African_Pens-Cover‘Pigeon Fancier’ is featured in African Pens 2011, winning stories selected by J M Coetzee, published by Jacana Media, 2011

SAPEN brings you a brand new anthology of writings from Africa, a collection that will give the reader insight into what African writers are experiencing and writing about in the new decade.

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Fiction-TheBedBook‘Heaven or Something Like It’ is featured in The Bed Book of Short Stories, edited by Joanne Hichens,  published by Modjaji Books, 2010

“This collection is unique and makes for compelling bedside reading.” – Sharon Sorour-Morris, The Cape Times

“The Bed Book of Short Stories – some quirky and tender, others traumatic or macabre – is the perfect companion to take to bed with you, to keep you reading long into the night.” – African Books Collective

“A Quality Street box of stories: each entirely different from the one before and each completely delicious in its own right.” – Janet van Eeden, Litnet

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HomeAway-Cover‘Maun of the Dead’ was featured in Home Away: 24 Hours 24 Cities 24 Writers, edited
by Louis Greenberg, published by Zebra Press, Random House Struik, 2010

Being South African isn’t as black and white as it used to be.
People from all over the world make this country their home, while South Africans have more geographic freedom than ever before.

This unique and captivating collection is a snapshot of South African writing today: diverse, energetic, inquisitive and compelling. In Home Away, twenty-four chapters by twenty-four writers, set in cities all around the world, make up one global day, a mosaic reflecting on the nature of home.

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elf-fussballgeschichten-cover‘Schock’ was originally featured in in Elf Fußballgeschichten aus Südafrika (Football Stories from South Africa) edited by Manfred Loimeier, published by Peter Hammer Verlag, Germany,  2010

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22204-cover-200x280An extract from ‘One Last Binge’, by Sarah Lotz, first published in Something Wicked Issue Eight

I’m late again, but Theo’s saved me a chair next to him. As he waves me over I can clearly make out the dark half-moons spreading across the underarms of his Eminem T-shirt. Theo’s permanently sweaty. We all are. Even though the temperature outside is a bollock-freezing below zero, the heating in this room is turned right down.
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OpenAntho-Cover‘Personal Shopper’ was originally featured in Open: An Erotic Anthology by South African Women, published by Oshun books, 2008

Nineteen erotic stories by some of South Africa’s best women writers
Evocative, sensual, arousing, playful …

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22200-coverAn extract from ‘an Eye for an Eye’ by Sarah Lotz, featured in Something Wicked Issue Four

By lunchtime we still haven’t decided what to do. We’re sitting round the kitchen table, watching our coffee get colder.
“I still think we should phone the cops,” I say.
Kevin peers up at me blearily. He looks worse than usual. His face is sweaty and haggard; his eyes red-rimmed. The fag he’s trying to smoke jitters in his trembling fingers. Since we made our grisly discovery this morning, he’s puffed his way through at least half a pack of Camels.

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SW01 - Oct 2006 - Cover Art by Vincent SammySarah Lotz’s award-winning short story was first published in the debut issue of South African Spec-Fic magazine, Something Wicked.
The complete story is available to read from the Something Wicked website.

As usual the drone of the cricket commentary was floating through the study door. He didn’t hear my approach in time to erase the lurid picture splayed across the widescreen of his laptop. I caught a glimpse of ample naked flesh and blond hair before he flicked on the screen-saver.
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