Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
For he seemed to me again like a king,
Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld,
Now due to be crowned again…
Lines from D.H. Lawrence’s Snake printed on a scroll... Victims left in a bewildering state after savage attacks... Names from Hindu mythology appearing at every crime scene... Red rainbows arching ominously across the Mumbai sky...
Even as author Om Patnaik and cop Parag Suri struggle to decode the paranormal puzzle that is terrifying the city, a seven-year-old autistic girl from Manipur challenges the very core of their beliefs. Why do her drawings symbolise the country’s matinee idol, Ashwin Tomar? What dark secrets lie hidden in the heart of Tomar’s secretary, Yeva? And what horror has taken birth in the mind of an ancient cursed being that could forever annihilate mankind?
Eerie and exciting, Venom dares you to enter a realm that will test your faith like never before!
Satyarth Nayak is an author and screenwriter based in Mumbai. A former SAARC Award-winning correspondent with CNN-IBN, New Delhi, he holds a Masters in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College. Satyarth’s debut novel, The Emperor’s Riddles, released in 2014 and became a bestselling thriller, earning comparisons with Dan Brown. Satyarth has also scripted Sony’s epic show Porus, touted as India’s biggest historical TV series. His bestselling biography Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess, published in 2019, charted the journey of this screen legend from child star to becoming India’s first female superstar. Satyarth’s short stories have won the British Council award and appeared in an anthology curated by Sudha Murthy, titled Something Happened On The Way To Heaven. Named one of the Top 50 authors to follow on social media, Satyarth is currently scripting a high-profile web-series for Amazon and working on his highly anticipated first book on Indian mythology.
"For he seemed to me again like a king, Like a king in exile,
uncrowned in the underworld, Now due to be crowned again…"