When many people think of sci-fi and horror literature, authors like Stephen King and Anne Rice are well known, but few, if any black names come to mind.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Franklin Institute and Art Sanctuary will be hosting a panel discussion and reading this Friday at 7 p.m. with five of the leading black horror writers in the country.
“Tales of Terror: An Evening with African American Master of Suspense,” is a part of Art Sanctuary’s 20th anniversary celebration of black writing series.
The featured panelists are accomplished men and women in the field of horror writing. Although they may not be household names, their work has been acclaimed and highly successful.
Leslie Esdaile Banks is the author of more than a dozen novels and most recently She released “The Awakening: A Vampire Huntress Legend,” part of a four-book vampire novel series.
Steve Barnes is a best-selling author of such books as “Legacy of Heorot” and “Lion’s Blood,” and has been nominated for both the Hugo and Cable Ace awards. Barnes has also written episodes for The Twilight Zone , as well as the Emmy-winning “A Stitch in Time,” episode of The Outer Limits.
Tananarive Due’s novel, “The Living Blood,” won the American Book Award in 2002. Her books have also been nominated for the NAACP Image Awards and the 2003 Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Awards.
Brandon Massey sold thousands of copies of his first novel, “Thunderland,” without having a book deal and she recently released his second novel, “Dark Corner,” a vampire thriller.
Not only is Sheree R. Thomas a talented author, she’s also an editor, poet and book reviewer. She is also the editor of the series, “Dark Matter,” a New York Times Notable Book of the year winner.
All of these authors are accomplished in their own right and are sure to have compelling things to say about Black History Month and the state of black America.
Tickets for the event are $10. For more info visit the Franklin Institute online at www.fi.edu.
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