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Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Launching a short film crowd-funding project!

Dear friends,

Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. To cut to the chase: I am crowd-funding the production of my first short film as director, working title ‘Irregardless’. It was written by American screenwriter John Porter (writer of the feature ‘Lost Mother‘), in whom I have found a kindred spirit and hope to collaborate with on many a film project in the future.

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Shadowman: A Jo’burg-set superhero TV pilot pitch

So I’m thinking about having a go at creating a Saffrican surperhero TV or Web series, and thought it might be fun to share some ideas here. Below is a draft of a pilot. It’s very much genre formulaic, modelled off a screenplay that I found on, optioned from American writer James Thornton and added a little local flavour. I’d very much welcome feedback, suggestions, storyline ideas, a million dollars to make the pilot, what have you. Anybody reckon I could give Mr. Blomkamp a run for the big bucks?



DOWNLOAD (PDF) –> Shadowman (working title) a screenplay by JE Thornton & Byron Loker 


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The box

Maya Fowler puts her touches to the Book Lounge's Chain Gang Challenge short story 'The Box' on International Short Story Day

Here’s a little “po-mo” story Diane Awerbuck, Greg Lazarus, S.A. Partridge, Sarah Lotz, Maya Fowler and I wrote for International Short Story Day and Short Story Day Africa. Diane began and the ending’s mine.

The next morning, when the alarm went off, he wanted to keep the box closed. The airholes were big enough, surely. He lifted his head from the musty pillow and squinted at it. The flaps were still in place. They should be: blue gaffer tape ran like claw marks over the cardboard.

It had been hard enough to get the damn thing into the house without Consuela seeing. It was just a matter of time before her voice burred and whined through the tiny house, twitching the curtains and setting the low, slow burn going in his bones. Now, if he could get her into a box, that would be progress.

Vorn sighed and sat up. He shivered and rubbed his thin chest; the old green tattoo pricked up into goosebumps. Jissis, it was cold in here! He’d had to leave the window open: it was a toss-up between letting the smell out and keeping the thing in. Was the bed wet? What had happened while he was sleeping? Vorn twisted to look behind him and saw that his entire body had been imprinted in sweat on the mattress, like the cut-out left by a cartoon character running through the wall. He’d had to use the sheet to staunch the blood. He hadn’t had the sweats in a while. (more…)

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New Swell now in Kindle Edition

I’m very pleased to announce that my story collection, New Swell, is now available in Kindle Edition from for US$8.00 and for £4.31.

When Amazon released its annual results at the end of January, founder Jeff Bezos highlighted what he called “a big milestone”: Q4 marked the first time that Amazon’s Kindle eBooks outsold paperback books. According to the company’s earning’s release, “Since the beginning of the year, for every 100 paperback books Amazon has sold, the company has sold 115 Kindle books. Additionally, during this same time period the company has sold three times as many Kindle books as hardcover books.”

Amazon’s Kindle Reader software is available for free for Windows PC, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Google Android, it’s therefore possible to download and read Kindle books on any of these devices, without actually buying a Kindle reading device. With the R/$ exchange rate being what it is, the average Kindle title @ $10 makes buying Kindle eBooks a ‘no-brainer’ for South African readers, as far as I’m concerned. I bought Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom for around R80 (the paperback runs to R200), and read it on my laptop with no complaints at all about the reading experience. What’s more, you can request a free sample of any book before you buy. Sample New Swell now if you’re still not convinced!

‘If there’s a new swell in South African short stories, Byron Loker’s on the wave.’ – Mike Nicol.

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The café

I stopped in at the Café one night on the way home with Patrick from watching the Springboks play the All Blacks on the big screen at the Bulldog. The Springboks had won, so me and Patrick were a little drunk and happy and walking home. Patrick had a wife and a baby son to go home to, but I didn’t, so when we passed the Café, I said, ‘How about we stop in for a night-cap?’ I knew Patrick would say okay, because we are very good friends and he would probably have suggested the same thing if I hadn’t.

Published in New Contrast 122, Spring 2003.


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