PRESS RELEASE: Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar and Other Stories

Very excited about this – further details coming soon. In the meantime, here’s the initial press release regarding the SA Horrorfest Bloody Parchment anthology – coming this June from eKhaya (Random House Struik) ~AR

 eKhaya releases a chilling anthology of horror stories:
Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar and Other Stories
edited by Nerine Dorman 

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


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

ARCHIVE: Reviews of Ghost of a Kiss

Reviews for Ghost of a Kiss, referring to the edition published in 2008 (Wild Child Publishing) under the pen name M. King:

” vivid descriptions … wonderful … poignant “

4.5 from ROR Reviews:

Reviewed by Val Pearson

“Sarah has just unexpectedly inherited a house from her aunt Charlotte in a little village in Porth Greavy, England. Sarah had lost contact with her aunt over the years, and she believed her aunt had re-married abroad.  Self-employed as a landscape artist and with no relationship to tie her down, Sarah can travel to England to take care of the legal matters pertaining to the house.

When she enters The Red Lion, a local pub, many of her aunt Charlotte’s old and dear friends greet her warmly.  They also share the stunning news that Charlotte hadn’t dated, let alone re=married.  Sarah chalksit up to a mistake on her part.. the house surpasses her expectations in more ways than one. Sarah receives visits from a mysterious stranger stranger, who goes by the name Michael Polrose, and she becomes more intrigued with each visit.

M. King has written a sweet story, and I enjoyed Sarah’s character. An adventurer at heart, she truly appreciated her surroundings. I enjoyed the mystery of Michael, Charlotte and Sarah.

King crafts vivid descriptions that made me feel I had joined Sarah in the house, pub and village. I loved the ending, which made one think about love and mortality. I think King did a wonderful job with this story and I only wish it would have been longer.”

5 Flutes of Champagne from Cocktail Reviews

American Sarah Poole is surprised when she finds out that her aunt has left her a villa in Cornwall, England. She embarks on a journey to visit the house with the idea of selling it, but something about the place urges her not to.

The villagers seem friendly enough, and one in particular visits Sarah frequently. Who is this Michael Polrose, and how come she doesn’t see him in the locality—when she’s in the pub or the shops, or even on the streets? The mystery soon becomes clear, and The Ghost of a Kiss ends on a very poignant note—one that gives us mortals hope that there is somewhere else we go after death.”

The Cocktail Reviews website is now closed

Ghost of a Kiss is available singly as an ebook, and also in the printed short story collection Black Ice.

REVIEW: Dead in Time – You Gotta Read Reviews

Dead in Time received a rave review from author, editor, and reviewer, Nerine Dorman, writing for You Gotta Read Reviews.

As many of you know, I don’t usually collate or reblog reviews, but Ms. Dorman has been an amazing proponent of this book. I think she liked it. 😉

What I really enjoyed about the story was seeing Damon Brent through the eyes of the people who were close to him. Each viewed the man through a different lens, and not all the opinions were complimentary. This offers a very balanced perspective on the man, which I really appreciated as a reader. I could make up my own mind about whether I liked him. Yes, he may have been a conceited, preening peacock, but Damon Brent possesses an undeniable magnetism. Alive or dead.

Another aspect of the novel I enjoyed were the flashbacks to the unfortunate series of events leading up to Damon’s untimely demise, as told by secondary characters. Everyone has a motive, it would appear, and Reith’s orchestration of past and present offers a masterful mélange not always easy to accomplish without giving the game away.

Reith’s overall characterization is exquisite, as is her use of language. That she understands music and loves it deeply is so evident. Dead in Time is worth reading on multiple levels, not just for the prose and the obvious dedication on the author’s part for her subject matter, but also for this slice of nostalgia. Reith has made it onto my permanent list of contemporary authors who are firm favorites, and if there is one book you read, inside or outside of your chosen genre this year, make it this one.

You can read Nerine’s full review here and, if you missed them, here are links to her personal review and the interview I gave on her blog.

REVIEW: Dead in Time

A lovely review of Dead in Time, kindly sent to me by Tracey Stewart, the author of this fabulous book blog (and I’m not smarming ‘cos she said nice things –  not totally). Snippet:

“It’s a straightforward idea – a ghost prodding the living to resolve the manner of his death. But this – this is unique, and beautiful, and so well written. The characters are wonderfully drawn – I don’t remember enjoying characterizations so much, not in a long time. The writing is filled with sharp observations and humor, a solid knowledge of music and a kind of alarming depth of knowledge of glam rock.”

“… It’s so frustrating to read this, so real that I should be able to go to iTunes and download Brother Rush. I want to.

In the meantime, what I can do is refer this book to everyone I can think of, and read everything Anna Reith has written. And I will.”

Read the full review.