Something Wicked was an annual print anthology. The magazine officially closed down after it’s second anthology.

Something Wicked started its life in 2006 as a quarterly print magazine and before becoming an online monthly in May of 2011.

We publish science fiction and horror fiction from around the world and have featured several award-winning authors Abigail Godsell, Ivor Hartmann, Nick Wood, Arthur C Clarke Award winner Lauren Beukes and we have the distinct honour of being the first publication to have published Sarah Lotz (half of Lily Herne and SL Grey).

In the last seven years we have published over one-hundred stories by seventy-odd authors from every corner of the world, from Australia, to the UK, the US to South Africa, to Japan, Poland and Hong Kong.

Something Wicked is still the only paying short genre-fiction market in South Africa with readers from all over the globe.

Our monthly publication schedule consists of three pieces of short fiction and one novella, along with a smattering of non-fiction articles. All content is available free-to-read and posted weekly from the first Tuesday of every month. E-book editions and editorials are available from the 1st of each month.

The Something Wicked website garners between 80, 000 to over 100,000 hits per month, with an average of 7000 page views and 2500 unique visitors.

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Editor & Publisher – Joe Vaz

Joe is a full-time actor working in feature films and television who found his love for SF drew him (in a 3am epiphany) into the creation of Something Wicked. Having grown up with the great short-fiction magazines of the UK and US, it dawned on him that there was no such market for budding creators within South Africa and Something Wicked was born.


Head Fiction Editor – Vianne Venter

Vianne is one of the founding members of Something Wicked magazine. During its life-span as a print magazine Vianne was the head fiction editor as well as providing reviews, articles and even art for most issues.
She works as a freelance entertainment journalist and painter.


Non-Fiction Editor & Proofer – Mark Sykes

Mark is a freelance writer and actor. He has an obsession with words and the correct way in which they should be placed next to one another to form sentences that are understood by others.
He loves his commas.