Short Fiction

A Certain Degree of Ownership

Helter Skelter is a proud partner of the Desperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction. This…

The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories by Nisha Susan

The Triangle

An excerpt from The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories by Nisha Susan.

A Pursuit

The light turned green and Annie discovered that keeping up with a man in possession of such powerful buttocks was not an easy task.

Sumana Roy


Sumana Roy’s debut novel Missing is a study of the modern marriage, played out against the awareness of the question: what happens when a wife goes missing? Read an excerpt from the book here.

Meghna Pant

Unknown Husbands

New husbands are like burrs: they stick, they irritate, and they’re mostly unwanted.

Ghosts at a Contested Funeral

Ghosts at a Contested Funeral

Our feelings are second-hand. Our love is constructed. Our beliefs are coloured, our originality validated through artificial art. It has become truly difficult to love without getting hurt.

The Ballard Engine

The Ballard Engine

Right before the end, reality had become a bad sci-fi movie, the kind you watch at four in the morning, unable to sleep, unable to turn the T.V. off.

Forgetting by Devashish Makhija

Butterflies on Strings

The Maoists aren’t a ‘tribe’, though some of them might be tribals. The C.R.P.F. certainly isn’t. Which tribe hunts for a monthly salary?

Chandrakala, illustration by Newman D'Silva

The Groom and the Dog

It was the summer before her final year of college when Vaidehi first saw Suresh Babu.

Dolls Are Like People; Illustration by Newman D'Silva

Dolls Are Like People

Her joints are stiff, but it’s nothing to worry about. It’s her natural condition.

The Hatter's Wife, illustration by Newman D'Silva

The Hatter’s Wife

Alice pressed her palm to the cool glass as her husband snipped away at the fabric that would form his fourth hat that week.

Invitation, illustration by Pooja Satish


Maybe it wasn’t her love that was strange. Maybe it was Grandpa’s.