Ten Black Women in Horror List #1

2018 WiHM Black Women in HorrorThis Part One of the 2018 series on Black Women in Horror, a continuation of the Black Women in Horror project that started in 2013 as a part of Women in Horror Month, and lead to the publication of 60 Black Women in Horror in 2014. 20 more women were added to the list in 2017. This year, we have an exciting new 30 Black Women in Horror to add to the list. The new women were discovered largely due to Eden Royce’s 2017 blog series Black Women in Horror on the Dark Geisha, Colors in Darkness and their 2017 anthology Forever Vacancy, Graveyard Sisters,  Kintra Brooks, Linda Addison and Susana M. Morris’ anthology Sycorax’s Daughters, and my project with Nicole Kurtz, Black Magic Women on Mocha Memoirs. Iconoclast Productions will be releasing 100 Black Women in Horror on February 15, the same day Black Magic Women comes out.

  1. R.J. Joseph

R. J. JosephR.J. Joseph has had three horror short stories published in anthologies: “A Woman’s Work” in Transitions and Awakenings by Sanguine Press, “To Give Her Whatsoever She May Ask” in Sycorax’s Daughters, and “Mama’s Babies” in Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers, Volume 2.  She writes creatively and academically in and about the horror genre. In May 2017 she presented her paper, “Where My Girls At: The Absence of Black Femininity from Vampire Culture” at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival in Transylvania.

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  1. Violette L. Meier

Violette MeierViolette L. Meier is an Atlanta-based speculative fiction writer, poet, folk artist and published author of eight books. Tales of a Numinous Nature is a spine tingling collection of her short horror stories. She writes horror-tinged paranormal tales like Ruah the Immortal, The First Chronicle of Zayashariya: Out of Night, Angel Crush, and Son of the Rock. Her other titles include: Violette Ardor: A Volume of Poetry, This Sickness We Call Love: Poems  of Love, Lust, & Lamentation, and Loving and Living Life.

www.VioletteMeier.com

  1. Chanel Harry

Chanel HarryChanel Harry is a horror novelist who combines psychological horror with paranormal terrors in her novel, The Other Child, about a child psychologist who has to separate a vengeful spirit from the traumatized children it inhabits at Black Hallow School for Blind and Disabled Girls. Other horror titles include Heebie Jeebies: Tales of Terror, a macabre and terrifying ten story collection; Skin Witch: Tales of Soucouyants; and The Restless: Evil Has Come Home. She hails from the Bronx, New York. Her mother is from Trinidad and Tobago, which she visits annually. She is immersed in her mother’s culture, and her book Skin Witch is about the Soucouyant vampire folklore from Trinidad.

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  1. Cinsearae Santiago

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Cinsearae Santiago writes under Cinsearae  S. She is a dark paranormal romance and horror writer, the creator of the dark paranormal romance/horror series, ‘Abraxas’ and ‘Boleyn, Tudor Vampire,’ Editor/Publisher of the award-winning magazine, Dark Gothic Resurrected. She received the Author’s Site of Excellence Award in December 2007 from Preditors and Editors, the Golden Horror Award from Horrorfind.com, and is a Cover Artist for Damnation Books.

 

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  1. Tiara Jante

Tiara Janté 2A speculative fiction author, her short story, L’innocent is in the horror genre and was published originally in Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine and later self-published on Amazon. It was reviewed on the Grave Yard Shift Sisters web site. She writes horror, sci-fi, fantasy, urban romance, traditional romance, paranormal romance, African American fiction, and general fiction. Her bylines can be found on Amazon and at Blacksci-fi.com, Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine and xoNecole. Tiara is also a ghostwriter with Gotham Ghostwriters, one of the leading ghostwriting agencies in the country.

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  1. Tabitha Thompson

tabitha-thompson1.jpgTabitha Thompson is an African American horror writer from Florida. Her first short story Heading West, was picked up by Sirens Call Publications in 2013 for their online magazine issue #12 Dead And Dying. West Nile was released in 2014 also with Sirens Call Publications for their issue #16 Apocalyptic Fiction. She has released several horror short stories and flash fiction. Her latest release, Decency Defiled, a workplace based horror short story, was released through J Ellington Ashton Press as part of the anthology titled Rejected For Content 6: Workplace Relations.

