MERCENARIES! TIKOLOSHES! MURDER! SUSPECTS!
“Playfully, mischievously and slowly, she launches light but lively kicks on the lap of Sipho, whose chest in turn vibrates breathlessly as the hormones run riot.”
— THE TIKOLOSHI & THE TRANSLATOR by NDABA SIBANDA
INSIDE: Who is Madame Mumba’s secret lover? Why was Maltoush accused of murder? Can a South African mercenary find redemption? And could Clicks Mabaye be Kate and Ntoko’s prime suspect?
STORIES BY: Dion Loubser (South Africa), Chinelo Onwualu (Nigeria), Ndaba Sibanda (Zimbabwe), Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Akin Siku, Olivie Keck, Shaun Hill, Warren Raysdorf,
YOUNG LOVE! YOUNGER VICTIMS! INSECT TRAGEDY! NIGHT VISIONS!
“I knew it was dangerous to let them put these swords in me lest one touched my liver. That’s how they get their strength – from their victims’ livers. They don’t care if it kills you.”
— SWEET SIXTEEN by TOSIN OTITOJU
INSIDE: A Nigerian schoolgirl dreams of her own death! Shenanigans on a road-trip to Portugese East! The tragic & gripping downfall of… an ant! And Keletso’s clawed killer strikes again!
STORIES BY: Tom Learmont (South Africa), Tosin Otitoju (Nigeria), Ahmed Fagih (Libya), Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard, Olivie Keck, Jacques Strauss, Llwellyn Van Eeden, Daniel Rautenbach
DETECTIVE! ROMANCE! FANTASY! SCI-FI!
“His was the gift of gathering large armies from conquered tribes and across the new world. They all fought for him; men from the West, East, even the great Vikings from the .”
DEATH OF A WARRIOR KING by TENDAI TAGARIRA
Who will slay the Golden Dragon of Tanganyika? What happens when a young Somali refugee falls for a boy in his class? Do humans and chimpanzees belong in space or indeed anywhere? And can Kate Gomolemo really trust Mma Basupi? FIND OUT IN OUR 20TH ISSUE!
STORIES BY: Tendai Frank Tagarira (Zimbabwe), Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana), Diriye Osman (Somalia/UK), Sebastian Borckenhagen (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard, Jacques Strauss, Amber Myers, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Colijn Strydom
LOVE! DEATH! DANGER! MANGOS!
“I felt good, I must say, thrilled not by the allure of forbidden love, but by the fact that I was desired… This, however, was not to say that I hoped anything would come out of my interaction with Anonymous. I wouldn’t allow myself to be in an affair with a married man.”
— THE GENTLE PRESENCE OF LOVE ANONYMOUS by Stanley Kenani
INSIDE: Bed-hopping in a Cape Town of the future! Doomed escape on the road to Port Elizabeth! An autopsy in Gaborone! And forbidden chat-romance in Lilongwe!
STORIES BY: Stanley Kenani (Malawi), Liam Kruger (South Africa), Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana), David Cornwell (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Jacques Strauss, Llewellyn Van Eeden, Shaun Hill, Olivie Keck, Daniel Rautenbach
SOUTH AFRICA! BOTSWANA! EGYPT! KENYA!
“This dye is excellent and doesn’t come off easily. They say it isn’t toxic, but who cares about that? If only it were toxic!”
— UTOPIA by Ahmed Khaled Towfik
INSIDE: A glimpse into futuristic Egypt! Evil re-born in the Congolese jungle! The hilarious ramblings of a Kenyan hustler! And an inhuman killer stalks the Gaborone night in a brand new serial from Lauri Kubuitsile!
STORIES BY: Ahmed Khaled Towfik (Egypt), Philip Vermaas (South Africa), Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana), Mark Laki Muthiora (Kenya)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Jacques Strauss, Shaun Hill, Olivie Keck, Sinead Turnham, Dave Querido
MYSTERY! ESCAPE! VIOLENCE! BULLSHIT!
“Times have changed. Nothing is mahala anymore.”
“Air is free. Time is free.”
“Yes but airtime you must pay for.”
