Histories and Worldbuilding in The Black Gods Drums

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In which we peek behind the curtain to dive into some of the historical and cultural influences in my novella The Black God’s Drums. I’ll try to make it brief.

Also, it’s not at all brief.

Hey, I said I tried.

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Happy Book Birthday to ME

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“What’s today?” cried Scrooge, calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes.

“Today?” replied the boy. “Why, it’s Book Release Day sir!”

 

 

 

 

 

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I Wrote a Book

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I wrote a book. An actual book. Well, it’s a novella–that no man’s land between full fledged novel and short story. It’s called The Black God’s Drums. And it debuts in one week. I thought it might be important that I tell people about it.

That amazing cover is courtesy of artist Chris McGrath.

 

 

 

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Carnival of Fury- The Ballad of Robert Charles

robert charlesIn 1900 a black laborer named Robert Charles set off a massive manhunt after an altercation with several New Orleans police officers. Before all was done, Charles would shoot well over 20 whites sent to apprehend him, killing several. Altogether, 28 people (the exact number is truly unknown) would die in riots, including Charles, who made a last stand in a burning building. The violence that surrounded him continued to swirl and claim others even after his death. Previously unknown, the last turbulent days of Charles life would make him a monster to many and a folk hero to others. For blues artists he became one of the legendary “bad men”–those near mythic black personas of superhuman capabilities whose defiance of white authority was both frightening, dangerous and captivating all at once. He even had a ballad written in his honor. The famed Jelly Roll Morton would relate his own experience of the event in an oral tale to musicologist and archivist Alan Lomax, tying Robert Charles to an influential moment in the creation and dispersal of American Jazz.

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