Nang Tani by Lee Franklin
Celebrating his twenty-first birthday in Thailand with his best mate Paul, Shane finds the perfect tattoo of a local deity, Nang Tani. He must have her at all costs.
When Nang Tani is unleashed, she comes with vengeance. Shane will learn that sins, like tattoos, cannot be washed away; not even with blood.
A short gruesome story from a talented author. I'm loving everything Franklin publishes, the style of storytelling is enthralling and keeps you engaged throughout. When a dangerous spirit is not respected, all those she comes into contact with...and deserves it...will be punished in the worst possible ways. Not for the fainthearted but for those that enjoy a story that gives them a gory-fuelled chill down their spine. Highly recommended.
Does Anyone Else Smell Bananas?
Shane is a fighter, and he might be a big deal in his home of Australia, but he just experienced a humiliating defeat in Thailand. Bitter about his loss yet emboldened by a sense of entitlement, he discovers the perfect tattoo to commemorate his twenty-first birthday. From the wall of the tattoo parlor, Shane selects an image of the beautiful deity, Nang Tani. He demands that the artist perform the work against the old monk's reservations, and ultimately gets more than he asked for. Unfortunately for Shane, one does not select her; she selects them. Shane and his best friend, Paul, are terrible young men. Racist, homophobic, womanizing, and prone to violence, the curse couldn't have befallen a more suitable victim than Shane. Lee Franklin doesn't skimp on the violence, brutality, and gore in Nang Tani. Nor does she refrain from bringing the characters to life by pulling no punches concerning their attitudes toward--and treatment of--the Thai locals and everyone else around them. This refusal to self-censor certainly helps Franklin to impart a great deal more authenticity to the interactions than might otherwise have been possible. There's something deeply satisfying about seeing these two Australians suffering, but that's only the beginning because Nang Tani has plans for Shane, and he'll fulfill them whether he likes it or not.
Shane just had to have this beautiful lady tattooed on his arm despite the monk warning him not to. He soon finds out he should have listened. Shane's life takes a drastic turn when Nang Tani comes for revenge. Things get bloody and violent while he struggles to figure out what is happening. I flew through this in one sitting. A good short to check out if you enjoy horror mixed in with folklore. Franklin did an excellent job of making Shane and Paul unlikable. I'd like to check out more for this author.
Not since The Illistrated Man by Ray Bradbury and Billy Silver by Daniel Volpe have I been so captivated by a story about a tattoo! In truth, lately, few stories have had me this captivated.
I read Nang Tani this morning with my coffee. I hadn't intended to read the whole thing in one sitting, as my dog was getting impatient to go for a walk, but I got caught up, and I just couldn't put it down. What a great story!
Visceral lovingly-crafted vengeance.
Nang Tani is a short little read that will completely kick your ass. As soon as I finished reading this, I bought a physical copy, so I could hand it to people and show them something amazing. It's fast-paced, gory as fuck Each step of the way you are introduced to the terribleness of the protagonist which makes every second of the following blood bath all the more lovable. Lee Franklin is one you should definitely fuck with.