René Ghosh

I am a writer based in Paris. Originally from Canada, I was born in Montreal in 1972 and grew up in Rigaud, Quebec.

Writing style

I write magical punk. My stories blend elements of sci-fi and the occasional supernatural element, but never occult the human stories that are my main focus.

I always try to maintain an authentic and genuine voice. I frequently read my stories onstage and use that experience to guide my rhythm, pace, theme and delivery.

News

I'm currently working on The Ghost in the Filtering System, set on the island of Wizniu, where body possession is a daily reality for IT workers, when disgruntled ex-employees can make their way back to the workplace through the island's magic.

The Memory Monkey

Released: 2017

Novel

Max and Tascha were supposed to be unbreakable as a couple after being conditioned in the Institute for Behavioral Research that took them in as war refugees. Bound to one another, their pre-institute memories wiped clean, they unexpectedly unravel when Tascha finds she wants to see other people.

Their search for answers and new belonging takes them away from their mountain town, away from their outdoor equipment shop, away from the Extrapolist church, a pseudo-scientific faith in which life is viewed as a meeting place for souls. They go back to the architect of the memory wipe and beyond, to a strange, telepathic monkey who’s been with them the whole time.

Rialdy comes to work as a consultant in a mining plant on the Aranacian island of Wizniu and looks for traces of his deceased Aranacian mother, meeting a monkey of his own on the way.

The Memory Monkey is an exploration the nature of human bonds and the untrustworthy nature of memory.

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Live!

Released: 2016

Short story collection

Live! is a collection of stories written for live reading, that I performed at open mic venues over the course of 2015.

It's a mix of a few styles, some of the pieces are experimental, and the subjects range from fantasy to auto-fiction.

There are a few swear words.

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The Click Shortcuts

Released: 2016

Novel

The Click Shortcuts is about the emergence of a writing system in Geremoth, where they use the same writing system as all the other countries on the continent. When mobile phones appear though, Geremoth’s youth start communicating with an alternative system, that imitates sounds. Behind its rise are its fragile-brained inventor Bejia, Anossia who needs it to remain relevant as a student-tutor, Berbi the memorization champion who’ll use it to remember, and Geluko the scientist who needs a source of revenue to promote Besa, the genetically designed crop plant that assaults other crop plants.

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Puppet Dancers

Released: 2014

Novel

Puppet Dancers

Puppet Dancers is my first novel. It is available in both print and electronic form. If you don't feel like paying for it, just email me and I'll send it to you for free.

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It's a novel about a dance style. Known to Baguetelians as the robotic swerve and to Margolians as the puppet dance, its history is veiled in legend, but strange events uncovered by data analysts will reveal its true function, beyond Baguetelians' ironic imitation of laboratory robots or Margolians' nostalgia of lost empires.

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