Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review: Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror

Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror by Eden Royce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved Eden Royce's collection of short stories. Her prolific writing style held me captive from the first page. Each story reminded me of the old Twilight Zone series flavored with people of color and that book cover really does not disappoint. This is a memorable conjuring of back-home hush hush magic that is quite simply terrifying and truly spooky. You know, those old-school obeah or voodoo tales which disrupted your sleep so much the lights stayed on all night long - yeah that kinda scary. Most intriguing is that each story's weirdness tapped into different elements of fear.

There were many instances where I wanted to learn more about Ms. Royce's unique characters, their environments, and history. The creative content is intelligent and I found myself re-reading the prose because the literary constructs had such surreal and inspiring elements. I love when a writer's play on words has me questioning my ability to evoke similar emotional distortions and connections. Eden Royce's writing did that for me. I hope the author plans to convert this into a novel at some point - it's really that well-written and deserving.

I look forward to reading more from this author.

Note: I received a free review copy for a fair and honest assessment.

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