The Voices of Mar­tyrs

Mau­rice Broad­dus

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Rosar­ium Pub­lish­ing Soft­cover $16.95 (250pp) 978-0-9967692-5-9

Broad­dus’s sto­ries are a roller-coaster of imag­i­na­tive­ness, both spec­u­la­tive and unique.

A fer­tile imag­i­na­tion, com­bined with el­e­ments of the black ex­pe­ri­ence, makes Mau­rice Broad­dus’s story col­lec­tion The Voices of Mar­tyrs a memorable one.

Broad­dus, a writer whose work has ap­peared in pub­li­ca­tions from Asi­mov’s Science Fic­tion to Apex Magazine, brings a less-heard per­spec­tive to spec­u­la­tive fic­tion, in­fus­ing his sto­ries with African words and con­cepts, Ja­maican obeah (Cabibbean folk magic), and other rich cul­tural sources.

The Voices of Mar­tyrs is sep­a­rated into three sec­tions, “Past,” “Present,” and “Fu­tures”; the first in­cludes set­tings such as a 1651 slave ship and 1895 In­di­ana, amid a pe­riod of high racial ten­sion. Much of Broad­dus’s writ­ing skirts the bound­aries of gen­res—science fic­tion, spec­u­la­tive fic­tion, fan­tasy, and hor­ror—and some sto­ries, like “Pimp My Air­ship,” com­bine so many dis­parate el­e­ments—steam­punk and al­ter­nate his­tory, mixed with so­cial com­men­tary and mu­sic ref­er­ences—that they can’t but stand out as unique.

“The Vol­un­teer” is a col­lec­tion high­light. It is the story of a church vol­un­teer who meets a group of vam­pires. Here, the details and so­cial sig­nif­i­cance of cloth­ing play a cen­tral role, as

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