The Ancestors

L. A. Banks, Author, Tananarive Due, Author, Brandon Massey, Author . Kensington/Dafina $14 (312p) ISBN 978-0-7582-2382-1

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.)

Reviewed on: 10/13/2008
Release date: 12/01/2008
Hardcover - 435 pages - 978-1-4104-1408-3
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