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Spook Lights [PDF / Epub] ✑ Spook Lights ☄ Eden Royce – Pull up a rocking chair and sit a spell Soak in these tales of Southern Gothic horror Sinister shopkeepers whose goods hold the highest price a woman’s search for her mother drags her into the bindi Pull up a rocking chair and sit a spell Soak in these tales of Southern Gothic horror Sinister shopkeepers whose goods hold the highest price 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 an investigator who knows how to keep a % 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 grotesue and macabre are celebrated The stories are rich in flavor and clever in metaphor the horrors completely surreal or—far unnerving—all too possible She brings a refreshing perspective to the table that paranormal lovers are sure to enjoy —BD Bruns author of The Gothic Shift You can feel the warm thick air the rich history and legends the desperation of the impoverished and the deep horror of the betrayed —Roma Gray author of Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 135 pages
  • Spook Lights
  • Eden Royce
  • English
  • 13 June 2016

About the Author: Eden Royce

Eden Royce is a Freshwater Geechee from Charleston South Carolina now living in England She's the recipient of the Speculative Literature Foundation's Diverse Worlds grant for her stories featuring Gullah Geechee people traditions and folkloreWhen she's not writing she's probably roller skating watching uiz shows or perfecting her signature dish for Masterchef Sometimes all at onceFoll.

10 thoughts on “Spook Lights

  1. Paul Nelson Paul Nelson says:

    Spook Lights by Eden Royce is a collection of 12 Southern Gothic horror stories now these aren't cringe inducing gore infested ball breaking horror More a slow burning uiet horror that creeps up on you and instead of burying an axe in the back of your head gently breaths on the back of your neck while you absorb each story Waiting for the realization that somethings amiss bringing feelings of unease and softly tweaking your emotions Like any collection of so many short stories there's the ones you remember vividly ones that fade into obscurity and even the odd one that you skip through So I'll mention a couple of the ones I liked The Watered Soul is the story of a man's search for the woman who cursed him all those years ago to the edge of the Charleston marsh and an old fish shack amidst the biting flies the oppressive heat and the stealthy gators avoiding the handbag brigade Lucious was cursed for eternity a difficult burden to live with and he wants out In Rhythm David attempts to summon spirit goddess Ezili Danto for guidance and a little thing called revenge And The Choking Kind sees Grace attend the burial of her Father she is drawn to the grave of her Mother who everyone says is dead but is she really Spook Lights captures the atmosphere of the South perfectly the heat the characters and something else black magic witchery and sorcery It did feel maybe a little too easy though as if conjuring something otherworldly was as difficult as a walk in the park One of those collections that didn't uite maintain the good work throughoutAlso posted at

  2. Sara Sara says:

    This collection of short stories is billed as “Southern Gothic Horror” and I will attest that the description is perfect They range from strange to bizarre and from freakish to aberrant I am not a fan of horror so it is no surprise that some of these were just too far over the top for my tastes but than feeling horror I felt an urge to laugh They were so improbable indeed impossible that they didn’t stir any fear; I would say they were campy There were several that were exceptionally well done Hag Ride Path of the War Chief and The Choking Kind were the most appealing to me The only lesson I would take from the collection is beware of strong women; doesn’t pay to cross them

  3. Amber Amber says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as a prize in a book contest I entered at the author's book launch party this monthSpook Lights Southern Gothic Horror explores the Supernatural and beyond in the south inspired by the author's hometown of Charleston with stories from Hags who suck the life out of men to an Indian warrior's journey to become chief of her tribe Sea Sirens and If you'd like to know what type of stories are in this collection read it for yourself and find out This was my first read from author Eden Royce and it was pretty good I first heard about her work during the Night of the Storytellers episode she participated in on the Charred Remains online radio show on blogtalkradio where she read an excerpt from her book Containment and it was pretty good I finally got a chance to check her work out with this collection after I attended her Book launch party of this book on Facebook and won it after entering a American Gothic trivia contest on the event page Definitely check this book out It is intense horrifying will send chills down your spine and won't let you put it down until you have finished If you enjoy horror and short stories be sure to check this out and add this to your book collection You can find this book on and Lulu

