Monday, January 23, 2017

Sycorax's Daughters

Edited by: Kinatra Brooks, Linda D. Addison, and Susana Morris

First line: Thistle stepped over and upturned root that twisted from the dark, wet earth.

Why you should read this book: This thick anthology collects horror fiction and poetry written by dozens of black women, offering a platform for voices that have often been silenced, and rarely given the spotlight in genre fiction: a new perspective on an old form that completely reframes the very idea of what, and who, is horrifying. Like most anthologies, it features a wide variety of work, some by unknown authors, but generally speaking, the stories in this book are strong: mostly-well written and all featuring provocative characters and ideas. A joyful, and thoughtful, compendium of scary stories that ought to please those who love the creepy side of storytelling.

Why you shouldn't read this book: I read an ARC that was desperately in need of multiple copyediting passes. Hopefully, by the time of publication next month, this distraction will have been addressed. 

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