And Wash Out by Tides of War by An Owomoyela
Birth of a Planet by Ytasha L. Womack
21 Steps to Enlightenment (Minus One) by LaShawn M. Wanak
In the Marrow by Malon Edwards
It’s Black History Month as well as Women in Horror Month, and Graveyard Shift Sisters has hit on the excellent idea of spending the month combining the two and celebrating Black Women In Horror Month. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a single black person, let alone woman, published in a horror ’zine nor anthology so far this year. I am going to leave that right there.
There have been, however, some really excellent stories by black writers published elsewhere. To start with, this month's Clarkesworld (#89) is an exceptional issue from cover to cover, with An Owomoyela’s “And Wash Out by Tides of War” (Clarkesworld #89, February 2014) a stand-out in a competitive field.
On the surface this is a character piece, the story of an angry young woman trying to define herself beyond the ties of blood. Aditi’s conundrum, however, is rooted in her society’s decision to start from scratch, to build a new culture with no traditions beyond the ones...