Ancestors, The Paperback – Bargain Price, Dec 1 2008
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About the Author
L. A. BANKS was the author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon Novels, including "Left for Undead" and "Never Cry Werewolf". She had a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a master's in fine arts from Temple University. Banks considered herself a shape-shifter, writing romance, women's fiction, crime and suspense, and of course, dark vampire huntress lore. She lived with her daughter in Philadelphia until her death in 2011.
Tananarive Due is a Miami Herald columnist. A finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for a first novel, she is also included in Naked Came the Manatee, a collaborative mystery novel featuring Miami writers. She lives in Miami, FL. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The second story by Brandon Massey, The Patriarch, was great. A mystery writer from the city of Atlanta goes to visit his ancestral home in the backwoods of Mississippi with his girlfriend. He feels that there are unanswered questions about his past that he must find before he can move to the next step of his relationship and ask her to marry him. Once they journey to the "homeland" his great aunt relates to him their family history, but leaves out the story about an ancestor who could be his twin. While there he feels s if he's being called to the woods, where he meets this mysterious ancestor and finds out the truth about who he is. I thought the pacing and foreshadowing in this story was excellent, it kept me on my toes and wanting to read more. This is the first work I've read from Brandon Massey, but I downloaded two of his novels and can't wait to read them if they're anything like this.
The last story by Tananarive Due (one of my favorite authors), Ghost Summer, tells the story of a twelve year old boy who goes to visit his father's parents in the South because of his previous experiences of seeing ghosts on their land. In the midst of his ghost hunt he finds out about his parents impending divorce, as well as the existence of an unmarked burial ground. He searches with his younger sister to find the ghosts that live on this land and ends up getting more than he bargained for when he becomes a part of the ghost story. This was a riveting tale and the story of the mass graves and particularly the ghosts that the boy learns about was moving and did not end in an expected way. I really enjoyed this story and it solidified why Tananarive Due is one of my favorite authors.