Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #15: Linda D. Addison
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How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda D. Addison
Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion)
Linda D. Addison is the most joyous, playful writer I’ve yet encountered on this list. Her works are funny, horrific, grotesque and farcical in both content and structure. This particular collection, How to Recognize a Demon has Become Your Friend, flipflops between short stories and poems. Her short fictions range from the amusing (ie “Excerpts from the Unabridged Traveler’s Guide as UFOs in Galaxy A.G.2”, a piece about the ethics of aliens traveling to Earth which plays on a lot of X-Files-esque alien tropes) to the tragic (ie “The Power”, about girls learning how to use witchcraft), and often incorporate elements of both (ie“Artificial Unintelligence”, wherein a typo causes an AI “human” resources department to attempt to arrest an unsuspecting woman just trying to settling her retirement plan).
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