Eden Royce is a freshwater Geechee from Charleston, South Carolina, now living in the English countryside. Her stories have appeared on PodCastle and in Fireside Fiction, Fiyah Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, and Abyss & Apex. Find her at edenroyce.com and on Twitter @edenroyce.
By engaging the vampiric archetype, Butler and Gomez write black queer lives into an eternal future where we can continue our coalition building, our resistance of hegemony, and the creation of chosen families.
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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