In this episode, we are joined by best-selling horror and fantasy author, Sylvester Barzey.
Sylvester grew up in Bronx, NY, and was later transplanted to Lawrence, GA. A military veteran with an addiction to all things horror, Sylvester’s goal is to shine a spotlight on BIPOC characters within the horror/fantasy genre. He strives to produce Black heroes who overcome world-shattering events and rise triumphant. His mission is to change horror so that his children can look at it and see themselves as survivors.
We discuss his life-long love of horror that brought him to the genre.
In his writing, especially his Planet Dead series, Sylvester tries to spotlight black families. He sees a deficit in BIPOC characters in the genre not being the main characters and wants to change that. We discuss the impact that George Romero had on developing his thoughts in this area.
We asked him what he enjoys about creating in apocalyptic settings and how the pandemic has shifted, or not, his perspective.
We chat about his experience being one of a few black authors working in the zombie genre , and what he finds the most challenging and the most rewarding.
Sylvester tells us about the podcast Black Geek Couple that he hosts with his wife Angel where they discuss movies, books, and pop culture.
He shares the audiobook intro of Planet Dead with us. It is chilling and intriguing, don't miss it!
You can find all things Sylvester Barzey here: https://www.sylvesterbarzey.com/
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