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Halloween is my favorite time of year! I get excited everytime fall comes around. It’s time for the cold weather, the pumpkin patch, scary movies, and all of the costumes (not to mention my birthday is five days away from Halloween).

The thing is that black people are really not welcomed in the Horror or Fantasy genres. You would be surprised how racism and white supremacy can even follow Black People into literature and media. The mainstream media likes to shove us into a tiny box and limit the genres we can participate in. We are often pushed aside for the same white authors with their white characters. Jordan Peele change the game when he wrote and directed ‘Get Out’ and this year released ‘Us’ starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Shahadi Wright.

So this year, I want to give a nod to all of my black authors who write Horror, who write vampires, demons, ghosts, ghouls, zombies, and all other type of mythological creatures. Now, before I start this off I will do a tiny self-pimp of my own dark erotica vampire short story that will drop next week, ‘Crave‘.

This is list of old favorites and new authors.  Please review, and share the books of the new authors. It really helps them a lot. 


 

 

My Soul To Keep by Tananarive Due1) My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

When Jessica marries David, he is everything she wants in a family man: brilliant, attentive, ever youthful. Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach. Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession: More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die, a secret he must protect at any cost. Now, his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami. Instead, David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever.

Harrowing, engrossing and skillfully rendered, My Soul to Keep traps Jessica between the desperation of immortals who want to rob her of her life and a husband who wants to rob her of her soul. With deft plotting and an unforgettable climax, this tour de force reminiscent of early Anne Rice will win Due a new legion of fans.

 

'The Calling' by Tylea Manning 2) ‘The Calling’ by Tylea Manning

This world’s not what it seems. Beware.

Excerpt: The imperfectly rectangular, purple-lit room resembling that of a cavern seated two columns of four rows with a low depth stage in front. Speaking at the podium stood the orator—terrifying in their might, with their floating skull of a head closely resembling that of a human’s while a long point break extended their face—and the body of a crow meshed with a human.

 

 

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

3) Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s last novel, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted—and still wants—to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of “otherness” and questions what it means to be truly human.

 

 

 

Progenie by Mack Little 4) Progenie by Mack Little 

Zenobia Grant – Doctor, daughter, lover, warrior. And not quite human. Zen has been trained from birth to defend herself against a terrible threat. And to be careful to not injure the fragile humans that surround her. She uses her skills to heal, not harm, and to keep the questions that haunt her at bay.

 

 

 

 

 

The Vampire Huntress by L.A. Banks 5) The Vampire Huntress by L.A. Banks 

There is one woman who is all that stands between us and the eternal night.
Here is an account of her legend….

All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a Spoken Word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons—predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. But Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires have been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music. Strange attacks have also erupted within the club drug-trafficking network and drawn the attention of the police. These killings are a bit out of the ordinary, even for vampires. No neat puncture marks in the neck to show where the life’s blood has been sucked from the body. These bodies have been mutilated beyond recognition, indicating a blood lust and thirst for destruction that surpasses any Damali has encountered before. Damali soon discovers that behind these brutal murders is the most powerful vampire she has ever met, and this seductive beast is coming for her next. But his unholy intentions have also drawn the focus of other hellish dark forces. Soon Damali finds herself being pulled deeper into the vast and horrifying vampire world.

 

'Prove Me Wrong' by Desiree Francies6) ‘Prove Me Wrong’ by Desiree Francies

“At their core, all black men are the same. But I’ll give you three months to prove otherwise…”

“Sounds like a bet to me…”

Two extremely different individuals make a bet to prove their own philosophy. With a poll of their friends together, they will see whose ideals hold up over time. Three months is the deadline…

Eva:
My friends may judge my dating habits and judge me for feeling the way that I do, but I refuse to apologize for who I am. I’ve seen enough to know that underneath it all, most black men are exactly the same. I’m not saying anything is wrong with them… Well, not much anyway. I just don’t want to date them. I’m not trying to repeat the same mistakes so many sista’s out there have.

Max:
I’m attractive. I’m every woman’s type. I know, they’ve told me. It may seem arrogant, but it is what it is. Ladies don’t want to admit this, but all women think the same way. It just takes the right combination of words and their panties are mine. A single, financially stable black man with no kids who looks the way I do? Psshh, I’m a freaking unicorn, baby.

