Publication Order of Bone Street Rumba Books
|Anyway: Angie||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Half-Resurrection Blues||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Kia and Gio||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Ginga||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Midnight Taxi Tango||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Battle Hill Bolero||(2017)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Shadowshaper Books
|Shadowshaper||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Ghost Girl in the Corner||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
Daniel Jose Older is a male author, of Latino origin who also happens to double as a paramedic and musician. Most of the stories in Jose’s literally works are influenced to a great extent by the political, cultural and social issues in today’s world. The author currently lives in New York City in Brooklyn together with his beautiful wife. Apart from focusing his energy and skills as a writer, Daniel Jose has often constantly facilitated educative workshops on anti-oppression issues using storytelling and music at various prisons, universities, public schools and popular religious houses.
Quite a number of Daniel’s essays and short stories have appeared in various media outlets including Apex, Buzzfeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Flash Fiction, the New Haven Review, and the Innsmouth Free Press among others due to their popularity with the audience. Older was recognized as a ‘rising star of the genre’ by the Publisher’s Weekly after the release of “Salsa Nocturna” which was his first book title in the ghost noir collection.
‘Ghost Star’ which is Daniel Jose Older’s music band occasionally performs their original multimedia theater productions about New York’s vast history during various gigs around the city. Daniel collaborated in editing the popular anthology “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History.” Fans of his music and books can find all the information they need in his official website “ghoststar.net” where he uploads all his songs, book reviews and short stories. There is even an ‘ambulance stories’ section on the website dedicated solely at telling stories about his 10-year career as an emergency medical technician working in Manhattan.
In a bid to expand his writing career, Jose is currently enrolled at the Antioch University of Los Angeles, where he is working towards achieving an MFA in creative writing. Although a majority of Older’s stories are inspired by interesting experiences as a community organizer and paramedic at Brooklyn, he attributes success to great writers like Walter Mosley, Steven King, and Junot Diaz as his literal influences.
Books/Characters written by Daniel Jose Older
“The Bone Street Rhumba Series”
Half-Resurrection Blues is a unique dark urban fantasy novel about the Puerto Rican and politically aware Carlos Delacruz who is the main protagonist. Carlos is partially resurrected from a death he barely remembers becoming an inbetweener which is the name given to people with the ability to interact with both the living and the dead. Struggling to get back on his feet, he encounters other spirit friends who are just like him and they offer him a job position at the New York’s Council of the Dead (NYCOD) which is a team of creepy super agents who are responsible for sending spirits back to the underworld where they belong.
Thinking that he is the only inbetweener in the state, Carlos goes on with his normal duties only to encounter others who are walking the fine line between death and life just like him. One particular inbetweener by the name Trevor threatens his existence and that of humanity as a whole. Trevor, who is an evil sorcerer, is summoning a horde of imp-like creatures called ngks which are capable of eliminating all manner of spirits.
The ngks which are alarmingly spreading throughout the city have already done away with other NYCOD’s super agents, leaving Carlos with no choice but to desperately act and stop their evil master before he successfully opens up the entrance to the underworld destroying the essentially available balance between the living and the dead. But in his noble quest, Carlos Delacruz ends up encountering his former life and death.
Midnight Taxi Tango
The Midnight Taxi Tango which is a continuation of the ‘Bone Street Series’ is an interesting story about the continued adventures of Carlos Delacruz who is responsible for eliminating New York city’s ghost based problems. In the story, the inbetweener gets caught in the middle of gruesome and chilling paranormal accidents happening in Brooklyn’s Von King’s park, which have been responsible for taking the innocent lives of various locals and are not about to stop making him to intervene before it is too late to save the city from total destruction.
Just like any other normal individual would, Kia has been pretty shaken and equally concerned about the incidences in the park. She meets Carlos only to find him a little weird and unpredictable. Slowly the two get to know each other better and she starts seeing the world from Carlos’s unique point of view.
The Shadowshaper novel has attracted both good and bad criticisms because of the writer’s unique, but amazing choice of an Afro- Latina lead heroine. This remarkable, literally work in the urban fantasy genre is a sure page-turner that puts a strong emphasis on culture, ethnicity, and heritage. Sierra Santiago who is the main protagonist is a lady who is innocently looking forward to a fun-filled summer characterized by making great art, making out and making lots of friends in Brooklyn. All promises to go as planned until a weird- looking zombie decides to crash her first party of the season. As if this is not enough, various weird occurrences start happening indicating potential trouble.
For instance, the beautiful graffiti murals in the Bed-Stuy start to weep making her believe that some strange supernatural powers are at play. On her journey to uncover the truth, Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order going by the name Shadowshapers who have been connecting with the spirits and their supernatural world through the use of music, paintings and stories. She also gets to realize that her family is part of the group as her grandfather who was once a member of the cult had decided to share the order’s secrets with an outsider anthropologist by the name Dr. Jonathan Wick who then decided to transform the Caribbean magic into his own evil end.
Hungry for even more power, Nick tries to become the ultimate shadowshaper by eliminating all the others through killing them each at a time. Realizing that she needs to stop this madness, Sierra teams up with her loyal friends and Robbie, who is a hot graffiti artist to come up with ways to dodge Wick’s supernatural creations while harnessing her own shadowshaping abilities in the process. This is an attempt to save her family’s incredible past, present and future.Book Series In Order » Authors » Daniel Jose Older