A

 

Linda D. Addison • Smiley Roaches • short story • Dark Voices [Lycan Valley] • horror

Miracle Austin • Stilts • short story • The Sirens Call #37 (February) • horror

Kamika Aziza • Trisha and Peter • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror [Recommendations: James Goodridge]

 

B

 

Eugen Bacon • Five-Second Button • short story • AntipodeanSF #243 (October) • fantasy

Eugen Bacon • The Skin • short story • AntipodeanSF #242 (September) • horror

Eugen Bacon • Snow Metal • short story • Bards and Sages Quarterly (July) • science fiction

James Beamon • A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds • short story • Lightspeed #98 (July) • steampunk [Recommendations: Gary Tognetti; Nebula Recommended Reading]

James Beamon • Three Meetings of the Pregnant Man Support Group • short story • Apex #109 (June) • science fiction

James Beamon • A Villain Considers His Options • short story • Daily Science Fiction (January 5) • superheroes

James Beamon • A Villain Turns Mad • short story • Daily Science Fiction (April 6) • superheroes

Jojo Bee • Iyanuoluwa—Mercy of God • short story • Fireside Magazine (March) • historical fantasy [Recommendations: Karen Burnham; Nicole Nogi]

Michele Tracy Berger • Nussia • novella • The Book Smugglers (June 26) • juvenile science fiction [Recommendations: Charles Payseur; A. C. Wise]

T. B. Bond • Just a Taste • novelette • Beautiful Skin [self-published] • fantasy romance

Maurice Broaddus • El Is a Spaceship Melody • novelette • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #244 (February 1) • science fantasy [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Nebula Recommended Reading]

Tobias S. Buckell • A World to Die For • short story • Clarkesworld #5 (January) • eco-apocalyptic science fiction [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Adam Siegel; Alex Steffen; Jeff Xilon]

Ama Josephine Budge • A Shoal of Lovers Leads Me Home • short story • Anathema #5 (August) • ecological science fiction [Recommendations: Kerry Truong]

 

C

 

Christopher Caldwell • Hide Me in the Shadow of Your Wings • short story • Strange Horizons (July 30) • historical fantasy [Recommendations: Cecily Kane; Charles Payseur]

P. Djèlí Clark • Night Doctors • short story • Eyedolon (August) • horror

P. Djèlí Clark • The Paladin of Golota • novelette • Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Q37 • heroic fantasy

P. Djèlí Clark • The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington • short story • Fireside Magazine, February • historical fantasy [Recommendations: Karen Burnham; Indrapramit Das; Meg Elison; Maria Haskins; Natalie Luhrs; Bonnie McDaniel; Nicole Nogi; Charles Payseur; Cat Rambo; Jason Sanford; Gary Tognetti; Jeff Xilon; Nebula Recommended Reading]

P. Djèlí Clark • A Tale of Woe • novelette • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #253 (June 7) • dark fantasy [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Charles Payseur; Nebula Recommended Reading]

Dhonielle Clayton • Weight • short story • Foreshadow #0 • young-adult fantasy

Brandy Colbert • The Truth About Queenie • novelette • Toil & Trouble [Harlequin Teen] • young-adult fantasy [Recommendations: Courtney Garrison; Julie Zantopoulos]

Joseph E. Cole • Queen • novelette • Not So Stories [Abaddon] • fable [Recommendations: Anna; Luke Tolvaj; Sarah Waites]

Gerald L. Coleman • The Messiah Curse • Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL [MVmedia] • fantasy

Donyae Coles • All Orphans in the End • short story • Enter the Rebirth [TANSTAAFL Press] • science fiction

Donyae Coles • When Dessa Danced • short story • The Future Fire #45 (May) • science fiction

Crystal Connor • Bryannah and the Magic Negro • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror [Recommendations: Sumiko Saulson]

Stefani Cox • Fyrewall • short story • Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers [World Weaver Press]; LeVar Burton Reads, Ep. 31 (September 4) • science fiction

Stefani Cox • Valley Fieldwork • short story • Fiyah #6 • science fiction

Malena Crawford • The People Who Sleep Beneath the Waves • short story • Strange Horizons (July 30) • historical fantasy

Sharon Cullars • Night of the Circus • short story • Weirdbook #38 (March) • horror

 

D

 

Milton Davis • Piggy Back • Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL [MVmedia] • urban fantasy

Milton Davis • Slipping Into Darkness • short story • Wit & Whimsy: The WhimsyCon Anthology [self-published] • steampunk

