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Friday, July 24, 2020

Spotlight: Who's There by Dimas Rio

Who's There
by Dimas Rio

A woman went missing a week before her wedding. A man recalling his nightmarish encounter with the devil. Letters sent from beyond the grave. A call from loved ones who since have passed. Limbs that have a mind of their own.

These ghostly tales of revenge, greed, and desperation writhe and squirm in the dark corners of modern day Indonesia. Rich in cultural undertones that are uniquely Asian, these stories are in equal part grotesque and poetic, irreverent and spiritual, unusual and universal.

Drawing on local folk tales of vengeful banshees, dusk-dwelling monsters, and other forms of the undead, this collection of five short stories will transport readers to the deep, dark abyss where demon forever resides: the human mind.

Dimas Rio was born in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 28, 1985. His first novel, "Dinner with Saucer" was published in his birth home in 2006 and went on to be shortlisted in the "Talented Young Writer" category of the 2007 Khatulistiwa Literary Award in Indonesia. He has since written a short story series for Indonesia's prominent teen magazine that ran from 2006 to 2008. "Who's There? (A Collection of Stories)" is his second published book.

When not writing, he has a hobby of being lost. He spends his weekdays being lost in the sea of office paperworks, and spends his weekends being lost in procrastination. But his favorite state is being lost in a good book, an engaging conversation and cultural places that broaden the mind. And also B grade horror movies.

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