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The Ancestors

Format:  Paperback,

312 pages

Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp

Publish Date: Dec 2008

ISBN-13: 9780758223821

ISBN-10: 075822382X

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A talented trio delivers three chilling novellas that explore ghosts and hauntings by drawing upon African and African-American ancestral myths and beliefs.


Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp
Publish Date: Dec 2008
ISBN-13: 9780758223821
ISBN-10: 075822382X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 312
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.64
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.52 x 0.84 x 8.22

About the author

Biography of Banks, L. A.

Leslie Esdaile Banks was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 11, 1959. She received an undergraduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania and a master of fine arts degree in film making from Temple University. She wrote under the pseudonyms L. A. Banks, Leslie Esdaile, Leslie E. Banks, Leslie Banks, and Leslie Esdaile Banks. She wrote in several genres including crime, thriller, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. Writing as L. A. Banks, she was best known for the Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon series. She received the 2009 Romantic Times Booklover's Convention Career Achievement Award for Paranormal Fiction and the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award. She died of adrenal cancer on August 2, 2011 at the age of 51.


Review by Library Journal (2009-01-01)

Three novellas by best-selling authors explore the supernatural while borrowing from African American ancestral legends. In Banks's "Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep", a haunted Gulf War veteran discovers his destiny in the obligations of his past. Brandon Massey's "The Patriarch" traces a young writer's voyage to his family's Mississippi home in search of secrets he may not be able to believe. "Ghost Summer", by Tananarive Due, tells the story of two children haunted by ghosts seeking justice. The old-fashioned ghost story gets a much-appreciated makeover here. A good selection for most fantasy and African American fiction collections.

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A collection of short stories from three talented authors exploring ghosts and hauntings by drawing upon African and African-American ancestral myths and beliefs. In Brandon Massey's 'The Patriarch' a young writer travels to the hushed backwoods of Mississippi, where dangerous secrets surface. In L.A. Banks' 'Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep' a man is haunted by violent visions - until he is given the chance to right the wrongs of the past. Finally, in Due's 'Ghost Summer', ancestors haunt the nights of two children - making a mark on both the dead and the living.

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