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Before Buffy, before Twilight, before Octavia Butler s Fledgling, there was The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez s sexy vampire novel The Gilda Stories is groundbreaking not just for the wild lives it portrays, but for how it portrays them communally, unapologetically, roaming fiercely over space and time Emma Donoghue, author of Room Jewelle Gomez sees right into the heaBefore Buffy, before Twilight, before Octavia Butler s Fledgling, there was The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez s sexy vampire novel The Gilda Stories is groundbreaking not just for the wild lives it portrays, but for how it portrays them communally, unapologetically, roaming fiercely over space and time Emma Donoghue, author of Room Jewelle Gomez sees right into the heart This is a book to give to those you want most to find their own strength Dorothy AllisonThis remarkable novel begins in 1850s Louisiana, where Gilda escapes slavery and learns about freedom while working in a brothel After being initiated into eternal life as one who shares the blood by two women there, Gilda spends the next two hundred years searching for a place to call home An instant lesbian classic when it was first published in 1991, The Gilda Stories has endured as an auspiciously prescient book in its explorations of blackness, radical ecology, re definitions of family, and yes, the erotic potential of the vampire story.Jewelle Gomez is a writer, activist, and the author of many books including Forty Three Septembers, Don t Explain, The Lipstick Papers, Flamingoes and Bears, and Oral Tradition The Gilda Stories was the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards, and was adapted for the stage by the Urban Bush Women theater company in thirteen United States cities.Alexis Pauline Gumbs was named one of UTNE Reader s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World, a Reproductive Reality Check Shero, a Black Woman Rising nominee, and was awarded one of the first ever Too Sexy for 501c3 trophies She lives in Durham, North Carolina.More praise for The Gilda Stories Jewelle s big hearted novel pulls old rhythms out of the earth, the beauty shops and living rooms of black lesbian herstory, expressed by the dazzling vampire Gilda Her resilience is a testament to black queer women s love, power, and creativity Brilliant Joan Steinau Lester, author of Black, White, Other In sensuous prose, Jewelle Gomez uses the vampire story as a vehicle for a re telling of American history in which the disenfranchised finally get their say Her take on queerness, community, and the vampire legend is as radical and relevant as ever Michael Nava, author of The City of Palaces I devoured the 25th anniversary edition of Jewelle Gomez s The Gilda Stories with the same venal hunger as I did when I first read it I still feel a connection to Gilda her tenacity, her desire for community, her insistence on living among humanity with all its flaws and danger The Gilda Stories are both classic and timely Gilda emphasizes the import of tenets at the crux of black feminism while her stories ring with the urgency of problems that desperately need to be resolved in our current moment Theri A Pickens, author of New Body Politics This revolutionary classic by a pioneer in black speculative fiction will delight and inspire generations to come Tananarive Due, author of Ghost Summer The Gilda Stories was ahead of its time when it was first published in 1991, and this anniversary edition reminds us why it s still an important novel Gomez s characters are rooted in historical reality yet lift seductively out of it, to trouble traditional models of family, identity, and literary genre and imagine for us bold new patterns A lush, exciting, inspiring read Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet its focus on a black lesbian who possesses considerable agency througout the centuries, and its commentary on gender and race, remain significant and powerful Publishers Weekly