— THE VUVUZELA MURDERS by ARYAN KAGANOF
INSIDE! Tsunami Lou hunts the elusive Skaface Cupido, conflict rages in Lesotho, Khalid’s eccentricities turn violent and the astronauts of Mission Minerva discover a mystery beyond all human comprehension…
STORIES BY: Constance Myburgh (South Africa), Pontšo Mpholle (Lesotho), Aryan Kaganof (South Africa), Abdul Adan (Somalia)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Amber Myers, Llewellyn Van Eeden, Warren Raysdorf, Jacques Strauss
THE SOUTH AFRICAN SCI-FI ISSUE!
“Claas Tsanko also mentioned to me on his stoep that the specs at Koeberg wanted to phase out stored power. Consequently chlorocell canisters were on sale. I could buy a month’s supply.”
— THE DEAD YANK by Rossouw Nel
INSIDE: An entire issue of Sensational South African Science Fiction: Futuristic Cape Town! Alien beurocrats! Supernatural space travel! Inter-galactic romance! And true-life UFO experiences! All inside this special edition!
STORIES BY: Constance Myburgh, Thembisa Cochrane, Rossouw Nel, Casey Callaghan, Alan Thwaites
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Joey Hi-Fi, Sinead Turnham, Warren Raysdorf, Jacques Strauss
SOUTH AFRICA! TANZANIA! CAMEROON! ZIMBABWE!
“Mr Mrisha was dead. I didn’t believe in Mr Israel’s God or in His vengeance, but I knew Israel was right in one sense. Mr Mrisha did not die from tuberculosis. Jackline had shared some terrible secret with him and so he had been murdered. Pinkerton Agency Bongo had its first case.”
—- PINKERTON AGENCY BONGO BY H A HIGGO
INSIDE: Is Timti losing his mind? Or was he really abducted by aliens? Can a Head Boy Who is the ghost following Monique home from school? Will the Dread Eye Detective Agency solve the case of the murdered Liberian filmmaker? And what really killed high school teacher, Mr Mrisha? Justice Mohammed Seif intends to find out…
STORIES BY: Masimba Musodza (Zimbabwe), Dzekashu MacViban (Cameroon), HA Higgo (South Africa/UK), Tatum Davis (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Jacques Strauss, Llewellyn Van Eeden, Olivie Keck, Dave Querido, Shaun Hill
DARING! DEMONS! RASTAFARIANS! AEROBICS!
“Somebody. Anybody. Is anyone there? I’m in a bad place. Save me.It’s a plea I make in my mind, every day, every hour, every minute. Every second. It’s all I can do, because of them.”
- SALTED WOUND BY SAMMY MWIRIGI
INSIDE: Meet Ce-Ce and Fairai, Zimbabwe’s Rastafarian Detectives, investigate the Lycra murders with Constable Joanna, join Rapula’s journey into the haunted Cave of Kokwana, and discover the nightmares awaiting the new pastor of Kenya’s salt country…
STORIES BY: Masimba Musodza (Zimbabwe), Domenico Pisanti (South Africa), Sammy Mwirigi (Kenya), Tom Learmont (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Sheryo, Shaun Hill, Olivie Keck, Jacques Strauss
CENTIPEDES! ROMANCE! PRISON! CURSES!
“What if I am a mistaken identity? What if she is married, and her husband gets hold of a favourable reply from me, and comes after me with a raised machete?, what if I don’t reply? What if…? What if…?”
— THE LETTER BY ‘LAKI’ MARK MUTHIORA
INSIDE: Terror invasion in a theme park! Krazy Romance in Kenya! Cursed Families in Cape Town! Love betrayed in Lagos! For more Jungle Madness, read on!
STORIES BY: Mike Laki Muthiora (Kenya), Clarius Ugwuoha (Nigeria), Jeroma Cornelius (South Africa), Carine Engelbrecht (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Sheryo, Olivie Keck, Jacques Strauss, Dave Querido, Jenna Bass
LEGENDS! GRAVES! BETRAYAL! QADDAFI!