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  1. Kai Leakes

Kai LeakesSt. Louis native and vampire lover, author Kai Leakes began her obsession with all things fantasy, romance, and the dark as a teen. Kai is the creator of the popular dark fantasy/horror series ‘Sin Eaters: Devotion Books & Sin Eater Chronicles’ novellas. She has short stories in several Afrocentric speculative fiction anthologies Taste the Taint: A Cursed Story in Sycorax’s Daughters, Sisters in Black Magic Women, Free Your Mind in The City: A Cyberfunk Anthology and Traveler’s Song, a Pulse Prelude in Rococoa. She cowrote Christmas Kind of Love with Nikki Michelle.

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  1. Kamika Aziza

kamika_azizaKamika Aziza is the writer of a childrens’ book series and a comic book series both based in Jamaica. She studied Radio and Television broadcasting at Trident Technical college where she also graduated with a certificate in Radio Production. She works on a comic book series titled “League of Maroons” based on Caribbean folk lore, and a children’s book series titled “The Adventures of Kam Kam”, both currently available for Amazon Kindle, as well as the poetry chapbook “Random Poems from a Desperate Mind,”

www.facebook.com/Kamika1990

  1. Tiffany Austin

Tiffany AustinTiffany Austin is a poet who contributed “Toward a Peacock Poem” to the horror anthology Sycorax’s Daughters, she also wrote essay “The Gendered Bias in Sonia Sanchez’ Haiku,” which is a part of the anthology “Sonia Sanchez’ Poetic Spirit through Haiku.”  Tiffany Austin presently lives in Nassau, Bahamas, where she teaches.

www.goodreads.com/author/show/16436472.Tiffany_Austin

  1. Tracey Baptiste

Tracey BaptisteContributor to Sycorax’s Daughters, she wrote the short story “Ma Laja,” and is the author of the horror-tinged midgrade dark fantasy series “The Jumbies and Rise of the Jumbies,” the contemporary young adult novel Angel’s Grace and nine non-fiction books for kids in elementary through high school. She’s a former elementary school teacher, currently on the faculty at Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

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Stay tuned for the next two lists on February 7th and February 14th!

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Pruda Bass releases his fifth Reggae album, Love Love Love

Longtime Iconoclast client Prudah Bass has a new album out!

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June 1, 2016 marked the release of Oakland reggae artist Pruda Bass’ fifth solo album, “Love Love Love.” Born into a musical family learning piano, Pruda first learned to play the electric bass guitar in 1988. The following year he started playing with Grammy nominated Emmit Powell and The Gospel Elites.

“That’s like my Pruda Bass musical journey in service date, where I put both feet in the music vehicle, and got on board,” said Pruda

He toured with the band for the next eleven years. They played in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Istanbul, Finland, Holland, the United States, and Canada. They even performed at the Sydney Australian Opera House.

“A real fantastic voyage is a way to sum up this ongoing journey, indeed, I share with aspiring artists. Follow the dream achieve it,” said Pruda

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60 Black Women in Horror

60 Black Women in Horror

“60 Black Women in Horror Fiction” is available as a free eBook on Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/412513

February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in Horror Month (WiHM). In 2013, as an Ambassador for Women in Horror Month. This list of black women who write horror was compiled at the intersection of the two. The booklet also includes interviews with nine of the women. The eBook version includes a bonus: an essay, and four short stories not found in the paperback.

The electronic (eBook) edition contains the following bonus materials: four short stories, and an essay, not found in the paperback.

A shorter book that only includes the list and interviews is available as a paperback for $5.50:

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The Interviews

Linda Addison

Darlene BlackBWIH

Valjeanne Jeffers

Jemiah Jefferson

Briana Lawrence

Nnedi Okorafor

A.L. Peck

Eden Royce

Sumiko Saulson

L. Marie Wood

The Lists (with Bios)

Twenty Women in Black Horror Writing (List One)

Twenty One More Women in Black Horror Writing (List Two)

19 More Black Women in Horror Fiction (List Three)

The Full List (Alphabetical)

