Jungle Jim is a Cape Town trash literature magazine created in 2011 by designer Hannes Bernard and film producer Jenna Bass. The magazine is self-produced and distributed, and is also available online.
Published every two months, Jungle Jim is reminiscent in form and content to 20th century North American pulp fiction comics printed on cheap pulp paper, containing illustrated short stories and serialized novels by contemporary African writers. The magazine’s mission statement is unmistakable: “Cheap, but nonetheless of top quality. Bizarre, provocative, exciting and extreme. We search for stories that let the stomach-churning sensation of pulp collide with the reality of African daily life.” In the first two years, the editorial department published 24 issues, featuring authors from 15 different African countries. Crime and science fiction stories, stories of shopping centres or the drug scene – all fiction coming from the heart of African life, embellished with imagination and yet reduced to the substantial. On a continent where both the production and consumption of literature are widely regarded as an elitist pastime, Jungle Jim reshuffles the cards of public discourse and extends Africa’s literary landscape to include many valuable voices of hitherto undiscovered talents.