October Focus on Horror: Eden Royce

Created by Bob Helmbrecht, collection development librarian

Our Focus on Horror author for today is adult and children’s author Eden Royce. 

Royce has published two collections of Southern gothic horror stories: “Spook Lights” and “Spook Lights II.” You can also find one of the author’s stories in our collection in the anthology “Black from the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing.” The stories are atmospheric, infused with the folklore of the South, and of the author’s Gullah-Geechee culture. They are full of vibrant characters, in very realized settings.

Royce’s middle grade debut, “Root Magic,” was published this year. It’s gotten a lot of great reviews and made “Booklist’s” Top Ten Middle Grade Debuts 2021. A tween girl’s world is upended when her grandmother, whose wisdom and gifts have protected her family for years, passes away. Set in 1963, it deals with issues of class, race, family, and power. The book provides an intriguing look into Gullah-Geechee culture, folklore, and beliefs.

Whether Royce is writing more adult or children’s stories, I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye out for the author’s work. Check out Eden Royce today!