The caravan is a classic horror /action / adventure in the trend of 'from dusk till dawn' and '30 days of night' copiously coated with spicy Bollywood masala that will make you smack your lips with the taste of bloody curry! written and scripted by Shamik Dasgupta, this OGN is over 80 pages in length. For ages a coven of vampires travel the deserts of Rajasthan under the guise of a caravan of nautanki or a gypsy circus. They lure the unsuspecting villagers to invite them to perform and through the course of the night feed on every living soul. Their heinous deeds go undetected for years, possibly even centuries until a boy named Asif survives their attack. Years later the boy grows up to be a smuggler across the border and on afateful day he gets arrested. Jai, the custodian cop and Asif get stranded in the desert and find shelter in a fort run by border security force and their volatile and violent officer in charge, Daroga Bhairo Singh. As night creeps forth, the caravan of vampires appear once again on the horizon. Asif becomes terrified and tries to warn them but no one believes him. Instead, mesmerized by the glamour of the nautanki, they make the fatal mistake of inviting them to the fort. What follows is a night drenched in blood as the vampires begin their massacre. Asif has escaped the caravan once, but can he pull off that impossible trick again?
About the Author
Shamik Dasgupta is presently the most prolific Indian writer of graphic novels and comic books. His work ranges from science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy to superheroes. His claim to fame was with Ramayan 3392 AD in collaboration with director Shekhar Kapur and famed author Deepak Chopra. Ramayan 3392 AD is a groundbreaking series retelling the epic Ramayana in a futuristic post apocalyptic earth. This series was both nationally and internationally acclaimed and revolutionised the art and storytelling of Indian graphic novel and comic book medium. Besides Ramayan, Shamik has also collaborated with various other Indian publishers on numerous properties. In 2010 Shamik came up with Daksh the first dark superhero of India aimed at a mature audience. In 2011 Shamik introduced another sci-fi / fantasy series called the legends of Aveon 9 which also found wide spread popularity and hearty praise from the national bestselling author Amish Tripathi (Immortals of Meluha, the Shiva Trilogy). Shamik has presently published a graphic novel yali dream creations called the caravan a horror / action / comedy / Bollywood masala romp, a story about a roving band of Banjara gypsy vampires. The caravan also found a strong place among comic fans in India. Presently Shamik is working on an adaptation of the Bengali classic, Bankim Chandras Devi Chaudhurani . However as we know Shamik, this is not going to be a literal adaptation. Shamik in his exclusive interview with Sholoana Bangaliana says he has got many tricks up his sleeve with this retelling of the classic which will make the content resonate with the present youth and can create a landmark in content based on Indian classics.