I enjoy horror in most of its forms, but I enjoy stories from and featuring diverse countries and cultures.African horror is rare to see. Many people I speak with are even unfamiliar with African American authors of horror. Add female author on top of that and the list dwindles further.
The Reluctant Dead by Nuzo Onoh is one of those rare works. Each of the six stories in this single author collection is richly laced with African folklore and the traditions that come from the Igbo culture. It is fascinating to read about the sights and smells and sounds of Nigeria, along with well drawn examples of the vast gap in class in this society, from the street hawkers to the privileged private school children that are taken to class by private drivers. Even the metaphors Onoh uses are appropriate to each story and give the stories the feeling of folk tales, warnings told to you by your mother to keep you from going outside of the neighborhood.