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The Wishing Pool and Other Stories


In her first new book in seven years, Tananarive Due further cements her status as a leading innovator in Black horror and Afrofuturism

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before April 18, 2023.

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Forthcoming: 4/18/23

$29.95 $22.46

What people are saying…

“Due masterfully maintains suspense all the while delineating her characters with a psychological realism that makes the unbelievable credible.” —Washington Post Book World

“Tananarive Due’s characters quietly move into your heart and take up residence. You love them, you fear for them, and they scare you half to death.” —Nalo Hopkinson, author of Skin Folk

“An eerie epic . . . I loved this novel.” —Stephen King on My Soul to Keep

“A finely honed work that always engages and frequently surprises.” —New York Times Book Review on The Between

“An extraordinary work of humane imagination . . . Call it magic realism with soul. The closest compatriot of The Between is Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Not shabby.” —Locus on The Between


Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before April 18, 2023.

American Book Award–winning author Tananarive Due’s second collection of stories range from horror to science fiction to suspense. From the mysterious, magical town of Gracetown to the aftermath of a pandemic to the reaches of the far future, Due’s stories all share a sense of dread and fear balanced with heart and hope.

In some of these stories, the monster is racism itself; others address the monster within, or other universal struggles set against the supernatural or surreal. All of them are written with Due’s trademark attention to detail and deep characterization. In addition to previously published work, this collection contains brand-new stories, including “Rumpus Room,” a supernatural horror novelette set in Florida about a woman’s struggle against both outer and inner demons.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Published: 4/18/23
  • IBSN: 9781636141053
  • e-IBSN: 9781636141077


Tananarive Due is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. Due’s stories have been featured on LeVar Burton Reads and Realm. She is an executive producer on Shudder’s documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. She and her husband/collaborator, Steven Barnes, wrote for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone and for Shudder’s anthology film Horror Noire. They also cowrote their Black Horror graphic novel The Keeper, illustrated by Marco Finnegan. Due and Barnes cohost a podcast, Lifewriting: Write for Your Life! Her latest work is The Wishing Pool and Other Stories.

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