  4. Latasha Latasha says:

    i loved these stories but what i would love even is an audio book Get someone with the accent to read these and it would be gold i loved the folklore in these stories the dialect all of it

  5. Perry Lake Perry Lake says:

    Many novels I find are over written and padded That's one reason I prefer short stories That way when the author has written everything she needs to write she stops Or correctly she moves on to the next storyAlso I've always felt that the premiere venue for horror is the short story In a well written short story every word is engineered to bring the reader to a horrific revelation In a novel the extra space to expand upon details often gives us a lot of expanded details“Spook Lights” is not only a nice collection of stories about Voodoo and zombies and curses it's a door onto another world showing us life in the Deep South by the light of a gibbous moon Most of the tales focus on black women of the South but anyone can relate to the humanity and horror shown hereIn her preface Royce makes a great deal of the Southern setting of her stories and it's true that she knows her settings firsthand But those settings are not strictly limited to the Charleston area Some of these stories take place in Haiti or the Gullah islands and a couple of them could be set anywhere in suburban America“The Watered Soul” a reference to the belief that souls are combinations of water—earthly desires—and fire—the spiritual aspect is a tale of an immortal who wearies of the gift It's been done before by Mary Shelley Nathaniel Hawthorne Chelsea uinn Yarbro Anne Rice and others Here we're given a new setting and new demographics and less emphasis on a twist ending 35Told from the point of view of a child “Doc Buzzard’s Coffin” is a fun little story about vengeance and Voodoo I'm a little confused about a dead man smoking a pipe but otherwise it's very good One thing I'd like to know is the era in which this and some other stories take place In the South that makes a big difference when it comes to race relations A white man expressing an interest in dating a black woman means far different things in 1915 1965 and 2015 But in any era this is a sharply written story 55“9 Mystery Rose” is the address of the local botanica where for a price you can get anything you want even the return of the dead But don't piss off the lady who runs the place The ending might be a tad abrupt but this tale reminds us to pay our debts 45The “Hand Of Glory” is not the traditional treasure finding bit of necromancy you might have heard of This is a brief vignette about a uniue police interrogator 35“You can put him in a jar or something I’ve seen you work root” If that line doesn't evoke backwoods conjerin' I don't know what does In “Hag Ride” when a woman wants to end her husband's philandering ways she doesn't contemplate divorce or murder she turns to her godmother to summon a hag to ride her husband There's some serious research going on here but it doesn't read like research It reads like firsthand knowledge 55Stories like “Homegoing” are not often written The subject matter at least from this point of view is too painful too real It's clearly the best tale in the book and should be anthologized in whoever's doing the best crime fiction of the year This could be the best story I've read this year 65 if that was allowed“With the Turn of a Key” we find a husband dreaming of a life away from his philandering wife even if it means suicide But he heeds the Call and under the Weird Shadow of a seductress's Medusa's Coil the hero of the Dream uest employs this Silver Key to open the Temple 45“Devil’s Playground” is a short poem evoking an almost Halloween vibeFollowing the “Path of the War Chief” a Muskogean seer must embark on a journey to save her people While invoking a very authentic American Indian feel this tale is rather ethereal and mythic than the rest of the book 45In “Since Hatchet Was a Hammer” we find an abused wife seeking a haven from her husband's fists at mom's place But what can her elderly mother do when the brute shows up on the doorstep? It's a cool story but suffers from a couple perplexing proofreading errors I think “Her mother was afraid to talk to no one in the city” is supposed to be “Her mother was NOT afraid to talk to no one in the city” Also “She settled into her favorite armchair with a package of frozen peas to ease the ache on her right side—Robert was right handed” is a powerful line except if he's right handed and facing her wouldn't the blow land on her LEFT side? Nonetheless 55Seeking revenge a black drummer must find the correct “Rhythm” to evoke the Voodoo goddess Ezili Danto the Lady of Vengeance Getting the rhythm right and maintaining the pace and volume for an extended time is essential to draw the loa closer and closer Maybe too close This tale is especially well researched employing authentic Haitian words phrases and spellings For instance I learned that lwa is an alternate spelling of loa 55“The Choking Kind” has a Lovecraftean vibe in which one goes back home hoping to learn a little about one's heritage only to discover a dark secret But this is a human story and like other tales in this book contains creatures not uite like any you may have encountered before 55As with all anthologies some stories are better than others In this case most are good a few are exceptional and none of them are bad There's some very evocative writing like one story's opening line “It took three of us to get Doc Buzzard in the coffin” Unfortunately this is soon followed by careless mistakes like “I stretched on my tiptoes and learned over” Leaned? And “make shift” is one wordPeriodically lines like “He pressed his head down into one hand” leave me confused about what I'm supposed to visualize Is he in despair and rubbing his head? The rest of the paragraph would not indicate this On the other hand mistakes like that occur seldom More common are lines like “Litter danced macabre steps with the wind in the shadows of the abandoned buildings” Mmm that's good imagery and very lyrical writingAnd for the most part that's what you'll find plenty of in this book Royce's writing is very good her plots are devious and her love of her settings is implicit in every line45 stars rounded up

