Octavia Butler is the first black woman short-story writer to have been published. I have not had the pleasure of reading her other works, but Blood Child is a book I'd recommend to anyone that likes a little twist to their "nighttime" stories!
She can not only take the unreal and make it seem perfectly normal, but can take the perfectly normal and make it jaw-dropping when you least expect it!
I think that everything Butler ever wrote deserves 5 stars.
This book is much too short (as was Butler's time on this earth).
It includes five previously published stories, an autobiographical essay, an essay on writing, and two new-to-this book stories.
As well, it includes brief 'afterwords' by Butler about each piece.
Everything in the book is superb, thought-provoking and fascinating.
Stories: Bloodchild, The Evening and the Morning and the Night, Near of Kin, Speech Sounds, Crossover
Two Essays: Positive Obsession, Furor Scribendi
New Stories: Amnesty, The Book of Martha