Spook Lights (Southern Gothic Horror) by Eden Royce review
Spook Lights by Eden Royce is one hell of a collection of short stories. There are 11 stories and one poem in this volume, all based on the rich world of root magic and voodoo. Eden Royce’s voice is heavily descriptive but in a wonderfully modern way. You can feel the humidity and smell the sulphurous swamps as you read these stories. The cadence of her words brings to mind the language of the deep south, musical yet threatening.
The stories are, on the whole, centred around female characters and their lust for revenge. There is such power in 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.
Eden Royce is an artist whose medium is magical realism and horror.