A Darkness Within: A Dark Fantasy & Horror Collection
Such as is with life, there is a little darkness in us all. Sometimes it can move us down a path of no return evil as in ‘Taste the Taint’ and ‘A Darkness Within.’
Other times it can be a catalyst to surviving an ungodly Apocalypse such as in ‘Sisters’ or choosing darkness as a means to a greater plan such as in ‘A Winter’s Tale’ and ‘Pretty Wicked.’
Even still in the darkness, a tunnel of light can help us overcome any grief or losses as in ‘Legacy of The Sea.’
Visit or revisit the mind of HWA-nominated speculative fiction and romance author Kai Leakes, as she shares a few of her short stories and novelettes that elope us in the ills of darkness and sometimes its protection.
Oni's Tears: A Unity Isles Novella
He is the eater of magic. The taker of souls. An entity who wants lands to turn to dusk. The skies to turn obsidian and to rule the world through the slaughter of the paragons.
Since childhood 20-year-old Olivia Oni Lovejoy has trained with her family to keep magic in the world safe from the Big Juju Man. However, a close loss has sped up her succession as the Orisha Oya’s paragon and brought with it nothing but melancholy to her soul. When the Juju Man’s minions, the Ajogan descend on Alton, Illinois bringing destruction, it’s the loving wisdom of Oni’s father and a well-timed introduction of Midnight Horn, that leads her on an adventure against evil.
As Oni’s tears fall, in another world, a doting grandmother tells Oni and Midnight’s journey as Paragons, in this exciting and haunting fantasy in a steampunk/funk driven world & foundation of a magic distant town.
Written by Award Nominated pararomance, horror and fantasy author Kai Leakes.
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The Sin Eaters Series & Chronicles
The world is theirs... Welcome to the world of 'The Sin Eaters' or 'The Cursed'. A story of an ancient battle occurring right under our noses. Blood, souls, and power are the keys. Are you interested in learning more?
Sin Eaters: Devotion Book One
Khamun Cross was born to do one thing and that was to watch Sanna Steele, a woman so unique and special he would risk his all to have her. So what, that in his job of watching her, he happens to prowl the streets, hunting the very things that go bump in the night. Even monsters or everyday looking people that steal humans’ souls become Khamun’s victims, and he brings with him a power, a vampirism, that would send one straight to the dark.
Khamun craves the darkness in his victims as if it were his own personal dinner, but not as much as he craves the very woman he has been ordained to watch over as her Guardian Angel. Sanna Steele is just your average twenty-seven year old, with your everyday hopes, dreams and insecurities. She is clueless about the war that is secretly raging around her in the streets of St. Louis. A war she will soon become a part of. But what is so special about Sanna that the very things that go bump in the night, seeks to snatch her from her very existence in life?
Sin Eaters 2: Retribution (Devotion Book )
Darkness is swallowing the streets of Chicago, and a key may have been found. Khamun and Sanna's epic journey together has led them to this, their mission to save Nephilim Society from themselves. Still trying to open the secrets of the first book, Khamun and Sanna's fight has resulted in a travesty that may change their lives. Now with Khamun at the cusp of a life and death decision, it's up to his team to close ranks and protect their Oracle.
Calvin Freeman is surrounded by death. Not only has his cousin fallen in battle, but he's now being stalked by ghosts from his past lives and a familiar lethal foe, The Medusa. What is deathly has become alluring, and what is toxic has become bittersweet. His dreams are betraying him, and war is coming as society turns a blind eye. It's up to him and his family to bring their retribution, and it's up to him to find out why the woman known for bringing nightmares has suddenly knocked at his door.
Take a final walk in the chilling world of Kai Leakes in Sin Eaters 2: Retribution Devotion Book Two.
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Rebel Guardians: (Sineaters Chronicles BTB 1)
We cry, but they don’t hear us. Our hands reach out to the skies, but they refuse to see us. We voice our pains, but they suppress us. What is left for us to do?
The call to arms has gone global. Nephilim, who feel the “call” to the Grey, are the only ones who hear it’s beckoning. It’s up to them to help aid in the fight to fix their fractured Society or risk all to form a new one.
It’s been a year since the House of Dusk went head to head with the Cursed and lost those closest to them, people they just learned were family. Darren ‘Dare’ Steele and Takeshi ‘Take’ Satou are now done with the entry level to their Guardian training as a new Nephilim and new Dragon. It’s now time for the younger members of the team head to the streets and keep watch on their first assigned Guide Tatiana ‘Tweet’ Braves. But, it’s Dare who might have his hands full in the process.
She sees dead people…
Tatiana is proving to be very unique. For it was her five-year-old cousin/godson who was taken last year by the Cursed and it was an incident that unknowingly shook Nephilim Society’s rebels but also affected Tatiana and her family deeply.
With the Cursed after Tatiana for harboring an object of antiquity she has no idea is necessary for the battle between the Light and Dark, it is up to her and her protectors to uncover its secrets. Thrust in the middle of a supernatural world she once thought was a figment of her imagination. It’s up to her to trigger her unique tie to the ancient artifact and help the new Rebel Guardians Dare and Take as they find themselves in the midst of a raging war, hailed by The Oracle herself.
Journey back into the paranormal world of the Sin Eaters and take a short peek behind the scenes of Sin Eaters 1 & 2 with the Guardians as they guide you to the next chapter in the future Devotion Book Series.
SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire Anthology
29 BITING STORIES FEATURING AUTHORS:
Sheree Renee Thomas - Craig L. Gidney -Danielle Little - Milton Davis - Jessica Cage - Michele Tracy Berger - Alicia McCalla -Jeff Carroll - Steven Van Patten - 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 -Lisa Woods - LH Moore - Delizhia D. Jenkins - Colin Cloud Dance - V.G. Harrision
The City: A Cyberfunk Anthology
The City anthology is a unique creation. It’s a concept anthology, a collection of stories where eighteen different authors share their vision of a single idea. It’s Cyberfunk, cyberpunk stories that play with future concepts from an African/African-American perspective. Most of all it’s engaging, exciting, thought-provoking and fun.
