Imagine Ghosts Telling Tales in front of Smoky Mirrors
S.L. Masunda’s debut novel – Imagine Ghosts Telling Tales in front of Smoky Mirrors – is a fictional memoir exploring a writer’s quest for literary recognition. However, the atrocities he commits in the name of ambition become increasingly gruesome until he is charged with murder, and swiftly declared insane. The story is threaded together by the writer’s narration as he switches from past to current musings and back again. We are drawn back in time to three key moments in the writer’s life that are seemingly pivotal to his current predicament – always being challenged to seek out redemption for our hero turned killer.
A macabre and tragic fable, where greed and selfishness,
masked as love in all its forms, take centre stage.
This publication is published worldwide in English in paperback and digital formats. We are actively seeking to develop relationships with overseas publishers interested in foreign language rights, and will be pleased to enter into discussion on serialisation or TV & Film rights for all language & territories.
Ten years after success of his first book, Mukundi decides to re-perform a good fortune ritual to support his second. It is not long before he is taken to a mental institution for care, where he meets Father Nimesh, a resident priest who is fanatical about the relationship between demonic possession and mental illness. And it seems Mukundi is a subject of great interest.
Murder tops, but does not conclude the list of Mukundi’s atrocities. Is it inconsequential that he is egotistical? Should his godly demeanor be reviled? Can there be any redemption for a young man whose ambition festers and sours his attempts to achieve success at any cost?
As hero turns to scoundrel in this fictional memoir, Mukundi’s story leaves us with one question in mind about our own lives: Are we not buying a pig in a poke?
Threaded together in a rather offbeat fashion with the narration dangling on what were and are Mukundi’s thoughts, we frequently drift through time as if constantly present in Mukundi’s bewildered mind. We venture further into Mukundi’s past uncovering the potential sources of his discontent - an abusive father, a ruthless mother and a chance encounter in a jail cell with an elderly man – a master of deceit – from whom Mukundi adopts some major life lessons. Fuelled by an odd fusion of enthusiasm and self-loathing he sets out on his ruinous path, detrimental not only to himself but all he ever claimed to love.
“…the results for this debut are graphic and spellbinding. We expect this book to be very well received - it is sure to quickly build S. L. Masunda a strong fan base.”
Paula Comley, Commissioning Editor – Ouen Press
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Shingirirai Lincoln Masunda trained as an auditor & fraud analyst for one of the largest accountancy practices. However his true passions lie in creative writing – with a primary focus on contemporary African society, and particularly issues affecting youth culture.
S. L. Masunda likes to adopt an unorthodox approach to social customs, always questioning ethos and traditions.