Black Canaan — It is a regional horror story in the Southern Gothic mode.
Black Canaan a short story written by Robert Ervin Howard. Originally published in the June 1936 issue of Weird Tales. It is a regional horror story in the Southern Gothic mode. The related stories include “The Shadow of the Beast”, “Black Hound of Death”, “Moon of Zambebwei” and “Pigeons from Hell.”
Set in the Black River swamps of the deep South in the post-war era.
The hero of this Lovecraftian story called home by an impending race war. He must battle not only violent Negroes and Voodoo sorcerers, but also, for the first time in his life, the temptation of miscegenation.
In New Orleans, narrator Kirby Buckner confronted in a crowd by a withered black crone. She whispers the ominous words: “Trouble on Tularoosa Creek!” Buckner immediately realizes that his backwoods homeland is in peril and instantly departs for the Canaan region of his birth. He arrives after midnight and sets out on horseback through the bayous to the town of Grimesville. En route he encounters a mysterious “quadroon girl” who mocks him. Buckner disturbed to find himself aroused by her provocative beauty. The woman calls forth several large black men from hiding to kill Buckner, but he shoots one and kills another with a bowie knife. As a third flees, he notices that the girl has disappeared.
This story is an allegory, a cautionary tale of the danger of going over to the “dark side.” Enjoy.