Monday, January 17, 2022


The Haunting of Black River Forest
by Jaydeep Shah
Date of Publication: December 14th 2021
Publisher: Jaydeep Shah
Cover Artist: Jaydeep Shah
Genre: Horror
ISBN: 978-1-7349826-3-3
Number of pages: 86
Word Count: 8611
Tagline: A spine-chilling story in which adventurers struggle to survive on the land of a cold-blooded psychopath who enjoys slashing humans.

A forest of blood and corpses. The land of a cold-blooded psychopath.

In Black River Forest, it’s best not to wander too far off the beaten track. There’s no telling what you might find.

Mia and Oliver have long wanted to explore the forest, and one cold, rainy October day, a week before their fifth anniversary of the day they met, they finally make the trip.

But they’ve heard the rumors as well. The haunting. A psychopath hidden somewhere amidst the towering trees. Too many missing. Too few answers.

It’s only rumors, though. Stories. And stories can’t hurt you. Yet as Mia and Oliver venture deeper into the Black River Forest, they’ll soon discover that there’s more haunting this quiet woodland than hikers and bears.

The psychopath is very real. And he’s excited to meet them.

From Jaydeep Shah, author of Tribulation, the first book of the Cops Planet series, “The Haunting of Black River Forest” is a bloody, spine-chilling story best read with the lights on.

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Before Lucas could make another attempt at her, she raised her axe and swung it.
She hit her target and the axe made a deep cut on Lucas’s hand.
He let out a scream.
The machete quivered in his grip, but he managed to regain a firm hold on it.
Mia dodged Lucas’s next swing and wielded her axe at his face, making a deep cut on his cheek.
Lucas screamed once more. His voice was full of pain but also wrath. He wanted to kill Mia more than he had ever wanted to kill anyone.
Sheila saw the blood pouring from Lucas’s face and began to feel hope blossom in her.
Jany and Nancy kept watching the fight, terrified still.
Oliver looked at Mia, the woman he loved. Then his stare became fixed on Lucas.
Mia was watching Lucas hissing in pain while touching his hand to his wounded face. He slowly dragged his hand away, red with blood. He switched the machete to his other hand and tightened his grip.
His eyes were red in fury.
Mia sensed another attack coming as he raised his machete.
She tried to raise her hand to retaliate.
Oliver’s eyes widened, sensing the Ripper could succeed in this attack.
Alarmed, he leapt forward and grabbed Mia’s shirt, pulling her back.
Lucas’s weapon passed a mere inch away from her, making a slashing sound in the air.
Surprised, Mia jerked hard and pushed Oliver away from her.
“Why did you pull me away from him?” she raged.
Oliver tried to get a hold of her again, but she pushed him away once more.
She shifted her look back to Lucas and swiftly stepped forward, keeping the axe near her chest, and then swung it up with all her might, twisting her wrist as she did so. It made a deep cut on Lucas’s elbow, and he screamed in pain.
The machete fell from his hand.
Keeping his head down and clutching his elbow, Lucas turned and ran away from them up the hill.
Enraged, Mia followed him.
“Stop!” shouted Oliver, running after her.
“Stop following him,” shouted Jany, running after Oliver. “We must leave here now.”
“He has killed so many innocents,” yelled Mia. “I can’t let him escape.”
Lucas glanced behind and then increased his pace. Mia was close behind him and he could see the others following after her. He pushed on, running even faster.
Mia increased her speed, but before she could reach him, Lucas turned right after a gigantic tree about twenty steps away from her.
Mia ran past the turning point, then turned back to follow him. Oliver reached her and forced her to stop.
“Please leave here right now,” he said, shaking her by the shoulders. Blood from his wound was staining his shirt red.
“No. I want to kill him today,” said Mia in fury.
“This is his land. We don’t know where we are. He has disappeared—”
“I saw him turning right.”
“I saw him, too,” added Oliver quickly. “But it’s too risky to follow him. He may have hidden somewhere, waiting to ambush us.”
“I’m ready for him.”
Jany reached them, and Nancy and Sheila after her.
“We have a chance to escape! Stop following him! We need to leave here right now!” said Jany.
Sheila and Nancy stood there, breathing heavily.
“If we continue straight, we will find the path to the correct trail after about half an hour or so,” said Nancy. “We came from that way.”
“Did you listen to her?” said Jany quickly. “Let’s go!”
“If you guys want to leave, you’re free to go,” said Mia. “I’m following this Ripper to end his terror.”
She turned right where Lucas had just turned a few minutes ago and slowly walked farther on that path, glancing around as she went.
Oliver watched Mia walking away, his face wearing a blank expression.
Jany glanced at Oliver and then sighed in disappointment.
Sheila and Nancy exchanged a look of worry.
Then Oliver walked after Mia.
Jany stepped forward and stepped back in an instant.
“What’s happening?” asked Sheila.

