- File Size: 3101 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBAB91Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Spook Lights II: Southern Gothic Horror Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
In this book, you will find horror tales set in the deep South that include magic, vengeance, and creatures who will eat you alive. One of my favorite stories in this book was Grandmother’s Bed. In the beginning of the story, I thought it was about a woman who was fearing taking over her grandmother’s place in the family after she died. While it is about that it also gets into the family’s history in their neighborhood and the power they have over others. I enjoyed how this story was told and how it felt like it could be about any Southern family.
Another good one was The To Do List. This one is about a woman who keeps lists on what she has to do all over her apartment. When the woman’s boyfriend moves in, he buys her an organizer to keep her lists in. After awhile he misses seeing the lists and knowing what she is up to. He decides to take a look in the organizer and realizes that his girlfriend is planning something sinister. This story had a little mystery to it that I enjoyed and it teaches you that knowing too much about your loved one could be dangerous.
I also enjoyed The Strange Dowry Of Spinster Pumpkin. This story is about a woman who has been taking care of her sick mother for a long time. She feels resentment for having to do it, but she does what she needs to do. One day the woman’s mother congratulates her on her upcoming marriage, the daughter doesn’t understand what the mother is talking about but soon discovers that her sick mother will be dying and leaving the daughter with an odd parting gift. I loved how the mother-daughter relationship is shown in this story. While the daughter has a lot of anger towards her mother, she still shows love through all that she does. You see her personality change when she realizes she will lose her mother. I think there are a lot of people who have relationships like this one, love isn’t always pretty.
Spook Lights II has some great horror stories in a setting that adds a different dimension to each tale. Eden Royce makes the deep South come alive as a place with a dark mythology to it. Not only do you get a history lesson in what living in the South is like, you also get to experience the tales of horror that are told here. Even the language used throughout the book adds to the feel of each story. If you have an interest in Southern folklore this is a book you shouldn’t pass up.
I'll let you discover your favourite story/stories in this beautiful collection. As for me, I had two favourites, Grandmother's Bed and Basque of the Red Death. Grandmother's Bed had me chuckling and gasping in phases and the end was definitely unexpected. Basque of the Red Death was Ms Royce's take on the famous Allan Poe tale, Masque of the Red Death. Perhaps, it should have been titled, Basque of the Black Death since the colour that brought death was black and the person that brewed the macabre magic was a black witch. You'ill love the same decadence of the rich, the oppression of the weak and just retribution, which were themes in Allan Poe's story but with a very different and distinct twist in Ms Royce's story, which in my humble opinion, elevates it to the realm of a true modern classic!
If you haven't read Spoo k Lights 2,then you're missing out on true bliss!
Basque of the Red Death
- I was mesmerized by this short story, because I didn’t really get what was going on, until the very end, and all I was left with was a grotesque macabre feeling that something happened, but I really didn’t know what, so my mind would race with different thoughts, one scarier than the other.
To Do List- I personally love to do lists. That’s why this was an interesting read for me. The horror built up slowly, until the very end, where you realized everything. I was doing fine, until the last line. Don’t even think of letting this story in half. Read it until the very end!
Grandmother’s Bed- This story is mentioned in all the reviews I’ve read, and I finally know why. Again, the author has a way of making a fairly normal story get scarier and scarier as I read, until the very end, where there is the big reveal, and it is shocking and disgusting too.