I'm really proud to be part of the rising tide of African speculative fiction,I'm really proud to have been given the opportunity to create the logo/brand.
With member input, we managed to steer the design into something unique - and most importantly for me - not clichéd African (continents, design motifs, rough textures).
The central character (literally) is the Nommo: "The Nommo are mythological ancestral spirits (sometimes referred to as deities) worshipped by the Dogon people of Mali. The word Nommos is derived from a Dogon word meaning "to make one drink." The Nommos are usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures. Folk art depictions of the Nommos show creatures with humanoid upper torsos, legs/feet, and a fish-like lower torso and tail. The Nommos are also referred to as “Masters of the Water”, “the Monitors”, and "the Teachers”. Nommo can be a proper name of an individual, or can refer to the group of spirits as a…
"Veiled" featured in the 2016 “Beneath This Skin” Edition of Aké Review (2016)(non-speculative fiction)
The Aké Festival is held annually in Abeokuta, Nigeria.
The 2016 theme's focus centered on issues around identity, race and individuality.
"Veiled" being my first non-speculative fiction published.
VEILED by Stephen Embleton
A gust of wind blasted Prunelle from the side as the bus came to a stop a few feet in
front of her. Panicked, she reflexively grabbed at the soft cloth covering the
lower half of her face. "All okay," she thought. She touched and tweaked its
position as she took the few steps forward and into the warmth of the waiting
vehicle. She tried to ignore the weary look from the driver and quickly
scanned her bus pass, heading as far into the back of the bus as she could go.
The seats ran parallel to the sides of the bus, but fear of eye contact forced
heads up at the advertisements or down at the grimy floor. Prunelle seated herself at the far…
My latest short story, Journal of a DNA Pirate, was published in the latest anthology AfroSFv3.
In 2010, while writing my speculative fiction novel, Soul Searching, and having sent it to a top SA publisher (waiting and waiting) I decided to carry on writing. But I wanted something simple and not as bogged down in size as a novel. I decided a blog style story would work to be able to write every day (almost every day) and rather than having a preconceived idea of where the story needed to go, I would take each day where I left off.
I left it for a while (no ending done) and then revisited it in 2011. And that was it.
During this time I had two large publishers in SA take the Soul Searching manuscript for two years each (with revisions done) before they finally rejected (first – 2009-2011; second – 2011-2013). I took that as a sign that my writing had something to it. I carried on tweaking the novel.
Then in 2014, Fox & Raven publishers in SA had a call for entries for t…