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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, and, among other online retailers.

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 / 011 484-3538. For more information, visit


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    April 29th, 2013 @14:07 #

    It's aliiiive!

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    April 29th, 2013 @15:36 #

    Is a root cellar a cellar where one keeps one's roots (eg, one's rutabagas), or a cellar from whose dirt ceiling roots hang down, or what?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    April 29th, 2013 @15:45 #

    You'll have to read it to find out, Ben.

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    April 29th, 2013 @17:15 #

    Count on it!


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