The Ballad of Black Tom

The Ballad of Black Tom Author Victor LaValle
ISBN-10 0765387867
ISBN-13 9780765387868
Year 2016-02-16
Pages 160
Language English
Publisher Tor.com
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One of NPR s Best Books of 2016 winner of the 2016 This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year and a finalist for the 2016 Hugo Nebula Locus and Bram Stoker AwardsPeople move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn t there Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table keep the roof over his father s head from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook He knows what magic a suit can cast the invisibility a guitar case can provide and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic and earns the attention of things best left sleeping A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn Will Black Tom live to see it break LaValle s novella of sorcery and skullduggery in Jazz Age New York is a magnificent example of what weird fiction can and should do Laird Barron author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All LaValle reinvents outmoded literary conventions particularly the ghettos of genre and ethnicity that long divided serious literature from popular fiction Praise for The Devil in Silver from Elizabeth Hand author of Radiant Days LaValle cleverly subverts Lovecrafts Cthulhu mythos by imbuing a black man with the power to summon the Old Ones and creates genuine chills with his evocation of the monstrous Sleeping King an echo of Lovecrafts Dagon The Ballad of Black Tom has a satisfying slingshot ending Elizabeth Hand for Fantasy ScienceFiction

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The Changeling

The Changeling Author Victor LaValle
ISBN-10 9780812995954
Release 2017-06-13
Pages 448