Hauntings – a collection of stories edited by Niq Mhlongo.
This Halloween, be prepared to be spooked by the upcoming, future bestselling, anthology Hauntings!
A thrilling array of African writers, including Fred Khumalo, Sibongile Fisher, Lucas Ledwaba, Vonani Bila, Lynn Joffe and Christopher Mlalazi, tell surprising and unnerving tales in this collection of commissioned stories from the master of narrative writing, Niq Mhlongo. These stories give answers to the question: What does being haunted and hauntings mean in our southern African world, in the past, the present and the future?
From the Tunnel by Christopher Mlalazi:
On the day Shabba claimed that he saw it, we had decided to go to the mine tunnel where Mother always warns we should not. She says ghosts live inside it, and should they see us and we make eye contact, that will be the end of us too. 'They look almost like fireflies,'she had said. 'And that’s why it’s difficult to know whether it’s a firefly or the ghost itself.’
Some people say they only come out at night, and it’s for that reason we think we have never seen them because my friends and I always go to the tunnel in the afternoons – and anyway our parents never allow us to go into the bush at night.
On that day, after knocking off from school where we all are in Grade 4, we had first decided to go hunting for mthunduluka fruits near Maqala River as they are now in season."
About The Editor:
Niq Mhlongo is an award-winning, bestselling, master storyteller. His collection of short stories, Soweto Under the Apricot Tree won the Herman Charles Bosman Literary Prize for English Fiction and the Nadine Gordimer Short-Story Award in 2019. His edited collections, Black Tax (2019) and
award-winning Joburg Noir (2020), signalled the way for new South African writing.