Portable Black Magic: Tales of the Afro Strange

Ran Walker (Author)


Stephen King once said that books are portable magic. Ran Walker decided to take this phrase a bit more literally in his third short story collection, bringing to life vibrant new landscapes of both the strange and the familiar.

A writer finds himself in a love triangle where one of the women is a ghost. A woman discovers that her cure for alopecia has unintended consequences. An artist paints a woman he has been dreaming about, only to discover his dreams might be closer to reality than he thought. A graduating senior learns the true value of sacrifice. A guy professes his love for his girlfriend through an overwhelming metaphor. A social media-focused couple welcomes the world into their adoption struggles. And a relationship is threatened when a childhood secret is revealed.

In these seven stories, Walker paints a world where nothing is quite as it seems.

Product Details

$12.00  $11.04
45 Alternate Press, LLC
Publish Date
October 01, 2019
4.37 X 0.35 X 7.0 inches | 0.28 pounds

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About the Author

Ran Walker is the author of twenty-one books. He is the winner of the 2019 Indie Author of the Year and 2019 BCALA Fiction Ebook Awards. He teaches creative writing at Hampton University and lives with his wife and daughter in Virginia. Ran can be reached via his website, www.ranwalker.com.


"This collection of stories from a dimension neighboring the Twilight Zone is delightfully weird and unsettling. Walker's fresh, absorbing tales of the unusual reflect everyday black life through his own remarkable lens."

L. Penelope, author of the Earthsinger Chronicles series