SLAY! Interview with Alledria Hurt

SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire is an anthology of vampire stories from the African Diaspora. Mocha Memoirs Press is proud to present SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire — a revolutionary anthology celebrating vampires of the African Diaspora. SLAY is a groundbreaking unique collection and will be a must-have for vampire lovers all over the world. SLAY aims to be the first anthology of its kind. Few creatures in contemporary horror are as compelling as the vampire, who manages to captivate us in a simultaneous state of fear and desire. Drawing from a variety of cultural and mythological backgrounds, SLAY dares to imagine a world of horror and wonder where Black protagonists take center stage — as vampires, as hunters, as heroes. From immortal African deities to resistance fighters; matriarchal vampire broods to monster hunting fathers; coming of age stories to end of life stories, SLAY is a groundbreaking Afrocentric vampire anthology celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the African Diaspora.

Alledria Hurt

Alledria Hurt is an African-American author of multiple works. She
has appeared in the anthologies: Black Magic Women, Like a Woman, and
Deadly Bargain with upcoming appearances in SLAY: Stories of the Vampire
Noire and Devil’s Due. She is best known for two series: The Fate Circle
Saga and the She Becomes Death series. She is also known for her
novellas such as “A Doll’s Life”. When she isn’t written, she’s a full
time cat momma and part time actress. Find her many places on the
interwebs through http://linktr.ee/alledria.

Interview with Alledria Hurt

Q. What inspired your story in SLAY: Tales of the Vampire Noire?

A. I knew I wanted to tell a family story. That was really all I had was the idea that it would be a family story of two sisters. I’ve written of the two
sisters throughout my writing career, either at odds or working together, but it always seems to be 2 sisters.

Q. What do you think makes your story different than other vampire
stories?

A. Though they can and do drink human blood, the life source comes from a special gourd which is hung above the Master’s sleeping place.

Q. Did you learn anything new about African Diaspora vampire stories
while you were working on your story or coming up with ideas for SLAY?

A. I went looking for the right word to be the title of my story and hit upon “UJIMA” the word for Collective Work and Responsibility from Kwanzaa. I myself do not celebrate Kwanzaa, in my family it is still Christmas, but the word spoke to me, so I wanted to use it. Plus it fit with the theme of sisterhood in my story.

Q. Who is your favorite black vampire and/or what is your favorite
African Diaspora vampire type and why?

A. I’ve always been a little bit of a Marvelite, so I enjoy Blade.

Q. What is your favorite romantic vampire story?

A. Do movies count? I very much enjoyed the romantic angle in Bram Stoker’s Dracula filmed in the 90’s.

Q. What is your favorite scary vampire story?

A. I honestly don’t find vampire stories all that scary, so nothing comes immediately to mind.

Q. What is your favorite funny vampire story?

A. Bunnicula. I don’t remember the first time I read it, but just the name makes me laugh.

Q. What other kinds of stories and books have you put out into the world
already?

A. I have a couple of different genres of work out there, but it’s all speculative fiction. For Horror: Dark King Rising & Shelter | For Fantasy: The Fate Circle Saga & She Becomes Death series

Q. What are you working on that our readers might look forward to?

A. I have a book coming out in October, about the same time as the SLAY
anthology called “ALICE”. I am also working on a Cyberpunk novel called
“Dreamless”.

Who is in Slay?

Featuring anchor stories by award winning authors Sheree Renee Thomas, Craig L. Gidney, Milton Davis, Jessica Cage, Michele Tracy Berger, Alicia McCalla, Jeff Carroll, and Steven Van Patten.

Additional Contributing Authors: Penelope Flynn, Lynette Hoag, Steve Van Samson, Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald, Balogun Ojetade, Valjeanne Jeffers, Samantha Bryant, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Miranda J. Riley, K.R.S. McEntire, Alledria Hurt, Kai Leakes, John Linwood Grant, Sumiko Saulson, Dicey Grenor, L. Marie Wood, LH Moore, Delizhia D. Jenkins, Colin Cloud Dance, and V.G. Harrison.

More Interviews To Come!

~ by Sumiko Saulson on August 31, 2020.

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