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Something Wicked Anthology of Speculative Fiction, Volume Two

Something Wicked, Volume 2

eKhaya & Inkless Media are delighted to present the almost 400-page bumper Something Wicked Anthology of Speculative Fiction, Volume Two.

Over its twenty-issue and seven-year lifespan, Something Wicked magazine published over 150 stories from new and established authors across the world. Volume Two marks the official transition of Something Wicked from magazine to annual anthology. The contributors are seasoned veterans and first-timers brought together in a single book containing tales of post-apocalyptic dystopias, alternate realities, far-future science fiction and good old-fashioned blood-chilling horror, edited and compiled by the doting godparents of South African genre fiction, Joe Vaz and Vianne Venter.

Let your mind wander across distant galaxies, down darkened alleys, and across oceans of floating cities and let Something Wicked be your guide. Let the journey begin.

eKhaya e-books are available in two formats, ePub and PDF. ePub is compatible with most e-readers on the market and is converted for sale in Amazon’s Kindle format. The PDF is a non-reflowable format that reads well on iPads, other tablet devices, PCs as well as the Kindle. The e-book will be available from 25 May 2013 for instant download at a recommended retail price of R135 at Amazon.com, Kalahari.com and Exclus1ves.co.za, among other online retailers.

Print-on-demand editions for the southern African and international markets will be available from Inkless Media (SomethingWicked.co.za) for R180 and $16.99.

SOMETHING WICKED ANTHOLOGY OF SPECULATIVE FICTION, VOLUME TWO
ISBN: 978-1-920532-28-4 (e-pub) I ISBN: 978-1-920532-29-1 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-1-920532-27-7 (SA POD) I ISBN: 978-0-9870320-1-0 (International POD)
RRP: R135 (e-book) / R180 (SA POD) I CATEGORY: Science Fiction, Horror Fiction, Speculative Fiction

For an interview with the editor or contributors, cover images and / or author photographs, contact Kim Peters at kimp@randomstruik.co.za / 011 484-3538. For more information, visit www.randomstruik.co.za.

Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar and Other Stories

Bloody Parchment Root Cellar cover

eKhaya, the digital imprint of Random House Struik, is delighted to announce the publication of Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar and Other Stories, edited by Nerine Dorman.

Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar and Other Stories brings a fresh crop of horror and dark literature from the most recent South African HorrorFest Bloody Parchment short story competition. From dreary subterranean chambers and angelic visitations to the many-legged horrors of alien invaders and a meeting with the Devil himself, this collection of tales offers readers the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the likes of Toby Bennett (winner), and runners-up Anna Reith and Chris Limb. Finalists include Diane Awerbuck, Simon Dewar, Zane Marc Gentis, Stephen Hewitt, Benjamin Knox, Lee Mather, Glen Mehn, S.A. Partridge, and Icy Sedgwick.

“You’ll be hard pressed to find a stronger anthology of horror stories this year. There’s a staggering number of original ideas and talent on display here, as well as several stand-out stories that easily hold their own against work in any genre. And most importantly, they will creep the hell out of you.” – Sarah Lotz, author

eKhaya e-books are available in two formats, ePub and PDF. ePub is compatible with most e-readers on the market and is converted for sale in Amazon’s Kindle format. The PDF is a non-reflowable format that reads well on iPads, other tablet devices, PCs as well as the Kindle. The e-book will be available from 1 June 2013 for instant download at a recommended retail price of R70 at Amazon.com, Kalahari.com and Exclus1ves.co.za, among other online retailers.

BLOODY PARCHMENT: THE ROOT CELLAR AND OTHER STORIES
ISBN: 978-1-920532-31-4 (e-pub) I ISBN: 978-1-920532-32-1 (PDF)
RRP: R70 I CATEGORY: Horror Fiction

For an interview with the editor or contributors, cover images and / or author photographs, contact Kim Peters at kimp@randomstruik.co.za / 011 484-3538. For more information, visit www.randomstruik.co.za.

Something Wicked Volume 2 cover unveiled

The eerily beautiful and beautifully eerie cover of the Something Wicked Anthology of Speculative Fiction, Volume 2 has been revealed. Pornokitsch discusses the cover design with artist, Vincent Sammy.

Something Wicked, Volume 2

The anthology will be available as an eKhaya e-book and PDF from global e-retailers in late April. Print-on-demand copies will also be available from Inkless Media.

eKhaya to co-publish Something Wicked Volume 2!

eKhaya is delighted to announce that we’ll be co-publishing the Something Wicked Anthology of Speculative Fiction, Volume Two with Joe Vaz and Vianne Venter at Inkless Media. Joe and Vianne have been tireless nurturers of South African and international genre talent for years, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to lend our support to this anthology. While there are already some big names among the contributors, we hope we’re helping to encourage a new group of writers, particularly South African, to become bestsellers and award-winners in years to come.

The anthology will be available as an eKhaya e-book and PDF from global e-retailers in late April. Print-on-demand copies will also be available from Inkless Media.

Book description:

Inkless Media & eKhaya present the Something Wicked Anthology of Speculative Fiction, Volume Two.

Volume Two marks the official transition of Something Wicked from magazine to annual anthology, featuring 25 brand new stories by writers from South Africa and abroad; seasoned veterans and first-timers brought together in a single book containing tales of post-apocalyptic dystopias, alternate realities, far-future science fiction and good old-fashioned blood-chilling horror, edited and compiled by the doting godparents of South African genre fiction, Joe Vaz and Vianne Venter.

Let your mind wander across distant galaxies, down darkened alleys, and across oceans of floating cities and let Something Wicked be your guide.

Let the journey begin.

