When we put out the call for submissions for Black Power: The Superhero Anthology, we expected a good response. However, we were NOT expecting to receive over 50 submissions.

Correction: over 50 submissions of some of the greatest stories we have ever had the pleasure of reading!

It was difficult to narrow it down, but we have chosen nineteen (19) stories we feel best capture what we are looking for and will excite and inspire readers who have been waiting for an anthology like this – one in which Black Superheroes are at the forefront, aren’t simply the sidekick, cannon fodder, or the “Magical Negro,” whose major purpose is to pick the white hero up (emotionally and often physically) when he is down and encourage said white hero to go on and save the world.

We at Blacktastic Books – the Comic Book, Graphic Novel and Superhero imprint of Roaring Lions Productions – are proud to reveal the TOC for Black Power: The Superhero Anthology!

Are You Experienced? by Liberty Blair Charissage

A Monstrous Journey by Mark P. Steele

Black Licorice by Keith Gaston

Blue Spark vs. the Gentle Giantess by S.J. Fujimoto

Brianna’s Interlude by Jeffrey Bolden

Capes at the End of the World by Rorie Still

Django Unplugged: A T.A.S.K. Story by Hannibal Tabu

Fall of the Caretakers by Ronald Jones

Ghost by Milton Davis

Glascock by Cynthia Ward

Gotta Go by Aurelius Raines II

Heroes Again by Balogun Ojetade

In Need of a Friend by Derrick Ferguson

New Elements by M. Haynes

Nikia the Pandora by Lance Oliver Keeble

Real Monsters by Nora Anthony

Shadowboxer: Neutral Corners by Adeatoyshe J. Heru

Tally Marks by Chris Wilts

The Superhero’s Fatter Cousin by Valerie Puissant

Where Monsters Roam by Dennis R. Upkins

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at https://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at www.tumblr.com/blog/blackspeculativefiction.

5 responses »

  1. Fujimoto says:

    Ah, yes! I made it! Wonderful new and it looks like an amazing collection! I notice that you don’t have a story in there though. Too busy with SOBSF Con?

    I heard a fundraiser for Ki Khanga will begin soon too, which also has me excited. I’ve been wondering lately what’s happening with Rite of Passage though.

    • Balogun says:

      I’m in there. Forgot to add myself. 🙂
      Yes, the Ki Khanga Fundraiser is being put together now and Rite of Passage is, unfortunately, still in post-production limbo.

      • Fujimoto says:

        That’s too bad about Rite of Passage; hopefully something can be moved along in the future. Great about Ki Khanga though; I’m definitely contributing.

        Ah, so you’re the 20th author then. I’m excited to see what your story’s about! Black Power must be huge!

  2. midwestbsfa says:

    Reblogged this on Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance and commented:
    Can’t wait!

  3. Adeatoyshe J. Heru says:

    Wow.

    First, it’s great that I got picked. I had no idea. I was checking my email for any confirmation of receipt or rejection. After I didn’t see anything I just assumed that it was lost in the shuffle.

    Second, what’s next? Has it been published? What do I need to do on my end?

    Again, great stuff and very exciting. Looking at the names chosen I can tell I’m in very good company.

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