Sycorax’s Daughters Edited by Kinitra Brooks, PhD., Linda D. Addison, and Susan Dorris, PhD. With a Forward by Walidah Imarisha-Various writers
Cedar Grove Publishing(2017)
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Welcome back to the Chocolate Reading Experience!
Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on Sycorax’s Daughters, an anthology of the most thought provoking, horrifying, skin chilling works. It also lends to a deeper discussion about black writers in the area of science fiction and horror. That will definitely be another post.
Speaking of which, did you see the Kendrick Lamar and Sza video called “All the Stars” for the Black Panther movie? It had African Spritualism, Afrofuturism and more in that lovely motion picture!
Warning! Read slow! Sip on the words in this book or you will get lost!
For now, the question is. Who are Sycorax’s Daughters and her significance to the anthology?
For you Shakespeare fans, Sycorax was the silent but powerful witch in Shakespeare’s Tempest(1611). According to the book, she invoked fear in the white male characters. In fact, in Walidah’s powerful forward, the idea for this anthology, sprouted from the AstroBlacknessII conference a few months after the non indictment of Michael Brown’s murderer.
Sycorax’s Daughters is more than a collection of “horror” stories ladies and gents. The poetry is mind provoking and I swear some stories were so beyond me, my soul interpreted the matter before my brain could.
“In the morning you will erase her from existence. You will let the day’s drudgery make a meal of your heart. You will stroke your hardness, you will come in silence, consumed by dread.” (from Sycorax’s Daughters: The Malady of Need 2017).
I cannot select just one as my favorite because the 566 page tome had so many exciting stories! One in particular is called Cheaters by Tish Jackson. About a woman who just can’t stand cheaters and mysteriously, any cheater she has been with, is no longer in existence…
Another favorite, probably my absolute FAV is the The Monster by Crystal Connor. What does a shape shifting monster, the KKK, and a lone military trained black woman with a pistol, have in common? Yeah, you got to read that one for yourself. It was so good I told my husband all about it. He was intrigued.
The anthology is a powerful testament to black women but to black culture as a whole. Using horror to reflect the pain and injustices we often go through is a creative bounty these writers possess.
I highly HIGHLY recommend reading Sycorax’s Daughters. In the meantime, I will be posting up thoughts on black culture, horror, and science fiction literature we should all be checking out.
~The Write Web