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

 Reading List

  • Invisible Chains by Michelle R. Lane

  • How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda D. Addison

  • The Betweeen by Tananarive Due



  • 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

  • The Realm by L. Marie Wood

  • Slay:Stories of The Vampire Noire edited by Nicole Givens Kurtz 

  • Gyspy Kisses and Voodoo Wishes by Denise N Tapscott

  • Midnight & Indigo edited by Ianna A. Small




Non Fiction

  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

  • Black on Both Sides A Racial History of Trans Identity

  • Hunger by Roxanne Gay

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The Illustrators

  • Nia (Twitter @peachpodt - IG @peach.pod) DM for comissions


Mocha Memoirs Press is proud to present SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire — a revolutionary anthology celebrating vampires of the African Diaspora. SLAY is a groundbreaking unique collection and will be a must-have for vampire lovers all over the world. SLAY aims to be the first anthology of its kind. Few creatures in contemporary horror are as compelling as the vampire, who manages to captivate us in a simultaneous state of fear and desire. Drawing from a variety of cultural and mythological backgrounds, SLAY dares to imagine a world of horror and wonder where Black protagonists take center stage — as vampires, as hunters, as heroes. From immortal African deities to resistance fighters; matriarchal vampire broods to monster hunting fathers; coming of age stories to end of life stories, SLAY is a groundbreaking Afrocentric vampire anthology celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the African Diaspora.


You can read more about Slay with our interview with Nicole Givens Kurtz HERE

Nicole Givens Kurtz is an author, editor, and educator. She’s a member of Horror Writers of America,. Sisters in Crime, and Science Fiction Writers of America. Her novels have been a finalist in the Dream Realm Awards, Fresh Voices, and EPPIE Awards for science fiction. She’s written for White Wolf’s Vampire the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Anthology, Bram Stoker Finalist in Horror Anthology, Sycorax’s Daughters, and Serial Box’s The Vela: Salvation series. Nicole has over 40 short stories published as well as 11 novels and three active speculative mystery series. You can support her work via Patreon 


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).


I love to hear from readers! You can find me on TwitterFacebookGoodreads, and Bookbub

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Read an excerpt from Urban Legends



Meet The Reviewer!


I'm Heather,


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.




Twitter: HSquared_13
Instagram: h.hellion 

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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

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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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Twitter - @BooksNCrannies_

IG - @booksncrannies_

I would like you to meet DeShanta Hairston, owner of Books and Crannies.

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."

DeShanta Hairston
Books and Crannies
50 E Church Street Suite 4
Martinsville, VA 24112


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.

You can read the play, Dark and Forbidden, here (PDF).


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

Instagram- @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

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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:

@VanAspacia -Twitter 

@Vanessadunn1315 - Instagram 

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