Who Lost, I Found: Stories (ebook)
Broken Eye Books is publishing the folk horror collection Who Lost, I Found by Eden Royce.
In these tales of Black Southern speculative fiction, the author weaves together several subgenres like a sweetgrass basket: Southern Gothic, weird fiction, dark fantasy, and folk horror. All inspired by her Gullah Geechee heritage and its cautionary stories, and the hoodoo that runs throughout, whether everyone acknowledges it or not.
Includes the Shirley Jackson Award finalist story, “Room and Board Included, Demonology Extra” (from our anthology Cooties Shot Required).
BLACK SOUTHERN HORROR
An old woman can wake the dead, for a time, bringing families peace when they’ve been denied justice. An elder on death row chooses her last meal, and it isn’t on the menu. A witch learns the real reason behind her ex-husband’s death and decides to do a little hexing of her own. A girl gets more than she bargained when she sneaks into a room at a historic property . . .
These are stories written like the South itself: beautiful, dangerous, haunting. Giving the South its due in speculative fiction for reaching further than many realize and for leaving an indelible stain.
FROM THE AUTHOR
While fear is universal, what scares us is deeply personal. What unnerves us deep within is something we often hold close to our chests, afraid someone will see and use it against us.
Too often, we’re right.
For so many years of my writing career, I feared submitting my work—worried about the response it would get. So often it was negative. People told me I didn’t write horror. Editors said my characters had thought processes that didn’t make sense and publishers said stylistic choices I made caused them to not connect with the story.
So I self-published my first two short story collections. Because I believed in those characters, their decisions, their thought processes—and my stylistic choices. I was terrified, but I crawled through those fears and have been able to subsequently publish stories with several wonderful magazines, some of which had previously given me my earliest rejections.
This collection houses some of those short stories and one new novella, ranging from Southern Gothic to weird fiction to dark fantasy, finally culminating in a tale to lift a little of the darkness. These stories utilize methods many editors will tell you don’t work: second-person point of view, inactive protagonists, the use of dialect . . . all hallmarks of my people’s storytelling traditions.
Who Lost, I Found is Black Southern horror, encompassing Gullah Geechee folklore, ancestry, warnings, conjure, survival, and celebration of enduring for a night. Some of these stories are grounded in truth, others in fantasy, but they are all valid aspects of storytelling. This collection defies the odds and, like my people have always done, makes its own way when there was none.
PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR
“Eden Royce is among the most vital and vibrant voices working in the horror and fantasy genres today. Now with her latest collection, Who Lost, I Found: Stories, she once again delves into the haunted lives of women and girls in ways that are by turns surprising, heartbreaking, horrifying, and utterly empowering. Needless to say, every tale in this table of contents is a knockout. Read this incredible book, and then be sure to recommend it to all your friends.” (Gwendolyn Kiste, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens, Pretty Marys All in a Row, and Reluctant Immortals)
“In Who Lost, I Found, Eden Royce treats readers to a Southern Gothic literary feast. Prose that sings and stories that pluck on all the right heartstrings. This collection is a beautifully nuanced blend of Gothic horror and folklore, the kind of tales that will linger long after you’ve read the last line.” (Veronica G. Henry, author of Bacchanal, The Quarter Storm, and The Foreign Exchange)
“Endlessly absorbing. A charismatic, ensnaring collection of haunted locales and legacies, with a magic both bloody and wondrous. I couldn’t tear myself away. Royce deftly navigates her sea of stories to enchant your imagination, make your skin crawl, and even break your heart.” (Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Queen of Teeth)
“In Who Lost, I Found, Eden Royce’s lyrical prose invites readers into the lives of Southern conjure women, haints, sentient houses, Mami Watas, and caterers of the dead. A house gets up and moves inland when it senses a hurricane brewing. A death row inmate makes an unusual request for her last meal from a BBQ joint that offers more than meets the eye. A graverobbing rootworker uses tea magic to bring home the lost bodies of lynching victims. A djinn braids hair and changes lives at a salon. And a weaver guards the veil between worlds. Skirting the lines between the surreal, horror, and fantasy, Who Lost, I Found is a triumph of a collection by a supremely gifted writer that deserves nothing but the highest praise.” (Yvette Lisa Ndlovu, author of Drinking from Graveyard Wells)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The following short stories are included in this collection:
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