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Black Women Horror Writers: Interview with Jayde Brooks

By Eden Royce (@EdenRoyce)

I am pleased to say I was offered an advance reading copy of Daughter of Gods and Shadows by Jayde Brooks to be published by St. Martin’s Press on February 3.But here you’ll find a review of the book (no spoilers, though) and an interview I had with Jayde.

If you’re looking for a sweeping, dark adventure/quest novel, look no further. This story had what I love to read in a book: strong female characters and the ultimate in high stakes – saving the world. Blend that with a Black protagonist and stir in a healthy helping of African culture and you have Jayde Brooks’ new release. Daughter has its roots in 4,000 years in the past, all of it filtered through our modern day heroine, Eden. (Love that name!)

#SciFiSunday: Born in Flames’ Adelaide Norris, A Sci-Fi Joan of Arc

By Carolyn Mauricette (@vfdpixie)
Thirty years ago, an independent film tried to illustrate what a society with a new social equality would be like.The 1983 sci-fi film Born in Flames by feminist filmmaker Lizzie Borden, is set in an alternate reality where people live in supposed harmony ten years after a peaceful Social-Democratic War of Liberation.Unfortunately, women continue to be harassed, underemployed and underrepresented in government.As a result, an underground Woman’s Army is born.Spearheaded by two lesbians, one Black and the other White, many cells form and unify through radio, music and the written word.The film depicts the views, perspectives and merging of women from all walks of life in a rough and raw documentary style.
Born in Flames was revolutionary for its time, and I think it is still relevant today. This film has many layers, with both a speculative as well as a science fictional representation of a parallel universe that denies oppression. One of the main char…

This Is What A Black Female Horror Fan Looks Like

I fully admit, sometimes my imagination gets the best of me. It's a habitual defense mechanism for navigating the world as a Black woman to do all the assuming for anyone who can't quite figure me out. I think it's ridiculous that I defy many "types" for those who share my external categories, but I'm all too aware of the world I live in. A very white supremacist one that we have to consistently fight not to collude with.
As a horror fan, I find myself in many horror or nerd-like social and professional settings where it appears to be that I don't fit. Ironically, those spaces where I do appear picture perfect, I couldn't feel more alone, isolated, and uncomfortable. 

Horror in the African Folktale

By Praxilla of Sicyon (@PraxillaSDP)
The history of the African continent, its peoples and their cultures have often loosely and inaccurately been invoked as reference material in the horror genre. It is an enduring stereotype that we have come to associate malicious sorcery as the sole narrative worth of “African Horror”. While the appeal of evil is a necessary feature of the horror film, any reference to Africa in the genre has tended to be one-dimensional in scope; aimed at developing individual (stereo)(arche) types rather than complex storylines that rely on novel ways to interpret darkness. The lack of reference to Africa in horror outside of a stereotypical framework (i.e. “voodoo savagery”) is ironic, considering the extent to which African culture and mythology have utilized the horror narrative since time immemorial.

Black Women Horror Writers: Interview With Lori Titus

By Eden Royce (@EdenRoyce)

Two authors, one story.
In Fates Keep, at the foot of Mt. Empyreal, snow begins to fall.
As does the battle for the world.
When I first heard about this concept, I was fascinated. Two authors not only working in one world, but writing the same story. Crystal Connor, a trusted name in horror, and Lori Titus, well-established paranormal romance author came up with an idea for a post-apocalyptic novel. Soon, they realized they had different approaches and different visions for the end of the world. Then they had an idea.

Write two books, each under a collaborative pen name.