Dead Love: Octavia E. Butler

I think authors make the best revenants. Even the dead ones rise again and take a bow every time someone reads one of their books. My head’s bent today over the last page of Fledgling, a vampire novel by African American science fiction writer Octavia Estelle Butler, who not only won both Hugo and Nebula awards but also won a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.

I know, I know, not a zombie novel … but I am voraciously omnivorous when it comes to brain food, so zombies, vampires, werewolves, aliens, apocalyptic outcomes—dead love them all.

I love Octavia E. Butler for her introversion, her sensitivity, her creativity, and her commitment to the story. I love her for walking me through her vampire world. She was a wonderful guide and Fledgling is a terrific read.

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice

  • boldlow

    HI Erin – hope the giving holiday was magical for you … too bad Octavia didn't get a chance to follow your guide through the zombie world like many of us. She'd have nothing but wonderful things to say about Dead Love.

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