is the pseudonym of an extremely private and somewhat mysterious individual who is the child of a professional exorcist.




Rakesh Khanna - photo courtesy of the publicist



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Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India By Rakesh Khanna, J. Furcifer Bhairav Cover Image
ISBN: 9781786788078
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Watkins Publishing - September 12th, 2023