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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075822382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758223821
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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

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Three great stories that keep you glued to your seat and anxious to turn the page.
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The characters were well developed in each story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl D. Mills on January 24, 2009
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I loved this book, I am already an avid fan of LA Banks & Tananarive Due and read almost everything they write. I have recently begun reading selections by Brandon Massey. These three writer epitomize the Black experience in this book with their influences of African American folk beliefs. Plus, they were damn good stories. I appreciate a good sci fi/fantasy/horror story that doesn't insult my intelligence and makes me want to do research on folk religions & past beliefs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle Mckinney on December 15, 2008
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I enjoyed all three stories in the book and found myself wishing each story was a novel on its own. I would ask each author to please expand on these stories.

I know I am not giving anything away when I say that one of the lines in Brandon Massey's story had me on the floor laughing. The line goes, "I prefer my poster pedic."

Give these stories a try, you will be glad you did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carmel on November 14, 2009
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I learned of this book by searching for something by one of my favorite authors, Tananarive Due. I had never been exposed to L.A. Banks or Brandon Massey. This book was incredible! I loved all 3 stories and in the process I found 2 new authors (Banks & Massey). I can't wait to read their other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sadler on July 25, 2011
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Far too many details and over the top tales w/poor closure. You had to read nearly 100 pages of the first story to get to the plot. The ending was absolutely ridiculous. Definitely not a book I'd recommend anyone to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.Nicole on December 29, 2011
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The Ancestors is a trio of short stories all revolving around the theme of ancestry. The fist story by LA Banks, Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep is the story of a man who seems to be traumatized by what he's seen in war, but we come to find out that the war he's been involved in is one of the supernatural nature and that he is the protector of the woman who is the granddaughter of a spiritual elder who has given him shelter and board in return for work at his antiques store. The young man is taught spiritual warfare from the elder and discover his true mission in this life as well as his past lives. This story had a great premise and would have probably made a great novel, but the beginning was long and involved and the ending felt rushed. This did not have the pacing of a short story and the epilogue felt like a deus ex machina in order to wrap up loose ends. I would love to have read the filled in story of how they got to that point.

The second story by Brandon Massey, The Patriarch, was great. A mystery writer from the city of Atlanta goes to visit his ancestral home in the backwoods of Mississippi with his girlfriend. He feels that there are unanswered questions about his past that he must find before he can move to the next step of his relationship and ask her to marry him. Once they journey to the "homeland" his great aunt relates to him their family history, but leaves out the story about an ancestor who could be his twin. While there he feels s if he's being called to the woods, where he meets this mysterious ancestor and finds out the truth about who he is. I thought the pacing and foreshadowing in this story was excellent, it kept me on my toes and wanting to read more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Monroe on July 8, 2011
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I love short stories. However, this book left me disappointed. In each of the stories none of the charters were developed. I know that can be hard to do in a short story but I should get what I pay for. All of the stories are very long winded. How can a short story be long winded? I'll tell, unnecessary details. Then when you near the end the author sum the whole thing up in a page or two. That's IT? I wasted my time and money on that? WoW. I know J.C.Cooper short stories are not since fiction but they are fast passed and entertaining. What I love in short stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina N. Thomas on February 9, 2011
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I am a huge fan of Tananarive Due and L.A. Banks! Mr. Massey has just became a go to guy when I'm looking for a sci-fi book that won't fail me!

The Ancestors! Wow, is all I can say! T. Due captured the imagination of a young boy and his sister so vividly in this story! I felt as if I became a part of their journey! I was simply spell bound from the beginning! An absolute joy! If you do read this, get ready to go on a supernatural journey because she brings it!Tananarive Due and L.A. Banks are amazing authors! In each of their books I've always been able to touch, smell, taste and feel every character or emotion in their books! I can't get enough of them!

You will not be disappointed by either authors!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna on October 4, 2010
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I love this book. I couldn't put it down. These are some great writers.
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