Like the inhabitants, the City is perceived in various ways by the various writers. Some stories intersect, some diverge, but they all entertain. The result is a journey into a unique world described by unique and engaging voices.
Featuring Stories by, Milton J. Davis, Natiq Jalil, K. Ceres Wright, Kai Leakes, Keith Gaston, Ray Dean, and more.
Listen to the soundtrack associated with my story "Free Your Mind" created by Otis Galloway at Mixcloud.
Where Sword and Soul ends and before Steamfunk begins, there is the Age of Spring Technology and Clockwork. Imagine an alternate universe where chronomancer Benjamin Banneker crafts a world of automatons, clockwork airships and other marvels; where Nat Turner leads a rebellion, killing hordes of vampire slave owners; where the pirate queen, Black Pitch Pauline joins Jean-Jacques Dessalines in defeating Napoleon during the Haitian Revolution. Think Three Finger’d Jack; the pirate, Black Caesar; the Black Count, Nat Turner, and the Stono Rebellion…THAT is Rococoa!
Fourteen masters of speculative fiction have taken a new genre, embraced its established themes and refashioned them in surprising ways and settings. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it.
Featuring Stories by, Milton J. Davis, Carole McDonelle, Jeff Carroll, Kai Leakes, D.K. Gaston, and more.
HWA Bram Stoker Finalist for Anthology
Thought-provoking, powerful, and revealing, this anthology is composed of 28 dark stories and 14 poems written by African-American women writers. The tales of what scares, threatens, and shocks them will enlighten and entertain readers. The works delve into demons and shape-shifters from "How to Speak to the Bogeyman" and "Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight" to far future offerings such as "The Malady of Need". These pieces cover vampires, ghosts, and mermaids, as well as the unexpected price paid by women struggling for freedom and validation in the past.
Contributors include: Tiffany Austin, Tracey Baptiste, Regina N. Bradley, Patricia E. Canterbury, Crystal Connor, Joy M. Copeland, Amber Doe, Tish Jackson, Valjeanne Jeffers, Tenea D. Johnson, R. J. Joseph, A. D. Koboah Nicole Givens Kurtz, Kai Leakes, A. J. Locke, Carole McDonnell, Dana T. McKnight , LH Moore, L. Penelope, Zin E. Rocklyn , Eden Royce, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Andrea Vocab Sanderson, Nicole D. Sconiers, Cherene Sherrard, RaShell R. Smith-Spears, Sheree Renée Thomas, Lori Titus, Tanesha Nicole Tyler, Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, L. Marie Wood, K. Ceres Wright, and Deana Zhollis.
"Black Judas-deal-with-the-devil time: “Taste the Taint: A Cursed Story” by Kai Leakes. While it was a reasonably well written decent into evil, it was still a decent into evil. Let’s just say I’m not into manipulating and killing others for fun and profit." - Abyss & Apex
100 + Black Women In Horror
by Sumiko Saulson*
Containing the biographies of over one hundred black women who write horror, 100+ Black Women in Horror is a reference guide, a veritable who’s who of female horror writers from the African Diaspora. This volume is an expansion of the original 2014 book 60 Black Women in Horror.
February is African American History Month in the United States as well as Women in Horror Month (WiHM). 100+ Black Women in Horror is a result of the intersection between the two celebrations. It consists of an alphabetical listing of the women with biographies, photos, and web addresses, as well as interviews with 17 of the included women and an essay by David Watson on LA Banks and Octavia Butler. It is not limited to African American authors, but includes women from all over the diaspora!
100+ Black Women in Horror began as a series of blog posts, written for Women in Horror Month and Black History Month, between 2013 and 2018. This book contains seventeen of the interviews originally featured on Sumiko Saulson’s horror blog, Things That Go Bump in My Head, www.SumikoSaulson.com. The women in this release are either primarily authors of horror prose or poetry, such as Tananarive Due and Linda Addison, or women who write in other genres primarily, but have one or more works in the horror genre, such as Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, and Zane.
Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales By Scary Sisters - Anthology
Imagine horror where black characters aren’t all tropes and the first to die; imagine a world written by black sisters where black women and femmes are in the starring roles. From flesh-eating plants to flesh-eating bees; zombies to vampires to vampire-eating vampire hunters; ghosts, revenants, witches and werewolves, this book has it all. Cursed drums, cursed dolls, cursed palms, ancient spirits and goddesses create a nuanced world of Afrocentric and multicultural horror. Seventeen terrifying tales by seventeen of the scary sisters profiled in the reference guide “100 Black Women in Horror.”
Includes the stories Appreciation by Mina Polina, Death Lines by Nuzo Onoh, Sweet Justice by Kenesha Williams, Bryannah and the Magic Negro by Crystal Connor, The Lost Ones by Valjeanne Jeffers, Tango of a TellTale Heart by Sumiko Saulson, Blood Magnolia by Nicole Givens Kurtz, Labor Pains by Kenya Moss-Dyme, Return to Me by Lori Titus, Here, Kitty! by LH Moore, Left Hand Torment by R. J. Joseph, Dark Moon's Curse by Delizhia Jenkins, Killer Queen by Cinsearae S, Sisters by Kai Leakes, Black and Deadly by Dicey Grenor, Trisha and Peter by Kamika Aziza, Alternative™ by Tabitha Thompson, and The Prizewinner by Alledria Hurt.
'Sisters' By Kai Leakes featured.