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The Ancestors
by L. A. Banks and Tananarive Due and Brandon Massey


Overview - Dead.
Some evils are so great that they transcend death. In Brandon Massey's "The Patriarch," a young writer travels to the hushed backwoods of Mississippi, where dangerous secrets surface as a generations-old feud comes to bone-chilling new life.
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More About The Ancestors by L. A. Banks; Tananarive Due; Brandon Massey
 
 
 
Overview
Dead.
Some evils are so great that they transcend death. In Brandon Massey's "The Patriarch," a young writer travels to the hushed backwoods of Mississippi, where dangerous secrets surface as a generations-old feud comes to bone-chilling new life. . .
Buried.
The souls of the mistreated always find a way to be heard. In L.A. Banks's "Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep," violent visions haunt a man--until he's handed an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and prevent unspeakable acts from occurring once again. . .
Forgotten.
When horrors are covered up and lost, our ancestors must find a way--even in death--to tell their tales. In Tananarive Due's "Ghost Summer," ancestors haunt the nights of two children. And when a grisly discovery is made, these ancestors will make their mark on both the dead and the living. . .
"Massey ventures into areas unexplored by most other black novelists. The result is artful and stunning." --"Chicago Tribune"
"Tananarive Due is creating classics." --Tina McElroy Ansa
"Banks's writing is lush and detailed, fully bringing her characters to life (or unlife), weaving a complex world of Good vs. Evil with its own intricate hierarchy." --"Fangoria Magazine "

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780758223821
  • ISBN-10: 075822382X
  • Publisher: Dafina Books
  • Publish Date: December 2008
  • Page Count: 312


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Books > Fiction > Horror - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 40.
  • Review Date: 2008-10-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

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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