“She’s out there, and she’s not putting a foot inside this house. If she wants him she will have to deal with me. I’d like to see her try. Whatever she is I’ll skin her alive.”
— TWIN SISTERS BY CONSTANCE MYBURGH
INSIDE: Something horrifying is luring convicts to the town of Twin Sisters… Nadine recalls her downfall at the hands of Blue Joe… Old Graham finds that dying isn’t as easy as it seems… and the final moments of Muammar Qaddafi exposed!
STORIES BY: Clarius Ogwuoha (Nigeria), Constance Myburgh (South Africa), Abdul Adan (Somalia), Iheoma Nwachukwu (Nigeria)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard, Jacques Strauss, Olivie Keck, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Shaun Hill
AMAZON! BULLETS! HAUNTINGS! REVENGE!
“Tolbert joined the G-string battalion to fight, rise through the ranks and go after General Bloodthirsty. He wanted him for all he had done to him, for his family, for Captain Goggles, for his right arm.”
— MULES OF FORTUNE by SAMUEL KOLAWOLE
INSIDE: Can the Mules of Fortune escape their terrible fate? What drove Mama Janlo’s daughter to murder her lover? Why won’t Jessica leave Apartment 415? And is Jan-Jan lost in the Amazon Jungle for good?
STORIES BY: Samuel Kolawole (Nigeria), SA Partridge (South Africa), Mick Raubenheimer (South Africa), Victor Alao (Nigeria)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard, Sinead Turnham, Warren Raysdorf, Olivie Keck, Jacques Strauss
WAR! SOLAR STORMS! SHAPESHIFTERS! HOLLYWOOD!
“What if I was to tell you that your talents are wasted in this town? What if I was to offer you a job writing movies out on Mars?”
- SHARKY’S WORLD by NIKHIL SINGH
INSIDE: Is being a screenwriter on Mars all it’s cracked up to be? How will Sue and Etty survive the horrors of war? What kind of monster is really hiding in Steytlerville? And can anything save Phulani from the solar storm? Find out inside…
STORIES BY: Nick Wood (South Africa), Samuel Kolawole (Nigeria), Richard Stanley (South Africa), Nikhil Singh (Venus)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Jacques Strauss, Warren Raysdorf, Olivie Keck
WITCHES! DRAGONS! GUERRILLAS! ART!
‘The following day he could not speak coherently and had to be sent urgently to the hospital. Starting from that day he could only mumble, “I saw them naked! I saw them naked! Naked!”’
— THE WITCHES OF GAKWETSI by Boletilemang Gabokgatlhe
INSIDE: A man visits a reclusive artist with a celestial request, Tolbert joins the child soldiers of G-String Battalion, Miss Botsile proves she’s no ordinary teacher and war breaks out as the Glass Tower falls.
STORIES BY: Gee Mullan (South Africa), Boletilemang Gabokgatlhe (Botswana), Samuel Kolawole (Nigeria), Tom Learmont (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Martina Petrelli, Sinead Turnham, Jacques Strauss, Olivie Keck
HORROR! GHOSTS! GUNS! MARRIAGE!
“Love him. Men want to be loved. They want you to tell them in heated whispers how much you love them.”
— THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO MAKE A MAN YOURS by VICTOR ALAO
THIS ISSUE: Horror on a Spanish Prison Island! Ghosts in Cape Town! Violence in Johannesburg! And the Complete Guide to Make a Man Yours!
STORIES BY: Jerome Cornelius (South Africa), Victor Alao (Nigeria), Aryan Kaganof (South Africa), Dion Loubser (South Africa)
HEAVEN! HELL! BABOONS! ASSASSINS!
“Punishment enjoys being with his majitas. Punishment enjoys holding his steel in his fingers. He hopes he will get to use it tonight.”
— PUNISHMENT & CRIME by ARYAN KAGANOF
INSIDE: Meet Frida, Nigeria’s top assassin. Find out what the baboons are guarding on the secret path. See the final battle for the souls of Joburg, and watch as a new evil descends on the city…
STORIES BY: Tosin Otitoju (Nigeria), Dominico Pisanti (South Africa), Aryan Kaganof (South Africa), Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria/USA)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard, Jacques Strauss, Dave Querido
HELL! SEX! LOVE! SEALS!
