A Tale Told In Mythic Time
Woden, Master of the Wild Hunt, narrates a tale for All Hallows Eve. The Hunt can come for anyone. Anna, Lady Ettrick, flees her home, pursued by her reiver-lord husband across the Scottish Borders. As the Wild Hunt closes on its prey, gypsy Davey Black attempts to bargain with the Huntmaster in an effort to save Anna. Set in an ahistorical Scotland, in mythic time, this is a Samhain Tale for telling by firelight on Halloween, when the ravens gather on the branch. Ask not for whom the hunting-horn sounds. It sounds for you.
About this short story:
This fantasy short story is based on the Anglo-Saxon myth of the Wild Hunt, and the Scots-Irish legend of Black Jack Davey. McDowall blends the mood of Lovecraft with ancient Scottish folklore to create a creepy, ahistorical setting. This story can be enjoyed whether you love speculative fiction, romance, action adventure, or just dark, disturbing tales for the fireside. This story is around 3,000 words long and contains references to gender-based violence. This story is a stand-alone digitial title on Amazon.
This is a fantastic short story that does its roots proud.
By EMILY SANDERSON September 17, 2015 3/5 stars
McDowall manages to do something you don't see often anymore. [This story] manages to capture the real spirit of the old tales told around the campfire when winters darkness brought the monsters to life. The tale, Wild Hunt, has layers of meaning and history woven into the story, that even at the surface manages to capture the reader. As a reader, though, I had one little annoyance ...the story describes the old gods, and then mixes them in with what must be said to be the morals of Christianity or at least more modern times. All in all though, this is a fantastic short story that does its roots proud.
Samhain has always played a prominent role in theses tales.
ByNORMAN MORROW September 11, 2015 5/5 stars
Samhain has always played a prominent role in the tales, the fireside story telling and the dark humour that is at the heart of Celtic culture. LJ McDowall has triumphed in keeping these traditions alive within this short, but yet compelling tale. Striking fear of what may be, rather than visual displays of blood and gore is the essence of this tradition. Should you find yourself walking alone on a country lane on Samhain's eve — the remembrance of this story is sure to quicken your step and have you cast many a look over your shoulder. Lovely read.
A tale of lust, love and the dark forces
By STEVE DAY September 13, 2015 5/5 stars.
LJ McDowall knows the Land and the Time as only a native can. The voice is strong, and reminds this old Eng. Lit. rascal of one the Canterbury Tales, by another writer from that Sceptred Isle. But with a glossary, no less. For Halloween America has its Sleepy Hollow and HeadlessHorsemen— a tame tale, compared to this Wild Hunt on Samhain morn.
Haunting Ballad of the Scottish Borders
By INEZ FOSTERON September 11, 2015 5/5 stars.
If you enjoy reading the old myths of Scotland and Ireland, you'll love this short story told in a style reminiscent of those ancient tales. The author employs her own unique lyrical voice in this engaging tale of love and hate, combining myth and history to produce a haunting ballad of the Scottish Borderlands.