Contributors to Something Wicked, Volume 2 include South Africans Abi Godsell, Cat Hellisen, Martin Stokes and Nick Wood; and twenty further-flung writers including Peter Damien, C.S. Fuqua, Nick Scorza, Thomas Sweterlitsch and Genevieve Taylor.

The awesome cover art has been designed by celebrated South African artist, Vincent Sammy, a Something Wicked stalwart; the jacket will be revealed by our friends at Pornokitsch tomorrow. Don’t go to sleep.

The 2012 Bloody Parchment winner and finalists are announced

…and it’s a brilliant line-up. eKhaya will be publishing the anthology in June. Nerine Dorman reports at the Bloody Parchment blog:

Wow, what a bunch of stories to have gone through. First off, a big, hearty congratulations to Toby Bennett. Not only is he the winner of the 2012 SA HorrorFest Bloody Parchment short story competition with his story ‘The Root Cellar,’ but another of his submissions was selected as a finalist – ‘Wants and Needs’. He wins a comprehensive round of edits for a novel-length work.

Our runners-up are Anna Reith, with ‘Counting Seraphs’, and Chris Limb, with ‘Alibi’. Each receives comprehensive edits for a short story or novella-length work or, alternatively, edits for the first three chapters of a novel.

Then, our finalists in no particular order:
Diane Awerbuck, ‘Duiweltjie’
Zane Marc Gentis, ‘Heirloom’
Stephen Hewitt, ‘Kiss the Butcher’s Daughter’
SA Partridge, ‘Jethro Mackenzie and the Devil’
Icy Sedgewick, ‘Protection’
Glen Mehn, ‘The Next Big Thing’
Simon Dewar, ‘The Kettle’
Lee Mather, ‘Jamie’s Song’
Benjamin Knox, ‘Strands’

Then, a huge humungous thank you to our judges. Sarah Lotz, Joe Vaz, Carrie Clevenger, Kelly Ansara, Shaun Swingler and Cat Hellisen all offered their time to read over the entries and help in the decision-making process. And this year was tough. Trust me. Also, once again, many thanks to Louis Greenberg of eKhaya, for yet another year, and, as always, to Paul Blom and Sonja Ruppersberg, who bring us the SA HorrorFest annually, without fail.

Lastly, though I’d love to send out personal responses to everyone who entered, due to the volume of entries we received, I will not be able to notify those who didn’t reach the final round. Many thanks to all those who submitted stories. I’ll announce the opening for the 2013 contest later this year.

eKhaya highlights so far …

eKhaya, Random House Struik’s digital imprint, is delighted to have a microsite at BooksLIVE.

eKhaya e-books are available wherever e-books are sold. Visit our web page and full catalogue here.

We have an exciting programme in store for 2013, including several big-name authors from Southern Africa; watch this space.

Meanwhile, here are some of our recent highlights which you should have in your electronic library:


Ms Conception by Pamela Power

Meet Jo de Villiers, mother of two small children, wife of the charming and handsome Nick, and scriptwriter for a local soapie, Jozi Nights. Her day consists of toddler tantrums, dirty nappies, leaking breasts, potty training, the nursery-school run… In between she squeezes scriptwriting meetings and her writing assignments. She also has to deal with a boss from hell, a self-centred mother, an overly genteel mother-in-law and the Blonde Bob Brigade (mothers at the school). On top of all this, Jo suspects that Nick is having an affair with his PA, Susie the Floozy.

She copes with the help of therapist and George Clooney look-alike Jake and best friend Jasmine, who comes to the rescue with the odd bottle of Bollinger. Together they plot revenge on Susie the Floozy…

Racy, witty, often hilarious – suburban life with small children has never been so entertaining.

Buy Ms Conception with Bookfinder.
Buy Ms Conception for Kindle.
Buy Ms Conception for Kobo.


Bloody Parchment: Hidden Things, Lost Things and other stories edited by Nerine Dorman

Bloody Parchment: Hidden Things, Lost Things and Other Stories showcases the top horror short stories from the 2011 Bloody Parchment writing competition, the literary component of the annual South African HorrorFest.

The anthology showcases tales that examine fears – real or imagined – and plunges you into darkness from the relative safety of your armchair.

The Bloody Parchment horror writing competition is the ideal hothouse to nurture and cross-pollinate South African and international talent. This year’s anthology features top stories by Brett Bruton and Jenny Robson, and all the finalists adding their frightening voices to the offering.

Step across the threshold and taste the horror. We double dare you.

Buy Bloody Parchment: Hidden Things, Lost Things and other stories with Bookfinder.
Buy Bloody Parchment: Hidden Things, Lost Things and other stories for Kindle.
Buy Bloody Parchment: Hidden Things, Lost Things and other stories for Kobo.


For Honour and other stories by S.O. Kenani

“Love on Trial”, a short story from For Honour & Other Stories was shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize – known as ‘The African Booker” – for 2012!

In the tradition of short-story greats like Chekhov and Grace Paley, Malawian writer S.O. Kenani examines weighty subjects with a light touch.

Delicately balancing humour and pathos, he introduces us to the inhabitants of Chipiri, a village where everything begins under the kachere tree. From Mr Kachingwe, willing to enthral you with his outrageous views on homosexuality for the price of a tot, and Zione, following her dream of becoming an au pair in Europe; to Mark who accidentally lands in a civil war in ‘Nileland’ during a plane crash, and Sister Fire arriving to adopt a Malawian child, these characters will delight and captivate you.

Though many leave the village, they always return. Some stay; others share their stories of hardship and success before heading off on another adventure.

Buy For Honour and other stories with Bookfinder.
Buy For Honour and other stories for Kindle.
Buy For Honour and other stories for Kobo.