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Talented African-American authors Banks (The Shadows), Massey (Don't Ever Tell) and Due (Blood Colony) explore ancestral roots in intriguing horror novellas. Banks puts a time-travel twist into Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep, in which antique dealer Abe Morgan helps a friend, Rashid Jackson, protect Aziza, Rashid's granddaughter, from the shades after Aziza inherits her grandmother's house. In Massey's The Patriarch, a crime novelist brings his fiancée to Coldwater, Miss., to introduce her to his mom's kinfolk, but runs afoul of a powerful family secret. Due's Ghost Summer, the best of the trio, also works as a YA novel. Davie Stephens, who's determined to become a 12-year-old ghost buster, and various family members find themselves haunted by a 1909 cold case in Graceville, Fla. All three contributors successfully combine scary themes with rich historical detail. (Dec.)
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Three well-known thriller writers employ the novella to depict people learning more about their roots than any sane person would want to know. The undertone all three share is cautionary: listen to your elders before you try anything to the slightest degree dubious. In Banks’ Ev’ry Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep, a young attorney prepares to dispose of his grandmother’s property, only to discover that it was much more valuable and necessary than she could have imagined. In Brandon’s Massey’s Patriarch, a young writer returns to the family home in Mississippi to find an old feud coming back to life and to learn that not all of his forebears were fully human. In Tananarive Due’s Ghost Summer, ancestors haunt the nights of two children, which leads to the revelation of an old wrong. Fun to read and good models for nascent genre practitioners. --Frieda Murray
This trio of stories from African American authors doesn’t exactly deal with the sins of the fathers but focuses, instead, on their legacies -those who come after, and their... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Eudaimon
This sister can write my book club have read every book she put out ,waiting for the next book Mrs. Due.Published 14 months ago by Peace out
I was very lost. I am so sorry i didn't like this book at all. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.Published 19 months ago by AJ
Definitely the writing style I've come to love. I only wish the stories were longer. I was left wanting more.Published 24 months ago by Carmen Kryptonite
Three great stories that keep you glued to your seat and anxious to turn the page. Many new twist and turns in stories leaving you breathless until you get to the stories'... Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Rev. Brenda H. Tapia
The stories were ok. I was a little disappointed in it. I expected more especially since I'm a Brandon Massey fan.Published on March 9, 2013 by Condo reno