Black Voices Matter
This space is a work in progress. We want to continually add more and more voices and books beyond the current events. Have a suggestion? Want to be featured? Please get in touch.
READING CHALLENGE. Choose three books (or more) to read and review this summer. Spread the word. Tell publishing and the reading community Black Voices Matter. Inclusion and Diversity matters.
Book Releases and Reading List
Love and Other Criminal Behavior by Nikki Dolson - preorder
Invisible Chains by Michelle R. Lane
How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda D. Addison
The Betweeen by Tananarive Due
ANYTHING BY OCTAVIA BUTLER
ANYTHING BY TONI MORRISON
The Dark World (series) by S.C. Parris
Witchmark by C.L. Polk
Blood of my Blood by Montiese McKenzie
Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke
The Place of Broken Things by Linda Addison and Alessandro Manzetti (poestry)
Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess
How Long Until Black Future Month? or The City We Became by N.K. Jemison
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
All Things Violent by Nikki Dolson
Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett
The Sleepless by Nuzo Onoh
Conquest by Celeste Harte
The Night Sun by Zin E. Rocklyn
Black Magic Women - Edited by Sumiko Saulson
Sycorax's Daughters - Edited by Kintra Brooks PhD, Linda D. Addison and Susana Morris PhD
Sebastian the In-Between by Vanessa Dunn
The Chosen One by Vanessa Maki (poetry)
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Spook Lights by Eden Royce
Warmth by Sumiko Saulson
Things That Go Bump In My Head by Sumiko Saulson
The Children of Manson by Catherine Bell
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Black on Both Sides A Racial History of Trans Identity
Hunger by Roxanne Gay
Bloggers- Podcasts -Vloggers - All their names will take you directly to their channels or blogs
LovelyRoseBun (Twitter @lovelyrosebun)
Nia (Twitter @peachpodt - IG @peach.pod) DM for comissions
Hello, I’m Yawatta Hosby. I reside in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. I enjoy connecting with other writers through blogging. With a desire to escape every day life, I create short stories, novellas, and novels.
I’ve always had a fascination with psychology, so I like to focus on the inner-struggles within my characters. I’m an avid reader, favorite genres: mystery, suspense, horror, and women’s fiction.
My short stories have been featured in
The Write Place At the Write Time online journal (2013)
When the Lights Go Out anthology (2015),
Don’t Open the Door anthology (2019).
Read an excerpt from Urban Legends
Meet The Reviewer!
I have been a horror fan since I can remember. I grew up watching horror movies and reading goosebumps and I haven't left the genre yet. My favorite horror characters would have to be Chucky (he's a classic), Pyramidhead, and really any redneck horror family from books or movies.
I have decided to review because I personally believe there needs to be more people of color reviewing horror. I hope that if a young kid of color ever sees that I am doing this, they will be more confident in wanting to read and review.
I have a masters in counseling, so one of my favorite tropes is psychological horror. I love a book or movie where they get mental illness right. My least favorite trope is the token brown character. It's done and overused. Let's move on from that.
When it comes to a book I want to read, I'm a big fan of settings. Abandoned buildings. Woods, historical settings. I also love strong well written characters. If your characters can make me love them, or hate them, you know it's going to be a good book.
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Jessica Guess is a writer and English teacher who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned
her Creative Writing MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018 and is the founder of
the website Black Girl's Guide to Horror where she examines horror movies in terms of quality and
intersectionality. Her creative work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Mused
BellaOnline Literary Review. Her debut novella, Cirque Berserk, is available for purchase on Amazon.
Support Jessica to continue to bring her unique voice to horror and support her through Patreon!
"This Patreon is my place to share my knowledge and tips on writing and discuss interesting topics in horror, writing, and media in general. You'll also get some of my original fiction. Choose your tier and get some exclusive content." - Jessica Guess
Catherine Bell is the author of The Children of Manson, and the Sick & Sombre Tales of Sinister Town. She was born and raised on horror movies, reading R.L Stein and Stephen King. She is a Manchester, UK based BME horror author chasing the next scare.
Twitter - @TheCathyStories
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IG - @booksncrannies_
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Books and Crannies offers various book services I hope you will take advantage of.
"Books and Crannies is an advocate for those who love literature and believe we play an important role in our community. We hope to continue engaging with the community by bringing new ideas and activities to the area to help expand the minds of the citizens through a shared love for literature for many years to come."
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Naima Asad is a Michigan based illustrator, artist and sculptor. She focuses of the themes of gender, mysticism and femininity. You can connect with her on Twitter - @NymphStory
This beautiful gothic piece was inspired by the play by Keiauna Lanay Davis From Long Beach CA. They are A Writer/Creative.
This woman does it all and makes it look effortless. Dive into the vampire world of S.C. Parris. She writes and vlogs about gaming, films and books. Check out her website for ways you can support her via Patreon and get a taste of her talent with her short stories. Links for books and YouTube below. Go on and subscribe today!
Ways you can connect with S.C. Parris:
Twitter - @writingvampires
Jashi Anyua has been arranged to be married to the leader of her nation, the Great Faresh. To help her escape the unwanted engagement, her future husband's enemies offer her an out – if she agrees to spy on her intended, they’ll give her a new identity and a life somewhere the Faresh will never find her. Yet as Jashi gets to know the Faresh, she wonders if she put her loyalties in the right place; especially when she realizes that he shares the abilities she's had to keep secret her whole life. What’s more, he might be the only one who can train her to use them.
Connect with Celeste:
Twitter - @CelesteHarte
IG - celeste_harte
Facebook - Celeste Harte
Sebastian is an outsider bullied by everyone because he is very different than us. There has always been something off about him. His best friend is his overprotective mother, Samantha. She is all the family that he has, or so he thought. At the age of 13, he witnesses a gruesome murder by a supernatural being that no one else can see, but him. That night he learns of his abilities, about what he really is, and about his mother's lies. As his world crumbles, Sebastian's newfound gift quickly becomes a curse, when he realizes that he can't control his growing powers. Especially when he almost kills his mother. Now he doesn't know who to trust, especially himself, which forces him into hiding with a stranger, who is the only one that understands him, but has an evil past of her own. Sebastian realizes that he must evolve from a shy, newly angry outcast to a fierce warrior--or die trying. As an old enemy stays close in the shadows to exterminate him, and everyone in his bloodline. Everyone that is an In-Between.
Connect with Vanessa:
@Vanessadunn1315 - Instagram
Black Pride Resources
Black AIDS Institute http://blackaids.org
Trans Cultural District http://transgenderdistrictsf.com
LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund http://lgbtqfund.org
Youth Breakout http://youthbreakout.org
Black organizations to donate to