|Born||October 31, 1975|
|Education||Post-graduation in Organic Chemistry|
Neil D’Silva is an Indian author, and a screenwriter, a writing coach. He is known for his novels Maya’s New Husband (2015), Yakshini (2019), and the co-authored story collection, Haunted: Real-life Encounters with Ghosts and Spirits (2019). He writes mainly in the horror genre.
Neil D’Silva was born in Mumbai on 31 October 1975, and hails from Kallianpur, a town near Mangalore in Karnataka. He was schooled in Mumbai’s Children’s Academy school, and pursued college education in M.V.L.U. College and D.G. Ruparel College. In 1998, he completed his post-graduation in Organic Chemistry from the Mumbai University.
In 2015, D’Silva published his first novel, Maya’s New Husband, a horror-thriller with the theme of aghori practices, after which he quit his teaching career of 18 years and pursued full-time writing.
He currently resides in Mumbai with his family.
List of Publications
- Maya’s New Husband (2015) - ISBN 9789385699078 
- The Evil Eye and the Charm (2015) - ISBN 9781520951942 
- Pishacha (2017) - ISBN 9789385699092
- Yakshini (2019) - ISBN 9789353336745
- Haunted: Real-life Encounters with Ghosts and Spirits (2019) - ISBN 9780143444695 
- Right Behind You (2018) - ISBN 9789387269231
- Bound in Love (2015).
- Ringa Ringa Roses (2020).
Neil D’Silva’s debut novel Maya’s New Husband told the story of a Mumbai-based school teacher married to a serial killer who secretly indulges in aghori practices, which was also mentioned in a research journal on the topic of Indian Horror fiction. It was followed in the same year (2015) by two short story collections, The Evil Eye and the Charm and Bound in Love.
In 2017, D’Silva published his next full-length novel, Pishacha.
D’Silva’s next release was Yakshini. Initially a self-published novel, Yakshini was published later by Rupa Publications in 2019. Yakshini was a story set in rural Maharashtra of a girl named Meenakshi who has the soul of a demigoddess (a Yakshini) within her.
Haunted: Real-life Encounters with Ghosts and Spirits was released by Penguin Random House India in 2019. This book was a collaboration between D’Silva and paranormal investigator, Jay Alani. Both Yakshini and Haunted were represented by the literary agency, The Book Bakers. D’Silva recently published a short-story collection titled Ringa Ringa Roses. It was also picked up for a screen adaptation by Juggernaut India.
Other Literary Activities
In 2015, D’Silva started an annual literary festival in collaboration with the Children’s Academy Group of Schools, Mumbai, named as Litventure. Litventure is a one-day annual festival that has taken place four times so far.
D’Silva has judged on several writing competitions such as Wattpad India Awards 2019, horror story-writing competition organized by publishers Half Baked Beans, The Story Awards 2020 organized by SheThePeople.
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- "Top 7 Indian Horror Authors to be Read". DESIblitz. July 10, 2017.
- "8 Spooky Horror Books By Indian Authors". December 12, 2019.
- "New book on 10 paranormal stories by authors Jay Alani, Neil D'Silva". The New Indian Express.
- "Don't Miss today". mid-day. March 15, 2020.
- "Maya's New Husband: An Indian Horror Thriller by Neil D'Silva - Book Review". July 4, 2016.
- "Maya's New Husband by Neil D'Silva - Book Review". December 22, 2015.
- Rao, Vivek. "The Evil Eye and The Charm by Neil D'Silva | Readify".
- "Pishacha by Neil D'Silva - Book review". May 25, 2017.
- "Neil D'Silva | Authors | Rupa Publications".
- "Penguin Set To Release Neil D'Silva And Jay Alani's HAUNTED".
- "Rupa to Publish Yakshini by Neil D'Silva". October 4, 2019.
- Kumar, K. c Vijaya (November 23, 2019). "Of spirits and grisly tales: K. Hari Kumar's 'India's Most Haunted' & 'Haunted: Real-life Encounters with Ghosts and Spirits' by Jay Alani with Neil D'Silva" – via www.thehindu.com.
- "Juggernaut Productions acquires screen adaptation rights of 'Haunted'". February 26, 2020.
- "Litventure | Mumbai's Own Literature Festival By FWBA!". Litventure.
- "Vibhor | Neil D'Silva".
- Neil D'Silva Official website
- Neil D'Silva on facebook
- Neil D'Silva on Twitter
- Neil D'Silva on youtube
- Neil D'Silva’s books on Amazon
- Neil D'Silva on Goodreads
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