Renowned writer and director Jordan Peele, celebrated for his groundbreaking films, “Get Out,” “Us,” and “Nope,” is set to make a significant impact on the literary world with his highly anticipated anthology titled “Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror.” Penguin Random House and Picador have secured the rights to publish the collection, with a simultaneous release scheduled for October 3, 2023.
The anthology, curated and introduced by Peele himself, delves into the realms of Black horror, presenting a series of gripping narratives exploring supernatural terrors and the chilling reality of injustice that haunts our society. The collection aims to redefine horror and captivate readers with thought-provoking stories. Featuring a stellar lineup of established and emerging Black writers, “Out There Screaming” promises to be a master class in horror. The anthology boasts contributions from 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.
Each story in the anthology promises to challenge readers’ preconceived notions and offer a fresh perspective on horror. From a cop plagued by haunting visions to freedom riders stranded on a desolate Alabama road, and a young girl embarking on a perilous journey to avenge her parents’ death, the tales in “Out There Screaming” will take readers on thrilling and haunting journeys that reflect the fears and realities of our world.
Jordan Peele’s vision for the anthology extends beyond mere entertainment. Much like his acclaimed films, “Out There Screaming” intends to provoke discussions on societal issues such as injustice, race, and identity. By weaving social commentary into the fabric of horror narratives, Peele aims to shed light on the complex challenges marginalised communities face.
Peele's immense success in the film industry, particularly with his genre-defining black psychological thrillers, has paved the way for his foray into literature. His unique approach to storytelling and ability to intertwine gripping narratives with social awareness has resonated with audiences worldwide. With “Out There Screaming,” Peele aims to expand his creative horizons, offering readers an immersive experience that will leave a lasting impact.
Pre-orders are now available as anticipation for the anthology builds, allowing readers to secure their copies in advance. “Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror” is set to hit bookshelves on October 3, 2023, simultaneously published by Penguin Random House in the United States and Picador in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth (excluding Canada). The anthology’s release marks another significant milestone in Jordan Peele’s artistic journey and further solidifies his influence on the horror genre.
Jordan Peele continues to push boundaries and explore new frontiers, proving himself to be a visionary in storytelling. With “Out There Screaming,” readers can expect to embark on an unforgettable journey into the depths of Black horror and emerge with a renewed appreciation for the power of storytelling to challenge and transform our understanding of the world.
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