NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The visionary writer and director of Get Out, Us, and Nope, and founder of Monkeypaw Productions, curates this groundbreaking anthology of all-new stories of Black horror, exploring not only the terrors of the supernatural but the chilling reality of injustice that haunts our nation.
“Every piece is strong and memorable, making this not only likely to be the best anthology of the year, but one for the ages.”—The Guardian
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Esquire, Chicago Public Library, CrimeReads
A cop begins seeing huge, blinking eyes where the headlights of cars should be that tell him who to pull over. Two freedom riders take a bus ride that leaves them stranded on a lonely road in Alabama where several unsettling somethings await them. A young girl dives into the depths of the Earth in search of the demon that killed her parents. These are just a few of the worlds of Out There Screaming, Jordan Peele’s anthology of all-new horror stories by Black writers. Featuring an introduction by Peele and an all-star roster of beloved writers and new voices, Out There Screaming is a master class in horror, and—like his spine-chilling films—its stories prey on everything we think we know about our world . . . and redefine what it means to be afraid.
Featuring stories by: Erin E. Adams, Violet Allen, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Maurice Broaddus, Chesya Burke, P. Djèlí Clark, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, N. K. Jemisin, Justin C. Key, L. D. Lewis, Nnedi Okorafor, Tochi Onyebuchi, Rebecca Roanhorse, Nicole D. Sconiers, Rion Amilcar Scott, Terence Taylor, and Cadwell Turnbull.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Writer and director Jordan Peele (of hits like Get Out and Us) has curated a spine-tingling anthology of horror stories told through the lens of the experiences of Black people in the United States. A cop sees eyes instead of headlights; a young man who feels like an outsider in his biracial family deals with an apocalyptic event; monster hunters struggle to get past folkloric magic to deal with a murderous doll; early 1960s Freedom Riders get on the wrong bus with potentially deadly results—all of these stories delve into the supernatural, but spark a little more fear due to real-life issues like injustice and racism. The 19 authors include N. K. Jemisin, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tananarive Due, and Nnedi Okorafor, and the stories are uniformly sharp-edged and crisp, wasting no time in constructing worlds and building tension. Out There Screaming is a sturdy addition to your horror shelf.
Was every story my favorite? No. Overall a good read? Yes. Enjoyed