A powerful, revealing anthology of dark fiction and poetry by Black women writers. The tales of what scares, threatens and shocks them will enlighten and entertain you.
Sycorax's Daughters' stories and poems delve into demons and shape shifters from Carole McDonnell's "How to Speak to the Bogeyman" and Sheree Renée Thomas' "Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight" to far future offerings from Kiini Ibura Salaam's "The Malady of Need", Valjeanne Jeffers' steampunk female detective in "Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective II" and others.
These thought-provoking twenty-eight stories and fourteen poems cover creatures imagined--vampires, ghosts, and mermaids, as well as the unexpected price paid by women struggling for freedom and validation in the past--slavery to science-fiction futures with transhumans and alternate realities.
Leave the lights on and join these amazing authors as they share their unique vision of fear.
Tiffany Austin - Tracey Baptiste - Regina N. Bradley -Patricia E. Canterbury - Crystal Connor - Joy M. Copeland - Amber Doe -Tish Jackson - Valjeanne Jeffers - Tenea D. Johnson - R. J. Joseph - A. D. Koboah Nicole Givens Kurtz - Kai Leakes - A. J. Locke - Carole McDonnell - Dana T. McKnight - LH Moore - L. Penelope - Zin E. Rocklyn - Eden Royce - Kiini Ibura Salaam - Andrea Vocab Sanderson - Nicole D. Sconiers - Cherene Sherrard - RaShell R. Smith-Spears - Sheree Renée Thomas - Lori Titus - Tanesha Nicole Tyler - Deborah Elizabeth Whaley - L. Marie Wood - K. Ceres Wright - Deana Zhollis
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About the Author
Sycorax's Daughters introduces us to a whole new legion of gothic writers. Their stories drip with history and blood leaving us with searing images and a chill emanating from shadows gathered in the corner. This anthology is historic in its recognition of women of color writers in a genre that usually doesn't know what to do with us.
Jewelle Gomez, author, The Gilda Stories
The daughters of Africa always have been beset by horrors on these shores. This groundbreaking anthology of stories and poems courageously explores and deconstructs horror tropes of monsters, spirits, curses and death through the experiences of African-American women shaped our shared history. My love for horror began with my mother, the late civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due, who taught me that art could be a healing way to confront and give coherence to our more dangerous passages in life. That is the essence of this volume. Contributors to Sycorax's Daughters range from established authors like Sherée Rene Thomas to newcomers, all of them writing with passion and power to delight, inform and intrigue you--oh yes, and to haunt you, body and soul.
--Tananarive Due, American Book Award winner, British Fantasy Award winner, author of Ghost Summer and My Soul to Keep.