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Salsa Nocturna Paperback – July 13, 2012
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"SALSA NOCTURNA, (is) an impressive collection of linked supernatural noir stories set in NY with a sabor that captivated me from page one. Older is the real deal. If you enjoy my work, you'll love SALSA NOCTURNA. This is the debut of an unforgettable new voice." --Tananarive Due, author of The Good House
A delicate mix of horror and humor permeates this striking and original set of 13 linked supernatural noir tales. Carlos Delacruz is barely alive at all, a botched resurrection, trapped in perpetual ambiguity. Naturally, he works as a soulcatcher for New York City s Council of the Dead. Carlos and Gordo, an old Cubano who finds musical inspiration among the muertos, serve as common threads in a tapestry depicting the growing restlessness of the dead under the Council s bureaucratic rule. Colorfully depicted New York neighborhoods are secretly populated by an army of ghosts including birds, mysterious giants, and the trapped souls of an African burial ground as well as the eccentric soulcatchers themselves. Older gracefully draws together the stories of a young man who finds an unnerving set of dolls at his girlfriend s home, a child abuse survivor out for revenge, and serial killers both spectral and human, securing himself a place among the rising stars of the genre. --Publishers Weekly
These are stories of the magic in cities, of the life in death, of the hope that even the most cynical of people still feel deep down. It had everything I wanted: noir and horror and mystery and fantasy, all mixed up and flavored with fresh attitude. And I loved every bit of it. --Locus Award-winning author N.K. Jemisin
About the Author
Daniel José Older is a writer, composer and paramedic living in Brooklyn, New York. He has facilitated workshops on music and anti-oppression organizing at public schools, religious houses, universities, and prisons. His soul band Ghost Star performs original multimedia theater productions about New York history around the city.
His short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Flash Fiction, Crossed Genres, The Innsmouth Free Press, and the anthology Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm. He has been a featured reader at The New York Review of Science Fiction and Sheree Renée Thomas Black Pot Mojo Reading Series. Daniel is currently working towards his MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
You can read his ridiculous and true ambulance adventures, hear his music and find out more about his fiction at ghoststar.net
Top customer reviews
I read for fun. I read for relaxation. My job requires heavy analysis, so I try to avoid recreational reading that makes me work too hard. I also steer clear of fluff.
This book (along with Older's subsequent offering) strikes a perfect middle ground. It serves up action with a purpose and fantasy mixed with humanity. Older mixes philosophy and breezy vulgarity while neither pontificating nor descending into sleaze. His books provoke thought, but without beating the reader over the head with heaviness.
The plots are just twisty enough. The settings are both familiar and completely foreign. The characters are complex in their simplicity.
Short version (too late): This book and this author are a delight. I can't wait for the next one.
I am eager to read Half-Resurrection Blues to find out what the living/dead/half-dead bunch will be doing next. Daniel Jose Older is an author I'll be watching and supporting.