Meet our Authors

Kelan Gerriety

Gerriety started writing at a young age and by 2015, she completed her first book for publication titled Crimson Skies, and started Sera Blue which helps local authors publish their fantasy, sci-fi and horror books. Gerriety has written several books to date and spoken on a number of panels and podcasts about writing and publishing both in South Africa and internationally.

Nichola Millen

Nichola Millen is the author of The Black Cube, her first novel, but she plans to follow it up with a sequel. She is a true Joburger having grown up in the city her whole life and thinks there is more magic in her city than people give it credit for. By profession, she is an English Literature Lecturer and she hopes to pass along her passion for reading to the next generation. She has a ridiculous book collection and too many animals.

Ashleigh Hattingh Macfie

A former paramedic with a borderline obsession with musical theatre and a love of books that started with ‘A House on Pooh Corner’ read to her by her father.
She has been writing since childhood, focusing on High Fantasy and Steampunk with the occasional foray into Horror and poetry.
She Debuted with a short story ‘Last Hope’ in the anthology; ‘Ethereal’. She has since released a Steampunk inspired Novella Duology, ‘Clockwork Renegades’.

Hattingh Macfie has spoken on numerous panels about writing at various conventions and has a bi-monthly blog that discusses the ins and outs of the writing world.

She draws and paints in her spare time and lives with her wonderful wife and their clowder of cats.

Bill Masuku

Zimbabwean comic book writer and artist, Masuku has been self-publishing comics since 2016, most notably Razor-Man and Captain South Africa.

His comic Razor-Man has been featured in both volumes of the Kugali Anthology, a collection of African comic books from across the continent.

His first novel an urban fantasy titled ‘Misfortunism’, was published by Sera Blue in 2019 and was followed by the sequel ‘Psychophagy’ later the same year.

He has also appeared as a guest and panelist at several regional conventions, including Comic Con Africa and FanCon.

Ilse V Rensburg

Ilse V Rensburg (B. November 20, 1989) is a South African author of young-adult, urban and dark fantasy novels. A self-proclaimed verbivore with a passion for puns, Ilse has a BA in Languages and Literature, and an ineffable love for cats.

Ilse is the author of Blood Sipper and The Lost Days Saga (8 book fantasy series). She also co-wrote Sleight of Hand with Jason Hes.

Nikita Boshoff

Johannesburg born author, Nikita Boshoff (b. 1996) is a Reader, Writer and Queen of Dragons (although the dragons sometimes look like cats). She knew she wanted to be a writer even before she could read, because she’d make up stories for her sister based on the pictures in books. At eight years old she even wrote a 100 page book. It counted even though there was only one sentence on each page. Since then she has filled her world (and textbooks) with stories. Now she has a BA in Creative Writing from UNISA and she hopes to one day rule the world.

She is the author of ‘The Dragon Child Series’ and has also published a short story called “Finding Maggie” in the anthology “Ethereal” by Sera Blue.

She believes in her dreams. Even the weird ones.

Thalia Lopes

Thalia Lopes is a high-fantasy and dark-fantasy author of Sera Blue and is the author of The Progenitor Trilogy, with the first book, Shadows of Carnage,released in 2019. She has three other planned series that will be released in the future: The Seraphim Series, The Precursor Series, and The Requiem Series.

Thalia is a Portuguese-South African from Pretoria, born in 1995. She’s a member of the Golden Key Society and assisted in the Facial Morphology research program known as ALFAH. She is currently double majoring in genetics and microbiology, at the University of Pretoria. Thalia is a black belt and Sensei that has been practicing Shotokan Karate for sixteen years and is a Karate World Champion.

Thalia has a supportive and loving family that are the foundation for her moral compass and she thanks them for her accomplishments, especially her mother. Listening to political podcasts with her father; they often discuss politics, history, and science with each other. Her older brother, Jason and his graphic novel series, the Cypren Race, inspired her to start writing her first series, The Requiem Series.

Vittorio Leonardi

Born in Warrenton in the Northern Cape, South Africa and raised in Welkom in the Free State, Vittorio started his flights of fancy very early. A passion for Star Wars and a desire to be Luke Skywalker took him to study Drama at Pretoria Technikon, which naturally led him to become a full-time stand-up comedian… Because you need something solid to fall back on.

In 2009 he began making thoughts into reality as the head writer on Last Say on Sunday – a political satire show ahead of its time but one step behind the censors. However, once TV-Land had him, they wouldn’t let him go as he has continued in this vein, writing for SABC 1’s local celebrity gossip show The Real Goboza since 2010; for children’s television on Let’s Get Quizzical and on sitcoms such as Thandeka’s Diary, Ses’Top La and Abo Mzala. On the big screen, you can see him in award-winning sci-fi film District 9 as well as Death in the 48-Hour Film Project 2014 short Death’s (Man)date. A full-time geek; when he’s not gaming, he co-hosts the GeekXP podcast Release the Geek and his own podcast Urbane Myths.

Dennis Dvornak

Author of comics, novels and short fiction. Dennis Dvornak is a filmmaker, storyteller, spelunker of the collective unconscious, & freelance wizard. He engineers fantasy, magickal unrealism, SF and mythic fiction. His mythic fiction novelette, Heka and the Colour Thief, debuted at Comic Con 2018. His short comic, Hexer, an urban fantasy and esoteric horror set in the dark side of SA’s collective unconscious, is due for release in Sector Comics this year. He is currently working on a 240 page graphic novel edition of Hexer, and a novella adaptation of it. 

Jason Hes

A visionary, a man, a reification of the most contradictory and illusive darkness in our collective unconscious … keeping the thug life alive. Jason Hes is a Johannesburg-based author. Our Immaculate (an occult and Lovecraftian-inspired story set in an all-girls school in the Magaliesburg) is his debut novel, followed by Sleight of Hand, a dark fantasy YA novel which he co-wrote with author Ilse V Rensburg. Hes has also had a story featured in the Ethereal anthology, which went on to be nominated for the African SFS Award for Best Speculative Short Story of 2019. He has published articles in various science and geek culture magazines and websites.He also co-wrote a novella, Locke & Key, with international bestselling author Ashleigh Giannoccaro, which appeared in the dark romance anthology Kiss Me, Kill Me. Hes’ comic book, Two Against the Galaxy, illustrated by Gina-Rae Proxy, was launched at Comic Con Africa in 2019.