Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.
We've had several questions about this particular square! Basically, any book that fits under any of the other squares, but which was written by an author of color fits into this particular square.
Here are some suggestions for you!
Obsidian Black Death
I can be here all day talking about diverse authors out there that write horror. I was excited about this square particularly, because I know that a lot of people know many of what I consider the greats out there (Lovecraft, Bradbury, and King) but sometimes people are not as aware of authors of colors out there as well.
Since I am a black woman, I do go out and seek works by other black women/men as much as possible. I used to read a lot of romance by people of color, but the past few years, my interest in that has waned. But, I definitely think I am going to do a reading list next year for people of color who write horror books. Doing research into these authors makes me want to read everything they have published.
Instead of me just having three picks this time, I had to go with five picks. Only because I really didn't know who to include and take off. I hope that everyone who is interested in this square does a little Googling afterwards and check out the authors I mention.
1. Octavia Butler- some of her works: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago, Xenogenesis (omnibus), Lilith's Brood, Kindred, Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents.
2. Tananarive Due- some of her works: My Soul to Keep, The Living Blood, Blood Colony, and My Soul To Take.
3. Jemiah Jefferson- Voice of the Blood, Wounds, Fiend, and A Drop of Scarlet.
4. Helen Oyeyemi- White is for Witching, The Icarus Girl, and her other two works are more magical realism for those out there looking still, The Opposite House, and Mr. Fox.
5. Linda D. Addison- Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes, Being Full of Light, Insubstantial, and How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend.
I am super-excited about OBD's list! The only author on her list whom I've already read is Octavia Butler - I read The Parable of the Sower earlier this year and really enjoyed it! I'm planning on read the sequel, The Parable of the Talents, at some point soon!
I have the following books in my TBR:
1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. This one would fit under the witch square and the author is the American born daughter of Nigerian immigrants. I've heard such good things about this author!
2. Ghost Bride by Yangszee Choo. I read this book earlier - it is a ghost story, and I liked it a lot.
3. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. This one is definitely on my to be read list, because a walking ghost who murders killers sounds fantastic!
I decided to read Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older for this category, although all of the books and authors mentioned sound so good!.
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And tomorrow's post is scheduled to be "Fall" Into A Good Book. Stay tuned!