Listing with webpage links

1.      Linda D. Addison

2.      Pheare Alexander

3.      Angela C. Allen

4.      Paula D. Ashe

5.      L.A. Banks

6.      Darlene Black

7.      Chesya Burke

8.      Claudia Mair Burney

9.      Octavia Butler

10. Patricia E. Canterbury

11. Pearl Cleage

12. Crystal Connor

13. Arielle Crowell

14. Joy M. Copeland

15. L.M. Davis

16. Lexi Davis

17. Tananarive Due

18. Janiera Eldridge

19. Ann Fields

20. Robin Green

21. Dicey Grenor

22. Jewelle Gomez

23. Virginia Hamilton

24. Donna Hill

25. Allison Hobbs

26. Lawana Holland-Moore

27. Akua Lezli Hope

28. Nalo Hopkinson

29. Zora Neale Hurston

30. Monica Jackson

31. Tish Jackson

32. Valjeanne Jeffers

33. Jemiah Jefferson

34. N.K. Jemisin

35. Alaya Dawn Johnson

36. Tenea Johnson

37. A.D. Koboah

38. Faye McCray

39. Melinda Michelle

40. Donna Monday

41. Toni Morrison

42. Pam Noles

43. Nnedi Okorafor

44. Helen Oyeyemi

45. Ama Patterson

46. A.L. Peck

47. Dia Reeves

48. Evie Rhodes

49. Jill Robinson

50. Leone Ross

51. Eden Royce

52. Kiini Ibura Salaam

53. Anna Sanders

54. Sumiko Saulson

55. Nisi Shawl

56. Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

57. Sheree R. Thomas

58. L. Marie Wood

59. Zane

60. Ibi Zoboi

Thankfully Reading Writer’s Muse Magazine

Iconoclast Productions supports Thankfully Reading Weekend

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(from Jenn’s Bookshelves): “Thankfully Reading Weekend, November 26-29! Want to avoid the crowds & shopping on Black Friday? Plan on spending a nice, quiet holiday at home? Join us!”

Iconoclast Productions would like to highlight Writer’s Muse Magazine. We worked in concert with the Writer’s Muse Group to publish six issues of the publication between 2012 and 2014.

Christmas Muse Magazine 2012

Writer’s Muse Magazine December 2012

Writer’s Muse Magazine Summer 2013

Writer’s Muse Magazine: Fall 2013 Issue

Writer’s Muse Magazine: Winter 2013 Issue

Writer’s Muse Magazine: Spring 2014 Issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thankfully Reading Weekend

Iconoclast Productions supports Thankfully Reading Weekend

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(from Jenn’s Bookshelves): “Thankfully Reading Weekend, November 26-29! Want to avoid the crowds & shopping on Black Friday? Plan on spending a nice, quiet holiday at home? Join us!”

Iconoclast Productions would like to highlight “60 Black Women in Horror.” Compiled by our vice president for Black History Month and Women in Horror Month, the eBook is available for free at Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/412513

60 Black Women in Horror

February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in Horror Month (WiHM). In 2013, as an Ambassador for Women in Horror Month. This list of black women who write horror was compiled at the intersection of the two. The booklet also includes interviews with nine of the women. The eBook version includes a bonus: an essay, and four short stories not found in the paperback.

The electronic (eBook) edition contains the following bonus materials: four short stories, and an essay, not found in the paperback.

Includes:

60 Black Women in Horror
Interview with Linda Addison
Interview with Darlene Black
Interview with Valjeanne Jeffers
Interview with Jemiah Jefferson
Interview with Briana Lawrence
Interview with Nnedi Okorafor
Interview with A.L. Peck
Interview with Eden Royce
Interview with Sumiko Saulson

There is an associated print edition that does not include the following bonus materials found in the eBook:

David Watson article: On L.A. Banks and Octavia Butler
Short Story: Amber’s New Friend by Crystal Connor
Short Story: The Last by Sumiko Saulson
Short Story: Rhythm by Eden Royce
Short Story The Funeral by Annie J Penn

 

60 Black Women in Horror now on Smashwords (Free)

Get 60 Women in Black Horror for FREE on Smashwords!

Sumiko Saulson

60 Black Women in Horror February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in Horror Month (WiHM). In 2013, as an Ambassador for Women in Horror Month. This list of black women who write horror was compiled at the intersection of the two. The booklet also includes interviews with six of the women, two short stories, and an essay.

The eBook includes:

You can pick it up on Smashwords here

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/412513

I am working on a near-cost paperback book. By “near-cost” I mean that I will round it up to the nearest 50 cents. The goal is to have it come in at $4.00 or less. I’m aiming for $3.50. I am going to have omit some of the content from the paperback to keep the cost down, so the paperback will only include the list and the interviews. I’ll post when it is available.

The eBook contains…

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