bloody satisfied

Roger Smith, Yewande Omotoso, Peter Church, Greg Lazarus, Nechama Brodie, Chris Nicholson, T.O. Molefe, Luke Fiske, Megan Furniss, Sandile Memela, Dawn Garisch, Peter Merrington, Siphiwo Mahala, Anthony Ehlers, Jill Morsbach, Liam Kruger, Amy Heydenrych, Beth Hunt, Anirood Singh, Andrew Salomon, Mncedise Thambe, Jo Stielau, Colin Ward & Melissa Siebert, with a foreword by Deon Meyer and an afterword by Michael Stanley
short fiction/crime-thriller
June 2013


The inaugural Short Sharp Stories anthology, Bloody Satisfied, includes twenty-four top stories, and is introduced with a rollicking foreword by Deon Meyer. It is a collection of thrilling twist-in-the tale stories that make good on the ‘Bloody Satisfied’ promise: slick and sexy stories that brim with danger and elements of the sinister; sophisticated stories that focus on the subtler crimes of everyday life; smart stories that invert expectations and linger in the mind.

The Short Sharp Stories Awards are a platform for both established and emerging writers in South Africa. The Awards are run with support from the National Arts Festival and are curated by Joanne Hichens at


Joanne Hichens is an author, editor, blogger at News24, and creative writing teacher at Rhodes University. Her novel Divine Justice, featuring PI Rae Valentine, was named a Top Ten Killer Thriller by the Sunday Times and a Top Ten LitNet Read for 2011.


"It is a great pleasure to be associated with this book… Buy it. Read it. Relish it." –Deon Meyer 

 "A cracking, eclectic South African collection with stories of stunning originality and skill." – Sarah Lotz

 "Here’s something that’ll leave even the Guptas gobsmacked! The back-stabbing, the guile, the arrogance, the plot twists... It’s all in here." – Fred Khumalo 

"Bloody Satisfied fulfils its mandate superbly – its 'short, sharp stories' are topical, clever, accessible and varied, as much a thrilling adrenaline rush as a strident confirmation that our writers, as much as our citizens, are unyieldingly fascinated by crime, in all of its many guises." – LitNet

“Through all the alarming plot twists and gory who-dunnits in between, this collection is guaranteed to leave readers entirely in tune with its title.” – The Sunday Times

“They’re boxing clever and the only garden variety is the odd shrub someone needs for cover. Each one has a snappy intro that could well give you whiplash.” – The Cape Times

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Eclectic, entertaining, gripping South African short story-telling at it’s best.

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