Tananarive Due

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Tananarive Due
Due reads from her book, My Soul To Take @ Apocalypse Now and Then What? @ BBF
Due reads from her book, My Soul To Take @ Apocalypse Now and Then What? @ BBF
Born (1966-01-05) January 5, 1966 (age 56)
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A
OccupationWriter, educator
GenreScience fiction, mystery, horror
SpouseSteven Barnes (husband)
RelativesJason (son)
Nicki (stepdaughter)

Tananarive Priscilla Due (/təˈnænərv ˈdj/ tə-NAN-ə-reev DEW) (born January 5, 1966) is an American author and educator. Due won the American Book Award for her novel The Living Blood. She is also known as a film historian with expertise in Black horror. Due teaches a course at UCLA called "The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival and the Black Horror Aesthetic", which focuses on the Jordan Peele film Get Out.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Due was born in Tallahassee, Florida, the oldest of three daughters of civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due and civil rights lawyer John D. Due Jr.[2] Her mother named her after the French name for Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.[3]

Due earned a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and an M.A. in English literature, with an emphasis on Nigerian literature, from the University of Leeds.[2] At Northwestern, she lived in the Communications Residential College.[4]


Due was working as a journalist and columnist for the Miami Herald when she wrote her first novel, The Between, in 1995.[4] This, like many of her subsequent books, was part of the supernatural genre.[5] Due also wrote The Black Rose, a historical novel about Madam C. J. Walker (based in part on research conducted by Alex Haley before his death) and Freedom in the Family, a non-fiction work about the civil rights struggle. She contributed to the humor novel Naked Came the Manatee, a mystery/thriller parody to which various Miami-area authors each contributed chapters. Due also authored the African Immortals novel series and the Tennyson Hardwick novels.

Due is a member of the affiliate faculty in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles[6] and is also an endowed Cosby chair in the humanities at Spelman College in Atlanta.[7]

She developed a course at UCLA called "The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival And The Black Horror Aesthetic," after the release of the 2017 film Get Out. [1] The first course went viral and included a visit from Peele.[1]

Due was featured in the 2019 documentary film Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, produced by Shudder.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Due is married to author Steven Barnes, whom she met in 1997 at a Clark Atlanta University panel on "The African-American Fantastic Imagination: Explorations in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror".[8] The couple lives in the Los Angeles, California area with their son, Jason.[9]



Speculative fiction[edit]

African Immortals series[edit]


The Tennyson Hardwick novels[edit]
  • Casanegra (2007; with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)
  • In the Night of the Heat (2008; with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)
  • From Cape Town with Love (2010; with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)
  • South by Southeast (2012; with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)

Short stories[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Patient Zero 2000 Due, Tananarive (Aug 2000). "Patient Zero". F&SF. 99 (2): 5–21. Due, Tananarive (2001). "Patient Zero". In Dozois, Gardner (ed.). The year's best science fiction : eighteenth annual collection. St. Martin's Griffin.

Other works[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "What Is Black Horror? 'The Sunken Place' Professor Tananarive Due Explains". shadowandact.com. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  2. ^ a b Tananarive Due – Author
  3. ^ Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights, by Patricia Stephens Due and Tananarive Due (Ballantine, 2003)
  4. ^ a b Alumni News – Fall 2001
  5. ^ Mary A. Mohanraj,"Tananarive Due" in Richard Bleiler, Ed. Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror. New York: Thomson/Gale, 2003 (pp. 309–314), ISBN 9780684312507.
  6. ^ "Tananarive Due | Antioch University Los Angeles". Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  7. ^ "Past - Present Chairs". Archived from the original on 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  8. ^ a b Introduction by Gardner Dozois to "Patient Zero" by Tananarive Due in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection, p. 491.
  9. ^ "About Tananarive Due". Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  10. ^ Review of "Senora Suerte" by Eugie Foster, July 2006
  11. ^ "Tananarive Due" in Cellarius Stories, Volume 1. Cellarius, Ed., New York: 2018 (pp. 33–75, Kindle edition), ISBN 978-1-949688-02-3.
  12. ^ Words, Tananarive Due in Uncanny Magazine Issue Forty-One | 4102. "The Wishing Pool". Uncanny Magazine. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  13. ^ "Books in Brief: Fiction; Making It Big in Hair" By Charles Wilson, The New York Times, August 27, 2000.
  14. ^ 40th NAACP Image Awards Archived 2010-12-15 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Carl Brandon Society Award Winners Retrieved 3-1-2011
  16. ^ "2020 Ignyte Awards Results". FIyahCon2021. Retrieved 2022-06-17.

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