the best Tamil thriller writers, translated
into English for the first time. “The
Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction”
(selected and translated by Pritham Chakravarthy
and edited by Rakesh Khanna) features seventeen
tales of crime, romance, science fiction,
and detective stories.
What is also fun about the book is that
it includes the original illustrations and
cover art for these stories from the magazines
and novels they first appeared in. Check
out the book’s jacket cover by Shyam,
which shows a typical Tamil girl in glasses
and a saree – but holding a gun! The
writers included here are all the pulp legends:
Suba, Rajesh Kumar, Vidya Subramaniam, Indra
Soundar Rajan, Ramanichandran, Pattukkottai
Prabakar, Tamizhvanan, Pushpa Thangadorai,
Brajanand V.K. and Resakee. If you are interested
in acquiring a copy, you’ll find it
in most bookstores. For more information,
you can go up their website (www.blaft.com).
Blaft Publications is a new independent
publishing house based in Chennai.