Black Light

Black Light, by Ron Shaw

Black Light

by Ron Shaw


  • Spring 1993
  • ISBN 978-0-921870-17-3 (0-921870-17-5)
  • 6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback, 174 pages
  • Novella, Short Stories

Ron Shaw is the finest new fictioneer I have seen in a long time. Black Light is a superb collection; it displays Shaw’s amazing ability to occupy black and white skins and cultures simultaneously.”
— J. Michael Yates

“A Kurtz figure in the jungle . . . a crippled pedlar and a whore . . . a hunter defying the demolition of his township shanty — resonant characters in stories etched with suspense live out the savage ironies of contemporary Africa. And yet, the surprising outcomes of these tales turn, not on event, but on bittersweet perceptions of the human spirit embattled in a troubled land. Emerging from the tradition of Paton, Gordimer, and Coetzee, Ron Shaw gives us a new, compassionately ironic vision of Africa.”
— George Payerle