Think a small-town girl who grew up around rootworkers and hoodoo practitioners might have a new take on horror?
She is the recipient of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Diverse Worlds grant for 2016.
Pull up a rocking chair and sit a spell. Soak in these twelve tales of Southern Gothic horror:
A woman’s search for her mother drags her into the binding embrace of a monster, a witchdoctor’s young niece tells him a life-altering secret, a man’s beachfront home becomes the site of his worst nightmare, an investigator who knows how to keep a 100% confession rate….
These are stories where the setting itself becomes a character—fog laced cemeteries, sulfur rich salt marshes—places housing creatures that defy understanding and where the grotesque and macabre are celebrated.
Spook Lights is a collection of short horror stories by Eden Royce, who was inspired by the rootworkers—Southern hoodoo magic users—she grew up around.
Also used in the collection is the Gullah language, a vibrant mix of English and several African languages formulated from the first slaves brought to the United States, still spoken today in certain parts of Charleston, South Carolina and her surrounding sea islands where Royce grew up. The language is rare to hear now, and Royce hopes this collection will renew interest in the heritage of the Gullah-Geechee people.
Those fascinated by the mystique of the South, will appreciate these tales of the Holy City at its darkest. Many readers will find the descriptions of the lives of people of color, under represented in horror fiction, a refreshing take on the genre.