How does that song go, by that skinny blonde girl that writes all of those bad boyfriend songs? Oh yeah. I knew you were trouble when you walked in. That’s the thought that entered my mind as soon as Detective Nelson walked into my office. Actually, it was a garage I turned into an office, but dammit you get the point.
I really wasn’t surprised when he walked into my office. I knew sooner or later the police department would get their heads out their ass and come inquiring about my assistance with their latest spate of murders. I should have known they wouldn’t come kowtowing until they absolutely had to, though. Especially since the last time we’d worked together I’d thoroughly showed them up after they’d made countless excuses as to why they couldn’t get results. But I knew they’d come knocking eventually, and I should have known that they’d use one of my biggest weaknesses against me, Detective Nelson.
What is the Black Fantastic? It’s Sword and Soul, Steamfunk, Cyberfunk, Science Fiction, Real Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and so much more. It’s creators from Africa and the African Diaspora expressing and exploring concepts without the boundaries and restrictions often found in the publishing industry. Blacktastic!, the official anthology of Blacktasticon 2018, offers a tantalizing glimpse into the imagination of its writers. It is our hope that you will be entertained and intrigued by these excellent stories. Consider this the beginning of an amazing journey into the Black Fantastic!
Imagine horror where black characters aren’t all tropes and the first to die; imagine a world written by black sisters where black women and femmes are in the starring roles. From flesh-eating plants to flesh-eating bees; zombies to vampires to vampire-eating vampire hunters; ghosts, revenants, witches and werewolves, this book has it all. Cursed drums, cursed dolls, cursed palms, ancient spirits and goddesses create a nuanced world of Afrocentric and multicultural horror. Seventeen terrifying tales by seventeen of the scary sisters profiled in the reference guide “100 Black Women in Horror.”
Includes the stories Appreciation by Mina Polina, Death Lines by Nuzo Onoh, Sweet Justice by Kenesha Williams, Bryannah and the Magic Negro by Crystal Connor, The Lost Ones by Valjeanne Jeffers, Tango of a TellTale Heart by Sumiko Saulson, Blood Magnolia by Nicole Givens Kurtz, Labor Pains by Kenya Moss-Dyme, Return to Me by Lori Titus, Here, Kitty! by LH Moore, Left Hand Torment by R. J. Joseph, Dark Moon's Curse by Delizhia Jenkins, Killer Queen by Cinsearae S, Sisters by Kai Leakes, Black and Deadly by Dicey Grenor, Trisha and Peter by Kamika Aziza, Alternative™ by Tabitha Thompson, and The Prizewinner by Alledria Hurt.
Black Girl Magic Lit Mag is a literary magazine created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority voices and characters in speculative fiction, especially Black women’s voices. Black Girl Magic Lit Mag believes that by showcasing stories featuring Black female voices and characters we can create a reflection of ourselves in the literature that we love, in a world where our images are constantly controlled, shaped, and distorted by those outside of our experiences .
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) QUILTBAG, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to increase visibility for diverse authors, specifically women of color, and empower a wide variety of readers in the process.
The Scribes of Nyota: Our Voices, Our Imagination, A Compendium
"The Scribes of Nyota" is a compendium of speculative fiction stories and illustrations from Black creators. Edited by Maurice Waters, President of BlackSci-Fi.com and Creator Shawn Alleyne of Pyroglyphics Studio, "The Scribes of Nyota" aims to inspire imagination, while shining a light on a segment of society whose stories aren't often heard.