Born Acemandese Nzondi Hall on the Fourth of July, Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall) is an American science fiction/horror author, singer/songwriter and recording artist. He is the first African-American to win a Bram Stoker Award in a novel category for his young adult book, Oware Mosaic. The Bram Stoker Award is the most prestigious award given to horror writers in the world.
A former English teacher and Director of Education for NYC schools and the Sylvan Learning Center, Nzondi earned a BFA from Long Island University. Crossroad Press reprinted his novel Oware Mosaic in 2023. His zombie novel, Lipstick Asylum, (Omnium Gatherum Media, 2021) and his other works can be found on his website: AAntonioHall (dot) com.
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The rock singer, songwriter and Bram Stoker Award-winning author wrote, performed and produced the alternative rock song “Teenage RockStarr”. It features Dave Moreno (Puddle of Mudd) on drums. Both the radio and the clean versions feature Dave as the drummer but the clean version also features Hip Hop icon/actor, Fredro Starr from the legendary group Onyx.
Influenced by mostly Seattle-bred bands like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Jimi Hendrix Experience and Nirvana, Nzondi’s “Teenage RockStarr” carries the energy of a Red Hot Chili Peppers-charged track.
Nzondi is also the first African-American to win the most prestigious award in horror for a novel category, the Bram Stoker. “Teenage RockStarr” was inspired by a character in Nzondi’s upcoming vampire book called “Demons for Hire”.
In September 2022, Nzondi graced the front cover for the Opal and E.G.O. magazines as the Author of the Month and “A Global Sensation” respectively.
About Teenage RockStarr (feat Fredro Starr) by Nzondi:
Record Label/Distributor: Triumphant T.M.E./Worldwide Music Distribution
Guitars/Bass: Alain LaPorte
Drums: Dave Moreno
Mixed by: Stephen Villanueva (Los Angeles) & D’Anthony Johnson (New York)
Mastered by: Chris Gehringer, Sterling Sound Studios, NY.
Album Cover Artist: Kwan Lee