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Author Topic: PC477: Crickets Sing For Naomi  (Read 161 times)
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Anything for a Weird Life

« on: July 05, 2017, 05:02:06 PM »

PodCastle 477: Crickets Sing For Naomi

by Eden Royce

read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

PodCastle Original!

Rated PG-13.

“If these danggone crickets don’t stop following me,” Naomi grumbled as the insect bounded out of the path of her wedge heel. Another of the bugs scuttled across the top of her foot, its spiny legs pricking her exposed skin. Under the streetlight, moths danced in the circle of brightness on the otherwise dim road. Heat ebbed from the asphalt, making her wish she’d worn flip-flops.

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Eden Royce is descended from women who practiced root, a type of conjure magic in her native Charleston, South Carolina. She’s been a bridal consultant, reptile handler, and stockbroker, but now writes fiction about the American South from her home in the English countryside.

Eden is the recipient of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Diverse Worlds grant and is a regular contributor to Graveyard Shift Sisters, a site dedicated to purging the black female horror fan from the margins. Her fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, Truancy, and Abyss & Apex.

Find her online at or @EdenRoyce

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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 08:06:36 AM »

Nothing like a little magic to get you (or your friends) out of a fix.  This story is an intriguing take on the power of magic and how it helps you not only to get out of trouble, but to grow into your own space as a person.  The crickets were, in a way, Naomi's psychopomps, leading her into the death of her old, lack of confidence life into a new one where she accepts the power that she has.
I especially like the fact that the "old woman" was mobile, now, meeting people where they needed to be met.  No more shame in going to see the obeah woman now!

Before I read anymore into it, I promise that you will enjoy the story and the atmosphere that Ms. Royce weaves as the backdrop.   And that last line?  Talk about a zinger!
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2017, 08:59:58 AM »

I really enjoyed this one. The narrative voice of the MC is lovely and realistic. It felt like the author did a fantastic job of weaving the real world into one where magical things happen.
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