So, is she wrong?
Is he wrong?

Or do they both have something to learn?

 

Eidolon by L.A. Knight 7) Eidolon by L.A. Knight 

When a letter from a thought-to-be-dead princess proves she is alive and being held prisoner by her successor to the throne, seventeen-year-old Janine must uncover a centuries-old conspiracy of dark magic and murder in order to save her best friend.

In the neo-Victorian principality of Thule, Janine Fortunata is a young noble, the magically-gifted heir of her House, groomed since early childhood to one day take the family seat on the Council of the Eight Noble Houses. She’s also the best friend of Princess Madeline Usher and a member of the Raven Society, a secret vigilante team of young nobles organized by Princess Madeline to fight corruption in the government and the city guard. The Ravens are supposed to be the Crown’s secret, elite force, the most loyal of their soldiers; surrounded by cruelty and corruption, fighting behind the Raven mask is the only thing that gives Janine a sense of belonging.

But there are traitors among the Society, and the only people Janine knows she can trust to help save the princess are her cousin, Berenice, and Roderick Montresor: fellow Raven, the sworn enemy of Janine’s family, and the man she’s secretly loved for years. With fealty and forbidden love on her side, the Raven Society at her back, and a bloodthirsty killer called Red Jack stalking her and her friends, Janine will have to uncover the truth behind Madeline’s abduction and save the people she loves from the ravenous specter of a princess who once ruled all of Thule with an infamous lust for blood—Janine’s own ancestor, Princess Ligeia. If Janine fails to stop Ligeia and Red Jack, everyone she loves will die…and she fears she may lose her soul in the bargain.

 

Beloved by Toni Morrison 8) Beloved by Toni Morrison 

Upon the original publication of Beloved, John Leonard wrote in the Los Angeles Times: “I can’t imagine American literature without it.” Nearly two decades later, The New York Times chose Beloved as the best American novel of the previous fifty years.

Toni Morrison’s magnificent Pulitzer Prize–winning work—first published in 1987—brought the wrenching experience of slavery into the literature of our time, enlarging our comprehension of America’s original sin. Set in post–Civil War Ohio, it is the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who has lost a husband and buried a child; who has withstood savagery and not gone mad. Sethe, who now lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter, Denver, her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs, and a disturbing, mesmerizing apparition who calls herself Beloved.

Sethe works at “beating back the past,” but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly: in her memory; in Denver’s fear of the world outside the house; in the sadness that consumes Baby Suggs; in the arrival of Paul D, a fellow former slave; and, most powerfully, in Beloved, whose childhood belongs to the hideous logic of slavery and who has now come from the “place over there” to claim retribution for what she lost and for what was taken from her. Sethe’s struggle to keep Beloved from gaining possession of the present—and to throw off the long-dark legacy of the past—is at the center of this spellbinding novel. But it also moves beyond its particulars, combining imagination and the vision of legend with the unassailable truths of history.

 

The Dark World by S.C. Parris 9) The Dark World by S.C. Parris 

Welcome To The Dark World.

A World kept from the eyes of humans where all manner of Dark Creature live, war, and thrive.

But certain Creatures are about to find that there is more to the dark than blood and bite…. The Dark World holds secrets…and the greatest of all are about to be revealed.

“Her name…is Alexandria Stone.”

These are some of the last words Xavier Delacroix hears from his beloved Eleanor Black…just before she bursts into a Lycan Creature. And if this wasn’t enough to rattle Xavier’s brilliant mind, other Vampires – namely Dracula – are becoming elusive and speaking only in vague air about Xavier’s supposedly brilliant blood.

But with a human to find, Lycans to kill, and a World to protect, Xavier is not so sure what to believe anymore…or who.

 

The Devil in Silver by by Victor LaValle10) The Devil in Silver by by Victor LaValle

Pepper is a rambunctious big man, minor-league troublemaker, working-class hero (in his own mind), and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He’s not mentally ill, but that doesn’t seem to matter. He is accused of a crime he can’t quite square with his memory. In the darkness of his room on his first night, he’s visited by a terrifying creature with the body of an old man and the head of a bison who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It’s no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down. Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic who’s been on the ward for decades and knows all its secrets; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD, who tries desperately to send alarms to the outside world; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl who acts as the group’s enforcer. Battling the pill-pushing staff, one another, and their own minds, they try to kill the monster that’s stalking them. But can the Devil die?

