The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle is a standalone historical horror remix novella, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books imprint.
This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for October and won the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella, and was also a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards, and is apparently in development for an AMC television series. I read it for Hugo Voting last year, and rather liked it; enough so that I bought some of the author’s unrelated sfnal novels when they went on sale.
The story is a subversive riff on H. P. Lovecraft’s 1927 tale The Horror at Red Hook about the dark occult underbelly of a Brooklyn neighbourhood, retelling its events from the perspective of a young black street musician from Harlem who becomes involved with the plans of an eccentric white millionaire seeking to raise the Great Old Ones.
Offered through October 12th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.
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People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.
Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.
A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?
One of NPR’s Best Books of 2016, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the British Fantasy Award, the This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards.