Ilze Hugo is a South African author whose debut novel, The Down Days, is forthcoming from Skybound Books in 2020. Ilze has degrees in fine arts and English studies, along with a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, guidebooks and short story anthologies like The Ghost Eater and Other Stories (Umuzi, Randomhouse Struik) and My Holiday Shorts (Black Letter Media).
She lives by the ocean in Muizenberg, Cape Town, with her husband and two children, and is represented by Stacia Decker at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner, New York.
"The South African author’s magical-realist debut follows a woman who must recover a kidnapped child in a city gripped by a deadly laughter epidemic." - Skybound Books press release
by Louis Greenberg (Editor), Diane Awerbuck (Compiler), various contributors
"An exciting anthology of short stories by a hot mix of young and established writers, compiled by Diane Awerbuck and edited by Louis Greenberg. Funny and sad and highly original, the stories in The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories are invested with the passion, truth and quirkiness of the newest New South Africa." - Goodreads
edited by Duduzile Zamantungwa Mabaso
"These are short short stories. Bits of experiences meant to fit into your holidays, your real life adventure. Little love affairs, short intervals that are slightly scary, romantic, full of whimsy. Steamy escapes and sweet acts of love." - Goodreads
Jan 2019 - Publisher's Weekly Review - link
Ilze Hugo's 'The Down Days
The arresting prose, an effortless blend of Afrikaans slang and invented jargon, peppered with evocative turns of phrase (“the mountain was undercover, going full vigilante in a smoking gray cape”), elevates this from run-of-the-mill science fiction thriller. Fans of gritty environmental sci-fi will enjoy this dynamic, fast-paced debut.
Nov 2019 - Bustle - link
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Nov 2019 - Skybound - link
COVER AND EXCERPT FOR THE DOWN DAYS BY ILZE HUGO, COMING IN 2020
I think it was a year ago when we first let leak a tiny nugget about THE DOWN DAYS, the new novel by Ilze Hugo from Skybound Books. We’re very excited to release the amazing cover for this title along with an excerpt!
Dec 2018 - Publishers Weekly - link
Skybound Goes “Down” for Hugo
Mike Braff at Skybound Books, the imprint S&S launched with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman in 2017, took world rights to Ilze Hugo’s debut novel, The Down Days. The South African author was represented by Stacia Decker at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner, who said the magical-realist work “follows a woman who must recover a kidnapped child in a city gripped by a deadly laughter epidemic.”
Nov 2018 - Hollywood Reporter - link
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The Down Days by Ilze Hugo. The South African author’s magical-realist debut follows a woman who must recover a kidnapped child in a city gripped by a deadly laughter epidemic.
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