Wednesday, June 29, 2016


With the current issue of Bloody Parchment available on a Kindle near you, the SA HorrorFest Bloody Parchment team is pleased to announce that the 2016 competition is now open.

Our categories for dark genre fiction this year include flash fiction (up to 1000 words); short fiction (up to 3 500 words); and novellas (between 15 000 to 30 000 words).

A winner and two runners-up will be picked, for possible publication in a collection. Further details to be announced on finalisation of the final selection.

What we're looking for:
The SA HorrorFest Bloody Parchment team is looking for short stories novellas that fall under the horror and dark fantasy/SF genres. If it's dark, we're interested. While we're obviously looking for Africa's best, this competition is open to folks from further afield. If you have any questions, feel free to drop the editor, Nerine Dorman, an email at

To enter, email your story saved as .doc or .rt format to with "Bloody Parchment 2016" in the subject line. Standard manuscript formatting makes me happy (12pt Times New Roman, indented paragraphs, double spacing).

Friday, January 8, 2016

Beachfront Starter Homes and Other Stories

Finally, despite a few obstacles cast in our way, we're proud to present the cover of the 2013 South African HorrorFest Bloody Parchment finalists. This volume is goes with the title of the winning story by Ruth Browne: Beachfront Starter Home, Good Bones.

Many thanks to Thomas Dorman and Ronnie Belcher of award-winning BlackMilk Productions for their part in creating this year's cover. Do go check out BlackMilk's short surreal horror film La Mia Carne over on YouTube.

This issues's contributors are:
Liam Kruger – “The Phenomenology of Iceland: A Romance”
Michelle Barry – “Toast”
Chris Limb – “Scratchmind”
Morgen Knight – “Gods of Old, Anew”
Arno Hurter – “A Place in Time”
Abigail Godsell – “Ordinary Sound”
Matt Hayward – “No One Gets Out of Here Alive”
Doreen Perrine – “Foul Things”
Icy Sedgwick – “Something Wicked This Way Slithered”
Monique Snyman – “Tokoloshe”
Joshua de Kock – “Aquarium”
Ruth Browne – “Beachfront Starter Home, Good Bones”

Bloody Parchment: Beachfront Starter Home, Good Bones will be released soon by Crossroad Press. Submissions for the 2016 competition will open on June 21, 2016, and close on October 31, 2016. We will accept submissions of dark speculative fiction in two categories: short fiction (up to 3 500 words) and novella (between 15 000 to 30 000 words). Although this is primarily a short story competition geared towards promoting and developing African speculative fiction, we accept international entries. Email for further information.