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Garbed in a black cloak, with the dark-block glasses of the blind like Beckett or Joyce, and a top hat evocative of the Undertaker, actor and writer, Vivaan Shah, will recite Poe’s mysterious poem The Haunted Palace, narrate his short story A Tale of the Ragged Mountains, and conclude with a spooky recitation of Poe’s Shakespearean poem The Conqueror Worm. He pays tribute to Edgar Allen Poe, the literary and dramaturgical influence on his new novel, The Forsaken Wilderness.
Published in February 2023, The Forsaken Wilderness takes the reader on a spooky adventure on a mysterious mountain called Ranibaug, a peak never scaled by a mountaineering party before. A civil engineer, a mountaineer and a guide make a pilgrimage to this Himalayan mountain, forging ahead through abominable weather and starvation, to discover a temple at the top. Only this temple seems unlike anything else they’ve seen before. Much like the inspiration it draws from, the book creates moods of silence, adventure, eeriness, fear, and the fascination that surrounds all humans.
Experience a performance that is comedic, mystical, poetic and ultimately eerie and terrifying!
Vivaan Shah is an actor/writer from Mumbai. He published his first novel in 2019. He has acted in movies and shows with literary source material ranging from 7 Khoon Maaf and Bombay Velvet to A Suitable Boy. He has been acting and participating in the theatre since he was a child and has adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Ambrose Bierce into a play he directed entitled Comedy of Horrors.