Samuel Delany • Fire in the Sky • short story • Particulates [Dia Art Foundation] • science fiction

Monique L. Desir • Bondye Bon • short story• Fiyah #5 • historical horror [Recommendations: Karen Heslop; Karen Burnham; Maria Haskins; Jason Sanford]

Monique L. Desir • Hide Your Love Away • short story • Nightlight (July 13) • horror

Walter Dinjos • Being a Giant in Men's World • short story • Galaxy's Edge #32 (May) • fantasy

Walter Dinjos • Middle of Nowhere • short story • Abyss & Apex, 2nd Quarter • fantasy [Recommendations: Jason P. Crawford]

Walter Dinjos • Nneamaka's Ghost • short story • Beneath Ceaseless Skies #243 (January 18) • fantasy [Recommendations: Gary Tognetti]

Dilman Dila • Obibi • short story • A World of Horror [Dark Moon] • horror [Recommendations: Carson Winter]

Rèlme Divingu • The Switch • short story • Omenana #11 (April) • science fiction [Recommendations: Khaya Maseko]

Marcia Douglas • Warning: Flammable, See Back Label • short story • A World of Horror [Dark Moon] • horror

Ari Drue • Malfunction • short story • Exoplanet #1 (June) • science fiction

Eboni J. Dunbar • The Percivals: The Bennett Benefit • short story • Fiyah #7 • paranormal [Recommendations: Greg Andree; Charles Payseur; Will Shaw; Gary Tognetti]

 

E

 

Edosio Okeoghene • Bubble World • short story • African Writer (July 31) • fantasy

Malon Edwards • Candied Sweets, Cornbread, and Black-eyed Peas • short story • Sword and Sonnet [self-published] • fantasy

Malon Edwards • Heart of Ash, Heart of Steam • short story • Steampunk Universe [Alliteration Ink]; Escape Pod #631 (June 7) • steampunk

Ita Ekhaletruo • Adze • short story • Grotesque Quarterly Vol. 2, Issue 1 • horror

 

Chikodili Emelumadu • What to Do When Your Child Brings Home a Mami Wata • short story • Tales from the Shadow Booth, Volume 2 • horror

 

F

 

Dare Segun Falowo • Ku'gbo • short story • Fantasy & Science Fiction (May-June) • fantasy

Dare Segun Falowo • Vain Knife • short story • The Dark #38 (July) • horror [Recommendations: Maria Haskins]

Minister Faust • Reflection Eternal • short story • Particulates [Dia Art Foundation] • science fiction

 

G

 

R. S. A. Garcia • The Anchorite Wakes • short story • Clarkesworld #143 (August) • science fiction [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Jacob Olson; Marie-Claire Shanahan; A. C. Wise]

Craig Laurance Gidney • Underglaze • short story • Eyedolon #2 (January-February) • horror

Tina Glasneck • A Dragon's Rising [a Dragons Series prequel] • Magic Rising • paranormal romance

H. J. Golakai • Lee-ah (Sister) • short story • Omenana #12 (August) • fantasy

Juliana Goodman • Furious Girls • short story • Fiyah #6 • young-adult fantasy [Recommendations: Karen Heslop; Starr K; Marissa Lingen; A. C. Wise]

Tiera Greene • Orphan Tsunami Heathens • short story • Strange Horizons (August 13) • dark science fiction [Recommendations: Maria Haskins]

Dicey Grenor • Black and Deadly • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Joseph Guthrie • Jessie's Song • The True History of the Strange Brigade [Abaddon] • game tie-in fantasy

 

H

 

M. Haynes • Embers •short story bull; Blacktastic! Blacktasticon 2018 Anthology [MVmedia] • superheroes

M. Haynes • Not Your (Magical) Negro • Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL [MVmedia] • fantasy

Karen Heslop • Burning with Regret • short story • Theme of Absence (June 8) • horror

Yiro Abari High • Suicide in Heaven • short story • African Writer (July 30) • fantasy

Nalo Hopkinson • And More Slow • short story • Particulates [Dia Art Foundation] • science fiction

Alledria Hurt • The Prizewinner • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Zina Hutton • Strays Like Us • short story • Not So Stories [Abaddon] • fantasy

 

I

 

Innocent Chizaram Ilo Of Warps and Wefts • short story • Strange Horizons (March 5) • fantasy [Recommendations: Charles Payseur]

Innocent Chizaram Ilo The Unusual Customer • short story • Fireside Magazine (August) • fantasy [Recommendations: Gary Tognetti]

Justina Ireland • Dread Quarter [a Dread Nation story] • short story • The Hanging Garden (January 25) • young-adult fantasy

