Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out /  She got annoyed more easily, was hungrier and yearned to go into the lake. About a year after my mother passed away, I got a call from the Florida Attorney General’s office letting me know that a great uncle had died at this reformatory in Marianna, Florida called The Dozier School for Boys. The town decided to stop talking about the tale because the community was seen as nut jobs so they Abbie was left in the dark. She figures new life new body features nothing is wrong with that she assumes. Now, with a little time and reflection, I can see I have taken this vampire trope—which to me was not a super attractive because it was so based on European mythology, and I never found vampires to be sexy, and reclaimed that and literally subverted it and made it into something that I found sexy. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. She decided to go skinny dipping in front of the boys, taunting them. Kudos to Tananarive Due for being a black writer who created a nice teen horror movie plot and is advancing blacks in writing speculative fiction but, this is not black speculative fiction. It’s literally a dog barking outside of a car, trying to attack two people. A lot of writers try to hold back at a distance. Tananarive Due wrote about Florida’s particular lake because in summertime it symbolize a supernatural influence in that area where the water is very hot and a bit sticky. As you said the themes explored in this story does not pertain to black people. After buying a house and part of a lake, she knows beyond any doubt that she’s made the right decision moving to Florida. I think it’s an unease about going too deeply. After Abbie takes a swim in the lake she starts changing but she doesn’t know exactly what’s going on as yet. I do revise to death as I go, to the point where I usually don’t have to do that much revision when I’m finished. The Reformatory is, at its core, a really simple story about a twelve year old boy who’s locked up in this reformatory, which I fictionalized, and his 17 year old sister’s efforts on the outside to get him out. You really have to care, is one of the hardest parts to teach. Mel: So, in my graduate fiction class we are reading My Soul To Keep…. Unconsciously, it’s all right there. I am assuming the town’s secret is that swimming in the lake during the summertime in Graceville, Florida will turn you into a monster or will make you fall prey to a monster. Tananarive: I am just notoriously biased towards character in storytelling. I got to explore what would it be like if you had oil wells or diamonds in your blood, because that’s been the cause of so much conflict in Africa. Jack reminded him of the towns tale about going into the lake during the summer, but he disregarded it. Mel: And we talked briefly about how this book, in a way, borrows from vampire lore, but distinguishes itself as separate. is, at its core, a really simple story about a twelve year old boy who’s locked up in this reformatory, which I fictionalized, and his 17 year old sister’s efforts on the outside to get him out. She started dreaming about swimming in the lake and would wake up drenched in water like she had just gotten out the lake and went into bed. So it’s a tough thing. People feel shy about presuming to think what they were feeling, and it’s like, “Hm, no. Visit her blog at TananariveDue.blogspot.com. Shudderfest to Take Place on October 31st, Full Schedule Announced! An old tale normally told to newcomers because everyone else in town knows better than to go swimming in the lake during the summer. When I think about the fact that his brother, this dead boy’s brother, was my grandfather, and how he carried that trauma into his relationship with my grandmother and was abusive to her, it’s just enraging. At first when I read this story I thought she was going to be a sexual predator but as I read on it turned more sinister. I wanted to be scared by this story, and instead it was just (like I said earlier) a bit too much sci-fi and not enough horror. As she’s clawing him, an investigative Derek goes to look for Jack only to be clawed open next. This is just a story. I didn’t enjoy this story, it wasn’t interesting to me. The water, unlike the manmade lakes, was brown and murky. Interviews with This Author. It was slightly misleading to me in what it was, but even though it didn’t give me enough chills, I appreciate the high level of science fiction that the author was able to achieve. Now, with a little time and reflection, I can see I have taken this vampire trope—which to me was not a super attractive because it was so based on European mythology, and I never found vampires to be sexy, and reclaimed that and literally subverted it and made it into something that I found sexy. Read the spirited and wide-ranging transcript below! However, she doesn’t make the right decision by venturing into the lake water. She tried to resist the kill, but her body gives in as her mind is telling it not to. According to records, from a stabbing from another student there (or really, I should call him another inmate)—but I have since discovered he also had an ear infection so bad there was evidence of it in his skull. I love the story, it’s really good but I don’t believe this belongs in the black canon. We don’t know exactly what happened, and we don’t know exactly how he died, but this was a horrific discovery. It was the era of Anne Rice, and they’re immortal, and it was blood related, so absolutely. I enjoyed the writings of this story. I go over it and over it and over it. It was one of the high points of my career. I was so thrilled to get a blurb from Stephen king. She has been married to Steven Barnes since August 1, 1998. I was a bit disappointed when it turned out to be more sci-fi than the thrilling horror that I was expecting. What is your character’s greatest unconscious desire? ( Log Out /  Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. So, I try to use my fiction to give people tougher skin, so that they can observe horrors a bit more. Due, in this work, explores predatory tendencies in women. TD: Cujo’s an even better example. She soon would come to realize what it was. However, it was still a wonderful short story that I enjoyed very much. an even better example. The Essence bestseller and NAACP Image Award winner has also won an American Book Award for The Living Blood .

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