Silly me was googling “black fantasy females” today to find a good concept image to put on the Metal Shadow Wiki for Raffikke. Somehow I forgot this is black history month, and that the top search that would show up if you type in just “black fantasy” would, undoubtedly, be “black fantasy writers”.

This intrigued me to no end.

Aside from a few faces I’ve seen in the special features section of animated DVD’s, I’ve never so much as heard of another black fantasy writer besides myself. That’s…just…a really foreign idea. I clicked on a few of the links and found some good jazz. Here are a few names that that really interested me.

Henry Dumas – author of Echo Tree, a collection of short speculative stories. It features “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” which is about a jazz musician with a powerful instrument that he uses against “unwelcome guests”.

Milton J. Davis – a modern author! He’s the author of “four Blacknificent Sword and Soul novels”, which automatically makes him epic in my book. He’s got an anthology coming out called Steamfunk!

Dubois frequently wrote spec fic.

W.E.B. Dubois – believe it or not, Dubois wrote speculative fiction. And a lot of it too. Like, way more than I have, and probably will for the next 10 years. And probably want to, for that matter. Yeah, that much.

Found these names on this list.

You know what all these authors have in common? I mean, aside from the fact that they wrote fantasy works? They wrote fantasy works with purpose.

One after the other, these guys were out to send a message. Their characters had power because of oppression and shame, and they used it to end the terrorism of their people. I suppose that’s to be expected of authors winning awards and being remembered for their contributions over a century later. But wow, it sets the bar really high for the rest of us.

I’m going back to searching for Raffikke now. Let’s pretend I can still live up to the greats.

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