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Linda D. Addison is an American poet and writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Addison is the first African-American winner of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Bram Stoker Award®, which she won four times. The first two awards were for her poetry collections Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes  and Being Full of Light, Insubstantial. Her poetry and fiction collection How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend won a third HWA Bram Stoker Award. She received a fourth HWA Bram Stoker for the collection The Four Elements, written with Marge Simon, Rain Graves, and Charlee Jacob. 

Addison is a founding member of a writing group, Circles In The Hair (CITH) which started meeting in 1990 and a member of SFWA, HWA and SFPA. She is poetry editor for Space & Time magazine. Her work has made frequent appearances over the years on the honorable mention list for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant) and Year’s Best Science-Fiction (edited by Gardner Dozois).

Addison is the only author with fiction in three landmark anthologies that celebrate African-American speculative writers: the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction (Warner Aspect), Dark Dreams I and II (Kensington), and Dark Thirst (Pocket Book).

She co-edited Sycorax's Daughters, an anthology of horror fiction & poetry by African-American women (Cedar Grove Publishing) with Kinitra Brooks and Susana Morris.

Linda Addison cover How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend

Who doesn’t need to know How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend? From the first African-American to receive the HWA Bram Stoker Award®, this collection of horror, fantasy, science-fiction short stories and poetry reveals demons in the most likely people or in unlikely places.

Meet a corpse that’s happily decomposing until interrupted by the horror of resurrection. Follow a female assassin turned bodyguard who is offered redemption from a demon that could reveal her true nature. Read the tale of a bullied child whose belief in the devil has terrifying results or two cousins, dabbling in magic, who almost lose their grandmother to a jealous ghost. Enter the dimension-shifting dreams of an American Indian committed to destroying the Blood Moon beast, eater of planets, that threatens her unborn child and tribe. What can a zombie do when consumed with love for a living being that goes beyond wanting their flesh?

There are humorous journeys where various aliens analyzing a strange human relic that the reader discovers is very common indeed. Read an excerpt from a guide for aliens visiting Earth that plays with popular UFO myths. Explore a retiree’s struggle to communicate with an AI that spins out of control.

Demons can be found internally and externally, in dreams, born from mourning loss, and repressed anger. Recognition is the first step, what you do with your friends/demons after that is up to you.

Linda Addison cover Being Full of Light Insubstantial

An exciting collection of 100 poems that explores the edges of time and space, as well as everyday life using language that sings, invoking goddesses, jumps in evolution, mermaids lost in the dreams of normal human life. This collection includes original pieces and reprints from such sources as African Voices, Strange Horizons, and Fantastic Stories and received the HWA Bram Stoker Award®. With original photography and art by Brian J. Addison.

Linda Addison cover Sycoraxs Daughters

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.

Linda Addison cover The Four Elements

Four HWA Bram Stoker Award®-winning authors join together to paint a rich, dark tapestry of evocative emotion in The Four Elements. From modern interpretations to ancient mythology, they explore the magic and mystery of Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. Their vivid poetry and prose brings to life a universe in a grain of sand, taking the reader through a journey of discovery from the inside out. Hear the hot voice of invisible awareness in Linda Addison’s interpretation of Air. Explore the realm of ethereal and surreal liquidity in Rain Graves’ Water. Burn from crevice to crown in Charlee Jacob’s wild-eyed visions of Fire. Contemplate Marge Simon’s poignant twists of dark irony to eruptions of spontaneous wonder in Earth. There is something for everyone in The Four Elements—conjured especially for the reader that likes to examine the meticulous depth and meaning in every word. Received the HWA Bram Stoker Award

Linda Addison cover Consumed Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes

This collection of poetry includes interior illustrations by Marge Simon, full color cover by Colleen Crary, and an introduction by Charlee Jacob Consumed, Reduced To Beautiful Grey Ashes captures the path between things gone bad and transformation. This volume includes both original pieces and reprints from such sources as Edgar: Digested Verse, Dark Regions, and Pirate Writings and received the HWA Bram Stoker Award®.