Mat Johnson is an American novelist, editor, essayist, and graphic novel writer. In 2011, he was awarded the Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
"What I discovered during my studies in Poe's and other early Americans' texts was the intellectual source of racial Whiteness. Here, in these pages, was the very fossil record of how this odd and illogical sickness formed. Here was the twisted mythic underpinnings of modern racial thought that could never before be dismantled because we were standing on them."