Book Review: The Cat of Muritaro

Book Review: The Cat of Muritaro

August 25, 2013 | By  | Filed Under News

 Tales of Horror reap high marks
Critic: Dr Glenville Ashby
The Cat of Muritaro is a compilation of eight fantastical tales culled from the belly of Caribbean folklore. Peter Halder, a former journalist pens a fast-paced, gnashing and melodramatic oeuvre that will terrorise the young and innocent while tantalising the curiosity of occult aficionados.cat
Although the setting is Christianburg, Alberttown and Stabroek in British Guiana, the phantasmagoria belongs to every Caribbean folk who was spoon-fed with characters of the spirit world. Admittedly, this book is not for everyone. Some shy away from this genre for obvious reasons. But experience has taught me that the supernatural is part of the Caribbean archetype.
Hadler speaks to the reader in the vein of the griot, making ‘Muritaro’ a part of our oral tradition. His prose is lucid and unencumbered with the extraneous detail and flattery of creative writing. In the same breath it can be faulted for being a tad short on suspense, and light on the flavourful Guyanese argot that generates richness and authenticity.   Continue reading

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Peter Halder’s First Book – The Cat of Muritaro

Peter Halder’s First Book – The Cat of Muritaro

Peter Halder‘s first book, The Cat of Muritaro, has just been published by Franklin and Franklin Publishers of New  York.  Please see  attachment: THE CAT OF MURITARO

The Novel   set in Guyana is a collection of eight incredible stories of the supernatural:

  • The Cat of Muritaro –  A supernatural being injects fear into  an entire settlement on the Upper Demerara River. 
  • Deadly 13 –  The tragedy of a boy whose love for playing in the Le Repentir Cemetery caused his demise. 
  • The Massacuraman –  Rekindles the lore of the infamous river creature, half man and half fish.                
  • Ol’ Higue –  A vividly portrayed tale of one that lived in Albouystown.
  • Obeah Woman –  One of the few  women that conducted Black Magic business for profit many years ago. 
  • The Dwarf of Christianburg –  Tale of a man who arranged to be transformed at death and who employed a similar ritual for his wife when she died.
  • The Flower From The Grave –  Recounts an incident at a funeral and the tragic repercussions.
  • Devlin The Devil –  Story about an evil boy who lived an evil life which the hangman’s noose ended.

Ordering Information:

The cost per copy is US$10.99, plus handling and shipping charges.

The Novel can be purchased online at Amazon website.  Access amazon.com and type in the request space the name of the author Peter Halder, or the name of the book The Cat of Muritaro, or the ISBN number which is ISBN 978-0-9884987-0-9 

Peter’s full-length Novel, The Resurrection, also set in Guyana,  should be released some in November or early December 2013.

THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. I KNOW YOU WILL ENJOY READING THE CAT OF MURITARO.    Please see  attachment: THE CAT OF MURITARO

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The Honey Tragedy – Adapted from an ancient Guyana Amerindian myth – By Peter Halder

The Honey Tragedy

(Adapted from an ancient Guyana Amerindian myth)

By Peter Halder

Mead, a drink made from honey, was a favourite of the Gods of ancient mythology. The overpowering yearning and taste for honey by an Amerindian maiden at Tiger Hill, Upper Demerara River, led to tragedy in her life.

Lutu Alstrum was the only daughter and child of a Macushi Amerindian couple who lived at Grassfield, some 40 miles south of Linden. When she was born, for whatever reason, she refused to suckle on her mother’s breasts. A family member suggested to her mother to put honey on her breast nipple. Lutu loved the taste and so was able to feed on her mother’s breast milk. There was no honey available at Grassfield, it was brought from time to time by family and friends from a Sacred Grove of medicinal trees located at Tiger Hill. A huge honeycomb on a golden coloured leafy tree in the centre of the Grove, dripped honey. No one saw any bees around.    Continue reading

The Awakening – by Peter Halder

The Awakening – by Peter Halder

Emil Seon lived at Malali in a cottage which he built on a sand hill overlooking a series of rapids in the Demerara River below. It was 6.30 p.m. and he was busily engaged in getting dressed to attend a traditional Easter Saturday family Party across the river.

