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The Root Cellar and Other Stories

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Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar and Other Stories brings a fresh crop of horror and dark literature from the most recent South African HorrorFest Bloody Parchment short story competition. From dreary subterranean chambers and angelic visitations to the many-legged horrors of alien invaders and a meeting with the Devil himself, this collection of tales offers readers the ...more
ebook, First, 119 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by eKhaya (Random House Struik)
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Michael Fierce
The best story in this collection is the title story, The Root Cellar, by Toby Bennett which was far and above the rest. I was completely engaged by the setting, the main character, and the story, which had me riveted to my seat. I felt it had a Poe and Fritz Leiber vibe to it.

Wants and Needs, his other contribution to this collection was the next best story. I just might want to read more by Toby Bennett.

The only others I enjoyed were an arachnid vs. humans survival horror story, Strands, by B
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Maree Kimberley
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I discovered some fantastic horror writers in this collection, which was put together from the winners of the South Africa Horrorfest Bloody Parchment short story competition. The title story The Root Cellar by Toby Bennett had me hooked from the first sentence and didn't let go. Every sentence built up to the tension until the horrifying, and heartbreaking, ending. Bennett has another story in the collection, Wants and Needs, which is equally good but other favourites for me were the chilling S ...more
Nerine Dorman
Aug 30, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Often having reread a book so many times through the editing process, I don't always remember to add this to my pile over at Goodreads. Seriously impressed with the caliber of the submissions from last year's competition, and absolutely charmed with the broad cross-section of talent showcased here. All brilliant authors to work with, and I urge you to follow up on their existing titles other than just the short stories in this collection.

I must share the footage from the 2013 event: http://blood
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Zane
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
As I think it's poor taste to review my own work, consider the star rating for all other contributors. A great collection as always!
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Nerine Dorman is a South African author and editor of science fiction and fantasy currently living in Cape Town, with short fiction published in numerous anthologies. Her YA fantasy novel Dragon Forged was a finalist in the 2017 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature, and she is the curator of the South African Horrorfest Bloody Parchment event and short story competition. Her short story “On the Other ...more

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