Writing this essay centering blackness and queerness and motherhood without making comparisons to whiteness and patriarchy and hegemony is impossible, so I invite the reader to engage with this analysis as resistance, as a way to decolonize our collective imagination of the vampiric figure. The popular image of the seductive white vampire exists throughout all forms of art and media, from the historic Dracula to the modern Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight. However, black women writers have created new sanguine myths for us, ones that are grounded in the value of the world we want to see rather than
History treated people like me as curiosities, freaks, and monsters of legend. Human monstrosity is something we've been writing about in SF/F/Spec for as long as genre writing has existed, and that's forever. Writing about myself in those terms, at least in my verse, feels like both reclamation and rebellion.
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