Street Magic: Stories and Tales (La Muse Press, 2011) is a hidden literary gem. If you love experimental fiction, then Street Magic is the book for you. For starters, the typography is innovative and the book cover is evocative. In Street Magic, you will meet unforgettable characters who will linger in your consciousness for days. Here is the literary scoop:
In the feminist story, “Testimony,” Eve tells what really happened in the Garden of Eden. In “The Watchers,” meet the femme fatale, Suzy Gomez, who is two-timing her husband, and the man who is caught in the middle. “The Baltimoreans: A Case Study” is a fantastical, zany tale that examines the origins of racial segregation in Baltimore City. “In “Elvis,” meet Mr. Jones, an African-American prophet who foresees his own death. “Lost and Found” is a poignant, gritty story about two inner-city girls who make a gruesome discovery when walking to school. “Number Blues” is about a Southern migrant who settles in Chicago’s South Side and obsesses about “hitting” the illegal lottery. In “Love Dust,” Miss Darlene is the pastor’s daughter who casts love spells to seduce her next door neighbor, Leroy Johnson. “Crazy Witchy” has two narratives—one is from Carlita Marcus, a native of West Virginia, and the other is from Helene Fulton, who is accused of being a witch. In “The Inhabitants of a Peculiar: A Qualitative Report (July 9, 1975),” a young woman details the crazy antics of the people in her neighborhood. To read excerpts at La Muse Press, click here. Street Magic is available at Amazon.com and Atomic Books for only $12!
My short story, “Elvis,” first appeared as a web-exclusive story for The Baltimore Urbanite, Emerging Writers Issue, August 2009. The story is about a Black prophet, Mr. Jones, who lives in Baltimore City during Jim Crow and integration. The story is told from a first-person female narrator, who is the next door neighbor of Mr. Jones. When composing this story, I wanted to focus on character and voice. I was interested in creating a Black fantastical legend that stretched the reader’s imagination.