  6. Tom Mathews Tom Mathews says:

    Great themes fails at the finishI'm a big fan of folklore so was initially intrigued by this collection of stories that draws heavily on the author's knowledge of southern root magic I loved the themes of the stories and some I thought would have great endings but unfortunately the author failed to bring the stories home at the finish

  7. Leah Tame Leah Tame says:

    Great Gothic horror If you're looking for hardcore horror this book is not for you However if you're looking for something creepy subtle and wonderfully atmospheric this collection of short stories is it I really enjoyed this book I especially loved the last story The Choking Kind

  8. Vicy Cross Vicy Cross says:

    There are 12 short stories in all but my three favorites were Doc Buzzard's Coffin Hag Ride and The Choking Kind Royce's melodic writing is full of texture atmosphere and characters that invoke the South I felt the swelter and stale human sweat rise through each word Descriptive language meets Black folklore to create a leisurely atmosphere Think ghost stories told around the campfire Think of the fairytales your grandmother read to you when you were a child Reading Spook Lights is of an experience best enjoyed when not rushed The horror element is subtle often ironic and I found myself able to predict most of the stories' conclusions however the author's charm and folksy delivery kept me suirming in my seat until the end of them Most of the short stories are cautionary tales where the main character often does something stupid only to be punished or chastised by a vengeful spirit or magical spell later There's Hoodoo Voodoo murders driven by passion and uests for revengeThere's also strong thread of female often motherly wisdom and jilted love in this collection I appreciated the strong female protagonists of color The women were often victims of their own making but learned along the way how to find themselves You don't have to be from the south Black or a woman to understand the overall concept of this book which I love The author does a lovely job blending mythology for contemporary tastes This is a book to kick back with and savor bit by bit It's down to earth like crackling bacon grease in a hot pan or like cold tap water from the kitchen sink Let the stories do the heavy lifting for you Royce's subtlety is masterfulI enjoyed Spook Lights for its storytelling not necessarily for innovation horror or plots That said I'm giving this anthology collection a solid 55 I heartily recommend Spook Lights to those looking for an enjoyable read rich with Southern atmosphere and non traditional folktales told from Native American Black and a Caribbean perspective Eden Royce's ability to entertain is a dream I will be reading of her workThis review is cross posted at Damsels With Chainsaws

  9. Lynn Lynn says:

    Eden Royce asked me to review her latest book and I'm happy she did I'm not a huge horror fan but the subtitle got me excitedSpook Lights is a de light see what I just did there? Yeah I'm sooo clever I don't like slashing bodies piling up gory horror These short stories have the kind of scary that is soft like a clammy swamp mist slowly covering you from head to toe A kind of sneak up on you and place an icy hand on your neck scary My two faves are Doc Buzzard's Coffin and The Choking Kind Though Since Hatchet Was a Hammer is a close second because of the satisfying ending you know in a he had it comin' way Well played

  10. Carmilla Voiez Carmilla Voiez says:

    The stories are on the whole centred around female characters and their lust for revenge There is such power within these pages that it leaves you breathless at times The anger and rage are suffocating These are women spirits and hags to fear and Royce through them shows you the very worst of humanity – jealousy betrayal and a hunger for vengeance Yet however dark the stories and characters might get Royce's beautiful voice lifts you from their embrace and lets you transcend their despair

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