The Ballad of Black Tom

  • by Victor LaValle
  • Narrated by Kevin R. Free
  • 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

People move to New York looking for magic, and nothing will convince them it isn't there. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his black skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their trained cops.
But when he delivers an occult page to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic and earns the attention of things best left sleeping. A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

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Quirky Lovecraftian horror

An interesting short story that provides a corrective to the vile racism of Lovecraft's Horror at Red Hook. It's atmospheric and well-written but possibly best enjoyed if you are already a fan of Lovecraftian weird fiction.

Well narrated by Kevin R. Free
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- Beccameriel "Fan of urban fantasy & Victorian gothic especially set in London. Oh, and Georgette Heyer."

Different but in a good way.

Enjoyed reading something I had to think about especially the underlying story which was very sad but believable.
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- Donna "Donna x"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-02-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio