Fact vs Myth: Docta Bones by Melissa Robinson (Southern Haunts 3)

Fact vs Myth: Docta Bones
by Melissa Robinson

Little is known about the man known as “Doctor Bones”, his name given by the legend of a dark ritual sacrifice of his daughter. I could find no written history of the man, not even his given name. The only thing I could find was the story, passed down to Vicksburg locals. The actual legend said he was a dark voodoo priest, he sacrificed his daughter in a ritual to gain more power, and he then used her skeleton as a wind chime. This earned him the name of Doctor Bones. Allegedly, he grew up in Vicksburg, MS and lived there until the day he died.

That ends the knowledge I had of the man and the legend. I decided to flesh out the legend with details and people. I wanted to show he held no love for his daughter. The shadow people were nowhere in the original legend, but it felt right to add them. The same went for his sister, the workers, and everyone else I added to the story. Each character and scenario added a different element to the climax of the story, the sacrifice scene.

The scene where the girl is almost raped was a particularly difficult scene to write. Statistically 1 in 5 women will be the victim of a sexual assault. On top of that, 70% of women know their attackers beforehand. I took that scene, and the following one, to show that he was not a loving father protecting his daughter. He was only protecting his property. The death of her innocence would've rendered her useless in his ritual, and that to him was worth taking a life. To my mind, she was nothing more than a means to an end. I believe, despite this, she still loved him. Her innocence was her downfall. I intentionally made her older in the story than she was in the legend.  Despite my views on writing horror, I do have a few limits.

For the purpose of the story, I wrote her as a preteen, a young girl of around twelve years. From what I remember of the legend, she was approximately five or six. A girl that young breaks even my few rules about violence against children. I am aware and trying to bring awareness to the fact that children that young and younger are abused on a daily basis. Because of this, I took several liberties with the original legend. I wanted a reaction to the violence of the senseless killing of several people. I believe, as a society, we've become numb to most violence. It's why this legend spoke to me. One of the few buttons we have left are children. To see a parent killing their own child is one of the cruelest things most of us can think of. The true legend and the story captured a man tormented by his own demons so completely, he was willing to kill his child to be rid of them.


About the Editors

Alexander S. Brown is a Mississippi author who was published in 2008 with his first book Traumatized. Reviews for this short story collection were so favorable that it has been released as a special edition by Pro Se Press. Brown is currently one of the co-editors/coordinators with the Southern Haunts Anthologies published by Seventh Star Press. His horror novel Syrenthia Falls is represented by Dark Oak Press.

He is also the author of multiple young adult steampunk stories found in the Dreams of Steam Anthologies, Capes and Clockwork Anthologies, and the anthology Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells. His more extreme works can be found in the anthologies Luna’s Children published by Dark Oak Press and State of Horror: Louisiana Vol 1 published by Charon Coin Press.

Visit Smashwords.com, Amazon.com, and Barnesandnoble.com to download his monthly short stories known as Single Shots. These are represented by Pro Se Press and they are known as stories that will be featured in the upcoming book The Night the Jack O’Lantern Went Out.

Louise Myers was born in New Orleans and during her teenage years was uprooted from everything she knew and was replanted in Mississippi. Though the transition was difficult, she is very glad to have the opportunity to have both worlds under her belt. She says this because she knows from living in both places, they are both a world all to their own. She is the wife of a wonderful husband and mother of three beautiful children, as well as the proud parent of a spoiled mutt.

She was assistant editor of Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us, co-editor of Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness, and co-editor of Southern Haunts 3: Magick Beneath the Moonlight.

She is a beta reader, book doctor, editor, and author. Though this is her second story in print, she has been weaving tales for many years for pleasure. She has many thoughts on several topics she’d like to write, mostly surrounding ghost stories.


About the Book

Southern Haunts 3: Magick Beneath the Moonlight
edited by Alexander S. Brown and Louise Myers

Deep within the South, read about the magickal folk who haunt the woods, the cemeteries, and the cities. Within this grim anthology, eighteen authors will spellbind you with tales of hoodoo, voodoo, and witchcraft.

From this cauldron mix, readers will explore the many dangers lurking upon the Natchez Trace and in the Mississippi Delta. They will encounter a bewitched doll named Robert from the Florida Keys, and a cursed trunk that is better left closed. In the backstreets of New Orleans, they will become acquainted with scorned persons who will stop at nothing to exact their revenge.

These hair raising tales and more await you in Southern Haunts 3: Magick Beneath the Moonlight. Read if you dare.


Alexander S. Brown
Angela Lucius
H. David Blalock
C G Bush
Della West
Diane Ward
Elizabeth Allen
Greg McWhorter
John Hesselberg
Jonnie Sorrow
Kalila Smith
Linda DeLeon
Louise Myers
Melissa Robinson
Melodie Romeo
J L Mulvihill
Robert McGough
Tom Lucas

Southern Haunts: Magick Beneath the Moonlight is the third title in the Southern Haunts Anthology Collection.


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