October is Black Speculative Fiction Month. Right on! What, you ask, is Speculative Fiction? Speculative Fiction is an umbrella term for the broad genres of horror, science fiction, pulp fiction, and fantasy (for example, the sub-genre Sword and Sorcery). Black Speculative Fiction is also an umbrella term but with one important difference.
Black Speculative Fiction encompasses stories of horror, fantasy and science fiction which come out of the Black and/or African experience. So now we may add the very young sub-genre of Sword and Soul which was created by Charles Saunders. These are tales told, for the most part, by African American authors— stories of African sheiks, aliens in the hood, of Haitian witches and warlocks (for example, my story, Outcasts) of Native American and Black vampires and werewolves (such as in, for example, my Immortal series).
Once, as my friend and mentor Charles Saunders said, I could barely find a novel written by an author of color. Now, I can’t keep up with those that are emerging each year, each week, each day. We stand on the cusp of an era. An era which, if I may be so bold, may be likened to the Harlem Renaissance. Indeed we have come far, but with miles to go before we sleep. We must continue this journey with you, our readers.
October is BSFM month. How should you celebrate? Here’s an idea: why not hug an author by visiting their sites. Here’s my site: Pick up an ebook (or if you’re old school like me) a print copy of a book by your favorite author.
You don’t have a favorite author? Don’t sweat it honey, have one of mine 🙂 Here’s a list of some of my favorite writers.
Octavia Butler: Wild Seed, Clay’s Ark, Imago, Kindred. Purchase Queen Octavia’s novels here.
Charles Saunders: The Imaro Series, Damballa, The Dossouye Series, Griots: A Sword and Souls Anthology (editor with Milton Davis).
Valjeanne Jeffers: the Immortal series, The Switch II: Clockwork (includes books I and II)
Quinton Veal: Cover artist for Immortal III and The Switch II: Clockwork
(and numerous other covers). Check him out here.
Edward Uzzle: Retro KM: Lord of the Landlords, NETERS. Check him out here.
Howard Night: The Serpent Cult, Race War (The Reckoning). Check him out here.
D.K. Gaston: The Friday House, Pantheon. Check him out here.
A.J. Jarrell: Detecting Magic With Dick Hunter, The Good King Saga. Check him out here.
TK McEachin: The Elements Series (in press)
Carole McDonnell: Wind Follower, The Constant Tower, Spirit Fruit. Check her out here.
B. Sharise Moore: Taste: An Erotic Fantasy Series. Check her out here.
Derrick Ferguson: Dillion and The Voice of Odin, Four Bullets For Odin,
The Adventure of Fortune McCall. Check him out here.
Ronald Jones: Warriors of the Four Worlds, Subject 82-42. Check him out here.
Milton Davis: the Meji Series, The Changa Safari Series, Steamfunk! (as co-editor). Check him out here.
Balogun Ojatade: The Chronicles of Harriet, Once Upon a Time in Afrika Steamfunk! (as co-editor). Check him here.
Nalo Hopkinson: Midnight Robber, Sister Mine. Check her out here.
Tananarive Due: The Good House, My Soul to Keep. Check her out here.
Steven Barnes: The Lions Blood, Shadow Valley, Zulu Heart. Check her out here.
Alicia McCalla: Breaking Free, Iniko (African Elementals), Possibilities (edited with L.M. Davis). Check her out here.
Melvin Carter: Leopard’s Moon. Check him out here.
John F. Allen The God Killers. Check him out here.
And here are more some super-cool sites:
I’ll be adding links for everyone so be sure to check in with me. This list is not exhaustive. But it should get you started. Now go forth and celebrate! And Happy Black Speculative Fiction Month!