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Author Week #3: S.L. Grey

It’s time for our third special Author Week here on the World SF Blog!

Our guest(s) this week are South African writing duo S.L. Grey, author(s) of The Mall, a big, fantastic horror novel set in Johannesburg. S.L. Grey are made up of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg, who will be contributing this week with a short story and a guest post, respectively. We’ll also have an interview with the authors, and a review of The Mall.

And, of course – we have a giveaway!

We have 3 copies of The Mall to give away, courtesy of the fab people at Corvus. For a chance to win, simply comment down below, and make sure to fill in your e-mail address so we know to contact you if you won. Competition closes on Friday! will run over the weekend and we’ll announce the winners on Monday.

About The Mall:

Dan works at a bookstore in a deadly dull shopping mall where nothing ever happens. He’s an angsty emo-kid who sells mid-list books to mid-list people for the minimum wage. He hates his job. Rhoda has dragged her babysitting charge to the mall so she can meet her dealer and score some coke. Now the kid’s run off, and she has two hours to find him. She hates her life. Rhoda bullies Dan into helping her search, but as they explore the neon-lit corridors behind the mall, disturbing text messages lure them into the bowels of the building, where old mannequins are stored in grave-like piles and raw sewage drips off the ceiling. The only escape is down, and before long Dan and Rhoda are trapped in a service lift listening to head-splitting musak. Worst of all, the lift’s not stopping at the bottom floor. Plummeting into the earth, Dan and Rhoda enter a sinister underworld that mirrors their worst fears. Forced to complete a series of twisted tasks to find their way out, they finally emerge into the brightly lit food court, sick with relief at the banal sight of people shopping and eating. But something feels different. Why are the shoppers all pumped full of silicone? Why are the shop assistants chained to their counters? And why is a cafe called McColon’s selling lumps of bleeding meat? Just when they think they’ve made it back to the mall, they realise their nightmare has only just begun…


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  1. I wouldn’t mind a copy for my friend.

    Comment by Lisa | October 10, 2011

  2. Sounds like a fun read! 🙂 My parents used to run a chocolate shop kiosk in a mall, and there so many ways for a mall to be creepy! Especially after hours… O_o

    Comment by Maggie Slater | October 10, 2011

  3. I would love a copy!

    Comment by Travis Bingaman | October 10, 2011

  4. Would love to get a chance to read more fiction from south africa…

    Comment by Greg | October 10, 2011

  5. really wanna try this book! the theme sounds very interesting. 🙂

    Comment by Meizi | October 10, 2011

  6. I’ve been wanting this one for awhile now. Pick me Pick me!

    Comment by Naz | October 12, 2011

  7. This one has been sitting on my to-read list for some time. I would love a copy.

    Comment by Annatjie Kruger | October 12, 2011

  8. I would love to have a copy!

    Comment by Lu | October 12, 2011

  9. Keeping my fingers crossed! Would love to read this.

    Comment by Chrizette | October 12, 2011

  10. I’ve heard some great things about The Mall. Wouldn’t mind standing a chance to win a copy.

    Comment by Crusader | October 12, 2011

  11. I would love a copy, hear sooooo much about it, but it is difficult to get the book.

    Comment by Jayson | October 12, 2011

  12. I’ve heard a lot about this, and look forward to reading it.

    Comment by Jim | October 12, 2011

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