10.7 C
Madrid
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Dr. José Rizal Meets Sherlock Holmes In Philippine Book Of Horrors

A battle of wits between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. José Rizal unfolds in a horror story

Must read

Professionals Awarded For Gender Sensitivity In Electronic And Print Media

The awards were given to media professional for their work towards promotion of gender equality.

Face Masks Take Over Philippine Fashion

PHILIPPINES. Manila: Wearing face masks became the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the conventional surgical mask looks dull and mismatched...

Teaser Out: ‘Mashallah’ Feat. Isabelle Kaif

INDIA: Riana Music Records is set to come out with its song ‘Mashallah’ starring Deep Money—a huge star in Punjabi music industry—and...
George Buid
George Buidhttp://www.georgebuid.com/
An independent photojournalist of the Philippines capturing life as it passes by. He contributes to different news outlet and press publications.

PHILIPPINES. Makati:  Imagine Dr. José Rizal and Sherlock Holmes, arguably the two smartest characters in literary history, together in a horror story. Wincy Aquino Ong wrote just such a meeting in his book, Tales for a Rainy Season, where fiction meets history.

- Advertisement -

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective who first appeared in the 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes is listed in The Guinness Book Of World Records as the most portrayed literary figure in film, television, and other publications, appearing more than 25,000 times. Because of this, many believe he is an actual person.

Dr. José Rizal was declared a national hero of the Philippines in 1995 but gained recognition in 1901, a few years after his execution. He was an ophthalmologist, polymath, and writer who became the key member of the propaganda movement for Filipino freedom under Spanish rule. The Spanish colonial government executed him in 1896, triggering a revolution that led to Philippine independence.

Influenced by horror and science fiction writers

- Advertisement -

Ong grew up in a household full of books that became his natural addiction. His love of reading spans a wide range from children’s books, autobiography, graphic novels, to Star Wars. His wife shares in his passion as well.

A copywriter since 2012, he plunged into making music videos and independent films. In an interview with Transcontinental Times, Ong said, “The writers I look up to are Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Greg Pak, Chuck Palahniuk, Stephen King, and Ray Bradbury. But a I’m a massive fan of Lourd de Veyra’s writing style.”

- Advertisement -

Like most writers, he prefers to write on his own. “When I write alone, something is freeing. Therefore, I concentrate on writing fiction in my house clothes in the comfort of our apartment,” he said.

Horror stories connected by a common motif: rain

A unique thing about his book is that all the stories connect the motif of rain. There is a mysterious connection between the rain and the supernatural. He said, “There is no better setting to read a spooky story than during the monsoon season. It reflects the horrors of Filipino’s everyday life.”

Rainy season in the Philippines.
A student on his way home at night in a rainy season / Photo Credit: George Buid ©2017

Tales for A Rainy Season: A Collection of 11 Horror Stories was inspired by Neil Gaiman’s Smoke & Mirrors, Stephen King’s Nightmare & Dreamscapes, and Ray Bradbury’s The October Country. He adds, “Think of it as a book version of Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone, read in one sitting, designed to disturb.”

Sherlock Holmes meets Dr. José Rizal

Ong said, “I’m a big fan of alternate history, like Quentin Tarantino’s film Inglorious Bastards and Alan Moore’s graphic novel Watchmen.” He loves imagining stories where the fictional characters coincide with yesterday’s headlines. So, he created a world where Dr. José Rizal meets Sherlock Holmes in Europe.

Dr. José Rizal went to Europe for his study and to spark the Philippine Revolution. In the same way that Sherlock Holmes was adapted several times in different mediums, “I wanted to pit him against the smartest Filipino ,Dr. José Rizal, who ever lived,” Ong said.

Wincy Aquino Ong and his book.
The author shows his book online / Photo Credit: Wincy Aquino Ong ©2020

Therefore, he writes a fugitive thriller where Dr. José Rizal meets Sherlock Holmes with Dr. John Watson hot on his heels. He wanted to see how a Filipino can outmatch the greatest detective of all time. But he said, “It was fun writing the short story. But I am team Rizal on this.”

More articles

Latest article

Why Lijo Jose Pellissery’s ‘Jallikattu’ Will Be A Major Contender At The 2021 Oscars

INDIA: Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu is India’s official entry for the 2021 Oscars for the Best International Feature Film category. Jallikattu was...

Woman Entrepreneur Helps Women Re-enter The Workforce

UNITED STATES: Indian-born Swathi Nelabhatla shattered the male dominated technology industry by leaving for the US and starting her own tech company.

Belgium Shocked After Alysson Jadin Took Her Life Amid COVID-19

BELGIUM. Liège: On Monday, 16 Nov., Alysson Jadin, age 24, was found dead after an apparent act of suicide. She left no...

The Co-Creation Of A Cultural Deal For Europe: A Citizens Moment

EUROPE. On the 18th of November the European Cultural Foundation, Culture Action Europe, and Europa Nostra co-hosted a public online debate on...

‘Dark 7 White’ Review: A Compelling Tale About The Game Of Power

ALTBalaji & ZEE5’s crime mystery series Dark 7 White follows the story of Prince Yudhveer Singh Rathore aka Yudi, a young and...