The Devil in Silver brilliantly brings together the compelling themes that spark all of Victor LaValle’s radiant fiction: faith, race, class, madness, and our relationship with the unseen and the uncanny. More than that, it’s a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror about friendship, love, and the courage to slay our own demons.

 

Lagoon by by Nnedi Okorafor11) Lagoon by by Nnedi Okorafor

It’s up to a famous rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier to handle humanity’s first contact with an alien ambassador—and prevent mass extinction—in this novel that blends magical realism with high-stakes action.

After word gets out on the Internet that aliens have landed in the waters outside of the world’s fifth most populous city, chaos ensues. Soon the military, religious leaders, thieves, and crackpots are trying to control the message on YouTube and on the streets. Meanwhile, the earth’s political superpowers are considering a preemptive nuclear launch to eradicate the intruders. All that stands between seventeen million anarchic residents and death is an alien ambassador, a biologist, a rapper, a soldier, and a myth that may be the size of a giant spider, or a god revealed.

 

Loving Among the Dead by Dahlia DeWinters12) Loving Among the Dead by Dahlia DeWinters

BWWM Interracial Post-Apocalyptic Erotic Romance

A survivor of a zombie apocalypse that’s ripped her world apart….

Nothing in her graduate history courses prepared Judith Graham for the monotony of her existence in the weeks following a zombie apocalypse. Hiding from the rotted world in her makeshift fortress, she subsists on dehydrated food and lonely thought.

When she gives up and decides to satisfy her need for a break in routine, she crosses paths with Sky Beckett, a high school physics teacher making his way to his Southern childhood home. Several passionate encounters coupled with Sky’s assertion that things are only going to get worse not better, spark Judith’s doubts about the isolated life she’s chosen.

But can an ever-cautious Judith find the strength to leave the false security of her past behind to create a new future with Sky in an uncertain world?

 

Dark Thirst by Omar Tyree13) Dark Thirst by Omar Tyree

A haunting anthology of vampire fiction — one that brings a colorful new dimension to one of the world’s most erotic and enduring myths.

FEATURING STORIES FROM SOME OF TODAY’SMOST POPULAR AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS

OMAR TYREE
writing as The Urban Griot
The Old South falls prey to a handsome young vampire with a real taste for the ladies. Love at first bite never hurt so good.

ANGELA C. ALLEN
The mafia is no match for the wicked charms of a beautiful young vampire once she’s let loose on the New York City streets.

MONICA JACKSON
Can a pair of fangs help a sister burn more calories? A full-figured woman goes on a thirst-quenching search for the perfect low-carb diet.

LINDA ADDISON
It’s a matter of life and the living dead for a half-vampire whose greatest wish is to save lives…and become human again.

DONNA HILL
A sensuous vampire thirsts for something more…but can she find it without getting a dagger in her own heart?

KEVIN S. BROCKENBROUGH
A vengeful vampire pushes one woman to the edge, unaware that her family secret gives her the power to fight back.

 

Deamhan by Isaiyan Morrison14) Deamhan by Isaiyan Morrison

Deamhan have survived by remaining hidden in the shadows. Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba, and Lugat have been overshadowed by what humans know as the modern vampire. But what if vampires aren’t the real threat?

One woman’s search for her mother who disappeared without a trace on the streets of Minneapolis takes her into the precarious world of Deamhan, psychic vampires who rule the underground nightlife in the city’s most darkest corners.

She gains the trust of the only other human familiar with the Deamhan lifestyle. With his help she finds not only can the Deamhan not be trusted but it s her own father, president of a ruthless organization of researchers, who has diabolically maintained that distrust.

 

Mixtape for the Apocalypse by Jemiah Jefferson15) Mixtape for the Apocalypse by Jemiah Jefferson

Meet Squire. He’s your average music-obsessed twenty-three-year-old Portlander, juggling a job as an internet support technician, an indie comics gig, and a long-simmering crush on his best friend, Lise. He smokes too much weed, drinks too many cocktails, and watches too much Star Trek. And when his co-workers, baristas, and friends begin to turn on him one by one, his good-natured paranoia expands into a chilling, terrifying certainty about the end of the world. A darkly comic novel about a young man who slowly but surely loses his grip on reality, but never on his taste in music.

 

 

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