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Sycorax's Daughters Paperback – March 10, 2017
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My favorite story in this book was "Letty" by Regina N. Bradley, a frame story with a horrifying slave narrative, supernatural elements, and about as much truth as fiction can handle. Other standouts for me were "The Monster" by Crystal Connor and "Kim" by Nicole D. Sconiers, but there are a number of really wonderful stories here. Lots of magic, monsters, and mayhem. Highly recommended.
Her daughters—the 33 women of color who contributed these stories—have rich voices that refuse to whisper. Their words lay on the page with strong marks—bold lines that break boundaries.
Their stories are dark and Gothic. Stitched in moments of fear, the authors of Sycorax's Daughters come together to weave stories of magic, bravery and love... but these are no tender romances.
The tales in Sycorax's Daughters tap the essence of humanity. They grasp the bitter and ugly by its heels and draw it into the light. They look, unafraid, into demon eyes and smile. The power is in the tale. They catch each shadow, distill it into ink and leave the monsters imprisoned on the page.
I've looked forward to reading Sycorax's Daughters for almost a year, but once I cracked the spine and started delving into these pages I found myself slowing down to chew slowly. Sycorax's Daughters is a literary feast to be devoured and savored—a meal of words that will satisfy long after the cover has closed.
These are words that, unlike voiceless Sycorax, will not remain silent. They have rung out boldly and will continue to echo for generations.
"If there is any connection between the wide-ranging tales told here in prose and poetry, it is that all the authors have found the same freedom to express their individual voices in horror, unbound by more staid literary conventions. They’ve also found unique ways to make their magical realities feel real, worlds you can enter and embrace as believable.
Some are deeply disturbing and stick with you like childhood traumas; some are laugh-out-loud funny. They are historic, but also brutally contemporary, with familiar horrors of myth and legend and new ones with the potential to be every bit as enduring. Points of view shift from those we might call victims to that of the so-called monsters, until we are left unsure at times which is truly which."
Terence Taylor, from Nightmare Magazine review, https://www.amazon.com/Nightmare-Magazine-Issue-August-2017-ebook/dp/B074G2GRSF