Soucouyant: A Caribbean Supernatural Tale

Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
Soucouyant is the first of a series retelling Caribbean folktales updated for today's taste. In this entry, the ancient soucouyant manifests as a beautiful woman of Indian descent. She extracts her unique style of justice from a local small time thug ("bad John") whose action resulted in the suicide of a teenage girl.

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About Richard Hector, Sr

Richard Hector lives in Phoenix, Arizona where he does research on system factors that affect colorectal cancer screening among vulnerable groups. He began his advanced studies in neuroscience, but switched to public health after witnessing the ravages of HIV and "crack" in his native land, Trinidad and Tobago. He has a master's degree in neuroscience, a master's of public health in epidemiology and a PhD in health services research. He is married with a boy and two girls. He enjoys watching his wife and kids play netball and soccer. He plays double seconds, and tenor pan. He enjoys playing calypso, straight ahead, jazz and standards. He also enjoys snorkeling, bodyboarding, jogging and motorcycling.

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Review by: M on Dec. 02, 2013 :
An interesting first chapter. Grabs your attention quickly and keeps it. Would welcome the addition of a Trini/US dictionary.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: D J on Nov. 25, 2013 :
Although in its early stages, I foresee a collection of intertwined stories based on the rich culture and traditions of Trinidad. For example, I wonder if the civil engineer who travels around is also a soucouyant? Or how about one of the very caring nurses or loving wives? Looking forward to seeing more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: lbuckley on Nov. 19, 2013 :
This is a very well-written short story with vibrant imagery from beginning to end and a plot that really holds your interest and sucks you in like a Soucouyant. The sex was craftily balanced between not being too raunchy and underdone. The hint of Caribbean flavor captures the true essence of what I remember and long to one day revisit. I would love to see a sequel!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Anto Buckley on Nov. 19, 2013 :
This short story kept you at the edge of your seat. You cannot put in down, you just got to get to the end. The characters capture the rhythm of the Island “liming on the corner talking trash”. The essence of Trinidad folk tale was captured with a different twist. Extraordinary and delightful reading!

~ Anto
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Yolanda Strozier on Oct. 21, 2013 :
Very well written story!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Barbara Yednak on Oct. 08, 2013 :
Lots of twists and diversity in this short story. It held my interest.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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