  • Title: The Gilda Stories
  • Author: Jewelle L. Gómez Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • ISBN: 9780872866744
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Jewelle L. Gómez Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Jewelle Gomez b 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts is an American writer and cultural worker.Gomez was raised by her great grandmother, Grace, who was born on Indian land in Iowa to an African American mother and Ioway father Grace returned to New England before she was 14 when her father died and was married to John E Morandus, a Wampanoag and descendent of Massasoit, the sachem for whom Massachusetts was named.Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s she was shaped socially and politically by the close family ties with her great grandmother, Grace and grandmother Lydia Their history of independence as well as marginalization in an African American community are threaded throughout her work Her high school and college years were ripe with Black political and social movements which is reflected in much of her writing Subsequent years in New York City placed her at the heart of Black theatre including work with the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop and many years as a stage manager for off Broadway productions.There she became involved in lesbian feminist activism and magazine publication She was a member of the Conditions magazine Collective, a lesbian feminist literary magazine More recent writing has begun to reflect her Native American Ioway, Wampanoag heritage Her work lives at the intersection of these multiple ethnicities, the ideals of lesbian feminism and class.Gomez is the author of seven books, but is most known for the double Lambda Literary Award winning novel The Gilda Stories Firebrand Books, 1991 This novel, which reframes the traditional vampire mythology, taking a lesbian feminist perspective, is an adventure about an escaped slave who comes of age over two hundred years According to scholar, Elyce Rae Helford, Each stage of Gilda s personal voyage is also a study of life as part of multiple communities, all at the margins of mainstream white middle class America UTOPIAN STUDIES, 3.22.01 She also authored the theatrical adaptation of the novel Bones and Ash which toured 13 U.S cities performed by the Urban Bush Women Company 1996 The book, which remains in print, was also issued by the Quality Paperback Book Club in an edition including the play.Her other books include Don t Explain, a collection of short fiction 43 Septembers, a collection of personal political essays Oral Tradition, poems collected and new.Her fiction and poetry is included in over one hundred anthologies including the first anthology of Black speculative fiction, Dark Matter A Century of African American Speculative Fiction, from Warner Books, edited by Sheree R Thomas Home Girls a Black feminist Anthology from Kitchen Table Women of Color Press and Best American Poetry of 2001 edited by Robert Haas.Gomez has written literary and film criticism for numerous publications including The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, Ms Magazine and Black Scholar.She s been interviewed in periodicals and journals over the past 25 years including Advocate, where writer Victoria Brownworth discussed her writing origins and political insterests September 21, 1993 In the Journal of Lesbian Studies Vol 5, 3 she was interviewed for an article entitled Funding Lesbian Activism, which linked her career in philanthropy with her political roots She s also interviewed in the 1999 film produced for Public Television, After Stonewall, directed by John Scagliotti.Her newest work includes a forthcoming comic novel, Televised, which recounts the lives of survivors of the Black Nationalist movement and was excerpted in the anthology Gumbo edited by Marita Golden and E Lyn Harris.She is also authoring a play about James Baldwin being written in collaboration with a Harry Waters



Comments The Gilda Stories

  • Jesse

    As I enthusiastically told friends I was reading and immensely enjoying this cycle of lesbian vampire stories, I would get vaguely patronizing smiles in response–I guess anything vampire-related gets that reaction these days–forcing me to trumpet all the more Gomez’s dazzling ability to intricately braid together the stuff of history, race, desire, time, and (im)mortality into a series of narratives that are not only compulsively entertaining to read, but poignant and thought provoking as [...]


  • True Reader

    First and foremost, I am not one for vampire novels. Vampires on the silver screen, or even the TV, I can deal with. But I’m afraid Stephanie Meyer ruined vampire literature for me. If you’re a Twilight fan, I’m very sorry, but I deplore the entire series for a number of reason–if you’d like them, well, leave some comments and I’ll write up a separate post for that. Anyway… the vampires I like are the ones from Buffy the Vampire Slayer–Spike, I’ll find a leather jacket like you [...]


  • Cheryl

    Yes, my spouse got me to read another novel! When left to my own devises, I tend to stay up into the wee hours of the morning and don't rise again until well into the afternoon, I hate garlic, and I avoid direct sun exposure. These and other habits might expose me as a vampire, except that the closest I come to drinking blood is an occasional glass of sangria. I'm not really interested in the vampire genre of popular literature, but this one is different. Vampire literature is usually about how [...]


  • Tori

    "Some are said to live through the energy of fear. That is their sustenance more than the sharing. The truth is we hunger for connection to life, but it needn't be through horror or destruction. Those are just the easiest links to evoke. Once learned, this lesson mustn't be forgotten. To ignore it, to wallow in death as the white man has done, can only bring bitterness."This book is amazing, the characters are lovely and the vampire mythology is completely turned on its head to serve Gomez's pur [...]


  • Anna

    ‘The Gilda Stories’ are a series of tales stretching across 200 years and following an escaped slave, who is renamed Gilda when she becomes a vampire. Gilda and her vampire compatriots are thoughtful in their approach to immortality and careful in their taking of blood. Those vampires that Gilda associates with do not kill their victims, but rather leave them with something in return for their blood, like a pleasant dream. I enjoyed the atmosphere of this novel and its sense of history’s p [...]


