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Maelstrom is a ghost, man. He was a beautiful idea he had and we had a few really good short story contests

If you know where I can find that large bills short story, hit me up

I download it hut my laptop died.....You gotta asked him but I doubt he has it now though

I know you and Maelstrom tried to get a writing club going but it did work out


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Repainting My Imagination With Black Fantasy Authors

In fourth grade, I was introduced to fantasy fiction through The Harry Potter series. I became a fan of the series when the fourth book was the latest book released. There was something irresistible about Harry’s world that I couldn’t explain. When I read the first three books, everything I read vividly appeared in my mind in bright colors. Once things got darker with the fourth books, the colors shone like stars in new characters and gave me hope for those I already knew.

I loved how Harry’s world painted my imagination with its characters and creatures. As I waited for the newest book in the series to be released, I decided to maintain that feeling by reading other fantasy series such as Percy Jackson and The Olympians and certain Dragonlance trilogies. Together with the Harry Potter series, these books painted my imagination into a lovely kaleidoscope and also sparked an interest in mythology and folklore.

For a while, race wasn’t an issue for me when it came to characters. I related to things that went beyond skin color, like Hermione’s brain and her being put down because of it. In high school, I realized I couldn’t find any characters of color I could relate to in contemporary teen fiction. Due to the lack of diversity in diverse characters, I looked to white characters even more.

After Harry’s adventures ended in my junior year of high school, I found one or two other series that I enjoyed. Then, I started to get bored with fantasy fiction. I was tired of the same old strong female characters and books with vampires, fairies, and demons. After a while, even fantasy series I loved to reread also became boring.

I wanted something new, but wasn’t sure what it was. Then last year, I watched the animated series W.I.T.C.H. on YouTube and found myself relating to Taranee Cook, a black female main character who could control fire. That’s when I realized that I wanted to read fantasy fiction with people of color.

On Goodreads, I requested fantasy fiction books written by African American authors and ended up reading Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson. While it took me a few chapters to get into the book, I found myself experiencing the same thrill I got from reading the Harry Potter books. However, the lack of fantasy fiction by black authors at my local libraries and my picky reading taste prevented me from finding more books.

It wasn’t until this summer that I was able to find more enjoyable fantasy fiction by black authors. Through the site Black Girl Nerds, I discovered Kyoko M. and her urban fantasy trilogy The Black Parade. The main character was Jordan Amador, a twenty-something black-Latina who could see ghosts, demons, and angels.

As I read the first book of the series, I found myself admiring how she fought demons inside and outside of herself. By the end of the book, I found myself wanting more and happily bought the second book of the trilogy, She Who Fights Monsters, when it was released in July. I also promoted the author on my blog with a book review of the first book.

Besides The Black Parade trilogy, I found other black fantasy fiction authors through the blog The Chronicles of Harriet, which introduced me to the genres sword and soul and steamfunk. Sword and soul had stories set in alternate versions of Africa and featured black men and women equipped with magic, swords, and spears. Steamfunk provides a different take on the steampunk genre with African American history and culture.

Although both genres sounded interesting, sword and soul was the genre I was most excited about. I researched black authors such as Charles Saunders, Milton J. Davis, and Balogun Ojetade. In addition, I also read a book on African mythology in order to be familiar with the myths they might draw on.

In order to get my feet wet in sword and soul, I bought the book Once Upon a Time in Afrika by Balogun Ojetade. From the first chapter, my imagination was painted with wonderful characters and places. I read the book in two or three days and did a book review to spread the word about it.

After I finished the book, I bought the anthology Griots: Sisters of the Spear to read sword and soul stories focusing on black women. I recently started to read it since October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and I’m awed at what I’ve read so far.

Black fantasy authors have repainted my imagination with fresh images of magic, horror, strength, and more. They have shown me that with creativity, black people can create a new view of their past, present, and future.


