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How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison #BookReview

Who doesn’t need to know How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend? From the first African-American to receive the HWA Bram Stoker award, this collection of both horror and science fiction short stories and poetry reveals demons in the most likely people (like a jealous ghost across the street) or in unlikely places (like the dimension-shifting dreams of an American Indian). Recognition is the first step, what you do with your friends/demons after that is up to you.

Book cover for How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison

Title: How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend | Author: Linda Addison | Pub. Date: 31-Oct-2011 | Pages: 114 | Genre: Horror, Poetry | Language: English | Rating: 5 out of 5 Space Krakens | Source: Self-purchased

How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend Review

Reading stories and poetry from the perspective of people from marginalized groups feeds something hungry inside of me. Let me get even more narrow: IN HORROR. Linda Addison is a voice I hope you will all take the time to discover.

How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend, is a collection of prose and poetry that is engaging, heartfelt, creepy and varied as they capture the big and little horrors of life. Some of the stories will also make you chuckle. And if you dig science fiction, she gives you a little taste of that too. Reading this book reminded me of a boat trip I recently took off the coast of Portugal. We explored caves that were dark and full of mist while others were saturated in light and icy sea pray. The choppy water took us from one beautiful place to another with every stop being different because not one spot is touched by the water and wind in just the same way. The trip left me feeling like I had experienced something very unique. This book is unique. And can I just mention that cover!

The Power was my favorite as it focuses on two little girls, Brenda and Angelique, that have very special gifts. This story ends when they are still children, however, Linda revisits their lives as women at the end of the book to satiate your desire for more. And you will want to know more about these girls. I also adored Brenda and Angelique because I’d like to see more women of color as main characters in horror.

I want to mention Linda posts snippets of poetry on her Twitter account, so go on and follow her! My secret hope is that she will continue the tale of Brenda and Angelique!

Give me all the books about women of color written by women of color.


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  1. Lovely review, V! I agree we need more WOC as lead characters and more recognition as writers.

  2. I’m delighted that you took time to read my book and enjoyed it. I loved the comparison to your trip.

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