Tenea D. Johnson’s debut novel, Smoketown, won the Parallax Award. R/evolution received an honorable mention the same year. Her short work appears in anthologies like Mothership: Tales of Afrofuturism and Beyond and Sycorax’s Daughters. She’s performed her musical stories at venues including The Public Theater and The Knitting Factory and is the founder of Progress By Design, an arts and empowerment enterprise. Her virtual home is teneadjohnson.com. Stop by anytime.
"The 14 hard-hitting, memorable short stories and prose vignettes in this powerhouse collection from Johnson (Blueprints for Better Worlds) are astounding in their originality . . . Intelligent, visceral, and gorgeously written, Johnson's work deserves a wide readership."
-- Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
"Johnson is a versatile, intelligent author; there are many strong stories in this book . . . All told, it's really breathtaking work."
- Lightspeed Magazine
"Tenea D. Johnson’s Broken Fevers is a wildly imaginative short story collection that tackles some important topics with style and delivers a healthy heaping of meaning in each narrative, regardless of length. ... Johnson has a unique voice. Her straightforward style makes her message reach readers undiluted, and these stories pack a punch. Regardless of genre of preference, there is something here for everyone, and there is also plenty to digest."
-- Gabino Iglesias, Locus Magazine
“Stories like thick dreams, stories rainbowing your thoughts into new patterns the way crystals scatter light, stories like diagrams of promises kept or buried, lost or exploded—Tenea’s Broken Fevers collection will fuel your inner truthseeker with beauty, strength, and a calm determination to carry on.”
— Nisi Shawl, author of Everfair
“Tenea Johnson’s new collection, Broken Fevers, is a wide-ranging selection of stories—science fiction, dark fantasy, horror, folk tales and mythologies, country magic—presented in clear, crisp writing, minus all affectation, and electric with undercurrents of politics, feminism, and social justice. For lovers of the short story, don’t miss this powerful voice.”
— Jeffrey Ford, author of A Natural History of Hell
“This collection of stories is unexpected and imaginative, disturbing and poignant. Each tale is a deftly crafted puzzle piece—a snapshot of life and society, where the present is tethered to the past and the future. An incredible read!”
— L. Penelope, author of Song of Blood & Stone
“Tenea D. Johnson is one of the most gifted protest singers of 21st-century speculative fiction. These stories are strong, beautiful music toward a future built by and for the people.”
— Andy Duncan, author of An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories
“Brutal, lovely and excruciating, Tenea D. Johnson’s Broken Fears is an amazing journey through your deepest fears, sorrow and beautiful pain. And you will appreciate every moment of it.”
— Dr. Chesya Burke, author of Let’s Play White
“Dazzling, gritty and provocative, this collection delivers big on style and speculative ideas. Kidnappers who recreate a Middle Passage experience for their abductees. Immortals who truck with depressed fairies in Harlem. Rebellions from above and below. Loss, joy and the truly strange collide here. These stories are so richly conceived they bring a fever to our imagination. And, best of all is Tenea D. Johnson’s razor-sharp prose.”
— Michele Tracy Berger, author of Reenu-You