“We can escape. I so desperately want to run away from here. However,” said Jany, “they saved my life. I don’t want to leave them with the Ripper. I think we should stay with them. At least, together, we may defeat the Ripper.”

Author Info
Jaydeep Shah is an avid traveler and the author of gripping horror, thriller, and romance stories. As a bachelor’s degree holder in Creative Writing, he aims to entertain as many as people he can with his stories. He is best known for Tribulation, the first book in the “Cops Planet” series.

In addition to those books, The Shape-Shifting Serpents’ Choice, Jaydeep’s first young adult flash fiction written under his pen name, JD Shah, is published online by Scarlet Leaf Review in their July 2019 issue. Currently, he’s endeavoring to write a debut young adult fantasy novel while working on a sequel to his first apocalyptic thriller, Havoc.

When Shah is not writing, he reads books, tries new restaurants, and goes on adventures.

The Book Junkie Reads . . .Reckless Dreams  Interview with  . . . Jaydeep Shan . . .

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?

For me, I feel writing just flows naturally. Once I decide the genre, the story location, and the characters, I start getting different ideas. Once I select a specific topic, the story comes naturally to me, and I’m so grateful to God for that.

Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?

Since long, I have been thinking about writing a superhero story. Many various ideas hit my brain, but no luck at picking a particular superpower for the hero. I’ve been working on it for a long time, and the character is still not completely ready, not even 5%.

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?

Yes. There is a character for a young adult fantasy novel I can’t wait to put to paper. I’m so in love with the character that I’m sure other people will love the character as well.

Can you share your next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?

I’d love to talk about my next projects. Currently, I’m working on Survive the Doom Series. The series contains four books. Boondocks is the first book in the series, and it is an Asian evil apocalyptic thriller. I know “Asian evil apocalyptic thriller” is a new term. But I invented this to clarify the book features Asian evils, not zombies or vampires or aliens. The second book, Havoc, follows the story from the first book. The third book in the series, V Land, does include vampires, and the fourth book in the series, Z Russia, the zombies. Yet, the first book includes only Asian evils.

The story starts in the desert of Rajasthan, India, with the rise of a the churel of ancient era, and the king of the underworld when a wicked wizard brings them to the earth. As the Asian evils, rakshasas, pishachas, churels, daayans, shaitans, and many more spread around Asia, the apocalypse falls. However, it’s so exciting to find out how these Asian evils spread outside Asia, and how the numbers of zombies increase in Russia. And why and how the vampires return?

Boondocks is already available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If everything goes well, I’m planning to release the second book in the series, Havoc, only in a few months after the publication of Boondocks. The other two books, I’m planning to release next year.

Besides this series, I want to finally complete writing my first romance novel I’ve been delaying for a quite long time and publish it soon. Honestly, the reason is I don’t find attached to the romance between the characters. This is the third time I’m rewriting the entire story.

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?

This year, I want to complete writing five novels. For any reason, if I couldn’t, I at least want to complete three novels. Talking about publishing goals, Boondocks is coming on June 9, 2022, and it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Before I leave, thank you readers for your precious time and reading this post. Also, thank you, The Book Junkie Reads, for having me as your guest today. 

I wish you all a very happy new year.


Thank you, Jaydeep, for your responses and time. Thank you for having the drive to do what you do.

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