Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror

Random. Oct. 2023. 400p. ed. by Jordan Peele & John Joseph Adams. ISBN 9780593243794. $30. HORROR
Editors Adams (series editor for the annual Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy) and Peele (the creative force behind the films Get Out and Us) have compiled this anthology featuring some of the most influential Black authors writing today. Many of the authors in this collection are well-known in speculative-fiction circles, like Tananarive Due and Rebecca Roanhorse, and the fiction they’ve contributed represents some of the best in the genre. Like many standout speculative-fiction stories, these timely tales look at both the horrors of the world beyond the veil and the horrors that permeate society. Due offers up a tale of two freedom riders who get stranded in rural Alabama where homegrown racism and supernatural terrors lie in wait. N.K. Jemisin writes a Twilight Zone–adjacent story that looks at a dirty cop who discovers he’s surrounded by eyeballs, while Nnedi Okorafor digs deep into African folklore to tell a tale that shows the dangers of forgoing traditions.
VERDICT While some readers might be drawn to this book by Peele’s star power, this is a well-crafted anthology that’s perfect for introducing readers to emerging and established Black authors.
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