This is the review for “Laal Andhi” by Usman T. Malik , published as a reprint in Nightmare Magazine’s September 2016 Issue.
Summary: The narrator and three of his friends engage in a dark game in an attempt to give their childhood a second chance in magic and poetry and to escape the true horrors that loom over Lahore. But the horrors catch up to them in the most horrible way and so does Laal Andhi, The Crimson Storm.
+ The supernatural events in juxtaposition with the real terrorism and chaos of the country.
+ The well-drawn characters.
+ The unusual and diverse setting.
– The detailed descriptions of place and the confusing timeline might detract from the horror build up.
You can read the story here.