Tag Archive | Sharmishtha Basu

Gods of Terra | Anger Not the Rani!

This is a story featured in my first book collaboration with Miss Sharmishtha Basu: Gehenna Parables, now for sale on Amazon for Kindle for a steal at only $0.99. Do pick it up for the full collection! – Troy

The ceremony was completed, the Machine’s call to the starry void sent, and the straggling group of humans awaited its answer by the object of both. They did not go disappointed.

The first sign was a chittering sound, like a swarm of insane locusts chirping out of synch.

The next was the gathering nimbus on the altar before them, a pale green misty radiance that soon took the form of an unnaturally tall and slim woman.

Then, She was, the Rani of Stars. Avatara of the King of Shards.

She was garbed in jade green robes of strange yet oddly familiar make and cut, Her head crowned with a headdress reminiscent, vaguely so, of ancient Terran royalty.

But it was Her face that was the most striking: it was filled with distant star fields seemingly in faraway galaxies; nebulae, rogue planets, dead worlds, with brighter stars and nebulae in the place of eyes.

The humans remained where they stood, their gaze respectfully averted as the Rani spoke in their minds, in pictures. For she had no mouth, but a cluster of stars where her mouth should be.

But they would not have been looking, for to behold fully the Rani’s face meant madness and death. Instead, they remained attentive to her advice, eyes cast downward.

Except for Pradeep. He was a novice, inexperienced in ritual etiquette. In a sudden breach of protocol, he cast a quick glance upward, thinking he could quickly look away.

He saw the Rani’s face, and thus entranced, saw the heavens in Her visage. Stars aglow, worlds spinning in the void, alien galaxies, suns and solar systems being born in their stellar nurseries. He saw it all.

And he could not look away. It was far, far too late.

He screamed. He begged for mercy. He desperately tried to look away. He cried to his fellow humans for help.

And all the while, he could feel himself torn from his place on the floor, being pulled into Her star field, shrinking and screaming. The others remained silent and unmoving, fearful of meeting his doom themselves, but wiser.

Then, silence. The Rani stood as She prepared to leave, the humans filing out of the Calling Chamber to implement Her advice. They would survive the coming winter on this alien world after all, minus one colonist.

But if any were unlucky enough to look, they would have seen behind Her face the receding figure of Pradeep, drifting away in the vacuum of space between the stars, just before joining him in his fate.


Agnijaat and Agnishatdal Update 7.6.17

A bit back, I’d mentioned the change in plans for selling the eZines, Agnijaat (“Fireborn”) and Agnishatdal (“The Lotus of Fire”) on this blog.

While the online store owned and operated by my partner, Miss Sharmishtha Basu, She of Many Blogs, has been shifted entirely to her ownership, I’m looking at options to do my part, largely taking an approach uncharacteristically methodical for me.

I’m making plans for distributing all 20 back issues of both eZines, plus the current issues for the month (Bengali calendar) of Jyeshtha on the Exohuman Journals as a side project as well as her own separate enterprise.

So, in preparation, I’m restoring the Agnijaat and Agnishatdal pages for this site, plus the sticky post for my own stores on Amazon and deviantART, all three to add to over the current and next few months.

Paypal checkout will be a possibility for the eZines, but again, I’ll clarify my objectives and how to meet them using a few findings and tips I’ve uncovered over the past few weeks. If needed, I’ll link from the eZines’ pages here to her online store once that’s up and operating. Two venues, hers and mine, are better than just one, and no matter the outcome, she gets half the profits.

This will require close examination of the possibilities and options, and in the time I’ll take, enough room to make them happen but without making any promises at this point.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

My Second Book Collaboration, ‘Missives from the Chimerical’ is Live!

Hey, all. I’ve completed an new book collaboration with the prolific Miss Sharmishtha Basu, a collection of her fantasy stories and her classic story, The Child of Woods. I had a lot of fun generating the cover art for this, with a three-layer process using Ultra Fractal 5.


Faeries, animals that speak, humans intruding on an alien world, creatures friendly and hostile alike. This is a collection of stories, many never published elsewhere, some familiar to the authoress’ readers, opening a window to the more humorous and lighthearted.

It may be found by clicking on the cover image or by clicking here, on Amazon

My first book collaboration, ‘Gehenna Parables, Part 1,’ is live on Amazon!

My first book collaboration with the amazing Sharmishtha Basu is now available on Amazon, for only $2.99!

Otherworldly beings from beyond space-time, spirits of darkness, monsters from the dark of the human psyche. These and others populate the pages of this collection of short stories, bringing darkness to the brightest of souls.

Click on image, or here for link to the store page.