The Afrofuturism and the Black Fantastic Bundle, curated by Tenea D. Johnson:
Welcome to some of the best in Afrofuturism and the Black Fantastic available today. These 11 unique, compelling works from every genre you can think of and a couple you probably didn't, include a guide to recognizing demons from a leader in the horror field, a graphic novel space opera with a visitation from a deer-gangster with more than a passing resemblance to Prince, and a fiction album that reveals some of space's deeper mysteries.
And there's plenty more where that came from: from African historical fiction to anthologies packed with engaging new voices and perspectives from across the diaspora there's more than enough to satisfy your speculative fiction tastes. No matter the flavor, there's plenty to savor.
Read more about the 10 books and fiction album in the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book!
New Worlds, Old Ways by Karen Lord
"None of these writers is likely to be familiar to American audiences, but all are worth getting to know. Readers who love the writing of Nalo Hopkinson, Tobias S. Buckell, and Lord herself will savor this volume."– Publishers Weekly
Queen of Zazzau by J.S. Emuakpor
"Emuakpor craftily weaves fascinating characters, facts, and folklore together into a riveting adventure steeped in African culture."– Publisher’s Weekly
Baaaad Muthaz by Bill Campbell, David Brame and Damian Duffy
"A love letter to black American pop culture of the 1970s and '80s, this rollicking comic is aimed squarely at readers who experienced that era (and will get its insider jokes). … Campbell and company's retro groove is perfect for those who appreciate trippy exuberance."– Publishers Weekly
How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda D. Addison
"Addison's stories offer extremes. They range from depictions of hard-edged, open-mawed, tentacled monstrosities to whimsical, at times comic aliens (I'm thinking here of the story about the barkeeper's hair!). From external demons that must be destroyed to internal ones so deeply ingrained in the secrets of the human heart that it takes decades for the victim to realize how completely she has been possessed."– Michael R. Collings, poet, critic, scholar and author of over 120 books, including several bestselling novels
Reenu-You by Michele Tracy Berger
"I finished this well-crafted novella in just a few hours this morning, and despite the fact that it's about the beginnings of a global virus pandemic, I enjoyed the heck out of it. Set in New York City in the late 1998, it's the story of a plague transmitted through, of all things, a hair-care product! The characters are honest and layered, and despite the horror unfolding around them, hold to their humanity and distinct personalities. Worth the read!"– Goodreads Review
Slay by Nicole Givens Kurtz
"The first story, DESICCANT by Craig Laurence Gidney is the perfect jumping-off point. Short and sweet, Gidney's characters reminded me of the vibrant cast of the show, POSE. A clever vehicle for vampirism represented in this 'red dust' that freaked me out! The descriptive language was so cinematic—I could "see" everything as it was happening. The ending left me wanting more from both the characters and the world-building. I could see this as a transition into a longer novel or series."– Mother Horror
Talk Like a Man by Nisi Shawl
"Nisi Shawl tells stories as if they have just awakened from a vivid and terrifying dream, and they're intent on relating its details."– Seattle Times
Frequencies: A Fiction Album by Tenea D. Johnson
"A brilliant voice in science fiction, Tenea D. Johnson perfectly balances sardonic wit and vulnerability in this fascinating exploration of communication, isolation, and community."– Ginn Hale, author of The Long Past and Other Stories
Dominion by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
"Dominion is worth picking up not just for the wealth it contains, but because it's an important anthology, one that will help shape this decade of reading."– Cat Rambo, Nebula Award-winning Author and former President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe by Zig Zag Claybourne
"Start with the absurdity of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Throw in the funkified redemption elements of Janelle Monáe's ArchAndroid and George Clinton's Atomic Dog. Sprinkle in the lyrical richness of James Baldwin and Parliament. Read snuggled on your couch, under blankets, during a time when the world makes no sense and you crave the comfort of women being confronted with insanity and saying, 'Well, guess it's up to us to save the world again.'"– LaShawn Wanak, Lightspeed Magazine
The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan by Zig Zag Claybourne
"Take Buckaroo Banzai, Hellblazer and Barbarella, turn it into the 80s cartoon of your childhood dreams, and fast forward to right here, right now. If that sounds too much like a virgin version of your favourite cocktail, don't despair. This is a grown-up pleasure: Funny, sly, clever, and warm."– Kelly Robson, author of Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach
Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price is $15 or more, you get six more books and a fiction album (for a total of 11): New Worlds, Old Ways edited by Karen Lord, Queen of Zazzau by J.S. Emuakpor, Baaaad Muthaz by Bill Campbell, David Brame and Damian Duffy, How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda D. Addison, Reenu-You by Michele Tracy Berger, Frequencies by Tenea D. Johnson, Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe by Zig Zag Claybourne!
Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!
Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.
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