Justina Ireland • Letters from Home [a Dread Nation story] • short story • Nightlight (June 26) • young-adult fantasy

Osahon Ize-Iyamu • And Songs Don’t End • short story • Fiyah #7 • horror [Recommendcations: Karen Heslop]

Osahon Ize-Iyamu • Be a Thunder, Release a Roar • short story • Robot Dinosaurs! (May 11) • juvenile science fiction

Oshaon Ize-Iyamu • For What Are Delusions If Not Dreams? • short story • Clarkesworld #142 (July) • science fiction

Oshaon Ize-Iyamu • In the Garden Watching Nim Noms • short story • Omenana #12 (August) • horror

Osahon Ize-Iyamu • Let Girls Learn • short story • L0wL1F3 #3 • science fiction

Oshaon Ize-Iyamu • Say It Low, Then Loud • short story • Clarkesworld #136 (January) • science fiction [Recommendations: A. Merc Rustad]

Osahon Ize-Iyamu • A Voice in Many Different Forms • short story • Sword and Sonnet [self-published] • fantasy

 

J

 

Haku Jackson • Play for Me • short story • African Writer (June 10) • fantasy

Tia Ja'nae • The Government Maintenance Man • short story • 365 Tomorrows (April 27) • science fiction

Valjeanne Jeffers • The Lost Ones • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror [Recommendations: James Goodridge; Sumiko Saulson]

Delizhia Jenkins • Dark Moon's Curse • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Alan D. Jones • Blerd and Confused • Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL [MVmedia] • urban fantasy

R. J. Joseph • Left-Hand Torment • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror [Recommendations: Sumiko Saulson]

 

K

 

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley • To Blight a Fig Tree Before It Bears Fruit • short story • Apex #104 (January) • dark science fiction [Recommendations: Joanna Z. Weston; A. C. Wise]

Nicole Givens Kurtz • Blood Magnolia • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

 

L

 

N. R. Larry • All the Thief's Men • Soul Spark [Bathory Gate] • fantasy romance

Inda Lauryn • Venus Witch's Ring • short story • Strange Horizons (July 30) • fantasy

Victor LaValle • Ark of Light • short story • Particulates [Dia Art Foundation] • science fiction

Kai Leakes • Sisters • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Karen Lord • The Mysteries • short story • Particulates [Dia Art Foundation] • science fiction

Derek Lubangakene • Origami Angels • short story • Omenana #11 (April) • fantasy [Recommendations: Charles Payseur]

 

M

 

Kyoko M • My Dinner with Vlad • Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL [MVmedia] • urban fantasy

Stephanie Malia Morris • Bride Before You • short story • Nightmare #68, May 2018 • horror [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Nicole Nogi; Emma Törzs; A. C. Wise; HWA Recommended Reading; Nebula Recommended Reading]

Stephanie Malia Morris • The Chariots, the Horsemen • short story • Apex #110 (July) • fantasy [Recommendations: Jenny H; Marissa Lingen; Emma Törzs; Joanna Z. Weston; Nebula Recommended Reading]

Stephanie Malia Morris • Legal Tender • short story • Pseudopod #576 (January 6) • horror

Mohale Mashigo • Mutshidzi • short story • A World of Horror [Dark Moon] • horror

L. L. McKinney • The Music Box • short story • The Hanging Garden (February 2) • young-adult horror

Violette L. Meier • Another Day in the A • Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL [MVmedia] • urban fantasy

Violette L. Meier • Serket • short story • Blacktastic! Blacktasticon 2018 Anthology [MVmedia] • historical fantasy

Michelle Mellon • Adelinde's Last Supper • The Heart of a Devil [Fantasia Divinity] • fantasy

Michelle Mellon • Where Angels Fear to Tread • short story • Secret Stairs: A Tribute to Urban Legend [Silver Empire] • fantasy

LH Moore • Here, Kitty! • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

LH Moore • With These Hands: An Account of Uncommon Labor • short story • Fiyah #5 • historical fantasy [Recommendations: Jason Sanford; Jeff Xilon]

Kenya Moss-Dyme • Labor Pains • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Kenya Moss-Dyme • Men Don't Leave • short story • The Sirens Call #37 (February) • horror

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali • She Searches for God in the Storm Within • short story • Sword and Sonnet [self-published] • fantasy

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali • Taiyesha’s FistRobot Dinosaurs! (July 20) • juvenile science fiction

Ray Mwihaki • The Third Set of Stitches • short story • Omenana #11 (April) • fantasy

