The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle

“Nobody ever thinks of himself as a villain, does he? Even monsters hold high opinions of themselves.”

 

In The Ballad of Black Tom we have a Lovecraftian novella, written by a phenomenal black writer. It's set in the 20's which was not exactly the best time to be a black person in this country.

 

LaValle has taken the Lovecraft story "The Horror at Red Hook" and turned it on its head. To that I say, Bravo!!

 

(As a blues fan, I'll add an extra BRAVO for the Son House lyrics. "Don't you mind people grinning in your face?" Why, yes. As a matter of fact, I do.)

 

My highest recommendation!