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Maurice Broaddus
Maurice Broaddus
NationalityUnited States
GenreScience Fiction, Urban fantasy, Horror fiction
Maurice Broaddus is a fantasy and horror author best known for his short fiction and his Knights of Breton Court novel trilogy. He has published dozens of stories in magazines and book anthologies, including in Asimov's Science Fiction, Black Static, and Weird Tales. His steampunk novella Buffalo Soldier was released in 2017 by Tor.[1]
Broaddus was born in London, United Kingdom, but grew up in Indianapolis, United States. His mother is from Jamaica, where many of his relatives still live.[2]
Broaddus earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University and worked for two decades as an environmental toxicologist. He now works as a freelance writer and was formerly the executive director of Cities of Refuge Ministries, which provides transitional housing and employment opportunities for people dealing with addiction, reentry, or homelessness.[3] He currently works at The Learning Tree, a neighborhood association focusing on community development and improving the lives of local residents.[4]
He still resides in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
Writing and editing
Broaddus has published dozens of short stories and hundreds of essays (including as a columnist for the Indianapolis Star and as a reviewer for HollywoodJesus.com). His fiction has been published in magazines such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, Black Static and Weird Tales.
In 2010 Angry Robot published Broaddus’ urban fantasy novel King Maker, a "retelling of the Arthurian mythos involving street gangs."[5] The novel was called a "triumph" by SF Book Reviews[6] and was followed up by two sequels, King's Justice[7] and King’s War. In 2012 Angry Robot published the trilogy in an omnibus edition entitled The Knights of Breton Court.
Broaddus has also edited and co-edited several well-received anthologies, including Dark Faith (alongside fellow editor Jerry Gordon), which focused on the intersection between horror and religious faith.[8] He also co-edited the "People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy" and "People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror" special issues of Fantasy and Nightmare magazines.[9]
His steampunk novella Buffalo Soldier was released in 2017 by Tor[10] and was described by the New York Times Book Review as an "exciting" story packed with "alternate American history, fantastic technology and father-son bonding."[11]
Broaddus, along with co-editor Jerry Gordon, was a finalist for the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology for Dark Faith[12] and won the Kitschies award for debut novel for King Maker.[13] He was also a finalist for the Black Quill Award.[14]
  • The Knights of Breton Court
    • King Maker (Angry Robot, 2010)
    • King's Justice (Angry Robot, 2011)
    • King's War (Angry Robot, 2011)

Reprinted in the omnibus edition The Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot, 2012)

  • Orgy of Souls (Apex Publications, 2008), co-authored with Wrath James White.

  • The Usual Suspects (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, 2019)
  • Dark Faith (Apex Publications, 2010) edited with Jerry Gordon
  • Dark Faith: Invocations (Apex Publications, 2012), edited with Jerry Gordon
  • Devil's Marionette (Shroud Publishing, 2009)
  • Bleed With Me (Delirium Books, 2011)
  • I Can Transform You (Apex Publications, 2013)
  • Buffalo Soldier (Tor, 2017)[15]
Short Stories
  • "Kali's Danse Macabre" (Honorable mention, 1996 Asimov's Undergraduate Award)
  • "Family Business" (Weird Tales, January–February 2006)
  • "Black Frontiers" (Voices from the Other Side, edited by Brandon Massey, Dafina Books / Kensington Publishing Corp., 2006, republished 2012)
  • "Nurse's Requiem" (Whispers in the Night, edited by Brandon Massey, Dafina Books / Kensington Publishing Corp.,2007)
  • "A House is Not a Home" (Legends of the Mountain State 2, edited by Michael Knost, Woodland Press, 2008)
  • "Broken Strand" (Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, #12, 2008)
  • "Just a Young Man and His Game" (Doorways Magazine, March 2008)
  • "Rite of Passage" (Space and Time, Fall 2008)
  • "Pimp My Airship" (Apex Magazine, August 2009; reprinted in The Book of Apex: Volume 2 of Apex Magazine, 2010)
  • "Closer Than They Appear" (Shroud 7: The Quarterly Journal of Dark Fiction and Art, Autumn 2009)
  • "Trouble Among the Yearlings" (Harlan County Horrors, edited by Mari Adkins, Apex Publications, 2009)
  • "Hootchie Cootchie Man" (Black Static, Issue 14, December 2009-January 2010)
  • "A Stone Cast into Stillness" (Dark Futures edited by Jason Sizemore, Dark Quest Books, 2010; republished 2012)
  • "I, Theodora" (Beauty Has Her Way, edited by Jennifer Brozek, Dark Quest Books, 2011)
  • "The Problem of Trystan" (Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg, DAW Books, 2011)
  • "Lost Son" (Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology edited by Charles R. Saunders, Milton J. Davis, MVmedia, 2011)
  • "Rainfall" (Cemetery Dance, #65, 2011)
  • "A Soldier's Story" (Vampires Don't Sparkle!, edited by Michael West, Seventh Star Press, 2012)
  • "Being in the Shadow" (Appalachian Undead, edited by Jason Sizemore, Apex Publications, 2012)
  • "Awaiting Redemption" (Eulogies II: Tales From the Cellar, edited by Christopher Jones, Nanci Kalanta, and Tony Tremblay, HW Press, 2013)
  • " "The Electric Spanking of the War Babies" (co-written with Kyle S. Johnson, Glitter & Mayhem, Apex Publications, 2013)[16]
  • "Steppin' Razor" (Asimov's Science Fiction, February 2014)
  1. "Glitter & Mayhem is a glam rock space party terror anthology" by Ed Grabianowski, io9, January 9, 2014.
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i read King Maker by Broaddus
it was extremely different
street gangs and Arthurian Magic in a urban context
i can attest to the locations and crimes being based on real life stories in indy
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