Release Date: November 22, 2022
Publisher: Android Press
From the Voodoonauts Afrofuturist collective for Black science fiction and fantasy writers.
When a desperately mundane woman borrows clothing from her mother, a soucouyant goes searching for her skin. A Nigerian parent climbs mountains to heaven to steal a name and glorious destiny for their newborn. A master tailor gets her skills tested when a spectral customer enters her workshop and she can’t say no. A preacher casts dark magic from his pulpit when the Word ain’t enough to run his church. These tales and more populate Voodoonauts Present: (Re)Living Mythology.
Called from the imaginations of its inaugural fellows and a handful of solicited authors including Christopher Caldwell, TL Huchu, and Eden Royce, Voodoonauts curates a coterie of short fiction and poetry that paints across the breadth of magic and Blackness. Co-editors/founders Shingai Njeri Kagunda, Yvette Lisa Ndlovu, Hugh “HD” Hunter, and LP Kindred ask Black Writers to interrogate their mythologies, folklores, superstition, and wives’ tales to create the book within your hands.
Voodoonauts was made by us, for us. It persists because we understand the value of our work and support each other in breaking down walls and forcing open locked doors. This anthology is the physical manifestation of this group’s commitment to our community. Filled with work from alumni and facilitators of the Voodoonauts fellowship, it collects some exciting work from writers you really should be paying more attention to…
Read the rest of this review at Locus Magazine.
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