Thursday, 30 June 2011

What happened to Jackson - Jeff Nuttall

A bizarre and disturbing crime novella from the author of Bomb Culture, published by Aloes Books, London. No publication date stated, but a Wikipedia entry on Nuttall gives it as 1978.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Dye Hard Interview with Pravasan Pillay: humour me

Pravasan Pillay was born in 1978 in Durban. He has published a chapbook of poetry, Glumlazi (2009), and a collection of comedic short stories, Shaggy (2011), co-written with Anton Krueger. Pillay's poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous books and journals and on websites. His short story 'Mr Essop' appears in The Edge of Things, an anthology of South African short fiction published by Dye Hard Press...Read more here

Sunday, 26 June 2011


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Extracts from The Edge of Things on Peony Moon

The Edge of Things (Dye Hard Press, 2011) consists of 24 South African short stories selected by Arja Salafranca. The contributors are Jayne Bauling, Arja Salafranca, Liesl Jobson, Gillian Schutte, Karina Magdalena Szczurek, Jenna Mervis, Jennifer Lean, Fred de Vries, Margie Orford, Aryan Kaganof, Bernard Levinson, Hamilton Wende, Pravasan Pillay, Beatrice Lamwaka, Hans Pienaar, Rosemund Handler, Tiah Beautement, Angelina N Sithebe, Jeanne Hromnik, David wa Maahlamela, Perd Booysen, Gail Dendy, Silke Heiss and Dan Wylie...
Read more here

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Friday, 17 June 2011


Fourteen Rather Amusing Rambles
by Anton Krueger and Pravasan Pillay

Published by BK Publishing

“But listen to me rambling on! I’m sure you must be dying to rush home to feed your cat.”

Fourteen monologues by creeps, losers and an idiot.

Prepare yourself for a cast of some of the most manipulative, ingratiating, disillusioned, egotistical, inauthentic, spiteful narcissists operating in contemporary SA. Within these pages you will encounter fourteen first-hand shaggy stories told by a rogues gallery of scheming misanthropes whose speeches are full of sound and fury, signifying very little. These hilarious blowhards will make you snigger, cringe and wish your cousin had rather given you Spud 5 for your birthday.

EAN: 9780620504584
Price: R135

To order a copy,  please write to:

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Janet van Eeden of LitNet reviews The Edge of Things, and chats to Arja Salafranca and other contributors about their stories

The Edge of Things is an eclectic collection of short stories traversing a vast distance emotionally and intellectually.

For example, Arja Salafranca’s moving story about a woman forced to live in a restrictive apparatus in “Iron Lung” is a million miles away stylistically from Aryan Kaganof’s tale of decadence and debauchery on a night out in Durban in “Same Difference.”

As with all anthologies, some stories will resonate with each reader more than others...Read more here

Jeanne Hromnik's review of The Edge of Things

There are 24 pieces here, some of which qualify as short stories, others more like prose poems and descriptions of emotional experiences. Relationships are central, aloneness integral and fictional reality

The collection displays a variety of writing styles. It includes pieces by some of South Africa’s well-known writers, but also some gems from lesser knowns, including Beatrice Lamwaka’s prize-worthy Trophy and Dan Wylie’s tour-de-force, Solitude.

Interesting reading for those who are curious about the advance of short fiction in the local publishing market and, for all, comfort food for the soul. Jeanne Hromnik

(Published in Cape Times, June 10, 2011)

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Invite to the Johannesburg launch of The Edge of Things

Dye Hard Press and Love Books

invite you to the launch of

The Edge of Things

South African short fiction selected by Arja Salafranca

Award-winning author Arja Salafranca will be in conversation with contributors Jayne Bauling, Gail Dendy, Bernard Levinson, David wa Maahlamela, Hans Pienaar, Gillian Schutte, Fred de Vries and Hamilton Wende about their stories and about the genre, which is clearly enjoying a resurgence in South Africa.

When: Thursday June 30th, 5.30pm for 6pm

Where: Love Books, The Bamboo Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg

GPS Co-ordinates: 26º 10’ 27,64” S, 28º 0’ 49, 66” E

RSVP: or 011 726 7408

Monday, 06 June 2011


Friday, 03 June 2011

Sinclair Beiles in Beat Scene

Beat Scene No 64, features articles about Diane de Prima, William Everson, Jay Landesman, Anne Waldman, Janine Pommy Vega, Gary Snyder, William Burroughs, a slightly shortened version of the eponymous chapter of Who Was Sinclair Beiles? by Gary Cummiskey, and more. Visit Beat Scene for details.

Talking with Ginsberg: an interview by Jim Burns

Number 30 in the Beat Scene Press Pocket Book Series, chapbooks by or about Beat figures such as Philip Lamantia, Wallace Berman, Lew Welch, Jack Kerouac and Charles Plymell. Visit Beat Scene to order.