Day 10: 29 Days of Blackness
Greg Anderson Elysee is Black History in literature personified.
In all fairness, he may be a Brooklyn Renaissance man.
More directly, Greg is a multifaceted man of the arts. He is an author, educator, filmmaker, and even a model. He has taught forms of filmmaking to educational ranges of elementary to adults for almost a decade. Also, he has written for different online publications that would include Outhousers (which he has his own column). He has even served as a muse for plenty of photographers in the NY area. In addition, Greg has done production work for short films while doing all of his literary work and modelling while educating the masses. In short, Greg has managed to keep himself preoccupied with projects and creations that allow for his creativity to spread.
The consideration that needs to be paid to Greg Anderson Elysee is his cultural inspirations. He was born in Brooklyn to Haitan lineage. When Greg was growing up, he read a lot of folktales dealing with Anansi the Spider and other characters while being immersed in Batman comics and Static Shock comics and cartoons. When his teen years hit, he found himself reading a lot of John Constantine, Brother Voodoo, and Spawn. What Greg may not have realized (as a youth) that his prior cultural cultivations would lead to inspired and distinct literary creations.
Greg Anderson Elysee’s most prized work to date is Is’Nana the Were-Spider. In fact, his Is’Nana series has won numerous Glyph Awards while following the (mis)adventures of Is’Nana and his father Anansi on journeys to correct the fabric of reality from folklore creatures that made it to the real world to wreak havoc. The most appealing part of his stories with Is’Nana and Anansi is the father-son dynamic at play while they assist unaware human beings that have no clue to the calamity that is happening. Via wit, wisdom, and whimsical care, Is’Nana tends to find a way to come out on top while acclimating himself to an unfamiliar realm: planet Earth.
There are other notable stories that Greg has written with more adult oriented, adventurous themes due to his own life and understanding. To be frank, he is a bisexual black man that does not adhere to the confines of monogamy. Those respectful considerations have helped him craft his other two books: The Gentleman: Darkness of the Void and Marassa. The Gentleman: Darkness of the Void stars Oliver (a bisexual paranormal private investigator) in a Lovecraftian horror noir with suspenseful elements around Espere St. Lanme’, the femme fatale that has a supernatural past to answer for herself. Marassa (based off of the Marassa twins of Voodoo) is an Afrofuturist swashbuckling space opera that deals with fraternal twins finding the map to their deceased parents’ lost treasure, pirates, bounty hunters, and non-monogamous love affairs. In short, Greg Anderson Elysee adds pieces of himself to his work.
Maybe the idea of Greg leading a Brooklyn Renaissance may be far fetched for some. Or maybe, with given amounts of time and effort, it could really cultivate into something more. Either situation is neither here or there. What should be noted is that Greg Anderson Elysee is a gifted literary architect of black culture and artistry. Also, there is no shortage of stories, themes, and inspiration coming from him. In fact, his stories have traversed different approaches, inspirations, and genres. Then again, seeing Greg as a Renaissance Man just may be accurate after all.
This article was written by guest author Mark Anthony Harris. Mark Anthony Harris is an educated black man. And that is pretty much what needs to be said about that part. What is most important is that he loves reading, writing, and enjoying life. He has spent many years explaining his taste in music, disdain for the ills of society, and even had a blog at one point (Chocolate Covered Lies). Follow Mark on Facebook.