African American Horror Writers

With February being Black History Month I thought it would be nice to do a blog post talking about African American horror writers. I knew of four writers when I started this post but managed to find  more as I was writing. I’m sure there are quite a few more out there that I missed, so if you know of any others please leave a  comment on the end of this post.

The first author I want to talk about and probably the most popular is L.A. Banks. L.A. Banks was born in Philadelphia. She has written under several different names, has written in multiple genres and has won many literary awards. L.A. Banks is the author of the Vampire Huntress series of novels and comics. There are 12 novels in this series along with one graphic novel and a YA novel. Some critics have called her work: “fresh, hip, fantastic and far superior to Buffy.” Some of her vampire novels include Minion and The Awakening.

L.A. Banks has also written a series of six werewolf novels called the Crimson Moon series. Some of the titles include Never Cry Werewolf and Left for Undead. L.A. Banks was also the co founder of The Liar’s Club, a networking group for professionals in publishing and other aspects of entertainment. Sadly L.A. Banks died of adrenal cancer in 2011. You can find out more about her career at leslieesdailebanks.com.

Next up is Maurice Broaddus, he was born in London, England but now lives in America. He graduated from Purdue University and is a senior writer for Hollywoodjesus.com. Maurice has written in several genres, his horror novels include: Devil’s Marionette and The Knights of Breton Court: King Maker. Maurice now live in Indianapolis Indiana and is part of the Indiana Horror Writers Association. You can learn more about him at mauricebroaddus.com.

The next author I want to talk about is Brandon Massey, he was born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1973 and has published three novels a year since  1999. Brandon loved watching horror movies growing up and he was a life long reader. He then decided that he wanted to start telling his own stories and became a horror writer. Some of his novels include: Thunderland and Covenant. Brandon has also edited two collections of short stories by African American Horror writers called: Dark Dreams and Voices From The Other Side: Dark Dreams 2. To learn more about Brandon Massey go to: brandonmassey.com.

Next on the list is Wrath James White. Wrath is a former MMA fighter and hard core horror author.  In 2011 Wrath wrote a book of dark poetry called Vicious Romantic which was nominated for an HWA Bram Stoker award and a movie just went into production based on his novel The Resurrectionist.  some of his other works include Succulent Prey and Population Zero. Wrath James White also has a great blog which I’ve been reading for the last 5 years where he talks about politics, religion and anything else that he finds worthy to talk about, to check it out go to wordsofwrath.blogspot.com.

Jermiah Jefferson is another author who like L.A. Banks has written a series of vampire novels. Jermiah grew up listening to disco music and watching horror movies. She also loved to daydream and read. She has written non fiction, erotica and has written four books in the Voice of Blood vampire series. Some of her works include Wounds and A Drop of Scarlet. For more information about her go to: jemiah.com.

The authors above were authors that have written more then one horror novel but there are also some authors that have only one horror novel or is a writer of horror flash fiction or poetry that I wanted to mention also. One writer that I have to mention is Octavia Butler. Octavia wrote mostly science fiction throughout her life but she did write a vampire novel called Fledgling. Another great science fiction writer that has written some novels that could be considered horror is Tananarive Due; one of her horror novels  is called Joplin’s Ghost.

Another author I want to mention here  is Angella C. Allen who edited a vampire anthology by African American Horror Writers called: Dark Thirst. I also can’t fail to mention Michael Boatman who wrote a book about monster hunters called The Revenant Road which I will be reviewing on this blog in the next week or so. Last but not least is Andre Duza who has written a book about a zombie woman out for revenge against a serial killer called Dead Bitch Army. Once again, this is an incomplete list if you know of any authors that I forgot to mention please leave a comment.

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59 thoughts on “African American Horror Writers

  1. I’m not sure if it can be considered horror since the ghost in it isn’t evil but the story does get pretty dark, that’s Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved.

    But that’s really neat that you conjured up this list of African-American horror authors. I never knew there were so many black authors out there who write horror though I’ve always been sure that there have been some (just not as well-known). Hopefully this list will help break the stereotype that horror is just a white person’s genre (because it really isn’t). I’m saving this list so I can read some of these authors.

    I hope they promote more horror and sci fi/fantasy authors of colour. You can dig up speculative fiction in just about any culture on the planet when you think about it.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  2. Thanks Steven. Out of those authors, I knew of L.A. Banks, Wrath James White and Michael Boatman, I’ve read stuff from Wrath and Michael and I’m really looking forward to reading something from L.A. Banks. I think it would be really cool to come up with a list of horror and sci Fi authors from different cultures. I was planning this list for awhile and I’m sure there is more out there.

