Salsa Nocturna by Daniel José Older

A 300 year-old story collector enlists the help of the computer hacker next door to save her dying sister. A half-resurrected cleanup man for Death’s sprawling bureaucracy faces a phantom pachyderm, doll-collecting sorceresses and his own ghoulish bosses. Gordo, the old Cubano that watches over the graveyards and sleeping children of Brooklyn, stirs and lights another Malagueña. Down the midnight streets of New York, a whole invisible universe churns to life in Daniel José Older’s debut collection of ghost noir.

“…striking and original … [Older has] secured himself a place among the rising stars of the genre.”

~ Publishers Weekly


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“These are stories of the magic in cities, of the life in death, of the hope that even the most cynical of people still feel deep down. It had everything I wanted: noir and horror and mystery and fantasy, all mixed up and flavored with fresh attitude. And I loved every bit of it.”

~ NK Jemisin

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Introduction – Sheree Renée Thomas
“Salsa Nocturna”
“Skin Like Porcelain Death”
“The Collector”
“Graveyard Waltz”
“Protected Entity”
“Red Feather & Bone”
“The Passing”
“Tall Walkin’ Death”
“Love is a Fucking River”
“Forgive Me My Tangents”
“Phantom Overload”

Cover pic: “Brooklyn Nights #6” by Saddi Khali

ISBN-13: 978-0615624457
ISBN-10: 0615624456
Pages: 144
Edited by Kay T. Holt
Release date: Friday, July 13, 2012

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For review copies please contact Bart Leib at publicity @ crossedgenres . com.

About the Author

Daniel José Older is a writer, composer and paramedic living in Brooklyn, New York. He has facilitated workshops on music and anti-oppression organizing at public schools, religious houses, universities, and prisons. His soul band Ghost Star performs original multimedia theater productions about New York history around the city.

His short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Flash Fiction, Crossed Genres, The Innsmouth Free Press, and the anthology Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm. He has been a featured reader at The New York Review of Science Fiction and Sheree Renée Thomas’ Black Pot Mojo Reading Series. Daniel is currently working towards his MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

You can read his ridiculous and true ambulance adventures at and hear his music at

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“Every one of these single stories is like a cool tune that starts off in a steady, melancholic and low key rhythm of a blues, then jazzes up the mood with some well placed beats and chords and finally goes all funky, wrecking tear-jerking havoc. It’s not all the same, of course. Each story has it’s own distinct song.”

~ Vanilla Moon

“The genius of [Salsa Nocturna] is that is can be read as both pulp fiction and literature: as detective noir with a ghost twist, or as an allegorical commentary on issues ranging from gentrification to cultural appropriation.”

~ Carolyn Edgar

“I was left desperate to know what happens next. If Salsa Nocturna is Act 1, it has done one hell of a job getting me pumped for Act 2.”

~ Leonicka Valcius

Leonicka’s [Mini] Review [in pictures]

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