In the tradition of satirical works of Swift and Twain, with nods to the likes of William Burroughs, Asimov and Philip K. Dick, these tales contain vigilante First Ladies, Supreme Court judges who can clone themselves, gear-popping robots of doom, and races of ancient lizard people revealing their true master plan. . . and these are just the tame ones mashed up in the blender of fake news bots, climate change is but a hoax by the Chinese and humans roamed with dinosaurs.
THE OBAMA INHERITANCE editor Gary Phillips is a critically acclaimed author of mystery and graphic novels (Peepland, Violent Spring and Warlord of Willow Ridge). Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Phillips draws on his experiences from anti-police abuse community organizing and anti-apartheid activism. He was the chair of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color committee, and is president of the Private Eye Writers of America.
It was a cumulative thing really. There was no one particular right-wing, whacked-out conspiracy theory about Obama that stayed with me more than any of the others during his presidency. He was born in Kenya into a secret Muslim sect; had his grandma killed to cover up the truth about his birth; used secret weather machines to cause Hurricane Sandy, and on and on.
To many of us, the daily roll out of these preposterous notions about the nation’s first black president was laughable. But damned if these bizarro scenarios crept in from the fringes to find purchase on outlets like Breitbart, Alex Jones and what have you. . . .
This collection is a nod to the Great Depression pulps of the 1930s, portrayals of the odd and the strange, lost worlds and larger than life characters, has a soundtrack by Parliament/Funkadelic and Hendrix, and is inhabited by the sensibilities of the hardboiled and the damned. In The Obama Inheritance, in an era that might be cast as the depths of the Great Deception, you’ll discover sobering truths amid the fantastic fictions these new pulp stories deliver from the first page on.
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