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CCCT | 27 APRIL - 1 MAY |CTICC 2 | CAPE TOWN

CCA | 26-29 SEPT | JHB EXPO CENTRE | JOHANNESBURG

Monique Snyman

Monique Snyman

Author | Social Media Manager

Monique Snyman's mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she's ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she's not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she's doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or editing.

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband, daughter, and an adorable Chihuahua. She's the author of the Bram Stoker Award® nominated novels, THE NIGHT WEAVER and THE BONE CARVER, and the South African horror novel, DARK COUNTRY.

THE NIGHT WEAVER SHADOW GROVE IS A PERFECTLY PLEASANT TOWN ...

Shadow Grove isn't a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don't grieve, missing posters don't line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn't exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, an unmistakable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring, and the nights feel darker than ever.

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It's up to Rachel to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.

The Night Weaver Cover

You can purchase a copy of the book at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V2BCZMH?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_0&storeType=ebooks

THE BONE CARVER

For a small New England town, Shadow Grove has an uncanny ability to attract the worst kind of trouble. Not that the residents are too concerned about the various horrors living among them.

As the leaves change color and the weather grows colder, a foul presence is making itself known by leaving peculiar gifts for the students of Ridge Crest High. At first, the presents seem harmless—and a rash of accidents seem coincidental—but when seniors Rachel Cleary and her Scottish cousin, Dougal Mackay, find a boneless body in the boiler room, things take an ominous turn.

Something vicious is on the loose in Shadow Grove, but with Orion Nebulius gone, Rachel has little hope of anyone getting out alive.

The Bone Carver

You can purchase a copy of the book at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bone-Carver-Night-Weaver-Book-ebook/dp/B08FCQ6DTJ/

All Sessions by Monique Snyman

DAY THREE POP CULTURE CONTENT 29 Apr 2024
13:50 - 14:15

AUTHOR'S AVENUE: YOUR READERS' BEST NIGHTMARE - HOW TO WRITE HORROR?

POP CULTURE STAGE

Delve into the twisted depths of the horror/thriller genre and learn how to make spines tingle through interactive writing exercises. Led by horror writers, this session will uncover the elements that create bone-chilling tension and fear, from creepy characters to unsettling plot twists. Attendees will walk through focused horror writing prompts and discussions on conjuring suspense, surprise, and the fear of the unknown. Come ready to unleash your darkest literary visions.

DAY TWO POP CULTURE CONTENT 28 Apr 2024
11:00 - 11:45

AUTHOR'S AVENUE: WORLD BUILDING EXCERCISES TO SEE YOUR UNIVERSE CLEARLY

POP CULTURE STAGE

Immerse yourself in worldbuilding strategies to construct vivid, consistent worlds for your fantasy, sci-fi, or alternate reality stories. Through interactive writing exercises guided by genre experts, explore innovative ways to develop the history, geography, cultures, religions, languages, politics and more for your fictional universe. Learn how to maintain continuity and logic while letting your creativity run wild. Attendees will come away with tangible techniques for building layered, engaging story worlds.