Every now and then I find an author whose books are the equivalent of crack cocaine, and all I want to do is sit there and OD on all their stories. From the mainstream Sarah J. Maas, Brandon Sanderson, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman, to the lesser known but equally wonderful headliners of tomorrow, Patrick Kealan Burke, Bracken Macleod, Stephen Graham Jones, and Mercedes M. Yardley. I love them all! However, what most people tend to not know is that South Africa has its fair share of great authors who’re absolutely addictive to read. I mean, yeah, you know some authors who’re from South Africa that’s big overseas (J.M. Coetzee, Wilbur Smith, Lauren Beukes), but they aren’t the only ones worth reading.
Here’s a mini list of SA authors and their books that’s addictive (to me, personally), in no particular order, and I sincerely hope you consider checking out when you’re in a mood to find new voices in the industry:
Dave-Brendon de Burgh
Dave-Brendon de Burgh wanted to be an artist and speak French, but Fate saved him and pointed him in the direction of writing. He’s a bookseller, co-parent to three wonderful ‘furkids’, reads Speculative Fiction voraciously, and is the luckiest guy in the world because he has a blonde, blue-eyed woman in his life who supports his need to write and be crazy.
He’s a bookseller, the Acquiring Editor of Tickety Boo Press, a writer and a paranormal investigator with Phoenix Paranormal South Africa.
Dave de Burgh writes some bad-ass fantasy that’ll suck you right into a world of awesome! Definitely check out his Mahaelian Chronicles when you’re in the mood for a high fantasy that’s memorable and addictive.
- A Song of Sacrifice (Mahaelian Chronicles #0.5)
- Betrayal’s Shadow (Mahaelian Chronicles #1)
- A Song of Conflict (Mahaelian Chronicles #1.5)
- Conviction’s Pain (Mahaelian Chronicles #2)
Melissa Delport is an award-winning author and lover of all things bookish. For ten years she owned and successfully operated her own specialised logistics company, until she woke up one morning and decided that it was time to put her English degree to good use and write books. In 2013, she was offered a publishing contract for her Legacy Trilogy. She has since released numerous titles in both speculative fiction and commercial women’s fiction. While she does not miss the corporate world, she does sometimes miss the novelty of being taken seriously. Melissa resides in Hillcrest, Kwa-Zulu Natal with her husband and three children. None of whom take her seriously.
Melissa Delport’s Guardian’s of Summerfeld series is really addictive when you’re in the mood for something fantasy with a dash of this and that. She’s also written a sundry of other books, including a dystopian trilogy for adults (pictured below). She’s a highly recommended author by quite a few readers, including this one.
- The Cathedral of Cliffdale (Guardians of Summerfeld #1)
- The Fight of the Fallen (Guardians of Summerfeld #2)
- The Hope of Hawkstone (Guardians of Summerfeld #3)
- The Balance of Blood (Guardians of Summerfeld #4)
- The Legacy (The Legacy Trilogy #1)
- The Legion (The Legacy Trilogy #2)
- The Legend (The Legacy Trilogy #3)
Joan de la Haye
Just your average, neurotic, author who writes dark and twisted fiction.
I write horror and some very twisted thrillers. So I invariably wake up in the middle of the night, because I’ve figured out yet another freaky way to mess with my already screwed up characters.
I’m interested in some seriously weird shit. That’s probably also one of the reasons I write horror.
I’m deep, dark and seriously twisted and so is my writing.
Nobody knows the darkness better than Joan de la Haye, which is probably why I love her work as much as I do. You’d think someone who knows the inner-workings of darkness would be hella depressed, but no. Joan is a surprisingly cheerful specimen with a knack for horror. Her work is addictive, especially if you’re not in the mood for watered-down nonsense.
Rachel Morgan spent a good deal of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making, crafting endless stories of make-believe and occasionally writing some of them down. After completing a degree in genetics and discovering she still wasn’t grown-up enough for a ‘real’ job, she decided to return to those story worlds still spinning around her imagination. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.
Rachel lives in Cape Town with her husband and three miniature dachshunds. She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series and the sweet contemporary romance Trouble series, which is published under the name Rochelle Morgan.
Rachel Morgan is one of South Africa’s treasures as far as addictive reading goes. Her Creepy Hollow series is uber-popular, and her Trouble series (a YA romance series I’ve not had the pleasure of reading yet) is said to be just as much fun. Definitely check out the Creepy Hollow books if it’s your preferred genre—and even if it’s not, all sorts are said to enjoy them.
- The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1)
- The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2)
- The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow #3)
- The Faerie’s Secret (Creepy Hollow #4)
- The Faerie’s Revenge (Creepy Hollow #5)
- A Faerie’s Curse (Creepy Hollow #6)
- Glass Faerie (Creepy Hollow #7)
Jassy Mackenzie is from a family where books weren’t just more important than television, they were so important that television was banned from the house.
She lives on a smallholding outside Johannesburg and shares her life with her wonderful partner Dion, two horses and two cats.
She has written the Jade de Jong series of thrillers, as well as four erotic romances. These have been published in South Africa and the USA.
Apart from writing, Jassy loves horse riding (she competes in dressage on her Thoroughbred, Msasa Magic), cycling, cooking, reading and walking.
Jassy Mackenzie writes a lot of books, in quite a few genres, but none is more addictive than the Jade de Jong series (if you love a P.I. story, this one’s for you!). And best of all, the newest book in the series was only recently released, so if you like to binge read, now’s a good reason to get your hands on this one.
- Random Violence (Jade de Jong #1)
- Stolen Lives (Jade de Jong #2)
- The Fallen (Jade de Jong #3)
- Pale Horses (Jade de Jong #4)
Be sure to check back for some more Proudly South African addictive reads. I have a whole list of recommendations I’m sure you’ll love.