‘“I am a Lord of Hell…and it will give me great pleasure to destroy an insect like you.” Said the mouth in the dying man’s neck.’
— SCISSION by DOMINICO PISANTI
INSIDE: Find love in Cape Verde, heart-break in the Sex Cemetery, human limbs in the forest and salvation in Scission.
STORIES BY: Constance Myburgh (South Africa), Irenosen Okojie (Nigeria), Nikhil Singh (Venus/South Africa), Dominico Pisanti (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard, Jacques Strauss, Muchael Tymbios
DEMONS! WATER SPRITES! APOCALYPSE! ADVENTURE!
“They were fierce eyes, the kind of eyes that only come from gazing on much bloodshed and violence. ‘Go,’ he had said. ‘It is the name of a town. Find it. Find it.’”
— THE END WHEN IT COMES by WERNER PRETORIUS
INSIDE: It’s no ordinary storm in Kaiser Bay. Kola Boof shares her adventures in the Middle East. How did grandfather escape from the Mozambican Water Sprite? And the powers of good and evil descend on Johannesburg in a brand new serial.
STORIES BY: Werner Pretorius (South Africa), Kola Boof (Sudan/USA), Tom Learmont (South Africa), Dominico Pisanti (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard, Jacques Strauss, Michael Tymbios
GHANA! VENUS! UGANDA! HAITI!
“I’m sick of eating children,” she whispered. I straightened slowly and holstered my revolver.”
—- THE GORGON by NIKHIL SINGH
INSIDE: Who is the monster in the hotel room? What happened at the Owen Falls Dam? Will Khadija enter the dangerous world of biocore smuggling? And how does ‘The White Darkness’ end? All your questions answered inside…
STORIES BY: Jonathan Dotse (Ghana), Nikhil Singh (South Africa/Venus), Shabnam Mahmood (Uganda/USA), Richard Stanley (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard, Jacques Strauss
CRIME! MURDER! MAGIC! EVIL PIGEONS!
“But now Aida’s scheming on half a hope and she knows it. Those lips you used to suck as if they would give life to the lifeless now plead soundlessly with you to save her one more time.”
— KISS YESTERDAY GOODBYE by CRISPIN ODUOBUK
INSIDE: Follow Richard Stanley to the luck baths of Bassin St Jacques, investigate trouble in Thokoza with detective Thabang Maje, witness the miracles of Irenosen Okojie’s London and fight for your life in the ganglands of Lagos.
STORIES BY: Irenosen Okojie (Nigeria), Richard Stanley (South Africa), Crispin Oduobuk (Nigeria), Diale Tlholwe (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard, Jacques Strauss
PRISON TERROR! POSSESSION! MALL HORROR! DIAMOND MADNESS!
They came for the President first. Somehow she knew they were coming and prepared for it. “I am going home tonight, to meet Boy Snake,” she said simply. “Acid, I inaugurate you as president.”
—- MEME by Samuel Kolawole
This issue: Terror inside a prison for doomed women. Strange secrets discovered beneath a Johannesburg mall. Diamond fever leads to violence in the desert. And the journey into the White Darkness continues…
STORIES BY: Samuel Kolawole (Nigeria), SL Grey (South Africa), Richard Stanley (South Africa), Constance Myburgh (South Africa)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard
MURDER! VOUDOU! ALIENS! PIRATES!
“She tosses me the bottle and steeling myself I take a deep swig. No turning back now. No half measures in Voudou…”
— THE WHITE DARKNESS by Richard Stanley
INSIDE: Treacherous mermaids in the Sargasso Sea, mysterious deaths in Accra, an alien race beneath Mombasa and Voudou sorcery in Haiti? All this and more inside…
STORIES BY: Nikhil Singh (South Africa/Venus), Richard Stanley (South Africa), Abdul Adan (Somalia) & Kwei Quartey (Ghana)
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Hannes Bernard