Scream to the Shadows: I Read Tunku Halim’s book for the First Time! || A Book Review

Scream to the Shadows

Author: Tunku Halim

Publisher: Penguin

Released: July 27th, 2019

Genre: Horror & Paranormal

Pages: 343

Format: Paperback

Unconfined to a single theme, this new collection of twenty short stories by Halim offers five distinct worlds – the paranormal mysteries from ‘The occult words’, with its dark settings reveal supernatural existences in the characteristic Halim style. ‘Fragmented Minds’ open doors to the tales of the horrors of some twisted human minds driven by madness. Without the theme of supernatural, these instances of the human rationality falling apart evoke fear of a different nature. The third set of horrors is a reflection of our veulnerability, with its tales of how the technology can be destructive at times.

In five different sets, ‘Scream to the Shadows’ touches upon the different forms of terrors that bring fears of their distinct natures.

Source: Goodreads

As you can see from the title, this is my first time reading Tunku Halim’s book. He has so many published works and I’ve seen them all the time in bookstores but I never have the craving to read horror books, hence I never picked up his book. But the day has finally come for me to read one of his book, many thanks to Times Reads for sending a copy of his latest book, Scream to the Shadows to me in exchange for an honest review.

This book consists of 20 short stories, of 5 different themes, as you can read from the synopsis above. I just like to be redundant, just because. I went into this book blindly, didn’t know anything about it. When I read the first couple of stories, I thought they were great. Tunku Halim’s writing style has definitely captured my attention. I love his writing style and his ideas on these horror stories.

However, as I went deeper into this book and started to discover other short stories, some of them started to sound absurd to me. Mind you, that this is indeed a fictional book, maybe the stories are meant to be nonsensical the way they are. If I were to read these nonsensical stories in high school, I might enjoy it and found them fascinating. But now, being in my 20s, I just didn’t find pleasure in reading some of the “extra stories”, e.g: human turns into trolley. My mind couldn’t get into the idea of such fictional creation.

Nevertheless, I found his ideas are really different and unique. I just feel like maybe it suits a particular group of people only. I also loved how some stories ended with a cliff hanger or the story has ended but I still want more of it, like what happened after the end. I wanna know what happened to the characters and I’d actually love to see the plot keeps going. Tunku Halim definitely has that charm in his writing.

Besides that, just a heads up, this book does contain some sensual scenes. Not too much, but it has been mentioned repeatedly throughout the short stories and rape has been mentioned as well. Lastly, if you have been following Tunku Halim’s works, you might wanna check out what are the 20 short stories in this book before getting it because some of them had been published in his previous books, so it might be repetitive for you.

Overall, I did enjoy some of the stories. Tunku Halim surely has sent some important messages through his stories. The 5 big themes are there in the book for a reason so that people know where the stories are going to and understand the exact message that he is trying to deliver. One last thing, I swear, Asian folks, especially Malaysians, this book mentions many of things that we could relate to such as orang minyak, bomoh and many more!


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