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Sycorax's Daughters

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A powerful, revealing anthology of dark fiction and poetry by Black women writers. The tales of what scares, threatens and shocks them will enlighten and entertain you.

Sycorax’s Daughters’ stories and poems delve into demons and shape shifters from Carole McDonnell’s “How to Speak to the Bogeyman” and Sheree Renée Thomas’ “Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Rou
Paperback, 525 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Cedar Grove Books
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up after reading Sheree Thomas' Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora and looking for what else she had published.

Other than Thomas I think the only author I'd read before is Zin E. Rocklyn, whose free Tor short The Night Sun I enjoyed. That story has some similar these this anthology, so check it out if you need an idea of what you'd be reading here.

Another sample, if you're undecided on purchasing this, is this sneak peek from Nicole Givens Kurtz
Angela Smith
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sycorax, in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, is mute. Her tale is told by others. Her feelings and motives are property of those who know her and take it upon themselves to decipher her to the audience. Sycorax was not given a voice.

Her daughters—the 33 women of color who contributed these stories—have rich voices that refuse to whisper. Their words lay on the page with strong marks—bold lines that break boundaries.

Their stories are dark and Gothic. Stitched in moments of fear, the authors of Syc
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminist, horror
Cedar Grove Publishing continues to produce intriguing books that focus on diversity, in both writers and subjects. After books like The Soul of Harmony, Fast Pitch and Pin Drop, Cedar Grove's latest offering is Sycorax's Daughters, a horror anthology written by African-American women.

Sycorax is the mother of Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest, but she's never seen in the play. Despite this erasure, Sycorax's presence permeates the story: the powerful witch who was banished while pregnant; thr
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are Sycorax's Daughters

Sycorax's Daughters are us. We are the saviors, the monsters, the witches, the the magic personified. Billed as horror, some stories fall under the speculative umbrella, and leave the reader with thoughts to ponder. Others leave the reader inexplicably chilled and turning on every light possible. Poetry is interspersed and offers views on love, death, and redemption.
Wendy S. Delmater
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am very in favor of people telling their unique stories, as a way of bridging any cultural gaps. And speculative fiction is an excellent vehicle for that. So when Linda Addison offered me a chance to review Sycorax’s Daughters, I jumped at the chance. It’s a hefty read; over 500 pages long so you’ll get your money’s worth.

Sycorax was a black sorceress in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In the introductions, Dr. Brooks says, “our project fills the lacunae by privileging Black women’s visions of self
Cherrelle Shelton
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading so many short stories written by so many women of color. There were a few poems that I didn't really like too much, but that didn't take away from the awesomeness of the overall anthology. Overall, I loved reading each short story, but my top 5 favorites were:
1. Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turn the World Round Midnight by Sheree Renee Thomas
2. Letty by Regina N. Bradley
3. Ma Laja by Tracey Baptiste (the way this one was written was a pleasure...and a big change from t
Linda Addison
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As one of the editors I am so deeply excited that this book is available to introduce to readers some wonderful, chilling work by African-American women authors they may not have read before.
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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I got a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program.

I won this in a raffle on Goodreads years ago. I was so pumped for it, but then I moved at least once. It kept getting pushed further and further back on my to-read list. Then I finally started reading it last March, then put it down again for months. Every time I picked it up I loved it so much, but then I put it down and forgot it existed.

The stories are so amazing. There were very few
Sharyle Roberts
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book especially knowing the stories and poems were written by women like me. My family has a waiting list waiting to pass the book to another to read.
Nick Cato
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
My initial impression of SYCORAX’S DAUGHTERS was injured by bad layout. If that doesn’t bother you, great, lucky you, but once I saw it I couldn’t unsee it. Specifically, I couldn’t unsee it in the whole 500+ page book. Mid-line paragraph breaks, orphaned dashes, all kinds of strange arrangement errors… it looks like it was exported straight from a word processor.
That’s too bad, because there is a lot to like in here. My tastes run more towards fiction than poetry, but I read everything cover to
L. Wood
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
So, I'm biased because I am in it! :-) I had never read some of the other authors' work and I have to say, I am honored to be among them. Want a quick horror fiction fix? Check this collection out! ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the highest quality anthologies I have read this year--highlighting the short stories and poems of Black women writers. Similarly to "Dark Mojo: Conjure Stories," this is an anthology with an unparalleled quality and features some of the most impactful and hard-hitting fiction I've read in a very long time. This should be on everyone's radar and definitely deserves some recognition come award season. ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the ambition of this anthology. It kicks in the door and dares people to refuse to see black women in horror. While I think as an anthology it would have been more powerful at half the length, the size and volume of authors carries its own message. There’s much to love in this tome, as it is a finalist for the Bram Stoker award this year, and I’ve highlighted a few.

“The Monster” by Crystal Connor hits one of my favorite zones: the urban fears of the rural (and in particular the rural sou
Caitlin Waddick
This book was a fun read. Black womxn writers. Black womxn characters.

Fabulous breadth of content:
Science fiction. Fantasy. Horror. Comedy. Mystery. Ghost stories. Caribbean mythology. Succubus. Monsters. Shapeshifters. Trolls. The paranormal. Mermaids. Varmpires. American slavery. Torture. Hell. Hallucination. Bad technology of our future or our parallel future. Down by the Bayou. Seeing auras. Voodoo/hoodoo. People of varying social classes. The only dyke bar still open. ... Lacking only wer
Maya White-Lurie
Some of the stories were stronger than others, but I enjoyed this collection overall.
Nadine X
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Lots of a great material here. A few duds, but overall some interesting stories by authors that deserve more recognition.
Jessica Ruetschlin
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
So powerful/that could control the moon
Amy L. Campbell
Feb 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this collection! The short stories are short enough to read during breaks at work but sharp enough to keep your thirsty for more. There is also a mix of dark poetry in this collection some masterful word smiths such as A.J. Locke and Deborah Elizabeth Whaley. Their voices are cool and smooth and haunting!
Seriously, if you'er not reading this because you think it is only for "black people" or you think it will make you feel bad about your history, don't worry about that. These ladies have a
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
A collection of short horror written by Black women. Other than a few duds, these stories were incredible. Some fun (Ma Laja, Born Again), some unsettling (Kim, The Ever After), and some heartbreaking (Letty, Mama), these stories offer a fresh and much-needed perspective on the horror genre. Unfortunately, many of these fantastic authors have not written anything outside of this collection. I hope that changes!
A.J. Locke
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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