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    • I mentioned Tananarive Due, briefly. I guess I looked at her as more being Speculative Fiction, but some of her work could be considered horror. I took a look at One Blood by Qwantu Amaru does look good, Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Thanks for commenting. I like your website. I think Dead Bitch Army and Jesus Freaks look really good. I will have to put them on my to be read list.

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  4. Greetings!
    I’ve been following your blog and I love it! I just thought you might be interested to know that there is a new intervention in the genre that features African American and Latino characters and traditions which are culturally rooted in deep paranormal mythology. Check it out!

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  5. Theres a new up coming black horror writer.He’s Don Wright his book can be found on AMBERBOOKS.com the title is Afro-American stories of fright from the old south.Its a 1st in a series of 6 short Afro American horror stories.It even comes with free down home southern recipes included in each book.His ISBN is 978-0-615-60574-6.The brother has some shocking stories,y’all need to check him out?

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  6. I’ve read from all of these Writers and they are good, but the Only true Horror Writer that is Original and a Bizarre Master of the Craft is Tize W. Clark. His Books “The Maze and QT” are absolutely insane and Scarey as Hell! He doesn’t do the Vampire repeat thing and call himself a Horror Writer. If Stephen King was Black and more up to date, he would be Tize W. Clark. Don’t take my word, check it out for yourself!!!!! No disrespect to the other writers, but this guy is the real deal and I bet he’ll be in the movies soon.

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  7. Hi David! I looked for a place to email you, but missed it. I am an African-American horror author. My pen name is L. Marie Wood and my second novel, The Promise Keeper, was released in 2012. My third short story collection, Anathema, was released in December 2012. In 2004, my novel Crescendo was on the preliminary list for a Bram Stoker award, as was my short story collection, Caliginy. Please feel free to take a look at my work: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5709521.L_Marie_Wood

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  8. There quite a few African American independently published horror writers, my self included. George L. Cooks III writes zombie fiction, “The Dead War Series”. A.L. Peck wrote the psychological horror novel “Abstract Murder”, and Ron Houston, author of the classic tale of good vs. evil “The Rogue Prophet”.

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    • Very true I think in the future there will probably be only two major publishers and independent publishing will be the way that most authors get published.

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      • I don’t think that the major publishers are going anywhere.. but I do think that, just as with independent record labels, there will be new competition running alongside the majors.

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  11. I agree that regergitating vampire stories doesn’t make you a horror author. There’s a new authorby the name of Terrance Jordan. His debut novel ‘cross my heart and hope to kill’ is now available on Amazon and kindle and the story is as good as the title nuff said

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  13. Allison Hobbs has a great series; but she writes her horror under the name of Joelle Sterling; It’s about creatures resembling zombies and vampires; captivating!

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  14. I just found this websiste. I love that it list horror books written by African American Writers As a newly published Horror Writer I am glad to see this site. My book is one of the first book to be written about a blood born daughter of Dracula that is called Kidra. it is available on Amazon and all onlinebookstores.

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  15. there a new horror writer. it me.. wane anthany pope…devils angels gods children….im very twisted with more to come.

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  16. David! Thanks so much for your kind review of Revenant Road, and for your mention of me along with a whole gaggle of great writers! I’m honored to be included. Thanks again.

    Michael Boatman

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    • Thanks I think your book Last God Standing looks excellent. I knew you from your acting career but also I heard you once on the Pod of Horror podcast and it sold me on your writing.

      David

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  17. Wayne A. Pope, released my new noval Ressurection July 16 2014, its horror filled but basicly about a man who has all the powers of Jesus who is accused of rape, after being incarcerated. The government come to his aid in need of his Specail Abilities, fr says:

    Wayne A. Pope, released my new noval Ressurection July 16 2014, its horror filled but basicly about a man who has all the powers of Jesus who is accused of rape, after being incarcerated. The government come to his aid in need of his Specail Abilities, from there he is isolated on his given island…from there he spawn a new creation of demons as the world calls it from many women who were giving to him from countries around the world that he aided. His birth changes the world in t worst way…Enjoy and Bye-Bye

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    • Shawn A. Jenkins has a new series available on the Amazon Kindle titled Look what happened to the Banners. The sequel, The pursuit of darkness, comes out next month.

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  18. Pepper Pace is a popular African American author of IR romance and she has incorporated some very good Sci Fi and horror. She wrote an entire Vampire Series about a street smart vampire. Also she has a newly released book entitled The Shadow People which is very scary. I’m a huge fan of her work!

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