4 is an anthology of South African based horror stories written by multidisciplinary, non-binary artist, X.
During the height of South Africa's Apartheid a bereaved young black mother seeks revenge on the racist white family which has caused generations of her family relentless suffering.
A young black and queer mother grapples with the paranoia triggered by her mother in law's unhealthy influence on her adopted daughter with devastating rammifications.
A stubborn taxi driver ignores his colleague's warning regarding an old superstition and alters the lives of 16 people forever.
A strange couple celebrates Valentine's Day together for the last time.
"There is horror in the mundane. The world as we know it, is a horrific place." - X
The foreword by Saint Sdumo reads as such:
"The genre of horror, in any medium, is therapeutic because it facilitates the release of negative feelings as a secondary act. If a character is filled with dread or anxiety that they get to eject with an act of violence or horror, it becomes a vicarious catharsis.
4 centres marginalised people and in that, frees all those parts of us that are oppressed. That freedom may come in the form of justice after a brutal murder that will have you needing to take a break to regain your composure. The Veld is a story of revenge that bears little sympathy for perpetrators of racism.
The arrival of a new baby sets off a downward spiral for a young mother dealing with past trauma and a triggering mother-in-law. Pale is the story of a dark-skinned woman losing her grip with every attack on her Queer body.
Emadadeni is a detailed look at an article about a mysterious disappearance. Intimate snapshots of people going about life before their long journey home. It is a haunting read of fragmented pieces that will stay with you for a while.
The story of Love, between a black man and a black woman; her emotional labour and the prisons that are built by the man this woman loves, is ultimately a story about agency and freedom."
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