 

N

 

Tariro Ndoro • The River Doll • short story • Omenana #11 (April) • fantasy [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; A. C. Wise]

Mandisi Nkomo • Haunted by the City • short story • The Kalahari Review (July 10) • horror

Ikechukwu Nwaogu • Emergency Room • short story • The Bagus (March 1) • fantasy

Ikechukwu Nwaogu • Full Moon, Black Mamba • short story • The Bagus (March 1) • fantasy

 

O

 

Brandon O'Brien • Gasping • short story • Apex #111 (August) • fantasy

Brandon O'Brien • The Howling Detective • short story • Uncanny #21 (March-April) • fantasy [Recommendations: Jenny H; Charles Payseur]

Ogbewe Amadin • Riddle • short story • Fireside Magazine (January) • fantasy [Recommendations: Jodie; Yash Kesanakurthy]

Tobi Ogundiran • Maria's Children • short story • The Dark #40 (September) • horror

Balogun Ojetade • Bomani and the Case of the Missing Monsters • Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL [MVmedia] • urban fantasy

Nnedi Okorafor • The Heart of the Matter • novelette • Twelve Tomorrows [MIT Press] • science fiction

Nnedi Okorafor • Mother of Invention • short story • Slate (February 21) • science fiction [Recommendations: Jason Sanford]

Suyi Davies Okungbowa • The Dead House • short story • Brick Moon Fiction (April 27) • science fiction

Suyi Davies Okungbowa • A Light for the Dark Under • short story • Brick Moon Fiction (July 5) • science fiction

Suyi Davies Okungbowa • The Secret Life of the Unclaimed • short story • A World of Horror [Dark Moon] • horror

Suyi Davies Okungbowa • We Are All Outies • short story • Brick Moon Fiction (January 30) • science fiction

Daniel José Older • Home • short story • Particulates [Dia Art Foundation] • science fiction

Deji Bryce Olukotun • When We Were Patched • short story • Slate (August 27) • science fiction [Recommendations: Nebula Recommended Reading]

Nuzo Onoh • Death Lines • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Nuzo Onoh • Walk Softly, Softly • short story • Eyedolon (July) • horror

Austine Osas • Acquisition • short story • Afreada (June 8) • science fiction

Austine Osas • On That Last Gettin’-Up Mornin’ • short story • Bewildering Stories #773 (August 13) • science fiction

Austine Osas • Peculiarity • short story • African Writer (April 1) • science fiction

 

P

 

Jelani Akin Parham • Sword & Shield • short story • Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack [self-published] • young-adult science fiction

Irette Y. Patterson • Early Morning Service • short story • Strange Horizons (February 9) • fantasy

Irette Y. Patterson • Survival Lies • novelette • Fiyah #5 • fantasy [Recommendations: A. C. Wise]

Shari Paul • The Epic of Sakina • novelette • Fiyah #5 • historical fantasy [Recommendations: Starr K; Charles Payseur; Gary Tognetti]

L. Penelope • Before I Run • novelette • Heart's Kiss #10 (August/September) • magical romance

Gary Phillips • Grag's Last Escape • Blood and Gasoline [Hex Publishers] • science fiction thriller

Mina Polina • Appreciation • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror [Recommendations: Sumiko Saulson]

 

Q

 

R

 

Erin Roberts • The Grays of Cestus V • short story • Asimov's (September/October) • science fiction [Recommendations: Jason Sanford]

Erin Roberts • Snake Season • short story • The Dark #35 (April) • horror [Recommendations: Jodie; Brigid Keely; A. Merc Rustad; Gary Tognetti; A. C. Wise; HWA Recommended Reading]

Erin Roberts • Sour Milk Girls • short story • Clarkesworld #136 (January) • science fiction [Recommendations: Nicole Nogi; Charles Payseur; A. Merc Rustad; Jason Sanford; Nebula Recommended Reading]

Lindiwe Rooney • In Her Bones • short story • The Dark #32 (January) • horror [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; A. C. Wise]

Eden Royce • Caretaker • short story • Abyss & Apex, 1st Quarter • science fiction [Recommendations: Jeff Xilon]

Eden Royce • Every Good-bye Ain't Gone • short story • Strange Horizons (July 30) • horror [Recommendations: Jenny H]

Eden Royce • For Southern Girls When the Zodiac Ain't Near Enough • short story • Apex #111 (August) • magical realism [Recommendations: A. J. Fitzwater; Maria Haskins; A. Merc Rustad; Joanna Z. Weston]

 

S

 

