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Author promotes fantasy book through a quiz

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Author-graphic novelist Shweta Taneja, whose new book "Cult of Chaos" explores women's safety is gearing up to celebrate the launch here through a quiz themed on witches and vampires!

"Most book launches are usually boring. I wanted to do something interesting and hit upon the quiz idea to introduce the book to the audience in a fun way," says Shweta who got a "tremendous" response for a similar occult quiz held in Bangalore recently.

Based on the dark fantasy genre, the book published by Harper Collins is the story of Anantya Tantrist, a 23-year-old tantrik detective who fights crime.

"There will be a quiz on everything paranormal and supernatural. There will be freebies like blade-shaped bookmarks and giveaways and book prizes and snacks and laughter during the event," says Shweta.

Formats of the quiz to be held tomorrow at the Oxford Bookstore here include video, multimedia, etc and will explore themes around crime, detective, occult, evil, and the urban underbelly.

"People are fast tiring of the same old mythology genre and want to look beyond it. An urban fantasy, which weaves myth, folklore into contemporary Delhi, where you have a city girl fighting monsters, seems to be just right for now," says the author.

Shweta, is now working on the second part of 'Anantya Tantrist' series, again set in Delhi. Also up her sleeve is a book on Young Adult genre based in Manipal where a 17-year-old girl gets involved with ghost hunters or paranormal investigators.

She has written an earlier novel "The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong" and graphic novels "Krishna: Defender of Dharma" and "The Skull Rosary".

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First Published: Fri, March 27 2015. 17:57 IST