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Mallika Narayanan

Critically Acclaimed Author of
In The Dark I See You

The Short

Mallika's  short stories and flash fiction have appeared in various literary magazines & print anthologies, and have been longlisted and shortlisted for several awards including the Retreat West, Best Flash Fiction Prize, the Fractured Lit Best Micro-Fiction Prize, The Strands International 2022 Prize, and the Bath Flash FictionAward. Most recently, her flash fiction, Briefly, We Saw Each Other was the runner-up in the Retreat West Quarterly Flash fiction.​ IN THE DARK I SEE YOU is her debut thriller.

The Long

Reading and writing have always been Mallika’s great passions. After years in web design and managing content, she turned her hand to long fiction. In a way, she says, she has always been telling stories, or at least, that’s how she’s looked at her job, as creating stories. Through her writing, Mallika explores her fascination with what drives us, what makes us tick, and other facets of our psyche. When she’s not plotting her next dark thriller or killer reveal you can find her perusing bookstores or reading. In her down time she loves to cook and bake, and watch alpaca videos. 

On Writing Suspense & Thrillers

“I realized early on that my fascination with the human psyche rests, in particular, with the dark side of the human mind. I suppose it takes one to know one but I try not to dwell on that. Where one might see a happy connection to a man innocently tucking a stray strand of hair behind a woman’s ear, I imagine something sinister-he’s trying to see if his fingers will fit around her neck when he strangles her later. Something as unassuming as a woman staring off from a café window, to me, can be a dark tale with a frightening end.” ~

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