The Ancestors (Thorndike African-American)

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Some evils are so great that they transcend death. In Brandon Massey's "The Patriarch," a young writer travels to the hushed backwoods of Mississippi, where dangerous secrets surface as a generations-old feud comes to bone-chilling new life. . .


The souls of the mistreated always find a way to be heard. In L.A. Banks's "Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep," violent visions haunt a man--until he's handed an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and prevent unspeakable acts from occurring once again. . .


When horrors are covered up and lost, our ancestors must find a way--even in death--to tell their tales. In Tananarive Due's "Ghost Summer," ancestors haunt the nights of two children. And when a grisly discovery is made, these ancestors will make their mark on both the dead and the living. . .

"Massey ventures into areas unexplored by most other black novelists. The result is artful and stunning." --Chicago Tribune

"Tananarive Due is creating classics." --Tina McElroy Ansa

"Banks's writing is lush and detailed, fully bringing her characters to life (or unlife), weaving a complex world of Good vs. Evil with its own intricate hierarchy." --Fangoria Magazine

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Talented African-American authors Banks (The Shadows), Massey (Don't Ever Tell) and Due (Blood Colony) explore ancestral roots in intriguing horror novellas. Banks puts a time-travel twist into Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep, in which antique dealer Abe Morgan helps a friend, Rashid Jackson, protect Aziza, Rashid's granddaughter, from the shades after Aziza inherits her grandmother's house. In Massey's The Patriarch, a crime novelist brings his fiancée to Coldwater, Miss., to introduce her to his mom's kinfolk, but runs afoul of a powerful family secret. Due's Ghost Summer, the best of the trio, also works as a YA novel. Davie Stephens, who's determined to become a 12-year-old ghost buster, and various family members find themselves haunted by a 1909 cold case in Graceville, Fla. All three contributors successfully combine scary themes with rich historical detail. (Dec.)
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From Booklist:

Three well-known thriller writers employ the novella to depict people learning more about their roots than any sane person would want to know. The undertone all three share is cautionary: listen to your elders before you try anything to the slightest degree dubious. In Banks’ Ev’ry Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep, a young attorney prepares to dispose of his grandmother’s property, only to discover that it was much more valuable and necessary than she could have imagined. In Brandon’s Massey’s Patriarch, a young writer returns to the family home in Mississippi to find an old feud coming back to life and to learn that not all of his forebears were fully human. In Tananarive Due’s Ghost Summer, ancestors haunt the nights of two children, which leads to the revelation of an old wrong. Fun to read and good models for nascent genre practitioners. --Frieda Murray

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Banks, L. A., Due, Tananarive, Massey, B
Published by Thorndike Press (2009)
ISBN 10: 1410414086 ISBN 13: 9781410414083
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