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SA Partridge

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Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween has come and gone and I, like many did I’m sure, made the most of it. I consumed a bucket of sweets, watched scary movies (closing my eyes during the scary bits), went to a costume party. The usual. But this year the festivities started early; by a whole week.


On Friday 23 October I joined fellow scribblers Lauren Beukes, Sarah Lotz, Diane Awerbuck, Caine Prize winner Henrietta Rose-Innes and Sam Wilson for the first of the South African Horrorfest Events, entitled Bloody Parchment.

Veruschka and her team transformed The Book Lounge into The Lounge of Horror, as crowds fought their way through spider webs and dangling bats to hear us recite our scariest stories. Like Lauren and Sarah, I came in costume, although to be honest I’m not sure whether anyone guessed I was dressed as Hot Stuff the little devil.

Sam started the evening off on a high note with his tale about The Wolf That Cried Boy, complete with cue cards. Who knew eating little boys could be so funny? Henrietta gave us all goosebumps with her slithery story about creepy crawlies, and of course Sarah, replete in her Corpse Bride best, recited her Love Poem to a Zombie. Robot Girl Lauren Beukes ended the night off with What The Book Lounge Doesn’t Tell You. I could tell you what that is, but the books wont like it.

My story, somewhere in the middle, was an excerpt from a short story that was first entitled The Expedition. Its new incarnation, Triolet, One am, will appear in the Home and Away anthology by Zebra Press in April next year. It’s a spooky little yarn about three kids who become friends while on holiday with their parents in Mauritius. One night they set out to find a haunted plantation house, but you’ll have to wait to find out what happens to them. Or harass Louis.

You can hear the Something Wicked podcast of me reading the excerpt here.

Or watch it here.

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It was a fantastic evening with The Book Lounge pulling out all the stops to host us. Thanks to the zombified staff for creating the perfect setting for a horror reading. Thanks to Joe, Vianne and Something Wicked for recording the readings and to everyone who attended. Can’t wait till next year!

And to all Book SA readers, Happy Halloween. Every day should be an excuse to dress up and eat sweets.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    November 7th, 2009 @23:02 #

    This was the loveliest literary spookfest! I got all costumed up (wicked witch heels, black and purple flowing outfit, bright red eyeshadow, fright-wig hairdo) -- and then my car was as dead as a doornail, so I had to take a mini-bus taxi to the Book Lounge. The gaartjie couldn't stop giggling at me. I am clearly too long in the tooth to do Goth (ha, pathetic vampire pun). The Book Lounge, organizers and performers deserve pumpkin pie for their efforts. Thanks all.


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