Vanessa Wright


I am a 50 year old visual artist, author, mom and pug breeder. Two of my Afrikaans short stories have been published in My kort vir jou sop available on as an e-book and soon to be released in soft cover. I have taken part in Nanowromo 2012 and reached the target on day 26. I have my own blog at, appropriately named Humouring the dark, where I have a few followers. I am also active on Facebook and Twitter and am a member of a writing group. I lead my own book club as well- I am a true bookaholic. Writing has always been my passion, however the timing always seemed incorrect as daily life interrupted more frequently than not. Now, I have decided to go big or go home.

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Red Tape
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,130. Language: British English. Published: October 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Anne Hurter is a broken woman due to.sexual abuse and emotional deprivation. Freedom does not lie in the death of her parents, but in the form of a caring and attentive saviour, Louis. Anne is incapable of love and her children and family are shattered as one of them turns into a psychopath.
The Knowledge of Existence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,730. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » African
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Alone in an alien, cold space, a man has to decide whether the life he has lived thus far was truly worth it. He meets a stranger and a conversation ensues which changes his life forever
Dandelions for Mother
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,160. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » African
Abby loses her mother and builds a city to keep her memory alive. Being bullied at school and dealing with her own grief and her father's makes life too difficult for her and she chooses a way out.
STORM Volume I
Series: Storm. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,660. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
STORM is an anthology of short stories around a common theme - a storm. Volume I is a mix of fantasy, science fiction and dystopian stories where people's lives are influenced by the occurrence of a storm, physical, moral or magical. Set in worlds apart from our own, authors of the Pretoria Writers' Group give life to characters who may not seem so far away from us after all.
A Storm in a Teacup
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,720. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Oogithap and Ilgiprart are sent to Earth by the High Command on a scientific expedition. They need to learn more about the planet in order to put their plan of world domination to work. They land rather haphazardly on Earth with the help of the Big Giant Head and set out to conquer Earth with hillarious consequences.
Series: Storm. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,060. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: April 25, 2014 by Linzé Brandon. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Anthologies
STORM is an anthology of short stories around a common theme - a storm. Volume II is a mix of four contemporary stories where people's lives are influenced by the occurrence of a storm: physical, moral or imaginary. Set in a modern day setting, four authors of the Pretoria Writers' Group brings stories from real life, in sometimes difficult circumstances, to this anthology.
The Gurgling Drain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Horror » General
Thembile is alone in the house after everyone has gone off to work and school. Something evil is after Thembile and, come to think of it, she knows exactly what it is.
A Desiccated Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 2,360. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A horrifying Christmas tale of a black Santa Claus sweltering in the heat of a South African day. He dehydrates and imagines that innocent children turn into demons.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,060. Language: American English. Published: September 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
These stories have their origin in the darker half of my psyche. Ordinary events suddenly become extraordinary, not to mention a little weird. This is where the title seems rather apt: Twisted. Not one of the stories end as you would expect them to and more often than not the reader is left with a shiver of fear or loathing running down his spine.

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  • Bubble Trouble on Oct. 06, 2013

    A clever erotic fantasy, with a superb ending where the main character realises that she misses her sexual partner. The helicopter blades remind her of how he left which makes the anticipation at his return more poignant. I disagree strongly with the previous review- there is no disjointed ending. A clever author realises that her readers are intelligent and do not have to be spoon fed. Had to take a few cold showers after this one-brilliantly done Linze Brandon!
  • Pixie Dust, Boots and Reindeer on Jan. 05, 2014

    The short story is a tongue in cheek, playful look at what the adult Santa gets up to. I enjoyed the pixie character as she is full of mischief and a subtle joy. The author has a subtle and refined hand when dealing with complex emotions. Once again the erotica is handled expertly by the author- both emotionally and physically. Well done- enjoyable read.
  • The Secret on Jan. 10, 2014

    A truly chilling tale in which the ordinary becomes extraordinary. The juxtaposition of the old couple with the horrifying events in the basement makes for good horror writing. Storyline and characters are handled with finesse.
  • The Perfect Stranger on Jan. 10, 2014

    Awesome story line and tension kept on the edge of a hairpin. Dialogue is well executed and characters are multi-dimensional. A modern day tale with a twist-beware of the stranger with the beautiful smile!
  • Trust A Good Marriage on Jan. 12, 2014

    Loved this short story; great title too. Interaction and body language is well depicted and appropriate to the situation. Dialogue is extremely well written. Words certainly do have different meanings than those we immediately jump to.
  • The Intuitive Horticulturist on Feb. 01, 2014

    Intriguing story line! Opposites do attract and what you at first might find to be weird could just be exactly what you were looking for in the first place! Intuition plys a significant part in our lives, thanks for reminding me Rob McShane. Once again a beautiful story!
  • Alien Golden Apples on Feb. 13, 2014

    The author has a knack for turning mundane objects into things of horror. Well written with a tight, suspenseful plot. The reiteration of the words: "We will be back" becomes even more horrifying at the end. Enjoyed this one-will however be looking at apples very suspiciously from now on.