Daniel Jose Older's picture

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of Half-Resurrection Blues (book one of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguins Roc Books) and the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastics Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a rising star of the genre after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniels band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at ghoststar.net/, on youtube and @djolder on twitter.

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Children's Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
thumbthumbno image available
   Sea Girl (2017)
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   Long Hidden (2014) (with Rose Fox)
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2016) : Shadowshaper
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2016) : Shadowshaper

Daniel José Older recommends
Song of Blood & Stone (2015)
(Earthsinger Chronicles, book 1)
L Penelope
"Song of Blood and Stone is a thrilling and complex journey through a beautifully rendered world that is imaginative, magical, and eerily similar to our own. A terrific read!"
A Conspiracy of Stars (2018)
(Faloiv, book 1)
Olivia A Cole
"A Conspiracy of Stars takes you on a thrilling journey filled with cool science, amazing monsters, and vivid, lovable characters. It strikes that perfect balance of great storytelling and hard truthtelling. Jump in and enjoy the ride!"
The Belles (2018)
(Belles , book 1)
Dhonielle Clayton
"The Belles is full of political drama, palace intrigue, complex and corrupt characters, and deadly betrayals-what better tale for our modern day? Get wrapped up and swept away in this wild and unpredictable new world of fashion, magic, and murder."
Freshwater (2018)
Akwaeke Emezi
"With this stunning debut, Akwaeke Emezi has blessed us with nothing less than a masterpiece. Freshwater is a journey of loss and reconciliation, home and heartbreak, and ultimately a survivor’s guide to harmonizing spirit and flesh. Quite simply a gorgeous, elegant, and brutal work of truthtelling. To repeat: A masterpiece."
Children of Blood and Bone (2018)
(Legacy of Orisha, book 1)
Tomi Adeyemi
"A magnificent, heartrending, earthshaking debut."
The Poet X (2018)
Elizabeth Acevedo
"A glorious achievement. This is a story about what it means to be a writer and how to survive when it feels like the whole world’s turned against you."
Trail of Lightning (2018)
(Sixth World, book 1)
Rebecca Roanhorse
"Fun, terrifying, hilarious and brilliant."
The Storm Runner (2018)
(Storm Runner, book 1)
J C Cervantes
"The Storm Runner takes us on a wild thrill ride through the Southwest, Los Angeles, and the spirit realm amidst all-night diners, delicious cups of hot chocolate, and Maya deities. A terrific read leading to an explosive page-turner of a finale!"
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (2019)
(Dead Djinn Universe)
P Djèlí Clark
"P. Djeli Clark once again blends his brilliant imagination with a thoughtful and complex historical analysis -- not to mention plenty of heart -- to weave a breathtaking tale of cities, spirits, friendship, and society. I love this story so much and couldn't stop reading it, and I can't wait to see what Clark does next!"
A Song Below Water (2020)
(Song Below Water, book 1)
Bethany C Morrow
"I love this book so, so much! Bethany C. Morrow delivers a blistering modern classic with this gorgeous tale of friendship and power. A Song Below Water somehow manages to be intensely happy and sad at the same time and all in the balance of great, riveting storytelling. The best YA novel I've read all year."
Master of Poisons (2020)
Andrea Hairston
"A heartbreaking, game-changing, life-affirming, truth-telling powerhouse."
Never Look Back (2020)
Lilliam Rivera
"As brutal as it is beautiful, Dealing in Dreams pulls no punches, launching us on a wild, relentless ride through the cutthroat streets of this brilliantly-realized dystopian world."
Wings of Ebony (2021)
(Wings of Ebony, book 1)
J Elle
"A remarkable, breathtaking, earthshaking, poetic thrillride bristling with magic, life, and so much love. Rue and her incredible adventures will change the world."
Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa (2022)
(Pilar Ramirez Duology, book 1)
Julian Randall
"I love this book so much. Julian Randall is a brilliant, refreshing new voice in young people's literature and he has imbued this story with a whole mountain of love, humor, honesty, and adventure. Pa'lante!"

Visitors also looked at these authors

About Fantastic Fiction       Information for Authors