Mystery,suspense and horror stories are also part of literature and can develop a liking for literature among the youth, said noted writer H M Marathe while inaugurating a seminar on Marathi Stories: Mystery,Suspense and Horror. The seminar was organised by the Marathi department of the University of Pune in association with Manovikas Publication,Dhananjay Varshik.
Marathe said it might be the first occasion that a seminar on such a subject has been arranged. It is,however,the responsibility of readers,authors and researchers to discuss this neglected subject. It will be a great contribution to literature if a critical discussion on this subject could yield some conclusions, he said.
Suspense story writer Gurunath Naik said readers did not consider his suspense stories as literature though they had other ingredients such as social reality and general knowledge. A journalistic background provided a different perspective to my writing. I did not write for publicity but my writing gave me publicity, he said.
Horror and suspense stories have always found popularity among readers. The Literature of Baburao Arnalkar,Gurunath Naik has to be read that had achieved a different class in Marathi literature. Many suspense thriller shows on television channels are based on Arnalkar’s stories, said Arvind Gokhale,associate editor,Loksatta. Nagnath Kottapalle,Niranjan Ghate,Shubhada Gogate,Ibrahim Afgan,Rajendra Kulkarni,Vidyagauri Tilak,Avinash Avalgaonkar,Tukaram Rongate,Avinash Sangolekar and Prabhakar Desai also participated in the seminar. Head of the Marathi department Manohar Jadhav welcomed the guests.