New Release: African Assignment by Theo Engela

Another re-release – a collection of short stories by my father, Theo Engela, edited by me. Previously published by myself (2007), then by J. Ellington Ashton (2015), and later by LightBearer Publishing (2016), the fifth edition is now available via

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“Theo Engela’s short stories were written during the 1950’s and 60’s, and set in the South African bushveld and society of the day, providing a fresh look at a world now long vanished. Using imagery and place names unfamiliar to folk living in the 21st century, the author shows us a simpler, less complicated world filled with wonder and mystery, where crime could still be perfect and the world lived fearfully under the ever-present threat of the Cold War. Mesmerizing African folklore and almost-vanished cultures stand side by side. Rounded off in his own unique style, he displays a biting sense of humor and irony in his work, which would probably not seem out of place in a Hitchcock serial or even in the Twilight Zone.” More

New Release: Shakandazu Valley by Theo Engela

I finally finished editing and formatting my dad’s last novel! This is the very first time this story has ever been published, so it’s quite a significant day in that respect for me. I truly enjoyed reading and editing this story, and if you’re interested in a little fictional, philosophical look at life in this setting, with oodles of symbolism and hidden meanings, I can happily recommend this book.

Shakandazu Valley front

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Shakandazu Valley, a typical small rural town in the Ciskei, ruled over by the Inkosi from the grand mansion called The Residence, attention is diverted from the boredom of daily life and the pressure of the severe drought by various pursuits: movies, parties, socializing, drinking – and speculating about one of the Valley’s newest and most mysterious residents – Roger Hall.

The man had simply turned up one day three years before, bought the old bungalow at the end of Buku Road – paid for it in cash, and then kept to himself. The only times he seemed to venture into town was to buy copious amounts of alcohol from the liquor store every few weeks. Sometimes he briefly showed his face at happenings hosted by curious locals. He never spoke about his past.

Who was he? Where did he come from? How did he come to have so much money readily on hand? Why did he never want to talk about his past – not even to the Doctor, or Mr. Gaika, his closest friends in town?


New Release: Don’t Get Left In The Dark

Finally, after more than a year, this book is available! Originally released as a shorter pdf entitled “How I Built My Home UPS (& How You Can Too)!”, this item was enlarged and added to, updated, and repackaged as an EPUB file.

The title was changed because the publishing software had issues with the title, or the capitalization thereof – the mind boggles!

All that aside, here it is! 🙂 Enjoy!

Don't Get Left In The Dark Cover

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Published: March 16, 2018
Pages: 70
Ebook only

Back Cover:

“This booklet will explain how I built my own UPS system at home – and how you can too – to become more self-sufficient – at least to the point where you can have lights and basic appliances during those hours when ‘ASSKOM’ (or your power company) goes on strike!” More

New Release: Bugspray 3rd Edition

“Bugspray” has just been re-released in its third edition since 2006.

“This is not your standard ‘How to restore your VW Beetle’ book. It’s also not a workshop manual. Aside from a basic rundown on the differences between various bug models through the years, there is a section on some things you can do to preserve your bug. Mostly however, what I’ve done is reviewed all the things I did to my bugs and put those ideas together as cheap, skillful, cheap, d.i.y, cheap means of enhancing your grocery getter’s performance and handling. More

Our Handfasting – March 10, 2018

So the big day finally came – and after all the months of excitement and planning – and the final weeks of “plan B’s” and overcoming obstacles, and the stress, nerves and worries about things that could go wrong, we did it! 🙂

Funny how it was all over so quickly!

On Saturday 10 March 2018, Wendy K. Gloss and I stood under a tree, surrounded by a few of our closest friends, and exchanged rings and wedding vows. Our hands were bound together with the traditional handfasting cord as a symbol of our union. More

Another Round @ The Crow Bar #15 – March 2018

Hello friends and fans!

Welcome to my 15th newsletter: March 2018 – jam-packed with tidbits and information about new releases and projects I’m currently busy with!

Coming up in this edition of Another Round @ The Crow Bar:

Regular updates, new releases, and a monthly spotlight on one of my books, this time “Panic! Horror In Space #2“, book 2 in Panic! Horror In Space Series!


Resignation From SA Pagan Rights Alliance

Dated 06 March 2018

Formal resignation as member of the Executive Committee of the South African Pagan Rights Alliance.

Dear fellow SAPRA Executive Committee members, More

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