Masimba Musodza will be publishing Shavi Rechikadzi, his latest novel with a promotional campaign building up to the actual release date. Readers who preorder the book from the publisher’s website will be entered in to a draw, in which the lucky one will win a tablet.
Shavi Rechikadzi is a ChiShona language horror novel, with sexual violence as a main theme.
The story connects to the international horror genre by narrating how a copy of De Vermis
Mysteriis, the 700page grimoire penned by Belgian necromancer Ludwig Prinn just before he
was executed in 1489 found its way to what is now Zimbabwe through the adventures of
Zanzibari scholar, Mwalimu Jumah, a man who “enquired after things one ought not.” Since it
is possible that, after all these years, Mwalimu Jumah himself may yet still live, the horrible
tome may make several appearances in Zimbabwean literature in the future….
Musodza will also begin to serialise readings of the novel, which, except for the last part, will
be freely available online as podcasts.
The author hopes to generate enough interest among the Shonaspeaking communities,
especially those who live in countries with developed book industries, to create the first
bestseller in the language in recent times. While his publishing model is a nod to the “small
press” of the typical horror writer, Musodza recognises that he is actively establishing a new
avenue for African writers, especially those who, like himself, do not adhere to the “African
writer” convention established by the major publishing houses, and that other Zimbabwean
authors are watching carefully this new development.
Shavi Rechikadzi will be available from the 16th of July 2015 in both print and ebook formats
Title: Shavi Rechikadzi
Author: Masimba Musodza
Publisher: Belontos Books, ISBN:
Genre: Horror/Zimbabwean Fiction/Fiction in
A lawenforcement finally gets up on its hind legs to confront what appears to be a rise in incidents of sexual violence. Even so, the system is not perfect, and many victims will still fall through the cracks. Such as Nhamo, an orphaned domestic worker, who is raped by her employer’s son and his friends. The court acquits them, citing legal technicalities.
Then, beginning with the judge, everyone associated with the case is found dead, the victim of vicious attack by a cryptid monster. From investigating a sexual offence, to a spate of grisly murders, Nomusa Mpala and her friends find themselves face to face with the unspeakable horror armed with demonic rage, summoned from the depths by a knowledge no human should ever possess, deployed to execute justice in a way that the system had failed.
Masimba Musodza blends topical issues with the mythology of several cultures and ages (and a good dose of Lovecraft) to forge a book that will be hard to put down.
Meet the author
Musodza’s writing covers many genres, reflecting the eclectic influences that he was exposed to and his own interest in the world around him. His work has been described as “intelligent
pulp”.However, it is in the realm of fantasy, especially sciencefiction and horror, that
Masimba Musodza is emerging as a literary force. In 2011, he published MunaHacha Maive
Nei?, which became the first sciencefiction novel in ChiShona.
Musodza is a supporter of Professor Ngugi wa Thiongo’s assertion that African authors need
to use their own languages in order to advance African literature rather than the language of
their colonial legacy. Thus, he wrote MunaHacha maive nei?, a scifi/thriller tale that explores
African folk beliefs and the modern world of globalism, genetically modified agricultural
produce and political manipulation. It is only the first of many novels that will push the
boundaries for ChiShona language fiction. MunaHacha maive nei? was shortlisted for the
2011 ZIMAA (Zimbabwe Music & Arts) Award, which saw Musodza walk away with the Writer of the Year Award.
In Herbert Wants To Come Home, Musodza takes on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, reversing its
“immigrationhysteria” theme, to explore his own generation’s fears about returning to
Zimbabwe from the west, no longer the same. Also slated for publication later this year,
Herbert Wants To Come Home has been serialised on JukePop Serials, an online platform,
where it has been one of the most popular stories. Submissions to the platform go through a
rigorous selection process, so Musodza is confident of the story’s potential.
Like many Zimbabweans of his generation, Musodza lives abroad. He is active in the literary
and cultural circles of not only the exiled Zimbabwean community, but the wider British and
international ones as well, and dabbles in dramatics. He is studying for a BA (Hons) degree in English with Creative Writing at Teesside University.