“Sycorax’s Daughters introduces us to a whole new legion of gothic writers.
Their stories drip with history and blood leaving us with searing images and a chill emanating from shadows gathered in the corner. This anthology is historic in its recognition of women of color writers in a genre that usually doesn’t know what to do with us.”
– Jewelle Gomez, author, The Gilda Stories
Edited By: Kinitra Brooks, PhD., Linda D. Addison,
Susana Morris, PhD.
Cover Art by Jim Callahan
A powerful, revealing anthology of dark fiction and poetry by Black women writers. The tales of what scares, threatens and shocks them will enlighten and entertain you.
Sycorax’s Daughters’ stories and poems delve into demons and shape shifters from Carole McDonnell’s “How to Speak to the Bogeyman” and Sheree Renée Thomas’ “Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight” to far future offerings from Kiini Ibura Salaam’s “The Malady of Need”, Valjeanne Jeffers’ steampunk female detective in “Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective II” and others.
These thought-provoking twenty-eight stories and fourteen poems cover creatures imagined— vampires, ghosts, and mermaids, as well as the unexpected price paid by women struggling for freedom and validation in the past—slavery to science-fiction futures with transhumans and alternate realities.
Leave the lights on and join these amazing authors as they share their unique vision of fear.
““Shakespeare stole Sycorax’s point of view from the world. Sycorax’s Daughters draws that perspective to the fore, allowing Black women to explain themselves, and the evils they have experienced, to the delight of readers who are ready to hear.”
– Book Riot
Tiffany Austin – Tracey Baptiste – Regina N. Bradley – Patricia E. Canterbury – Crystal Connor – Joy M. Copeland – Amber Doe – Tish Jackson – Valjeanne Jeffers – Tenea D. Johnson – R. J. Joseph – A. D. Koboah Nicole Givens Kurtz – Kai Leakes – A. J. Locke – Carole McDonnell – Dana T. McKnight – LH Moore – L. Penelope – Zin E. Rocklyn – Eden Royce – Kiini Ibura Salaam – Andrea Vocab Sanderson – Nicole D. Sconiers – Cherene Sherrard – RaShell R. Smith-Spears – Sheree Renée Thomas – Lori Titus – Tanesha Nicole Tyler – Deborah Elizabeth Whaley – L. Marie Wood – K. Ceres Wright – Deana Zhollis
About the Editors
Kinitra Brooks, PhD.
Kinitra Brooks, PhD., is an associate professor of English. Her articles have been published in African American Review, FEMSPEC, and Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora. She lives in Antonio, Texas.
Linda D. Addison
Linda D. Addison is a writer who has published more than 300 poems, stories, and articles, and the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award. Her work has published in anthologies such as The Beauty of Death and Scary Out There. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Susana Morris, PhD.
Susana Morris, PhD., is an associate professor of African American Literature and the cofounder of the blog The Crunk Feminist Collective. She is the author of Close Kin and Distant Relatives. She lives in Auburn, Alabama.