Dominican writer, Roy Sanford, has published a collection of stories based on folk tales he heard when growing up.
The book, Three Nights Later, the Soukouyan on the Roof and Other Stories, was self-published on July 4, on Amazon.
Sanford said the creatures featured in the book come from numerous stories he heard as a child in the Kalinago Territory.
“When we were growing up, we were told many stories about Soukouyans, La Diabless, Lougawous, Mama Glos and the like,” he said. “I was always fascinated by these stories because in them there was always the struggle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ and in the end ‘good’ always win.”
He said presently many of these characters of Dominican folklore are being replaced by imported ones from American Television.
“So today children talk about Sponge Bob or Ninja Turtles and other characters, while the ones that formed the basis for our folklore are being lost,” he stated.
Sanford said the book consists of 10 short stories.
“They are all based on the characters I heard from childhood,” he stated. “However, the stories in the book itself are completely made up and are products of my imagination.”
He hopes the stories will create an interest in Dominican folk tales.
The book can presently be ordered only on Amazon.
“Hopefully, one day I will be able to publish it locally and have it available in local bookstores,” Sanford said.
The book can be ordered here: LINK