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Something Wicked: Pandemonium review and interview

Pandemonium This month’s issue of Something Wicked magazine includes a great review of Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse, as well as an interview with Charlie Human and myself about our stories in the compilation.

So obviously the first question is how the hell did so many South Africans get onto this anthology?

SAM: It’s pretty much entirely Lauren Beukes. Pandemonium was put together by Jared [Shurin] and Anne [C. Perry], from Pornokitsch (the website) and they had already awarded Lauren the Kitschies Award last year. So when they asked Lauren to be part of [the anthology] and asked if there was anyone she knew who might be able to whip up some good stories, she very kindly said us.

CHARLIE: Ja, it’s like a lot of the things I end up writing, Lauren has either commissioned or sorted out for me…

SAM: [laughing] It’s basically anything Lauren is too busy to do herself.

So you’re basically her whipping boys.

SAM: Well, yeah. [laughs] No, we’re just kind of under her table clawing at the crumbs which drop from her mouth.

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