The Outcast Hours, a brand-new anthology edited by Jared Shurin and Mahvesh Murad, officially releases worldwide this week. (Jared and Mahvesh are the dynamic duo behind the highly acclaimed The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories. Read my review here.)
From Cape Town to Karachi, The Outcast Hours features short stories by a diverse lineup of authors from across the globe. What ties them together is the theme of night.
Everyone knows that nighttime is when the bad guys come out, when the shadows deepen our fears, and when a sudden sound can make our hearts thunder in our chests.
This anthology explores those stories. The bad guys, the monsters, the events that take place when most of the world is fast asleep. It’s a collection designed to make your imagination run wild.
I am so thrilled to be part of this collection. My short story, aptly titled The Collector, introduces a man who feels out of touch with the world, and who can only find peace under the neon lights at night.
It’s a little retro, it’s very dark and like most of my stories, it blows a kiss to my favourite city in the entire world – Cape Town.
The Outcast Hours features stories by China Miéville, Frances Hardinge, Lavie Tidhar, Will Hill and fellow South Africans S.L. Grey, Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen and Sam Beckbessinger among others.
The reviews so far have been great. I couldn’t believe it when SFX Magazine gave my story a special mention in their review.
This was my reaction:
Win a copy of The Outcast Hours
To celebrate the worldwide release, I am giving away a copy of this brilliant collection. To enter, simply pop me a mail with the message THE OUTCAST HOURS GIVEAWAY.
If you’re the lucky winner I’ll get in touch via email to arrange delivery.
Competition closes Friday, 1 March 2019.