DIE LAUGHING – The last word…


AFTERWORD BY JOANNE HICHENS   Die Laughing is the fourth of the Short.Sharp.Stories Awards anthologies, following Bloody Satisfied, a collection of ‘cracking’ crime-fiction tales (2013), Adults Only, stories of love, lust, sex and sensuality (2014), and Incredible Journey, stories that move you (2015).   Sticking to the aims of the competition, Die Laughing showcases the stories of South African writers (including residents of South Africa) – those intimately connected to their South African sensibility.   This time around, with Die […] Read more »

INCREDIBLE JOURNEY – an incredible outcome…

Incredible journey.

2016 saw two contributors from INCREDIBLE JOURNEY shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize for Writing from Africa. Bongani Kona was short-listed for is story, ‘At Your Requiem’ and Lidudumalingani Mqombothi was short-listed for ‘Memories We Lost’. The celebratory pic from left to right, includes Mabel Mensa, Liz Sarant, Joanne Hichens, Lidudumalingani, Bongani Kona and Tim Richman, Publisher.     Read more »

Detective Kubu Going Strong


Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both academics, Michael joined the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1972 and still works there part time; Stanley has been a professor at a number of universities in the United States.  They are old friends who share, among other things, a love of food, wine, and Africa’s wildlife areas. The spark for their first novel in the ‘Kubu’ series, A CARRION DEATH, came to them on […] Read more »

Sweet Paradise – ITW interview

Sweet Paradise by Joanne Hichens

Michael Sears interviews Joanne Hichens for International Thriller Writers. Joanne Hichens is a South African author living in Cape Town. SWEET PARADISE is the second in the Rae Valentine series. In this escapade, in Rae’s efforts to locate a missing teenager, she falls foul of a psychological cesspit of obsession, addiction, misogyny and love-gone-bad.  The Paradise of SWEET PARADISE is a rehab clinic in Cape Town. Superficially, it’s an upmarket facility where patients suffering from addictive behavior or geriatric mental […] Read more »

Lauren Beukes’ BROKEN MONSTERS in the spotlight


Bestselling author Lauren Beukes is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her works include the international bestseller THE SHINING GIRLS, which tracks a time-traveling serial killer and a surviving victim who turns the tables and begins to hunt him down, and ZOO CITY, “a gritty phantasmagorical noir about magical animals, pop music, refugees, murder and redemption in the slums of inner city Johannesburg” that took home an Arthur C. Clarke Award and a Kitschies Red Tentacles. BROKEN MONSTERS is her […] Read more »

I can’t wait for the next Priscilla Holmes thriller…

Modjaji_Now I see you

Priscilla Holmes is a Cape Town based writer of many sorts of fiction, most recently a crime fiction novel. Set in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, NOW I SEE YOU is a modern-day thriller with dark undertones.  It contains love and jealousy, human cruelty and sexual obsession, as well as humour and pathos.  Part detective-story, part-elegy for a lost culture, it highlights the enormous changes that have happened, especially for young women in the years since the first democratic […] Read more »