Tananarive Due's Novels:

Short Story Collections

Ghost Summer

Devil's Wake series

Devil's Wake

Domino Falls

African Immortals series

My Soul To Keep

The Living Blood

Blood Colony

My Soul To Take

Tennyson Hardwick


In the Night of the Heat

From Cape Town With Love

South By Southeast


Joplin's Ghost

The Good House: A novel

Freedom in the Family

The Black Rose

The Between

The Ancestors

Ghost Summer (Sept. 1-Prime Books)

Tananarive’s first short story collection

Publishers Weekly (Starred review) - “In these extraordinary tales, American Book Award–winner Due (My Soul to Take) uses a clear-eyed view of history to explain (but never excuse) the present.” Read more!


Ghost Summer named one of Publisher's Weekly's “Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2015”

About Ghost Summer (jacket copy):

Whether weaving family life and history into dark fiction or writing speculative Afrofuturism, American Book Award winner and Essence bestselling author Tananarive Due's work is both riveting and enlightening. In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories—one of which has never been published before— Ghost Summer: Stories is sure to both haunt and delight.


On Ghost Summer :

“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 Hominids and Brown Girl in the Ring

“Beautiful and terrifying. Tananarive Due is the modern master of horror and humanity.” –Daniel José Older, author of Shadowshaper

"When you read a Tananarive Due story you know you are in for a treat. She pulls you in from the very first line and does not let go. " –Dolen Perkins-Valdez, New York Times bestselling author of Wench and Balm


On the works of Tananarive Due:

“I enjoy reading the kind of novel that seduces me right into it and makes me forget about work or sleep. My Soul to Keep does that beautifully.” —Octavia E. Butler on My Soul to Keep

“Ms. Due accomplishes the hardest thing of all with deceptive ease, creating characters we care about on their most human level.” –Stephen King on My Soul to Keep 

“Smart, soulful, craft Tananarive Due deserves the attention of everyone interested I contemporary American fiction. …She is one of the best and most significant writers of her generation.” –New York Times bestselling author Peter Straub  on The Good House 


Danger Word

A Short Film by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due

This film is about a 13-year-old girl and her grandfather who have survived the
zombie plague in his wooded cabin– and how her birthday goes badly awry.

Read the original story in  Dark Dreams.  You can also read the
novels  DEVIL'S WAKE  and  DOMINO FALLS , the series that grew from the
original short story.

Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due wrote the short story "Danger Word," which led to their two collaborative novels Devil's Wake and Domino Falls, set in the same universe. Barnes has published 28 novels and more than three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He has been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. His television work includes The Twilight Zone, Stargate and Andromeda, and his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won an Emmy Award for actress Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction).

Authors and Executive Producers

Tananarive Due is a former Cosby Chair for the Humanities at Spelman College. She has written a dozen supernatural suspense novels, including the African Immortals series that began with My Soul to Keep .  She won an American Book Award for her supernatural thriller The Living Blood , and she and Barnes won an NAACP Image Award for the mystery novel In the Night of the Heat, also co-authored with Barnes, in collaboration with actor Blair Underwood.


Domino Falls

by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due

February 19, 2013

Atria Books
Trade Paperback (384p)
ISBN 978-1451617023

"Zombie lovers won't be able to put down Barnes' gripping yarn, which will leave
them hungry for the next installment." — Booklist

“Adds welcome diversity to the crowded zombie field.” ( SchoolLibraryJournal.com )

“An enjoyable read . . . . solid storytelling.” ( Zombie Joe Reviews )

“Very fast paced and wonderfully written horror.” ( Bookhounds Book Review )

            It began on Freak Day—that day no one could explain, when strangers and family members alike went crazy and started biting one another. Some thought the outbreak was caused by a flu shot, others that it was a diet drug gone terribly wrong. All anyone knew is that once you were bitten and went to sleep, you woke up a freak.


Devils Wake

by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due

July 31, 2012

Atria Books
Trade Paperback (288p)
ISBN 978-1451617009

BOOKLIST: The husband -and- wife writing team of Barnes and Due puts a fresh spin on the zombie plague motif... Verdict: Gruesome but not overly graphic, this tale of young people struggling to remain human -- and humane -- in a post-apocalyptic near future features top-notch storytelling and believable characters.

 Here's an excerpt:

            Thankfully, Longview's streets weren't stacked with cars and bodies. Kendra drove past the industrial districts, those smoke stacks that no longer belched white, the waterway now clogged with logs that, in saner days, would have gone to the Weyerhauser mill to build houses and make cardboard boxes. Nothing moved. Interstate 5 stayed mostly clear too. Until she'd driven twelve miles down.

            There, just as the skies were growing dark, Kendra's headlights showcased an overturned truck that looked like an oil tanker blocking the road.  Kendra's heart danced with images of gas for life, until she realized it was only a milk truck. 

Don't get greedy, girl.


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My Soul To Take
by Tananarive Due
September 26, 2011

Washington Square
$15 trade paper (432p)
ISBN 978-1-4391-7614-6

From Publishers Weekly:

Due continues the conflict between mortals and immortals in this thoughtful near-future supernatural suspense tale, the fourth in the African Immortals series (after 2008's Blood Colony). Phoenix Smalls Harris, a talented singer, is approached by Fana Wolde and her organization to assist in spreading Fana's healing powers through song rather than the "Glow," a drug crafted from immortal blood. Phoenix agrees, not least because a member of her family has succumbed to the Praying Disease, a virus unleashed by Fana's fiancé, Michel. The bonds of families, lovers, friends, and fellow believers are tested as Michel tries to eliminate mortal humans and fulfill his interpretation of a prophecy while Fana moves to counter him. Due's immersive style encourages readers to delve into all of the conflicting viewpoints and agendas with a surprising degree of empathy, giving depth to a complex and powerful conclusion. (Sept.)

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Read the excerpt:

A broad-shouldered man stands at Jessica Jacobs-Wolde's kitchen counter, stirring a bowl with slow, careful strokes while he watches her out of the corner of his eye. He slumps across the counter on one elbow, his face hidden by a shadow escaping the light from the bright rows of jalousie windows.

Not her husband, David. She left David sleeping in their bed upstairs. Besides, this man has the wrong shoes. Wrong posture. Wrong smell…shoe polish. And Old Spice, a smell older than David's. The man's face turns slightly, and light cleaves to his dark skin. Jessica blinks three times, more weak-kneed with each blink.

The man is her father.

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From Cape Town With Love
A Tennyson Hardwick Novel

byTananarive Due and Steven Barnes



They called themselves the Three R's: R.J., Ramirez and Reiter. Reiter was female, but not exactly the nurturing kind. I was sitting at a table in a cold, windowless room, in the worst pain in my life. I'd been in the same chair for hours.

Sitting upright wasn't easy because of the pain.

R.J. stood over me with a folder. He did most of the talking.

"The FBI is writing a book on you as we speak,” R.J. said. “Usually that’s the bad news. But in your case, that’s the good news.”

I couldn’t resist. “Then what’s the bad news?”

“You seen that TV show…? What’s the name?” R.J. asked Ramirez and Reiter.

“What show?” Reiter said.

At first, I thought he was talking about my old series, Homeland. I’d played an FBI agent working with the Department of Homeland Security. But I was as wrong as I could be.

R.J. snapped his fingers. “Without a Trace,” he said. “It’s about people who’ve disappeared, right? One day they’re here, bam, they’re gone. That’s a fascinating show.”

There was wildness in his eyes.

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