Southern Gothic recommendations:
- A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw
- Ghost Summer Stories by Tananarive Due
- Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs
A Secret of Devils
by Cassandra Khaw
The devil came to Georgia on a Saturday night. Atlanta, specifically. His arrival was heralded by no omens; he took a bumblebee-black cab to the city’s heart, a little suitcase in tow. His attire was sharp enough to kill, of course, but you expect that sort of thing with the devil.
“Where we going?” asked the driver.
“Where we’re needed” came the reply.
So they drove until they met a woman who’d been bleached of all her sweet. Single mom, two kids, a bag full of grief. Her children were home in a no-bedroom apartment, doing their homework by the light of a sitcom rerun. She was on her way back from the second shift of a second job, eyes bruised by the punches life had thrown.
The devil rolled down his window and grinned. “I’m Lucifer and I’m here to give you what you want.”