The family usually spent Easter Saturday night singing native Amerindian songs, drinking sleepy tonic made from sweet potatoes, and eating boiled cassava, yams and smoked labba. The Party ended at 11.30 and Emil hurried to return to his home. Frightening tales were many about strange happenings in the dense forest area that surrounded the Malali Settlement on both sides of the river.   Continue reading

A Halloween Tale – by Peter Halder

A Halloween Tale  –  by Peter Halder

    An evil witch, a sukunya, loved blood. A daily supply of it kept her alive. She lived in a cave far away from the city. In that way no one knew of her. She moved around at nights on a broomstick.

No one knew how old the sukunya really was. She had been around for a long time. Her head was a portrait of evil. Long tresses of gray hair reached to her knees. Two long ears, pointed at the top, looked like antennas. Indeed they were. She could hear movement for miles. She had thick gray bushy eyebrows and large, bulging red eyes that glowed in the night. Her nose was long and bony but wide spread at the end. That allowed her to smell blood from afar. Her lips were thin and reedy and all her front teeth were narrow and pointed at the ends. Her tongue was as long as that of a lizard and it simply loved the taste of blood. The sides of her mouth were blood stained. Her face was deeply wrinkled showing her age. Her arms and legs were long and bony and instead of fingernails, she had claws to rip the flesh off her victims. She drank animal blood but preferred the taste of human blood, especially that from children which made her feel young.    Continue reading

THE AMAZING TREE – by Peter Halder

THE AMAZING TREE

(Adapted from an ancient Amerindian myth)

by Peter Halder

Hunger stalked the South American rainforest lands of the Carib Amerindian tribes. Cassava, yams, corn and other vegetables and fruits were nowhere to be found.

tapir-bush-cow

Tapir: bush-cow

The cacique (Chief) of a tribe noticed that while many starved and grew thin, a bush cow (tapir) was fat and sleek. Curious, the cacique kept a keen eye on the animal. He noticed that bush cow went out alone every morning and returned home, smiling and contented.

The Chief approached it and asked, “How come you look so strong, healthy and well fed while the rest of us are starving?”

“Who knows? Maybe it’s an act of nature,” replied the smiling bush cow.      Continue reading

Book: THE RESURRECTION – by Peter Halder

Book: THE RESURRECTION –  by Peter Halder

The Resurrection - Peter Halder

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THE RESURRECTION by Peter Halder will be launched in Georgetown, Guyana, on May 27, 2016, at Moray House Trust at Camp and Quamina Streets, flyer attached. The 365-page nerve tingling, breathtaking and pulsating supernatural fiction thriller, set in Guyana, is a tapestry of macabre and black magic episodes that portray vividly the supernatural folklore of the country. It is also about love, greed, betrayal and murder.

The Novel is on sale at Austin’s Bookstore on Church Street, Georgetown.

  • It will be launched in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the:
  • Guyana Arts and Cultural Association (GACA) Center
  • Stephen’s Church Extension,
  • Second Floor
  • 2806 Newkirk Avenue (between E28th and 29th Streets) NY.
  • Copies are on sale at ENG Caribbean Vision Center
  • 1012 Flatbush Avenue,11226 NY
  • To purchase call 718-469-8131
  • Or e-mail: ehenry7255@aol.com

Other books by the author include The Cat of Muritaro and 13 e-books on sale at amazon.com

The Witch and The Tree – by Peter Halder

The Witch and The Tree

by Peter Halder

      Warraboola the Witch lived in an underground cave in the large area of thick woods some distance from the oak trees lined main avenue of the city.