  • Shalon Lippert

    I couldn't get past the 2nd "episode". I found the whole thing terribly boring and realized it was time to give up when I started skimming whole paragraphs. The narrative was too slow and internal and the language and ideas were repetitive, fixating on the same things again and again: family, exile, the past, sharing, social fabric, oral tradition blah blah blah. The story didn't seem to move and felt like I was turning a lump of lead over and over expecting to find something different on the ot [...]


  • M.

    I wanted to love this but found the protagonist pretty dull and too right all the time. My illustrious book club co-leader Liza pointed out that Gilda functions as a Black lesbian superhero which I get behind 110%; would love to see this as a graphic novel or movie--lots of action and so much scene; transhistorical storyline; epic potential! As a book, the language and description kinda drag and the protag has too much darn integrity to fully capture my interest.


  • Glaiza

    *For an own voices perspective, read the amazing review over atThe Black Lesbian Literary Collective!*Growth, survival, family and unquestioned lesbian love are key touch stones in this Intersectional Feminist vampire classic. Cont'd on the blog: paperwanderer.wordpress/2


  • Kelly W.

    I first became aware of this book after several conversations with a friend/colleague, who is writing a dissertation chapter about The Gilda Stories. For whatever reason, I wasn’t aware that the book was about vampires - much less lesbian vampires. I just had a vague idea of speculative fiction floating in my mind, so when I actually realized what was going on, I was even more excited to read the book. If you’re a fan of lgbt+ literature, I’d highly recommend giving this book a try, even i [...]


  • Alicia

    Quite a different vampire story! Reading this book gave me warm, cozy feelings, and I could relate to Gilda's desire to find a home for herself among the people she loves. A nice slow-paced and thoughtful read.


  • Ming

    [This was the first book I read on a e-reader. It went very quickly, perhaps too quickly. I felt I was eating empty calories or swallowing without chewing. I did greatly appreciate the magnification and the bright backlight of the e-reader. But at what cost or tradeoff to the reading enjoyment? I remain quite agnostic about reading in this format. Please recognize these factors in my review. ]I enjoyed the story and the writing. I think the premise of an escaped African slave who becomes a vampi [...]


  • l.

    The episodal thing didn't quite work for me tbh. Still, really interesting.


  • Melinda

    I really liked the gilda stories. It made me crave more. I wanted to know more about gilda's family. I wanted to see her interact with them more. Her journey is one of solitude when she craves others deeply. That craving is what makes you want to know more about those she craves. She grows so that the desire doesn't make her feel empty. It's as if her craving is transferred to the reader and therefore she doesn't have to explain the others who filter in and out of her world. I want to own my own [...]


  • LaToya Hankins

    As an avid lover of vampire literature and an avowed fan of black lesbian writings, I was pleased to receive The Gilda Story as a holiday present. I had heard so much about the novel but ironically, didn't know too much about the novel. I was surprised and impressed by the writing and the character development. Each era Gilda exists in feels completely fleshed out through Gomez's attention to details and exceptionally crafted passages. The book takes the reader throughout the United States over [...]


  • Kathy

    This story was about a group of Vampyre that had "family units", I guess you can say that they were more refined. Gilda was the name of a very "Old" vampyre how lived in pre Civil War Louisiana. She rescued a young slve girl that had been discovered by a man hiw was prepring to rape her. Gilda rescued her and brought her into her home which was a brothel. "Girl as she was called lived with them as a part of the family. To undestand this unique story I suggest you rad it. Being a big fan of LA Ba [...]


  • Lily

    The Gilda Stories, a novel about vampires, but much more is a story about longing, living in the past, trying to define oneself by criteria that is inconsistent with the reality of one's existence. Gilda moves though her life, extended through vampirism, searching for a place to call home and wanting a lover who will never leave. Her conflict is her inability to leave her life as a human behind and take on the characteristics of a vampire's life. Gomez's writing is concise and gripping. I enjoye [...]


  • Shawnta

    The Gilda Stories is like a meal. I am still so full from its depth. The writing is refreshingly dense, and I would prefer it no other way. Still, I can feel the dripping of blood as if I am the pourous skin it lay upon. I am shuddering from the newfound ability to communicate with women, as naturally as we ought to, without the use of words. Thank you Jewel Gomez. I never want to finish this novel, as I'd like for it to walk with me forever.


