Aww man what a week. Just caught this via the Carl Brandon Society’s Twitter:
It is with profound sadness that we have to inform you that our beloved sister and friend, Leslie Esdaile, (“L.A. Banks”) is most gravely ill. She has been diagnosed with late stage adrenal cancer.
She is facing an uphill battle in her struggle with serious illness. Please know that as Leslie needs all of her energy in this fight, she is absolutely not able to receive visitors, answer emails, texts or phone calls, or receive flowers. What she is able to receive is your continued prayers.
Also, Leslie’s medical expenses are mounting at an astronomical rate. If you wish to assist Leslie, a fund has been established to help with these ever increasing expenses. If you wish to send donations (please note that donations are not tax-deductible). For further information on how to donate, please see the donations page.
If you haven’t read L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress series, you need to go pick up Minion now. Well, after you donate. Damali Richards is everything a #sablefangyrl could want out of black feminist speculative fiction. Sexual, vulnerable, powerful, unambiguously (and unapologetically) afro-diasporic, she was the first alternative reality/urban fantasy/horror heroine I ever identified with. She is real.
L.A. Banks also dabbles in werewolf horror and more.
Read, donate and please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
The Sable Fan Gyrl