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164 – Out There Screaming Roundtable, with Nnedi Okorafor, Lesley Nneka Arimah & Maurice Broaddus

This week is a special roundtable episode. An exciting, challenging and very thought-provoking tour of contemporary Black horror, in the company of writers at the bleeding edge.

Nnedi Okorafor, Maurice Broaddus and Lesley Nneka Arimah are just three of the contributors to Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror. It’s curated by Jordan Peele, who knows a thing or two about that particular landscape, and these three authors present a fantastic cross-section of how versatile Black horror is right now.

We talk about their stories, about the anthology as a whole and the broader topic of Black horror. What does that even mean? What is the role of history? Of trauma? And of the future? At times, these guests turn the interview around on me, asking me to reflect on my own presumptions and the baggage I bring to these stories.

Like I said, challenging and exciting. Hope you enjoy it.

Out There Screaming was published on October 3rd by Picador and Random House

Books mentioned:

  • Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers 92004), ed. Brandon Massey
  • King Maker (2010), by Maurice Broaddus
  • How High We Go in the Dark (2022), by Sequoia Nagamatsu
  • Demon Copperhead (2022), by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Changeling (2017), by Victor LaValle
  • No Gods, No Monsters (2021), by Cadwell Turnbull
  • The Nesting (2020), by C.J. Cooke
  • Leech (2022), by Hiron Ennes

Africanfuturism Defined.” (2019), by Nnedi Okorafor

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