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Oct 06

Horror in October is back!

Posted on October 6, 2021 at 10:20 AM by Maggie Witte

With the Halloween season upon us, we’re continuing our Horror in October blog series from last year, celebrating the holiday of tricks and treats by introducing you to, or reacquainting you with, authors of the horror genre. Each week will feature one or more authors and highlight their books available through KTB. It’s with great pleasure that we continue this series, and we hope you enjoy these frightening reads.

This week, our focus is on Tananarive Due, who, for more than 20 years, has been a leading voice in black speculative fiction. She is an award-winning author teaching Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. Due is an executive producer on Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.  She has won an American Book Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a British Fantasy Award, as well as having her writing included in best-of-the-year anthologies. She and her husband, Steven Barnes, with whom she collaborates on screenplays, live with their son, Jason, and two cats.

DB 43640 The between

As a child, Hilton James was rescued from drowning by his grandmother, who perished to save him. Now a family man of almost forty, he begins to think his borrowed time is running out. Haunted by dreams of death and threatened by a psychotic who stalks his family, Hilton finds his grip on reality slipping. Strong language and descriptions of sex.

DB 58397 The good house

African American talent agent Angela Toussaint returns to her late grandmother's house in Washington state where Angela's son committed suicide two years earlier. With her high school sweetheart, Angela investigates the tragedy and battles ancient supernatural forces that possessed her family. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

DB 84456 Ghost summer: stories

Fifteen horror short stories. Some stories like "Free Jim's Mine" mix African American history and horror. In the story "The Knowing," a woman can tell when everyone she sees will die, while "Patient Zero" deals with the outbreak of a pandemic. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.