Book Review: Spook Lights – Eden Royce

Release Date: May 15th 2015
Pages: 145
Publisher: Lulu
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


This short story collection, full of magic and southern Gothic horror, will leave you on the end of your seat.


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 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.


This is one of those books that I absolutely flew through. It’s gripping, dark and incredibly addictive. The book is made up of a number of different short stories, all with the vein of Gothic horror running through them. There are lots of different ones and each one holds an interesting sinister take on the Gothic genre.

Short stories isn’t something that I read often, but it was nice to be able to read a full story in one chapter, go away and come back to another little interesting story. Each one is well thought out, with a whole range of interesting characters. The  Southern Gothic horror is perfectly portrayed in the stories, the heat, mystery and magic all roll into a perfectly intense atmosphere. If you’re a fan of this type of story, Eden Royce’s novel is a perfect outing.

There is an air of female wisdom, of stories told around the camp fire, a mystical and exciting history handed down to the characters in Royce’s stories. My favourite story was probably Doc Buzzard’s Coffin, in which a family are caught trying to bury their grandfather – but all is not what it seems. Most of the stories have that sort of idea running through them – what you see is not always what you get. The stories are well written, well paced and easy to fall into. There’s witches, folklore, crimes of passion and everything else in between. If you’re looking for something quick and enjoyable to read, at a little under a hundred and fifty pages, Eden Royce’s Spook Lights, with might I add, an absolutely stunning cover, might be just what you need during the cold winter months.

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