Cinsearae S. • The Killer Queen • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Sofia Samatar • Universal Geography • short story • Particulates [Dia Art Foundation] • science fiction

DaVaun Sanders • Words Never Lost • short story • PodCastle #504 (January 9) • historical fantasy

Sumiko Saulson • Tango of a Telltale Heart • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Charles R. Saunders • Amudu's Bargain • short story • The Mighty Warriors [Ulthar Press] • sword and sorcery

Nisi Shawl • The Best Friend We Never Had • short story • Apex #104 (January) • science fiction [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Jeff Xilon]

Nisi Shawl • Living Proof • Mother of Invention [Twelfth Planet] • science fiction

Ivy Spadille • The Other Side of Otto Mountain • novelette • Fiyah #5 • horror [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Gary Tognetti; Nebula Recommended Reading]

Ivy Spadille • The Whist Clowns of Old Frizzle • short story • Syntax & Salt (June) • fantasy

Aziza Sphinx • Play the Wraith [a Wraith of Reapers story] • Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL [MVmedia] • urban fantasy

Aziza Sphinx • Reaping Willow [a Wraith of Reapers story] • short story • Blacktastic! Blacktasticon 2018 Anthology [MVmedia] • urban fantasy

Aziza Sphinx • Wel Come to Hails Hollow • short story • Twisted II [self-published] • horror

 

T

 

Wole Talabi • The Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi • short story • Fantasy & Science Fiction (March-April) • science fiction

Sheree Renée Thomas • Teddy Bump • short story • Fiyah #7 • horror [Recommendations: A. C. Wise]

Alicia Thompson • Sales Pitch • short story • Nightlight (August 28) • horror

Tabitha Thompson • Alternative™ • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Tabitha Thompson • Black Veil • short story • The Sirens Call #37 (February) • horror

Tabitha Thompson • Solitude • short story • The Sirens Call #39 (June) • horror

Tade Thompson • Yard Dog • short story • Fiyah #7 • fantasy [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Marissa Lingen; Gary Tognetti; Nebula Recommended Reading]

Lori Titus • Return to Me • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters • horror

Tlotlo Tsamaase • Murders Fell from Our Wombs • novelette • Apex #107 (April) • fantasy [Recommendations: Charles Payseur; Joanna Z. Weston]

Cadwell Turnbull • When the Rains Come Back • Asimov's (May/June) • science fiction [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Gary Tognetti]

 

U

 

Itoro Udofia • Running • novelette • The Book Smugglers (Aigust 28) • young-adult fantasy

Ose Utomi • The Story of a Young Woman • short story • Fireside (July) • myth

 

V

 

Steven Van Patten • A Nightmare on 34th Street • A New York State of Fright [Hippocampus Press] • horror

 

W

 

Lashawn M. Wanak • One for Sorrow, Two for Joy • short story • Fireside Magazine (April) • fantasy [Recommendations: Maria Haskins; Gary Tognetti]

Lashawn M. Wanak • Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie Sing the Stumps Down Good • novelette • Fiyah #7 • horror [Recommendations: Marissa Lingen; Charles Payseur; Gary Tognetti]

Kortney Y. Watkins • Of Home and Hearth • Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL [MVmedia] • fantasy

Troy L. Wiggins • Dying Lessons • short story • Strange Horizons (July 30) • horror [Recommendations: Jenny H]

Kenesha Williams • Hellfire • short story • Blacktastic! Blacktasticon 2018 Anthology [MVmedia] • urban fantasy

Kenesha Williams • Sweet Justice • short story • Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters [Mocha Memoirs Press]; Nightlight (September 4) • horror [Recommendations: James Goodridge]

Takim Williams • The Sower • short story • Fiyah #6 • horror [Recommendations: Karen Heslop; Charles Payseur]

Ashley Woodfolk • The Curse of Love • short story • The Hanging Garden (February 4) • young-adult horror

 

X–Y–Z

 


 

Anthologies and Magazines of Particular Interest

 

Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters, edited by Sumiko Saulson • Mocha Memoirs Press

Blacktastic! Blacktasticon 2018 Anthology, edited by Milton Davis • MVmedia

Particulates, edited by Nalo Hopkinson • Dia Art Foundation

Terminus: Tales of the Black Fantastic from the ATL, edited by Milton Davis • MVmedia

Fiyah Issues 5–8, edited by Troy L. Wiggins, Justina Ireland, and Brandon O'Brien

Strange Horizons, Southeast US Special Issue (July 30), edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Erin Roberts, and Rasha Abdulhadi

 

 
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