This Black History Month I’d like to celebrate the genre that makes us jump at every unknown noise, brings us nightmares, and has us up late turning the page in anticipation of what will happen next – Black Thriller & Horror! There has been a lovely uptick in the publishing of Black Thrillers and Horror in the past few years where Black protagonists are solving complex mysteries, fighting against all forms of supernatural beings, and sometimes a combination of both. I’ve had so much fun reading all of these novels and am greatly looking forward to what 2024 has to bring.
When creating a list of Black Thriller/Horror writers I must begin with the queen, Tiffany D. Jackson. Her first book “Monday’s Not Coming” was a perfectly written thriller with a plot twist that hit with a gut punch that I’m still recovering from. Since then she’s been on a streak with hit after hit after hit. Her latest, The Weight of Blood, is a book you cannot miss.
An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, Madison Washington has always been a teasing target for bullies. And she’s dealt with it because she has more pressing problems to manage. Until the morning a surprise rainstorm reveals her most closely kept Maddy is biracial. She has been passing for white her entire life at the behest of her fanatical white father, Thomas Washington.
After a viral bullying video pulls back the curtain on Springville High’s racist roots, student leaders come up with a plan to change their host the school’s first integrated prom as a show of unity. The popular white class president convinces her Black superstar quarterback boyfriend to ask Maddy to be his date, leaving Maddy wondering if it’s possible to have a normal life.
But some of her classmates aren’t done with her just yet. And what they don’t know is that Maddy still has another secret … one that will cost them all their lives.
2023 also gave us two amazing debut thrillers and I, for one, cannot wait to see what these two authors cook up next.