Tananarive Due Producer, Horror Writer and Afrofuturist, American Book Award Winner

About the Author

Tananarive Due is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism courses at UCLA. As an executive producer, she played a pivotal role in Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. Collaborating with her husband, Steven Barnes, Due co-authored the episode “A Small Town” for Season 2 of Jordan Peele’s “The Twilight Zone” on Paramount Plus. Additionally, the pair contributed two segments to Shudder’s anthology film, Horror Noire, and penned the Black Horror graphic novel, The Keeper, illustrated by Marco Finnegan.

As a leading voice in Black speculative fiction for over two decades, Due’s accolades include the American Book Award, NAACP Image Award, and British Fantasy Award. Her works have been featured in best-of-the-year anthologies, showcasing the depth of her literary impact. Notable titles in her repertoire include Ghost Summer: Stories, My Soul to Keep, and The Good House. In collaboration with her late mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due, she co-authored Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights.

Her latest work, The Reformatory, was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Notable Book and received the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel, the Los Angeles Times 2023 Book Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction, and the 2024 Chautauqua Prize. In the book, Due delves into haunting historical fiction, unraveling the untold story of a long-forgotten relative. The narrative sheds light on the tragedies of the infamous Dozier School for Boys, exposing a chapter of history her family had chosen to keep in the shadows.

Due is not only a celebrated author but also an experienced speaker, having graced platforms such as the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival and Buzzfeed. Her podcast, “Lifewriting: Write for Your Life!”—co-hosted with her husband—offers engaging conversations with notable figures like Patton Oswalt, Roy Wood Jr., Rodney Barnes, and Bryan Fuller, providing unique insights into screenwriting and what it takes to break into Hollywood.

Suggested Topics

  • Afrofuturism
  • Black Horror
  • Life Writing
  • Producing and Screenwriting
  • Black History

Raves and Reviews

Praise for The Reformatory

A riveting masterpiece that manages to be both heartwarming and chilling…literally impossible to stop reading.”

Locus Magazine

You’re in for a treat The Reformatory is one of those books you can’t put down. Tananarive Due hit it out of the park.”

—Stephen King

One of the best novels published in 2023. A superb mix of literary fiction, horror, and historical fiction.”

—Gabino Iglesias,, NPR Books

The Reformatory is a masterpiece — a new American classic of the uncanny. I was gripped from the first lines to the catch-your-breath desperation of the final pages. Even in the tale’s grimmest moments, Tananarive Due insists on the almost supernatural power of simple kindness. You have to read this book.”

—Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman

Moby Dick might have flipped America on its back to show the rotting underbelly, but The Reformatory‘s looking just as closely at our bad history, and somehow finding the heart beating underneath it all. This is the novel I’ve been waiting for. It breaks your heart, but it also holds it together.”

Stephen Graham Jones, bestselling author of The Only Good Indians, and My Heart is a Chainsaw

An epic novel of horror and real history. Tananarive Due displays all her powers as a master of the form, there’s frights and chills and also so much love. I tore through this book. This novel is a straight up masterpiece, it should be read and remembered for a long time.”

Victor LaValle, bestselling author of The Changeling, and Lone Women

Tananarive Due at her best. Hallucinatory, haunting, terrifying and moving, a tour de force of a novel.”

S. A. Cosby, bestselling author of All the Sinners BleedRazorblade Tears, and Blacktop

The writing here is spectacular; the pacing, engrossing; the setting, heartbreaking but honest; and the characters are given a nuance and depth rarely seen… A masterpiece of fiction.”

Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

With fully realized characters and well-placed twists, Due ratchets up the tension until the final, extraordinary showdown.”


A vividly realized page-turner, which is at once an ingenious ghost story, a white-knuckle adventure, and an illuminating if infuriating look back at a shameful period in American jurisprudence.”

Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Her fiction is always powerful, and The Reformatory promises to be her most moving—and horrifying—tale yet.”


One of the greatest living horror writers…Sure to be as powerful as it is haunting.”


Due knocks it out of the park every damn time.”

Book Riot

Praise for My Soul to Take

Pain, joy, love, madness, and ancient secrets rampage through this smart, beautifully-paced book. Tananarive Due is one of the great heroines of our literature.”

Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of A Dark Matter

Brilliant, moody, dark and delicious, My Soul To Take is Tananarive Due’s best so far, and that is saying a LOT. Absolutely recommended.”

Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The King of Plagues and Dust & Decay

The world of My Soul to Take is so enchantingly drawn I could not help but be caught in its spell. From California to Ethiopia to Mexico, Tananarive Due takes you on a nonstop ride that will leave you breathless.”

—Dolen Perkins-Valdez, New York Times bestselling author of Wench

An engrossing—can’t put it down—spooky, sexy, intelligent whirlwind of a ride.”

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Praise for Joplin’s Ghost

Due shows herself true to her own powerful gift.”

Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

[M]ore than just a ghost story is Due’s sense of musical and cultural history…Even while she brings to life Scott Joplin the man, Due makes us appreciate Scott Joplin the icon, the symbol. This understanding gives Joplin’s Ghost its haunting power.”

The Washington Post

In this ambitious and action-packed novel, Tananarive Due blurs genre boundaries as adroitly as her ghost walks through walls. Part love story, part ghost story, part historical fiction, part contemporary adult drama, this book is difficult to categorize—and impossible to put down.”

Valerie Boyd, author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

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