  • G.L. Morrison

    This is the ultimate in vampire novels. Thoughtful, engaging and virulently curious about history, identity, and possibilities. Gilda is THE vampire.I'm excited to see the Gilda Stories taking new life in various mediums. It's a mesmerizing read. I dream in Gilda.


  • Nora

    If you want to read a groundbreaking feminist novel about an African-American lesbian vampire, now in its twentieth year of being in print, then what are you waiting for? Jewelle Gomez is an inspiration to me.


  • Kelly

    A subversive and exhilarating read!(Full disclosure: I received a free book for review from the publisher. Trigger warning for violence, including rape.)“Why do you say others may kill and we must not?”“Some are said to live through the energy of fear. That is their sustenance more than sharing. The truth is we hunger for connection to life, but it needn’t be through horror or destruction. Those are just the easiest links to evoke. Once learned, this lesson mustn’t be forgotten. To ign [...]


  • Juushika

    A runaway slave becomes a vampire, beginning a multi-century narrative which ranges across the United States. Her tale is told through connected short stories, most of which focus on periods of transition, a choice which feels less like a "best of" reel but instead provides views from the margins: a glimpse of an ending, the anticipation of a beginning, but no particular investment in the now. It makes the scope of the simultaneously historical and futuristic narrative more accessible, but at th [...]


  • Leah

    The Gilda Stories contains a cycle of episodes in different times, following from the beginning the long life of Gilda, a vampire who floats through mortal life and finds her own belonging and purpose among both mortal and immortals.When I first added this book to my list to read, I didn't know it was about vampires. All I knew was that it was an older wlw story and I fully expected it to be, well, kind of boring. It absolutely was nothing of the sort.I'm still reeling at the fact that a book li [...]


  • Nicole Lisa

    This story about a formerly enslaved creative black women lesbian vampire must have been radical when it was published in 1991. Hell, it's still radical in 2017. Maybe more radical than in 2016. Anyway. It was interesting to trace Gilda's story through what Alexis Pauline Gumbs calls subcultural spaces, "brothels, gold rush bars, black women's uplift clubs beauty salons" in the afterword and to see how she is creative in each of the eras the story is set in--when creativity is something the main [...]


  • Robin

    Well that took a fucking turn at the end!While I was drawn pretty immediately into the first story, I will admit to my interest flagging toward the end of the first story and through the second one. The later stories really make up for it though. Expect sparse, blunt prose - Gomez does this on purpose, I think, because she certainly is capable of poetry. The stark prose makes it a lot easier to see the message. This was written in the 80s or early 90s but wow that message is still important toda [...]


  • Nikki

    This was on display as a suggested read at our local library, and I picked it up because it had good reviews & an unusual and intriguing mix of themes - historical fiction with a black lesbian vampire heroine seemed like an idea with potential ;-) The back cover blurb's mention of the book exploring the "erotic potential of the vampire story" did have me wondering whether it would be written for cheap thrills, but actually - despite much of the initial section taking place in a brothel - it [...]


  • Laura

    This was my first read of this classic - and I feel that it is a story that can be read over and over.Written before the current popularity in vampire stories - it makes it's own rules for the genre. Most obviously to centre the story around the stories of queer women of colour - although that is just the icing on the cake. There are many things that this story is and is about - for me in this read through I connected to the themes of roots/rootlessness, home and personal identity.


  • Elena

    I'm so glad this reprint was published - I've been trying to get my hands on a copy of this book for ages. The directness of the writing and the careful attention to social and psychological dynamics are reminiscent of Octavia Butler - although Gomez doesn't quite have Butler's mastery of the form. The question of how to build utopic communities in the midst of dystopia is as pertinent as ever.


  • Michelle

    I liked the ideas, the writing, and the intention behind this story, but Gomez skips through time in such a way that none of the character development feels earned, and none of the sections in time feels complete. Some characters that supposedly are a huge influence in Gilda's life are barely fleshed out before we leave them.


  • Fei

    stories about ageless black lesbian vampire traveling across time and space? yes definitely


  • RJ

    A must read!


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