"Bahati and the Corners of Blood" by A.K. Kuykendall

 

"A tenured professor at Cambridge University unravels the origins of vampirism, which has a sinister connection to the continent of Africa . . . "

 

 

In April 2013, Pro Se Productions, a Publisher known for balancing tales harkening back to classic Pulp Fiction with stories pushing the boundaries of modern Genre Fiction, released a title that caused a ripple in the Genre Fiction and Pulp communities.

 

BLACK PULP is a collection that takes the wonderful style of Pulp Fiction, established in the early 20th Century, and wraps it around fully realized black heroes and heroines, something that was not done in Pulp’s classic era. This bestselling collection features work from a variety of authors, including bestselling authors Walter Mosley and Joe Lansdale as well as notable authors such as well-known crime author Gary Phillips, Imaro creator Charles Saunders, Mel Odom, Christopher Chambers, Gar Anthony Haywood, Ron Fortier, Kimberly Richardson, Michael Gonzales, D. Alan Lewis, Derrick Ferguson, and Tommy Hancock.


Co-editor of BLACK PULP, crime novelist Gary Phillips observed, “While revisionism is not history, as the films “Django Unchained” and “42” attest, nonetheless historical matters find their way into popular fiction. This is certainly the case with New Pulp as it handles such issues as race with a modern take, even though stories can be set in a retro context.”


Pulp fiction of the early 20th century rarely, if ever, focused on characters of color and the handful of black characters in these stories were typically portrayed stereotypically. BLACK PULP brings some of today’s best authors together with up and coming writers to craft stories of adventure, mystery, and more -- all with black characters in the forefront.


BLACK PULP offers exciting tales of derring-do from larger-than-life heroes and heroines; aviators in sky battles, lords of the jungle, pirates battling slavers and the walking dead, gadget-wielding soldiers-of-fortune saving the world to mystics fighting for justice in other worlds. I am extremely honored to have been selected as a contributing author in the upcoming BLACK PULP II, the second installment in Pro Se Productions Black Pulp anthology.

 

Bahati and the Corners of Blood is my contribution to this latest installment and is sure to stir your every emotion. The story will introduce you to Dr. Birbry Carrington—a dashing forty-seven-year-old tenured Classical/Mediterranean Archaeology professor at Cambridge University who discovers an unbelievable truth. That the folklore and mythology of the vampire phenomenon began in Africa with Bahati—a being conjured in the 1500's by the Hekse (witches) of the Maasai’s ancient order as a curse upon the wit man (white man). This all came about when Africa welcomed the vessel known as The Good Ship Jesus to its shores. A Christian missionary ship that ultimately became the first slave ship to America.

 

" . . . Die die reveal the beast unto the earth thou shall feast," the Hekse chant. "A curse for a curse . . . "