With the next Bloody Parchment live fiction reading event again set to kick off the 8th annual South African HORRORFEST-ivities in the last week of October, here’s some more good news:
eKhaya, the digital imprint of Random House Struik, is delighted to announce the publication of Bloody Parchment: Hidden Things, Lost and Other Stories.
Bloody Parchment was created by Flamedrop Productions as part of its Shadow Realm horror web portal to represent the genre in print. Several years ago it expanded to morph into a physical entity and become the literary component of the annual South African HorrorFest, created by Paul Blom & Sonja Ruppersberg (held in Cape Town, South Africa, since 2005 over Halloween season).
The Bloody Parchment short story competition was established in 2010. Edited by prolific Cape Town writer and editor Nerine Dorman, this Bloody Parchment collection of the stories from the 2011 short story submissions, include Brett Bruton, Jenny Robson, Mico Pisanti, Lee Mather, Stacey Larner, Toby Bennett, SL Schmitz, Benjamin Knox, Austin Malone and Joan De La Haye. The authors of the collection represent a fine international mix of writers from South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, Botswana and Australia.
With the success of films like District 9 and Lauren Beukes’s novel Zoo City, the burgeoning South African genre scene is coming to hungry international attention. eKhaya believes that the Bloody Parchment short story competition is the ideal hothouse to nurture new international genre voices and to encourage cross-pollination between emerging South African and overseas talent, and ultimately develop and encourage indigenous horror stories that appeal to a broad international market.
Bloody Parchment is the sort of cutting-edge book eKhaya is looking to publish in its savvy, electronic format and we look forward to a productive association with the South African HorrorFest.
Bloody Parchment is now available at a recommended retail price of just R70 (around $6). It will be available as a PDF and ePUB from South African online retailers Kalahari.net and Exclus1ves.com, and from Amazon.com internationally.