Long tresses of grey and black hair reached down from the top of Warraboola’s head to her waist. On her head was a black, broad-rimmed cone shaped hat. Her long narrow face was adorned with thick grey bushy eyebrows, black steely eyes, a long, thin crooked nose, a wide mouth with thin lips and a long narrow chin. Her two ears were long and narrow like two antennas. She had long hands, with long fingers and long claw-like nails, Over her narrow bony body she wore a long-sleeve black dress that reached to her ankles. She had on long black boots. She sat in an old fashioned rocking chair smoking a corncob pipe. The puffs of smoke that rose from it gave the cave an evil and dreadful odor.   Continue reading

THE TIGER AND ANTEATER – by Peter Halder

THE TIGER AND ANTEATER – (An ancient rainforest tale)

by Peter Halder

     Tiger had finished eating a deer he had captured and decided to go to a nearby stream for water to digest his meal. Filled, he found a nearby mora tree and rested in its shade on the ground. Some time after, he continued roaming in the rainforest.

He had not walked far when he encountered an anteater. He was amused at the ugly shape of the animal, especially its long funny proboscis and its clumsy toes.

He laughed aloud and shouted, “Ha! Ha1 Ha! what a funny looking creature you are. You are ugly like sin.”
The anteater replied, “I am not amused. You also look funny to me. Those stripes on your skin look like a woman’s dress. And your fangs are so crazy looking you ought to go and see a dentist.”   Continue reading

Maria the Wicked Witch – by Simone Gatson

MARIA AND THE WICKED WITCH

by SIMONE GATSON

FICTION

Two wonderful children’s stories are featured. In the first, MARIA AND THE WICKED WITCH, 6-year-old Maria, tricked by an evil witch, disobeys her parents, enters a forbidden forest and is taken captive. She uses all her wiles to escape from the witch.

The second, THE THREE CRAYONS – Red, Blue and Green – are taken to a Village Fair by their parents Mom Brown Crayon and Dad Yellow Crayon. The three crayons become separated from their parents and are lost. They encounter a magic Wishing Tree which re-unites the family.

About The Author     Continue reading

QUEST FOR THE ROD OF MOSES – E-BOOK 13 by Peter Halder

QUEST FOR THE ROD OF MOSES

E-BOOK 13 – by Peter Halder

E-Book 13Category: FICTION – Adventure

A young warrior, Zarn, is chosen by Fairy Julietta to seek and obtain the Rod of Moses as the means to ensure the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Zamara has a male heir to the Royal Throne. The King’s brother, plots with an evil Wizard to abort each of the Queen’s pregnancy with a male heir by the use of a black demon storm cloud. Zarn, guided by Fairy Julietta and the Holy Prophet Selah, sails to Egypt and follows the path Moses, with his Rod, took to the Promised Land, including traversing the Great Wilderness. Zarn faces many dangers, perils, strange adventures and creatures, to locate the Holy Rod and return to Zamara.

To purchase the e-book, click on the AMAZON.COM or
SMASHWORDS.COM  link below.

THE DOOMSDAY EARTHQUAKE: E-Book #12 – by Peter Halder

THE DOOMSDAY EARTHQUAKE: E-book #12

by Peter Halder

Doomsday EarthquakeFantasy/Adventure

A beautiful girl, Mandi Mandar, is chosen by the White  Angel,  Surora,  to save the three Kingdoms of Aurora from destruction by a devastating earthquake being planned by three evil Wizards who live in the mountains and are unhappy with the rapidly increasing population in the Kingdoms.

She braves destiny and defying odds, and with the aid of the White Angel, travels to the Undersea Kingdom of Parella to seek the help of the King to prevent the earthquake. He readily obliges. On her return to Aurora, Mandi goes to the mountains to find the Wizards and confront them. The tale is packed with thrills, action and adventure.

To purchase the e-book, click on either the Amazon or Smashwords link below.


.Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U051RNY