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with foreward by Joe Vaz

  The Damage Museum is the first book that features the art of Vincent Sammy, a freelance illustrator who hails from South Africa and specializes in horror, science fiction and the macabre. This collection includes work that has been printed in publications such as Interzone, Black Static, Something Wicked, Beware the Dark and many other magazines and books. He has provided cover artwork for publishers as varied as NewCon Press, Rosarium Publishing and Thunderstorm Books.     Publisher: Short, Scary Tales Publications ISBN: 978-1-909640-54-2, Hardcover, First Edition, 7.5 x 9.25 inches, 86 pages, £21.95 Available from: Amazon, tdmcover
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I've spent the last few days in Port Edward, KwaZulu Natal on a film shoot, but in reality I've spent it in the heads of Crispin Hershey, Holly Sykes, Dr. Iris Fenby, Hugo Lamb, and Ed Brubeck. Or to put it more aptly, in the worlds and words of David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks. Now I know I'm a little late to the game, but, holy shit is David Mitchell an astounding writer.

Hardcover: 609 pages Published by Sceptre Available from: Amazon,
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THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE SAFE ...The Sanctum is a luxurious, self-sustaining survival condominium situated underground. It's a plush bolt-hole for the rich and paranoid - a place where they can wait out the apocalypse in style. When a devastating super-flu virus hits, several families race to reach The Sanctum. All have their own motivations for entering. All are hiding secrets. But when the door locks and someone dies, they realize the greatest threat to their survival may not be above ground - it may already be inside

Hardcover: 352 pages Published by Macmillan Available from: Amazon,
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On the 29th of April, Joe sat down in conversation with John Connolly at the launch of his latest Charlie Parker book, A Song of Shadows.

The awesome people at The Book Lounge have put up a podcast of the event on their website.

Click here to have a listen to the hour-long launch.

Don’t miss John Connolly’s launch for the new Charlie Parker thriller, a Song of Shadows, at The Book Lounge on 29th April.
John will be conversation with Joe.

review by Joe Vaz

Abi Godsell’s Idea War is magnificent.
I had the privilege of reading the first ten chapters of Abi Godsell’s sprawling Idea War series a few years ago, and it immediately grabbed my attention.
Idea War Vol One introduces us to a team of young rebels, fighting against an autocratic government that, in a not-too-distant future, has taken over the control of South Africa.
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There's a reason why 2000AD is still the greatest comic around, three decades after it's launch. There are many reasons, actually, great characters, astounding art, riveting story lines and never-ending weekly thrills. But now in Prog 2015, available Wednesday 17th December, 2000AD is bringing back the Dark Judges, Judge Dredd's greatest foes.

PB 100 pages Available in print from: Diamond (OCT141616) and UK newsagents Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop, 2000 AD iPad app
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Published by Orbit
PB 512 pages RRP £8.99

You have no idea what to make of this.
You meet Lieutenant “Lucky” Quinto as he leads a platoon to uncover a cache of military weapons hidden ages ago beneath the ground in an abandoned mine. It seems as though you’re reading a piece of military SF. You’re in Starship Troopers territory, or that’s what you assume: army guys battle aliens.
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review by Joe Vaz

Published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
HB 481 pages RRP £14.99

I first became interested in South Africa’s genre fiction scene when I started Something Wicked in July 2006.
To grow interest in the magazine, we launched with a competition. One of the entries we received came from an unknown author named Sarah Lotz; her story, “The Perfect Man”, went on to win.
Over the years I have become both a fan and a friend of Sarah’s, so I expected The Three to be good. What I didn’t anticipate was how dense, epic and yet intimate this book is.
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Inkless Media & eKhaya present the Something Wicked Anthology of Speculative Fiction, Volume Two.
We are delighted to announce that eKhaya will be co-publishing the Something Wicked Anthology of Speculative Fiction, Volume Two with Joe Vaz and Vianne Venter at Inkless Media. Joe and Vianne have been tireless nurturers of South African and international genre talent for years, and are thrilled to have eKhaya lend their support to this anthology.


The awesome cover art has been illustrated by celebrated South African artist, Vincent Sammy, a Something Wicked stalwart.

Volume Two marks the official transition of Something Wicked from magazine to annual anthology, featuring 25 brand new stories by writers from South Africa and abroad; seasoned veterans and first-timers brought together in a single book containing tales of post-apocalyptic dystopias, alternate realities, far-future science fiction and good old-fashioned blood-chilling horror, edited and compiled by the doting godparents of South African genre fiction, Joe Vaz and Vianne Venter. Let your mind wander across distant galaxies, down darkened alleys, and across oceans of floating cities and let Something Wicked be your guide.
Let the journey begin. “Joe and Vianne are talent-spotters … par excellence.” – Lauren Beukes

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Paperback: 388 pages

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