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Nzondi (Ace Antonio-Hall) is an American horror author and is the first African-American to win a Bram Stoker in a novel category. His novel Oware Mosaic won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Young Adult fiction; the most prestigious award given to horror writers in the world.


Among his many short stories that were published in anthologies and print magazines, Nzondi’s short story, “Raising Mary: Frankenstein”, was nominated for the 2016 horror story of the year for the 19th Annual Editors and Preditors Readers Poll.


A former Director of Education for NYC schools and the Sylvan Learning Center, the award-winning educator earned a BFA from Long Island University.

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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


Length: 3:07



Ace Antonio-Hall

Alain LaPorte

Fredro Starr


Vocals: Nzondi

Guitars/Bass: Alain LaPorte

Drums: Dave Moreno


Producer: Nzondi


Mixed by: Stephen Villanueva (Los Angeles) & D’Anthony Johnson (New York)


Mastered by: Chris Gehringer, Sterling Sound Studios, NY.


Album Cover Artist: Kwan Lee

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