Sherlock Holmes Meets Jose Rizal: This Horror E-Book Makes It Happen

Will they be friends or enemies?

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(SPOT.ph) Filipino readers are no strangers to horror stories—whether executed on film, graphic novel, or books, what with the many tales on Filipino mythology and supernatural beings like the tikbalang and kapre. With everything that's been happening lately, it seems to be a good time to plop down our beds with an interesting read on Kindle or on our smartphones. Tales For A Rainy Season, a collection of 11 horror stories, by author/filmmaker/musician Wincy Aquino Ong is now available on Amazon for U.S.$3.99 (roughly P200).

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The 193-page e-book reimagines a world where fictional British private detective Sherlock Holmes meets real-life Filipino hero Jose Rizal. In the short story titled The Ophthalmologist’s Case, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are trying to figure out a series of Jack the Ripper murders in 1888. Then, Rizal comes knocking on their door along Baker Street in London.

"The idea of the story came to me when I read an article by Ambeth Ocampo. The article explored a theory that Jose Rizal could actually be Jack the Ripper himself. After reading it, I rushed to my laptop and started typing up what eventually would become the centerpiece story of my horror collection," Ong shared in a press release. He went down the rabbit-hole of looking at street maps and editorial cartoons of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders plus academic papers and anecdotes about Rizal's stay in London.

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When asked if it’s about a team-up between the two characters, the author revealed that it's "more of a chess match between two really smart people." He thinks that the two have arrogant personalities and a lot of tension would arise in an unlikely encounter.

Aside from authoring an 11-story fiction book, Ong is also the writer and director of the 2011 Cinemalaya horror film San Lazaro; musician for the bands Narda, Us-2 Evil-0, and Patience Dear Juggernaut; and co-host of podcast Telebabad Tapes with wife CJ de Silva.

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Tales For A Rainy Season: A Collection Of 11 Horror Stories is available on Amazon Kindle for U.S.$3.99 (roughly P200).

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