Apex Book Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of First North American rights to the collection of stories titled Danged Black Thing by Eugen Bacon.
Eugen Bacon is an African Australian writer that has been a finalist or winner of numerous awards, including the BSFA, Australian Shadows, Ditmar, and Nommo awards. Her work has appeared in literary and speculative fiction publications worldwide including Award Winning Australian Writing, Fantasy Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Bloomsbury Publishing, and Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction. Her other titles includes Saving Shadows (illustrated prose poetry) and coming in 2022: Mage of Fools (Meerkat Press), Chasing Whispers (Raw Dog Screaming Press), and An Earnest Blackness (Anti-Oedipus Press).
Danged Black Thing is a unique voice of black speculative fiction in transformative stories of culture, diversity, climate change, unlimited futures, a collision of worlds and mythology. It casts a gaze at mostly women and children haunted by patriarchy in Eugen Bacon’s bold and evocative text.
This collection contains the following stories:
- “Simbiyu and the Nameless”
- “The Water Runner”
- “Phantasms of Existence”
- “Unlimited Data”
- “A Pod of Mermaids”
- “When the Water Stops”
- “A Strange Communion”
- “Messier 94” (with Andrew Hook)
- “Still She Visits”
- “A Visit in Whitechapel”
- “The Failing Name” (with Seb Doubinsky)
- “The Widow’s Rooster”
- “Rain Doesn’t Fall on One Roof”
- “Danged Black Thing” (with E. Don Harpe)
- “De Turtle o’ Hades” (with E. Don Harpe)
- “A Taste of Unguja”
- “Forgetting Toolern”
Danged Black Thing was originally published in Australia by Transit Lounge in 2021.
APEX BOOK COMPANY (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Maurice Broaddus, Tobias S. Buckell, and E. Catherine Tobler.